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Icons

Our icons are the faces of Canada and beyond, when it comes to the worlds of politics, sports, adventure, business, entertainment and more.

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Michael “Pinball” Clemons

Canadian Sports Hall-of-Famer | General Manager, CFL’s Toronto Argonauts

Few people exemplify the qualities of personal excellence, teamwork, community leadership, and overcoming the odds better than CFL legend Michael “Pinball” Clemons. With boundless energy, Clemon’s talks centre on the potential for each of us to a...

Michael Clemons

Seth Godin

Author, Entrepreneur and Most of All, A Teacher

Seth Godin is an internationally recognized speaker, popular blogger, and global thought leader in innovative business ideas and marketing strategy. Named one of the Top 21 Speakers For the 21st Century by Successful Meetings magazine, Godin draws on his bests...

Seth Godin

Chris Hadfield

Astronaut | First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station

Referred to as “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Colonel Chris Hadfield is a worldwide sensation whose video of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” — seen by over 75 million people — was called “possibly the most poignant version of th...

Chris Hadfield

Rick Hansen

Man in Motion | Champion for Accessibility and Inclusion

Rick Hansen, C.C., O.B.C., is a Canadian icon who has dedicated his life to awakening the world to the potential of people with disabilities. He is best known as the “Man In Motion” for undertaking an epic 26-month, 40,000 km journey around the world in hi...

Rick Hansen

General Rick Hillier

Former Chief of the Defence Staff for Canadian Forces

Leadership requirements on the front lines of business are not so different than those on the front lines of combat, says General (Retired) Rick Hillier. Each position requires a strong and sound vision to lead a united and skilled team. Drawing from more than...

General Rick Hillier

Clara Hughes

Six-Time Olympic Medalist | Mental Health Advocate

After spending half her life striving to be the fastest person in the world, six-time Olympic medalist Clara Hughes decided to switch gears and “slow down to the pace of a human being.” This led her to hike over 16,000 kilometres, where she discovered the ...

Clara Hughes - Photo credit Simon Baker

Martin Luther King III

Global Human Rights Activist

As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III serves as an ambassador of his parents’ legacy of non-violent social change. Motivating audiences with his message of hope and responsibility for...

Martin Luther King III

Silken Laumann

Olympic Hero | Mental Health & Child Advocate

A world champion single sculls rower and a four-time Olympic medallist, Silken Laumann knows what it takes to be the best in the world. She also knows what it means to overcome adversity. While at the peak of her game, a boat crashed into her leg, almost endin...

Silken Laumann

Peter Mansbridge

Former Chief Correspondent for CBC News and Anchor of The National

For more than five decades, Canadians have trusted Peter Mansbridge to guide them through the political, economic, and cultural events that have shaped our nation. He is one of Canada’s most respected and recognizable figures, having spent 30 years as CB...

Peter Mansbridge

Serena Ryder

Juno Award-Winning Musician | Mental Health Advocate

A vocal powerhouse, Serena Ryder is a platinum-selling artist whose raw and earnest songwriting and beautifully electric live performances have made her a favourite amongst fans, peers, and critics alike. She has received numerous accolades, including the pres...

Serena Ryder

Margaret Trudeau

Celebrated Canadian | Mental Health Advocate

Margaret Trudeau is a Canadian icon, celebrated both for her role in the public eye and as a respected mental-health issues advocate. From becoming a prime minister’s wife at a young age, to the loss of both her son and her former husband, to living with bip...

Margaret Trudeau

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir

The Most Decorated Figure Skaters in Olympic History

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir not only danced their way to two gold medals at the 2018 Winter Games in PeongChang, South Korea—they danced their way into the hearts of people around the world. The most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history, the pair are ...

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir

Tessa Virtue

Canadian Figure Skating Icon

The winner of three Olympic gold medals — five medals in total — Tessa Virtue is one of the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history. She, with her partner Scott Moir, has skated into the hearts of people around the world after becoming the younges...

Tessa Virtue