Speakers / Types: Women of Influence

Women of Influence

It may be that the glass ceiling has yet to shatter, but our women of influence have dealt it a staggering number of cracks. From political figures and business leaders to sports stars and entertainers, these women have blazed paths for others to follow.

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Leadership & Diversity Expert | Social Advocate

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is an engineer, author, broadcaster, and award-winning social advocate. Her powerful TED talk, “What does my headscarf mean to you” has more than 1.8 million views, and she has become an internationally renowned speaker on the topics o...

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Susan Aglukark, O.C., LL.B

Award-Winning Inuk Singer/Songwriter

Award-winning Inuk singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark is one of Canada’s most unique artists, who blends the Inuktitut and English languages with contemporary pop music arrangements to tell the stories of her people, the Inuit of Arctic Canada. Aglukark’s ta...

Susan Aglukark

Zahra Al-Harazi

Entrepreneur and Transformative 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, Zahra helps people and organizations realize their potential for success....

Zahra Al-Harazi

The Hon. Rona Ambrose

Former Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition in the House of Commons

The Honourable Rona Ambrose is a dynamic national leader, a champion for the rights of women and girls, the former Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition in the House of Commons, and the former leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Rona knows politics....

Rona Ambrose

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 diverse and ...

Trey Anthony

Award-Winning Canadian Playwright | Diversity Expert

Trey Anthony is a visionary creator, comedian, television writer, and award-winning playwright of international significance. The first African Canadian woman to have her own program on a primetime Canadian network, she is the writer of the critically acclaime...

Trey Anthony

Jann Arden

Renowned Musician | Bestselling Author

Jann Arden can bring a hall full of people to tears through song, only to have them, moments later, rolling in the aisles from her off-the-cuff comedy. Whether she’s performing her music, hosting an event, or telling her deeply personal and affecting stories...

Jann Arden

Sally Armstrong

Human Rights Activist | Journalist | Author

Sally Armstrong has covered stories in zones of conflict all over the world. From Bosnia and Somalia to Congo and Afghanistan, her eyewitness reports have earned her the Amnesty International Media Award four times over, as well as acclaim all over the world. ...

Sally Armstrong

Jeanne Beker

Iconic Fashion Journalist

Jeanne Beker is one of the most influential women in the fashion industry—in Canada and around the world. A long-time celebrity, Jeanne speaks on how she rose to the top of arts and culture media as the iconic host of TV’s Fashion Television, along with wh...

Jeanne Beker

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 leaders a...

Lisa Belanger

Cheryl Bernard

Canadian Olympic Curler

At the age of 23, Cheryl Bernard started an insurance brokerage and propelled the agency to six million dollars in sales in just 11 years. At the age of 43, she helped Canada win a silver medal in curling at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Passionate about i...

Cheryl Bernard

Lisa Bodell

Global Innovation Expert | Award-Winning Author

Lisa Bodell is a global leader on culture and behaviour change. As the founder and CEO of the skill-building firm FutureThink, Bodell has transformed hundreds of thousands of employees from Fortune 500 companies by showing them how to eliminate the complexity ...

Roberta Bondar

Astronaut | Physician | Scientist | Photographer

The first Canadian woman and neurologist to fly in space, Dr. Roberta Bondar is globally recognized for her pioneering contributions to space medicine research, fine art photography, and environment education. She expanded the horizons of millions when she joi...

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Jennifer Botterill

Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist

Jennifer Botterill is one of Canada’s most successful athletes, achieving Olympic glory on numerous occasions. A member of the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team for 14 years, Botterill attended four Olympic games, winning three gold medals and one silver me...

Erin Bury

Technology and Marketing Expert | Start-Up Fanatic

Named one of Marketing Magazine’s “Top 30 Under 30”, Erin Bury is an entrepreneur, marketer, former technology journalist, and startup advisor/investor. A monthly columnist for the Financial Post and a tech commentator on CTV News, Bury shares the ins-an...

Erin Bury

Susan Cain

Bestselling Author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts

Susan Cain believes society dramatically undervalues the talents of introverts. In her bestselling book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, and in her record-smashing TED talk, Cain explores ways to tap-in to the quieter c...

