Speakers / Types: Academics

Our award winning professors, who teach at some of the top universities and colleges in North America and around the world, apply academic rigour and cutting edge research to their presentations.

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Shawn Achor

Harvard Researcher | Bestselling Author of The Happiness Advantage

Is there a connection between happiness and success? Shawn Achor is the world’s leading expert on the topic. His acclaimed TED Talk, The Happy Secret to Better Work, has been seen by over ten million people around the world, and his two books, The ...

Shawn Achor

Dr. Lisa Bélanger

Researcher | Behaviour Change Expert

Researcher, author, and award-winning CEO Dr. Lisa Bélanger delivers proven success strategies, showing everyone from leaders to entrepreneurs to athletes, how to incorporate simple habits that create radical, long-term change. A PhD in Behavioural ...

Lisa Belanger

Dr. Nick Bontis

Leading Strategy and Management Expert

The “knowledge era” is here. Do you know how to survive? An internationally recognized intellectual-capital expert, Dr. Nick Bontis helps individuals and organizations accelerate performance by working smarter—with the power of knowledge manage...

Nick Bontis

Joseph Boyden

Internationally Renowned Novelist

Joseph Boyden is a national and international literary superstar. Shooting to fame with his first novel, the multi-award winning Three Day Road, Boyden has repeated his triumphs in his subsequent novels, Through Black Spruce and The Orenda. Exploring...

Joseph Boyden

Timothy Caulfield

Professor of Health Law and Science Policy | Author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?

Professor Timothy Caulfield is an unrivaled communicator who debunks myths and assumptions about innovation in the health sector—from research on stem cells to diets to alternative medicine—for the benefit of the public and decision-makers. He is...

Health & Wellness Speaker

Darren Dahl

Award Winning Marketing Professor & Creativity Crusader

Darren Dahl ranks #1 in the world for publications in premier marketing journals, and has won awards for both his research and his teaching. He was one of ten Canadian professors to receive the 3M National Teaching Fellows award—Canada’s most pre...

Darren Dahl

Ilona Dougherty

Leading Expert on Millennials and Generation Z | Social Entrepreneur

For businesses, organizations, and governments striving to succeed in the innovation economy, and anyone who hopes for a bright future, Ilona Dougherty’s perspective is what you have been waiting for. Ilona is the Managing Director of the Youth and...

Ilona Dougherty

Dr. Linda Duxbury

Human Resources | Work–Life Balance

With Canadian corporations losing over $4 billion a year to absenteeism, the satisfaction and well-being of employees cannot be overlooked. Dr. Linda Duxbury is Canada’s most accomplished researcher, writer, and speaker on work–life balance. She...

Dr. Linda Duxbury

Niall Ferguson

Internationally Renowned Historian

Named by Time magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” Niall Ferguson’s work impacts industry, finance, government, and academia. Controversial, expansive, and eloquent, Ferguson’s talks explore themes that have urge...

Niall Ferguson

Richard Florida

Renowned Economist | Bestselling Author

Richard Florida is one of the world’s most sought after speakers on global trends, economics, prosperity, competitiveness, and growth. Combining in-depth analysis, a fascinating personal story, and a touch of self-deprecating humor, it’s no wonde...

Richard Florida

Dr David K Foot

World-Renowned Demographer

Author of the number-one bestseller Boom Bust & Echo: How to Profit from the Coming Demographic Shift, David Foot is an outspoken and controversial demographics expert—one who can bring demographic statistics to life, and make the aging of soci...

Dr David K Foot Demographer Speaker

Vijay Govindarajan

Strategic Innovation | Globalization | Transformation

We live in an era of constant change, driven by the dynamic forces of technology, globalization, the changing demographics, and shifting customer preferences. What can we do to anticipate and respond to these changes to stay ahead? In his cutting-edg...

Vijay Govindarajan

Joseph Grenny

Business Communication Expert | New York Times Bestselling Author

Whenever you’re not getting the results you’re looking for, it’s likely that a crucial conversation is keeping you stuck. After conducting more than thirty years of research, business communications expert Joseph Grenny has confirme...

Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon

Award-Winning Author | Public Intellectual

Bestselling author of The Ingenuity Gap, Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon shows audiences how to adapt and prosper in a world of ever-increasing complexity, speed, and surprise. Called “one of the best-informed and most brilliant writers on global affairs to...

David Keith

Expert in Energy and Environmental Technology

David Keith studies our climate and the many ideas we’ve come up with to fix it. A wildly original thinker, he challenges us to look at climate solutions that may seem daring, sometimes even shocking. Currently a professor at Harvard University...

David Keith

Dr. Brian Little

Award-Winning Psychology Professor

Described as “a cross between Robin Williams and Einstein,” Dr. Brian Little employs equal doses of humour and intelligence to explain how our personal communication styles influence our experiences with colleagues and clients. A personality psy...

Dr. Brian Little

Vikram Mansharamani

Yale Lecturer | Global Equity Investor | Bestselling Author of Boombustology

Boom-bust cycles. They’re occurring more frequently than ever. The most notorious ones impact financial markets, but they also impact nations, healthcare, food, energy, education, technology and many other areas as well. Vikram Mansharamani, the be...

Vikram Mansharamani

Dr. Danielle Martin

Acclaimed Physician and Health Care Expert

Dr. Danielle Martin sees the cracks and challenges in our health care system every day. A family doctor and national media commentator on the health issues that hit closest to home for Canadians, Dr. Martin speaks with passion on our national health-...

Dr. Danielle Martin

Grant McCracken

Leading Cultural Anthropologist

Grant McCracken looks at the places where culture and commerce, anthropology and economics meet. Through his highly-customized presentations, he provides audiences with a comprehensive―but incisive―review of contemporary culture, and strategies f...

Grant McCracken

Dr. Jordan Peterson

Award Winning Psychology Professor | Clinical Psychologist

Called “one of the most important thinkers to emerge on the world stage for many years,” by The Spectator, Dr. Jordan Peterson has been a dishwasher, gas jockey, bartender, short-order cook, beekeeper, oil derrick bit re-tipper, plywood mill labo...

Jordan Peterson

Peter Ricchiuti

Wall Street Investment Visionary | Entertaining Finance Speaker

“If the majority of people were right, the majority of people would be rich!” So says Wall Street investment visionary Peter Ricchiuti, who teaches audiences why “follow the herd” mentality rarely delivers long-term success when it comes to t...

Peter Ricchiuti

Clint Smith

Award-Winning Teacher | Acclaimed Spoken Word Poet

Clint Smith believes we all share a story, the human story. It’s in the telling, he believes, that we emerge as individuals and celebrate what we have in common. His two TED Talks, The Danger of Silence and How to Raise a Black Son in America, have...

Clint Smith

Janice Gross Stein

Founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Whether it’s economics, geopolitics, or international security and terrorism, few people have a better understanding of global issues than Professor Janice Gross Stein. Her dynamic presentations provide a unique perspective into what’s re...

Janice Stein

Dr. David Suzuki

Award-Winning Scientist, Environmentalist and Broadcaster

Dr. David Suzuki has made it his life’s work to help humanity understand, appreciate, respect and protect nature. A  scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, he is a gifted interpreter of science and natur...

David Suzuki

Ken Wong

Marketing and Strategic Planning Expert

Ken Wong is not your typical academic. With work that has earned him the cover of Canadian Business and Strategy magazine and a place in the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends, he is known for his energetic, entertaining and content-rich presentation...