Speakers / Types: Motivational Speakers

Motivational Speaker

Do you or your staff need someone to encourage you to work better help you achieve your goals? Our motivating and inspiring speakers share their experiences when overcoming some of life’s most difficult obstacles, and how you can, too.

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Jessi Cruickshank

The Goods and Canada’s Smartest Person

Called “the funniest woman on TV today, period”, by The Province, Jessi Cruickshank is the host of CBC TV’s Canada’s Smartest Person, and the co-host of the network’s new daytime talk show, The Goods, where her self-deprecating humour, ir...

Jessi Cruickshank

Severn Cullis-Suzuki

Environmental Activist

At just 12 years old, Severn Cullis-Suzuki gained international attention when she delivered her famous speech at the Rio Earth Summit, pleading for the delegates to preserve the planet. Since then, Severn has gone on to speak to audiences around the...

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Kate Davis

Humour in the Workplace | Work–Life Balance

Kate Davis has the unique ability to find humour in any situation and offer creative solutions to defuse frustrations in both the workplace and at home. A five-time nominee for the Canadian Comedy Awards who has opened for the likes of Bill Clinto...

Kate Davis

Wade Davis

Anthropologist | Explorer

Wade Davis’s presentations―illustrated by his exquisite photographs―are a wild and moving celebration of the wonder of humanity and the diversity of the human spirit, as expressed through the myriad of cultures he has encountered. An explorer-i...

Jacques Demers

Former NHL Coach | Hockey Commentator | Literacy Advocate

Throughout his storied career, Jacques Demers built a name as one of the most successful coaches in the National Hockey League. After hundreds of on-ice victories across Canada and the United States, Demers went on to a thriving career as a televisio...

Mike Downie

Co-Creator, Secret Path | Documentary Filmmaker

When Mike Downie first heard the story of Chanie “Charlie” Wenjack—an Ojibway boy who died while running away from his residential school—it was like an arrow shot through his heart. Haunted, he shared the story with his brother, cele...

Mike Downie

Josh Dueck

Paralympic Gold Medalist and Flag Bearer

Some spirits are simply unbreakable. In 2004, a harrowing freestyle skiing accident left Josh Dueck paralyzed from the waist down. While his spinal cord may have been damaged, his determination to continue in the sport he loved was not. Just five yea...

Josh Dueck

Linda Edgecombe

Bestselling Author | Motivator

Linda Edgecombe is an expert at shifting perspective. A highly sought after speaker who energizes every room as she encourages people to loosen up, lighten the load, and laugh. Encouraging others to understand that they can change their lives at work...

Linda Edgecombe

Tami Evans

Humorous Motivational Speaker

Tami Evans creates unforgettable experience for audiences. Believing that laughter is a vital part of learning, her entertainment-based content celebrates and motivates participants, engages and empowers employees, creates communication cohesion, boo...

Tami Evans

Terry Evanshen

“The Man Who Lost Himself”

A split second can change the course of an entire life. Football great Terry Evanshen was critically injured in an automobile accident, awaking from a coma two weeks later to find that he had lost 44 years of memories. Today, a truly inspiring speake...

Perdita Felicien

World Champion Hurdler | Two-Time Olympian

Perdita Felicien is a two-time Olympian, 10-time National Champion, two-time World silver medalist, and the only Canadian woman to win a World Championship gold medal in track and field. During her career as a 100-metre hurdler she earned numerous ho...

Perdita Felicien

Sarah Ferguson

The Duchess of York

Internationally recognized for her inspiring story, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, is an acclaimed author, humanitarian, broadcaster, and spokesperson who has spent much of her life in the glare of the public spotlight. Speaking candidly about ...

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Keith Ferrazzi

Expert in Business Relationship Development | Bestselling Author

Keith Ferrazzi is one of the world’s most “connected” individuals. Believing that professional relationships are the real keys to success, Ferrazzi has redefined networking as it was once known. Counselling audiences on how to dramatically acce...

Molly Fletcher

CEO | Business Author | Former Sports Agent

Molly Fletcher is a trailblazer in every sense of the word. As president of client representation for sports and entertainment agency CSE, she spent two decades as one of the world’s only female sports agents. Hailed as the “female Jerry ...

Molly Fletcher

Tom Flick

Former NFL Quarterback | Authority on Leadership, Leading Change and Accelerating Performance

Dynamic and highly sought-after, leadership expert Tom Flick has delivered over 3,000 presentations to a “who’s-who” list of clients that includes Microsoft, Starbucks, Google, Boeing, American Express, Amazon, NASA, Mercedes-Benz a...

