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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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Dr. Samantha Nutt

Founder of War Child Canada and War Child USA

A leading authority on current affairs, war, international aid, and foreign policy, Dr. Samantha Nutt, a medical doctor and founder of the internationally renowned non-profit War Child, is one of the most recognized voices in the humanitarian arena. For more t...

Samantha Nutt

Lekan Olawoye

Founder and CEO, Black Professionals in Tech Network

A passionate advocate for organizational change and lasting progress, Lekan Olawoye is a leader who is equally comfortable offering high-level business advice as he is passionately speaking about how to be an effective ally. His organization, the Black Profess...

Neil Pasricha

Happiness Expert | Bestselling Author of The Book of Awesome

A Harvard MBA, New York Times bestselling author, award-winning blogger, and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world, Neil Pasricha is “a pied piper of happiness” who dazzles audiences with ideas that skyrocket happiness into the stratosp...

Neil Pasricha

Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry

Leadership and Performance Expert | New York Times Bestselling Author

Organizations face big challenges: whether it is an accelerated rate of change, the threat of disruption, ambitious targets, or aggressive competition. For over twenty years, JP Pawliw-Fry’s curiosity and passion for helping people manage their emotions ...

Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry

Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier

Resilience, Leadership & Burnout Expert

Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier is a bilingual, practicing psychologist and an experienced senior leader with more than 20 years of experience in clinical, counselling, and workplace psychology. With leadership resilience being her key area of focus, Pelletier work...

Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier

Barry Pokroy

Clinical Psychologist | Organizational Behaviour and People Performance Expert

Barry Pokroy helps organizations make lasting and sustainable changes in the performance of their people and the business itself. His extensive background in clinical psychology accelerates performance and drives lasting results. A go-to resource when it come...

Barry Pokroy

Dan Pontefract

Leadership and Work Culture Expert | Bestselling Author of Flat Army and The Purpose Effect

Your people are your most valuable asset, and if you want them to excel―and your profits to soar — you need to abandon your traditional management style and adopt a collaborative, open leadership approach — one that engages and empowers your staff. Dan P...

Dan Pontefract

Mel Robbins

Expert on Defeating Doubt | Award-Winning CNN Commentator | Bestselling Author

In her globally acclaimed TEDx talk, Mel Robbins wowed the world with the science-backed secret to change: The 5 Second Rule. More than 17 million views later, the 5 Second Rule has become a bestselling book and a life-changing movement that challenges thinkin...

Mel Robbins

Dr. Hadiya Roderique

Diversity and Inclusion Advocate | Journalist | Lawyer

As a young, black woman working as a lawyer on Bay Street, Dr. Hadiya Roderique delivered a wake-up call to corporate Canada in the form of her Globe and Mail feature essay, “Black on Bay Street.” Shared more than 13,000 times on Facebook, with the acc...

Hadiya Roderique

Michele Romanow

"Dragon", CBC's Dragons’ Den | Co-Founder and President, Clearco

Tech titan Michele Romanow is a serial entrepreneur who started six companies before her 35th birthday. A “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Romanow is the Co-founder and President of Clearco. Clearco has invested more than $2B into 4,600 compani...

Michele Romanow

Jay Rosenthal

Co-Founder & President, Business of Cannabis

Jay Rosenthal has a 20-year career at the intersection of media, business, politics, and policy — especially as it relates to heavily regulated industries. The Co-Founder and President of Business of Cannabis, Canada’s authoritative source for news and ana...

Jay Rosenthal

Jeff Rubin

Economist | Energy Expert | Bestselling Author

Jeff Rubin was one of the first economists to predict triple digit oil prices back in 2005. One of the world’s leading energy experts, Rubin speaks to why the end of cheap oil means the end of easy answers to renewing prosperity — and the end of globalizat...

Tim Sanders

Leadership and Collaboration

Leadership and Collaboration Expert Tim Sanders was the chief solutions officer and leadership coach at Yahoo, and is the author of four books, including the New York Times bestseller Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business & Influence Friends. Sanders...

Tim Sanders

David Segal

Founder of DAVIDsTEA and Mad Radish | Retail Visionary and Branding Expert

David Segal is an entrepreneur and retail thought-leader. He is best known for bringing radical innovation to a 5,000 year old product category with the launch of DAVIDsTEA, the company he co-founded in 2008. Segal takes audiences through the entrepreneurial j...

Peter Sheahan

International Expert on Leveraging Business Trends and New Market Opportunities

Peter Sheahan is internationally known for his innovative business thinking and thought leadership. A highly successful entrepreneur, he is the founder and CEO of Karrikins Group, a multi-million-dollar consulting practice which attracts clients such as Apple,...

Stephen Shedletzky

Head of Brand Experience and Igniter, Simon Sinek’s Start With Why

Stephen Shedletzky engages people in meaningful ways so that we connect with depth and live in a more fulfilled world. The head of brand experience and an igniter for Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why” team, Shedletzky has a knack for sharing the right word...

Stephen Shedletzky

Graham Sherman

Owner, Tool Shed Brewing Company

Graham Sherman is a self-professed “high level geek” who has used his love of technology to help him master the craft of brewing artisan beer. Together with his partner, Graham launched the Tool Shed Brewery in 2013, and has never looked back. Speaking on ...

Graham Sherman

Simon Sinek

Renowned Leadership Expert | Author of Start With Why and The Infinite Game

Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people, with a bold goal to help bu...

Heath Slawner

Expert on Trust-Based Leadership, Influence and Performance

How can leaders bring teams together to achieve extraordinary results? What do all great organizations have in common, whether they realize it or not? How do we consistently and effectively get people to listen, follow, buy-in, and take the next step? Heath Sl...

