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Business Speakers

Is your organization headed in the right direction? Our business speakers draw on a wealth of experience when it comes to leadership, teamwork, strategy, marketing, and more.

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Elatia Abate

Futurist | Entrepreneur | Future of Work Pioneer

While we live in an age of tremendous change, we’re also in an era of unbelievable opportunity. The future is ours to create. Are you ready? Named a leading female futurist by Forbes, Elatia Abate helps organizations thrive in the face of disruption, pre...

Elatia Abate

Michael Abrashoff

Former Navy Commander | Bestselling Author

Michael Abrashoff is at the center of one of the most remarkable modern-day stories of organizational transformation. Abrashoff took command of the worst-performing navy ship and crew in the Pacific Fleet, plagued with low morale, high turnover, and abysmal pe...

Canadian Motivational Speaker

Melissa Agnes

Crisis Management Strategist

If crisis were to strike your company tomorrow, would you be ready? Melissa Agnes helps organizations prevent and manage crisis before it becomes catastrophic, with the aim of never having it become catastrophic at all. Her powerful, customized presentations p...

Melissa Agnes

Zahra Al-Harazi

Award-Winning Entrepreneur | Purpose-Driven Leadership Expert

The road to real leadership is rarely a straight one. Among Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs, few have faced more obstacles than Zahra Al-Harazi. With a no-holds-barred attitude, Al-Harazi helps people and organizations realize their potential for succ...

Zahra Al-Harazi

Maydianne Andrade

Expert on Creating Equitable Workplaces

As the president of the Canadian Black Scientists Network, Professor Maydianne Andrade shows the strength diversity brings to an organization through actively promoting the hiring, retention, and success of a diverse and inclusive workforce. Through her inform...

Rasmus Ankersen

The High Performance Anthropologist

Rasmus Ankersen has trained with the planet’s best athletes to translate their secrets of high performance into usable strategies for leaders and businesses. Known for his bestselling book The Goldmine Effect: Crack the Secrets of High Performance, he is...

Rasmus Ankersen

Tim Arnold

Leadership Development and Teambuilding Expert

Leaders and teams are often in a tug-of-war, facing competing demands such as planning vs. action, structure vs. flexibility, change vs. stability, and work vs. home. In order to thrive, they must tackle these tensions head on. Tim Arnold provides his audience...

Tim Arnold

Andrew Au

Global Thought Leader on Digital Transformation and Culture Change

When companies like Microsoft, FedEx, and 3M want to accelerate innovation, they call Andrew Au. Today, the dynamics of industries are changing. No enterprise is too big to fail, no start up is too small to disrupt. Agility has become the new currency of busin...

Andrew Au

Pam August

Former Director, Culture Activation at WestJet

Visionary, purpose-driven leaders recognize that there is untapped potential in their organizations. When this potential is left unrealized, it can lead to misalignment between an organization’s brand promise (external experience) and culture (internal e...

Pam August

Afdhel Aziz

Expert on Purpose, Conscious Capitalism, and Social Entrepreneurship | Bestselling Author

Afdhel Aziz is one of the most inspiring leaders in the global movement of business as a force for good. After a 20-year career as a visionary marketer at Procter & Gamble, Nokia, Heineken, and Absolut Vodka, Aziz quit corporate life to tackle one of the b...

Michael Bach

Founder, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion | Bestselling Author

If diversity is our strength, inclusion is our superpower. Michael Bach is recognized nationally and internationally as a thought leader and subject matter expert in the fields of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. As the founder of the Canadian ...

Michael Bach

Jay Baer

Marketing and Customer Service Expert | New York Times Bestselling Author

Jay Baer is a Hall of Fame Speaker and renowned business strategist who teaches business growth through customer experience and marketing innovation. He is also the bestselling author of six books and the founder of five, multi-million-dollar companies. Baer...

Jay Baer

Chris Bailey

Productivity and Performance Expert | Bestselling Author, Hyperfocus and The Productivity Project

Chris Bailey provides audiences with practical and tactical advice for becoming more productive. Called “the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet” by TED Talks, a “productivity mastermind” by Fast Company, “a quirky a...

Chris Bailey

Dominic Barton

Former Canadian Ambassador to China | Global Managing Partner Emeritus of McKinsey & Company

For more than 30 years, Dominic Barton was a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, spending nine years as their global managing partner. In 2019, he was appointed Canada’s Ambassador to China, completing his term in 2021. Sharing deep insight into geopol...

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 psychology, neuroscience, and behavioural science can be applied in the workplace to optimize performance, productivity, and innova...

Dr. Lisa Belanger

Jonah Berger

Expert on Innovation, Disruption and Change | Bestselling Author

How can we increase the pace of innovation? Become more effective at changing minds and influencing? Why do only some products, ideas, and behaviours catch on? Dr. Jonah Berger has spent more than 15 years researching and answering these questions to explain w...