Michael J. Fox

Parkinson's Activist | Celebrated Actor

Michael J. Fox has one of the best-known faces in Hollywood. In addition to being recognized as a star in dozens of blockbuster films and highly rated television series, Fox is also recognized world-wide as the face of Parkinson’s disease, a condit...

Michael J. Fox

Porter Gale

Former VP of Marketing at Virgin America | Marketing and Networking Expert | Award-Winning Author

Porter Gale has over 20 years of experience in marketing and advertising. She was awarded the Changing The Game Award by The Advertising Women of New York, was on AdAge’s Digital Hotlist, iMedia’s Top 25-Digital Marketers list, and named a “...

Porter Gale

Sir Bob Geldof

Influential Global Visionary | Pop Icon

Rock musician, songwriter, and political activist, Sir Bob Geldof is the rare combination of musical talent and successful businessman. He created the Live Aid concerts, built a media empire, called urgent attention to the world’s most vulnerab...

Bob Geldof

Yossi Ghinsberg

Adventurer | Amazon Survivor | Inspiration for the Movie Jungle

Yossi Ghinsberg knows survival like almost no one else. When he was just 21 years old, he made headlines around the world for having survived in the Amazon rainforest for three weeks, alone. Today, Yossi draws on the lessons he learned from his ordea...

Marshall Goldsmith

Leadership Development Expert

Helping leaders achieve positive, measurable change in behavior for themselves, their people, and their teams is Marshall Goldsmith’s raison d’etre. Listed by Forbes magazine as one of “Five Top Executive Coaches” and by Human Resources m...

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Dr. Karyn Gordon

Leading Relationship Expert | Media Personality

Dr. Karyn Gordon’s mission is to inspire people to dream their best life, learn the tools and do it! A bestselling author and media personality, Dr. Karyn has worked with hundreds of organizations, from Fortune 500 corporations to small non-profits...

Dr. Karyn Gordon

Kit Grant

The Director of Comfort Zone Infiltration

Who do you call when you want to strengthen relationships among your staff, clients, or customers? Kit Grant. For 35 years, Kit has provided audiences with the necessary tools and techniques that improve teamwork and produce greater productivity and ...

Kit Grant

Bob Gray

Memory and the Turbocharged Brain

How often have you bumped into a client or customer, but for the life of you, you can’t remember their name? Socially, this can be embarrassing, but in business, it can be disastrous. Bob Gray teaches audiences the techniques they need to unloc...

Peter Guber

Entrepreneur | #1 NYT Bestselling Author of Tell to Win

Great story telling is more than just entertainment; it is a highly powerful and vastly underutilized professional business tool. Peter Guber, who is among the most successful executives and entrepreneurs in the world of entertainment and communicati...

Peter Guber

Chris Hadfield

Astronaut | First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station (2013)

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  online  — was called “p...

Chris Hadfield

Stacey Hanke

Communication Expert

Today’s fast-paced business environment requires leaders who can create impact and influence others with sound communication practices. Stacey Hanke has trained over 15,000 executives to influence, persuade, sell, or simply effectively communicate ...

Stacey Hanke

Rick Hansen

Man In Motion | Champion for Accessibility and Inclusion

Rick Hansen is a Canadian icon who has dedicated his life to creating a world that is accessible and inclusive for all. Best known as the “Man In Motion” for undertaking an epic two-year circumnavigation around the world in his wheelchair, Rick i...

Rick Hansen

Poppy Harlow

Anchor, CNN Weekend |CNN Correspondent

As a network correspondent on CNN, Poppy Harlow makes sense of global events, breaking news, business, and economic news for millions viewers throughout North America and around the world. The new anchor of CNN Weekend, a former anchor of CNNMoney....

Poppy Harlow

Scott Harrison

Founder and CEO of charity: water | World Economic Forum Young Global Leader

Scott Harrison has helped to bring clean drinking water to over 6.3 million people worldwide. The founder and CEO of charity: water, one of the most well-known philanthropic organisations in the world, shares how his approach to running a non-profit ...

Scott Harrison

Jennifer Heil

Olympic Champion Freestyle Skier

Jennifer Heil’s vibrant spirit is evident in everything she does, whether speaking in front of a large crowd, or skiing moguls down a mountain. The winner of two Olympic medals, Jennifer inspires audiences when it comes to purpose, problem solvin...

Jill Heinerth

Explorer-in-Residence, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society

More people have walked on the moon than have visited many of the places that Jill Heinerth has seen on Earth. From the most dangerous technical dives deep inside underwater caves, to searching for never-before-seen ecosystems inside giant Antarctic ...

Jill Heinerth

Paul Henderson

The Goal of the Century

Paul Henderson became a Canadian sports legend on September 28, 1972. With 34 seconds remaining in Canada’s game against the Soviet Union, Henderson scored the winning goal and lifted Canada to victory in the “Series of the Century.” Today, Hen...

