Speakers / Types: Academics

Academic Speakers

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 sixteen million people around the world, and his two books, ...

Shawn Achor

Maydianne Andrade

Expert on Creating Equitable Workplaces

As the Vice-Dean of Faculty Affairs & Equity at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), Professor Maydianne Andrade shows the strength diversity brings to an organization through actively promoting the hiring, retention, and success of a di...

Dr. Lisa Bélanger

Behavioural Change Expert | Researcher

An organization’s greatest asset is its people. Award-winning CEO Dr. Lisa Bélanger shows leaders and teams how insights from behavioural science research can be applied in the workplace to optimize the performance, productivity, and innovation of...

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 navigate the new world of digital technology, industry disruption, and informa...

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 unrivalled 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. ...

Timothy Caulfield

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 Dougherty is an award winning social inno...

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

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. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Expert on Resiliency and Workplace Wellness

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning psychology Instructor who specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, and personal wellness in the workplace. Described as transformational, engaging, and thought-provoking, Robyne’s key...

Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

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...

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

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...