Takara Small

Award Winning Technology Journalist & Podcaster

The multi-talented Takara Small helps audiences understand the technology reshaping our world. From AI and advanced robotics, to data and digital health, she offers a glimpse into the future balanced with what organizations can do today to drive growth. Her wo...

Anders Sörman-Nilsson

Futurist | Innovation Strategist

Anders Sörman-Nilsson is a futurist and the founder of the think tank and trend analysis firm Thinque, which provides data-based research, foresight and thought leadership assets for global brands across four continents. The company’s vision is to disse...

Anders Sorman-Nilsson

Barb Stegemann

CEO and Founder, The 7 Virtues | Social Entrepreneur

Barb Stegemann’s entrepreneurial vision was formed after her best friend—a soldier—was severely wounded in Afghanistan. Understanding that supporting Afghanistan’s economy was key to building stability for its people, Stegemann launched The 7 V...

Barb Stegemann

Curt Steinhorst

Distraction Expert

There’s a war for our attention right now. That’s because human attention is the most limited, valuable, and misunderstood resource in the modern marketplace. Focus expert Curt Steinhorst helps leaders and teams take control of their attention and ...

Curt Steinhorst

Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal

Nike's Former Leadership Development and Talent Strategy Head | Resilience Expert

Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal is a leading global authority on resilience, well-being, and mental health. Previously the head of executive leadership development and talent strategy at Nike, she is now the founder and chief resilience officer of the Resilience Lead...

Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal

Scott Stratten

Expert in Un-Marketing

For generations, marketing has been hypocritical. We’ve been taught to market to others in ways we hate being marketed to—why do we still keep trying the same stale marketing moves? Scott Stratten—who has over 185,000 people follow his daily rantings...

Scott Stratten

Eric Termuende

Future of Work and Leadership Expert

A globally recognized thought leader, bestselling author, and speaker, Eric Termuende brings a fresh perspective to workplace culture and the future of work. His actionable and entertaining keynotes combine research, storytelling, and case studies to help lead...

Peter Tertzakian

Energy Economist | Bestselling Author

Peter Tertzakian is an economist, investment strategist, author, podcaster, and dynamic public speaker. Using entertaining stories, he has a unique ability to distil, clarify, and communicate complicated issues surrounding energy, economics, and the environmen...

Peter Tertzakian

Ron Tite

Purpose-Driven Leadership and Marketing Expert

Relevant, engaging, and interactive, Ron Tite exceeds expectations every time he takes the stage. Named one of the “Top 10 Creative Canadians” by Marketing Magazine, he’s an award-winning advertising writer and creative director who has worked with some ...

Ron Tite

Masai Ujiri

President and Vice-Chairman, Toronto Raptors | Founder, Giants of Africa

Masai Ujiri is in his seventh season as President of the Toronto Raptors, leading the team to the most successful period in franchise history, including a NBA Championship. In June 2019, the Raptors won the first NBA title in the franchise’s 24-year hist...

Masai Ujiri

Tina Varughese

Cross-Cultural Communication and Diversity Expert

An Indo-Canadian daughter of first generation East Indian parents, Varughese says her cultural background allows her to find “the best of both worlds” and shed light, knowledge, and, most importantly, universal humour into the changing workplace. H...

Tina Varughese

Nicole Verkindt

Tech Entrepreneur | Founder, OMX

Nicole Verkindt is passionate about leveraging the talents of entrepreneurs and innovation. Named “Canada’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” by StartUp Canada in 2017, Verkindt has a knack for finding industry gaps and building innovative plat...

Nicole Verkindt

Michael Vickers

Sales and Marketing Motivator

Michael Vickers inspires enduring success — redefining what is possible for today’s sales professionals, leaders, and managers. For more than 20 years, Michael has helped organizations and individuals increase the value they being to their clients and beco...

Mike Walsh

Futurist and Authority on Digital Trends in Emerging Markets

As the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century, Mike Walsh prepares business leaders for what’s next. A leading authority on digital transformation and disruptive innovation, Walsh expertly distils his insights into ...

Mike Walsh

John Warrillow

Award-Winning Entrepreneur and Advisor

John Warrillow has more than 20 years of research experience into the small and medium business market. As the founder of The Value Builder System, a cloud-based assessment tool that helps build the value of a company, he has helped more than 55,000 business o...

John Warrillow

Dave Wilkin

Founder of TenThousandCoffees.com | Social Entrepreneur | Mentoring Expert

Dave Wilkin turns all kinds of organizations into engagement engines. A celebrated social entrepreneur, he’s the founder of TenThousandCoffees.com, the world’s largest peer-to-peer mentoring service. With deep experience working with prominent brands, orga...

W. Brett Wilson

CBC TV “Dragon Emeritus” | Celebrated Entrepreneur | Philanthropist

Brett Wilson is a celebrated Canadian entrepreneur, respected philanthropist, and the all-time leading deal maker on CBC’s hit TV show, Dragons’ Den.  Within a penchant for investing in people rather than projects, Wilson is proof that it’s possible t...

Steve Wozniak

Co-Founder, Apple Computer Inc.

Before laptops fit into briefcases, tablets were as thin as magazines, and cellphones fit into pockets, computers were as big as vending machines and certainly not portable. In 1977, Steve Wozniak changed that by unveiling the world’s first personal computer...

Steve Wozniak

Denise Lee Yohn

Brand-Building Expert | Author of What Great Brands Do

Now more than ever, business leaders are looking for fresh ideas, new understanding, and actionable insights to jumpstart their business. Denise Lee Yohn inspires, informs, and instructs them with a completely different way of thinking about their business. Bl...

Peter Zeihan

Geopolitical Strategist

Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist, which is a fancy way of saying he helps people understand how the world works. Zeihan combines an expert understanding of demography, economics, energy, politics, technology, and security to help clients best prepare ...

Peter Zeihan