Jonah Berger

Jill Birch

Leadership and Organizational Change Expert

Jill Birch helps audiences master 21st century leadership skills, going beyond today’s jargon and stereotypes to show what’s really needed to innovate and compete in today’s marketplace. Birch has been a CEO and member of several C-Suites and has facilit...

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 information bomba...

Nick Bontis

Sinead Bovell

Futurist | AI and Future of Work Expert

On a mission to bridge the gap between young entrepreneurs and the digital future, Sinead Bovell strives to create conversations that will lead towards a progressive, informed, and thriving new era. She is a futurist and the founder of WAYE, an organization th...

Sinead Bovell

Leonard Brody

Business and Technology Visionary

Leonard Brody has been called “a leader of the new world order” and was recently named one of top 30 management thinkers in the world. Brody is an award-winning entrepreneur, venture capitalist, bestselling author, and a two-time Emmy-nominated med...

Leonard Brody

Marcus Buckingham

New York Times Bestselling Author | Researcher | Founder of the Strengths Revolution

Marcus Buckingham is a global researcher and thought leader focused on unlocking strengths, increasing performance, and pioneering the future of how people work. He shows audiences the correlation between strengths-driven, engaged employees and business fundam...

Marcus Buckingham

Brian Burke

NHL Leader | Community Activist | Philanthropist

Hockey legend Brian Burke is a dynamic figure in both the worlds of business and sport. He is the president of hockey operations for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and formerly held leadership positions in the organizations of the Calgary Flames, the Toronto Maple L...

Brian Burke

David Burkus

Bestselling Author | Helping Leaders and Teams Do Their Best Work Ever

One of the world’s leading business thinkers, David Burkus’ forward-thinking ideas and bestselling books are changing how companies approach innovation, collaboration, and productivity. He is a skilled researcher and inspiring communicator who has worked w...

David Burkus

Scott Burrows

Expert on Vision, Mindset, and Pure Grit

A star athlete, Scott Burrows played college football at Florida State University and was a top-ranked kickboxing champion whose last fight was broadcast by ESPN. At the height of his athletic career, Burrows life changed dramatically — a horrific car crash ...

Scott Burrows

Erin Bury

Co-Founder and CEO, Willful | Tech Expert | Startup Fanatic

Named one of Bay Street Bull’s “2021 Women of the Year”, Erin Bury is one of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs as the co-founder and CEO at Willful. She is also a startup advisor and former marketer and technology journalist. Bury shows audiences how t...

Erin Bury

Steve Cadigan

Future of Work | Talent Strategist | Company Culture Expert

Today’s digital world requires a new strategy for building great teams. For 30 years, Steve Cadigan has been at the forefront of global talent strategy and company culture. He is best known for scaling LinkedIn from a team of 400 to 4000 in just 3.5 year...

Steve Cadigan

Susan Cain

Bestselling Author of Quiet and Bittersweet

In her bestselling book, Quiet, Susan Cain urged our society to cultivate space for the undervalued, indispensable introverts among us, thereby revealing an untapped power hidden in plain sight. With Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole, she once ...

Susan Cain

Jacqueline Carter

Leadership and Mindfulness Expert

In times of hardship, crisis, and uncertainty, it’s imperative for leaders to demonstrate compassion. But leaders are also tasked with making hard decisions. How can leaders do the hard things while bringing out the best in others? By employing the right bal...

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Ben Casnocha

Entrepreneur | Co-Author of The Alliance and The Startup of You

Ben Casnocha is an award-winning entrepreneur, investor, and author from Silicon Valley. Named “one of America’s top young entrepreneurs,” by Businessweek and “one of the top trendsetters in the human resources industry” by HR Magazine, C...

Ben Casnocha

Jamie Clarke

Extreme Adventurer | Entrepreneur | Performance Coach

Business is an adventure, and mountain-climber Jamie Clarke shows audiences how to strategize and succeed in their ventures. An acclaimed adventurer and entrepreneur, Clarke draws parallels between the dynamic environments found in business and nature to share...

Jamie Clarke

Jamie Mason Cohen

Leadership and Performance Expert

Jamie Mason Cohen is a leadership development and resilience expert as well as a certified grapho-therapist. Forbes called his unique and unusual ability to quickly analyze people’s handwriting “impressive and a bit frightening”. He combines this with hi...

Jamie Mason Cohen

Joey Coleman

Customer Experience Expert

When organizations like Whirlpool, NASA, Volkswagen Australia, the World Bank, and Zappos need to boost their customers’ experience, they call on Joey Coleman for assistance. For nearly twenty years, Coleman has helped organizations retain their best cus...

David Coletto

Marketing Research Leader | CEO, Abacus Data

For more than 15 years, David Coletto has been tracking Canadian public opinion and consumer trends on technology, news consumption, and public policy. He is considered an industry leader in marketing research and one of Canada’s leading experts on generatio...