Doc Hendley

Founder and President of Wine To Water

Bartenders aren’t automatically the people most think of as “CNN Heroes,” but that is exactly what Doc Hendley, the founder of Wine To Water, became after he followed his dream to save thousands of lives around the world by providing those in n...

John Herdman

Head Coach, Canadian Men's Soccer Team

As Head Coach of the Canadian Women’s Soccer Team, John Herdman took a group once called a “struggling squad” to one that has captured the hearts and minds of Canadians. Under his leadership, the team won two back-to-back bronze medals at the O...

John Herdman

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...

General Rick Hillier

Sally Hogshead

Brand Innovation Consultant | Bestselling Author

Why are you captivated by some people but not by others? Why do you recall some brands yet forget the rest? The answer is “fascination,” and―as Sally Hogshead explains―it’s the most powerful way to influence decision making. More persuasive...

Sally Hogshead

Jessica Holmes

Celebrated Comedian | Author | Mental Health Advocate

A favourite on Royal Canadian Air Farce, Jessica Holmes also brings the house down on-stage with her stand-up comedy, opening for giants such as Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey. Her hilarious and validating take on...

Jessica Holmes

Clara Hughes

Six-Time Olympic Medalist | Mental Health Advocate

“Being a champion is not just about winning,” says six-time Olympic medalist Clara Hughes. Believing that actions off the track define us as much as those on it, Hughes inspires people toward success in all areas of their lives. Her candid, perso...

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Tim Hurson

Creative Problem Solving and Productive Thinking

With an energetic blend of insight, humour, and practicality, Tim Hurson teaches audiences around the world the why and how of developing and applying creative intelligence. Whether you’re a manager or an artist, whether you work alone or in a grou...

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Paul Huschilt

Storyteller Extraordinaire

Hilariously funny, smart, motivating, inspiring, and memorable, Paul Huschilt creates conference summaries and keynotes tailored exactly to the needs of your audience. Described by many as indescribable, he’s one of the most unique voices in the sp...

Paul Huschilt

Michael Hyatt

Leadership | Change and Innovation Visionary

Michael Hyatt became a self-made millionaire by building two highly successful tech firms that he sold for $500 million dollars. Today, Michael ranks as one of Canada’s top entrepreneurs, and was a celebrated “Dragon” on CBC’s online se...

Michael Hyatt

Marci Ien

Co-Host, The Social | Former Co-Host and News Anchor, Canada AM

For over 15 years, Canadians from coast to coast woke up every morning to Marci Ien’s friendly, familiar face as the co-host and news anchor of the national morning program, Canada AM. Today, Ien is seen across the country as a co-host of one of te...

Marci Ien

Dr. John Izzo

Bestselling Author | Business Visionary

Dr. John Izzo helps companies maximize their potential from the ground up. For over 20 years, Dr. Izzo has worked with thousands of leaders around the world, on employee-engagement strategies and brand transformations. He has been a pioneer in employ...

Dr. John Izzo

Simon Jackson

Movement Builder | Founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition

Simon Jackson, who shot to fame as the founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition when he was just 13 years old — is a storyteller, connector and movement builder committed to improving our public discourse and shaping a better balance between...

Sabrina Jalees

Comedic Star

Sabrina Jalees’s comedy has taken the world by storm. Opening for the likes of Russell Peters and a headliner comic in her own right, Sabrina never fails to draw laughter with her shoot-from-the-hip style. As a keynote speaker, Sabrina tells her pe...

Sabrina Jalees

Neen James

Sales, Leadership, and Productivity Expert

Today’s leaders and team members live, work, and breathe in a whirlwind 24/7 cycle of commitments, distractions, data, and deadlines, causing them to feel stressed, overwhelmed, and out of control. Productivity, sales, and leadership expert Neen Ja...

Neen James

Mark Jeffries

Strategic Communications | Soft Skills Expert

In highly competitive situations, you need to stand out, get noticed, and be remembered. Strategic communications and “soft skills” expert Mark Jeffries teaches audiences how to make smart moves that bring success. A trusted advisor to global blu...

Mark Jeffries

Dr. Peter Jensen

Authority on Coaching Leadership and Personal High Performance

With the world of Olympic level sport as a laboratory, Peter Jensen has developed a deep understanding of what it takes to be a successful leader of high performers. Combining fundamental leadership concepts with new ideas and ongoing insights from ...

Jamil Jivani

Award-Winning Activist | Lawyer

Jamil Jivani tackles some of the biggest challenges in the world as a lawyer, community organizer, and teacher. With research and teaching appointments at Yale Law School and Osgoode Hall Law School, Jamil focuses on issues that impact youth, immigra...

Jamil Jivani