David Coletto Headshot from August 2022

Geoff Colvin

Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune Magazine

Experience counts in serious times. For four decades at Fortune, Geoff Colvin has covered the economic, political, technological, and competitive forces disrupting business as we know it. With unparalleled access to the world’s top business leaders, his colu...

Donald Cooper

Business Management, Marketing, and Customer Service Expert

Drawing from his unique experience as both a world-class manufacturer and award-winning retailer, Donald Cooper delivers the “straight goods” on how to sell more, manage smarter, grow your bottom line…and have a life. With wisdom, humour, and...

Donald Cooper

Cheryl Cran

Future of Work Expert

Cheryl Cran helps leaders and their teams to build future workplaces, today. Recognized as the #1 Future of Work influencer by Onalytica, Cran’s research into the future of work, technology, and leadership, driven by her “people first” and digita...

Cheryl Cran

Bruce Croxon

Former "Dragon" | Host, The Disruptors | Partner, Round13 Capital

Bruce Croxon wants to invest in the next Canadian wave. The co-founder of the wildly successful dating site Lavalife, and a former “Dragon” on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, Croxon shares informed insights into what it takes to succeed in today’s demanding entr...

Bruce Croxon

Johnny Cupcakes

CEO, Johnny Cupcakes | Award Winning Entrepreneur & Brand Hysteria Expert

If you dream of inspiring cult-like brand loyalty—the kind that involves mile-long queues and even permanent tattoos— then Johnny “Cupcakes” Earle is for you. The founder of the world-renowned tee-shirt brand Johnny Cupcakes, Johnny’s kno...

Johnny Cupcakes

Liane Davey

Expert on Building Effective Teams, Improving Communication, and Increasing Leadership Effectiveness

Known as the “teamwork doctor,” Liane Davey knows how to create high performing teams. Having worked with organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, from across the globe helping teams from the frontlines to the boardroom, she has developed a unique p...

Liane Davey

Tom Deans

Intergenerational Wealth Expert

Over the next 20 years, Canadians will inherit $1 trillion. Award-winning speaker and Globe and Mail bestselling author Dr. Tom Deans explains how this unprecedented wealth transfer will transform lives, culture, and Canada itself. Thought provoking and contra...

Erica Dhawan

Leading Expert on Digital Teamwork, Collaboration, and Innovation | Bestselling Author

Erica Dhawan says we all have the power to drive innovation, but first we need to get past the roadblocks we create for ourselves: endless meetings, cross-team dysfunction, resource-wasting duplication, and a lack of real, meaningful inclusion. Drawing on her ...

Erica Dhawan

Arlene Dickinson

"Dragon", CBC's Dragons’ Den | General Partner, District Ventures Capital | Bestselling Author

“The purpose of marketing is to deliver business results,” says Arlene Dickinson, renowned CBC “Dragon” and one of Canada’s most successful communications entrepreneurs. Whether explaining how to leverage marketing in even the tou...

Arlene Dickinson

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 innovator and ...

Ilona Dougherty

Drew Dudley

Internationally Acclaimed Leadership Speaker | Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author

Called one of the most inspirational TED speakers in the world, Drew Dudley is on a mission to redefine leadership. With more than five million views, his TED talk “Everyday Leadership (The Lollipop Moment)” proved that leadership is not a characteristic o...

Drew Dudley

Dr. Linda Duxbury

Human Resources | Work–Life Balance

Canadian corporations were already losing over $4 billion a year to absenteeism before the worldwide pandemic. Today, the satisfaction and well-being of employees is more important than ever. Dr. Linda Duxbury is Canada’s most accomplished researcher, writer...

Dr. Linda Duxbury

Alex Edmans

Professor of Finance, London Business School | Expert on Purposeful Business

Described as a “fresh voice on finance and investment strategies — and much more” by Thinkers50, Alex Edmans is a professor of finance at the London Business School (LBS). He graduated from Oxford University before working for Morgan Stanley in investmen...

Alex Edmans

Chester Elton

Bestselling Leadership Author

Chester Elton has spent two decades helping clients engage their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his provocative, inspiring, and always-entertaining speeches, the #1 bestselling leadership author provides real solutions to leaders look...

Chester Elton

Ryan Estis

Business Performance Expert

Ryan Estis has more than 20 years of experience as a top performing sales professional and leader. As the former chief strategy officer for the McCann Worldgroup advertising agency NAS, he brings a fresh perspective to business events. Known for his innovative...

Ryan Estis

Shane Feldman

Future of Work | Build Better Relationships | Create Engaged Communities

Shane Feldman believes community is the answer to every question and the solution to every problem. Having researched community leadership in 30 countries, Feldman has uncovered universal strategies for building engaged communities. Today, he helps leading org...

Shane Feldman

Molly Fletcher

CEO | Business Author | Former Sports Agent

Hailed as the “female Jerry Maguire” by CNN, Molly Fletcher made a name for herself as one of the first female sports agents. She is a trailblazer in every sense of the word — a rare talent of business wisdom, relationship brilliance, and unwavering opti...

Molly Fletcher