Susan Cain

Cassie Campbell-Pascall

Former Captain of the Canadian Women's Hockey Team

Cassie Campbell-Pascall laced up her first pair of skates when she was five years old. Today, she is a heroine of Canadian sport. A passionate and dynamic speaker, Campbell-Pascall draws on her accomplishments as the captain of the gold-medal winning Canadian...

Jacqueline Carter

Leadership & Mindfulness Expert

The world is facing a global leadership crisis. 77% of leaders think they do a good job of engaging their people, yet 88% of employees say their leaders don’t engage enough, and 65% of employees would forgo a pay raise to see their leaders fired. Leaders...

Jacqueline Carter

Dr. Sherry Cooper

Chief Economist, Dominion Lending Centres

Dubbed the “megawatt celebrity economist” by Report on Business magazine, Dr. Sherry Cooper rose to international prominence because of her uncanny ability to shed light on the oft-murky waters of global economics and personal finance. Making even the most...

Dr. Sherry Cooper

Barbara Corcoran

Real Estate Entrepreneur | Branding Expert | Shark Tank “Shark”

Barbara Corcoran’s got straight D’s in high school and college and 20 jobs by the time she turned 23. But it was her 21st job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country–she borrowed $1,000 and quit her job as a wait...

Barbara Corcoran

Jessi Cruickshank

Television Personality

As the host of many of television’s most popular programs, Jessi Cruickshank knows how to capture eyes and ears. Acclaimed for her hilarious humour and friendly demeanour, Jessi showcases her unique abilities as an emcee, moderator, or on-stage interviewer f...

Jessi Cruickshank

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

Arlene Dickinson

"Dragon" on Dragons' Den | General Partner, District Ventures Capital

“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 toughest of economic ti...

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

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 honours, inc...

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 her person...

Sarah Ferguson by Brian Aris

Molly Fletcher

CEO | Business Author | Former Sports Agent

Molly Fletcher is a trailblazer in every sense of the word. She is a rare talent of business wisdom, relationship brilliance, and unwavering optimism. As the former president of client representation for sports and entertainment agency CSE, she was hailed as t...

Molly Fletcher

Porter Gale

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

Porter Gale has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, business, and tech. She was awarded the Changing The Game Award, by The Advertising Women of New York (AWNY), was on AdAge’s Digital Hotlist, iMedia’s Top 25-Digital Marketers list, and named a...

Porter Gale

Mandy Gilbert

Entrepreneur, CEO & Innovator

Having successfully built two international businesses from the ground up, Mandy Gilbert has been recognized as a United Nations Global Accelerator and ranked as one of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs on Canadian Business‘ Profit 500 list and Cha...

Mandy Gilbert

Risha Grant

Diversity Done Differently

Risha Grant is diversity personified. From her race, gender, and lifestyle choices, to being a small business owner and tackling economic issues, every area of Risha’s life intersects diversity. The founder and CEO of an award-winning diversity consulting an...

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 face-to-fa...

Stacey Hanke

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, Hanley-Dafoe’s key...

Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

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 icebergs, ...

Jill Heinerth

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. Drawing upon her bran...

Sally Hogshead

Jessica Holmes

Celebrated Comedian | Author | Mental Health Advocate

Beloved comedian Jessica Holmes has been a perennial favourite on Royal Canadian Air Farce for 15 years, and has brought the house down opening for giants such as Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey. Her hilarious take on life’...

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, personal talks ...

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Fotini Iconomopoulos

Negotiation and Communication Expert

Nicknamed “the negotiator” since childhood, Fotini Iconomopoulos is an expert communicator with a passion for helping organizations and individuals get what they want. For the last decade, she has been helping Fortune 500 clients and audiences to achieve t...

Fotini Iconomopoulos

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 televisi...

Marci Ien

Chloé James

Host | Emcee | Moderator | Interviewer

Passionate about fintech, business, financial literacy, inclusion and diversity, and uncovering the behind-the-scenes stories of successful business minds, Chloé James has worked extensively as an emcee, panel facilitator, and interviewer. Her stage roles hav...

Chloé James

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 James’ hig...

Neen James

Jennifer Jones

Skip of the 2014 Olympic Champion Curling Team

Jennifer Jones is Canada’s most decorated and recognizable female curler. She won an Olympic gold medal as skip of the Canadian team at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, just 18 months after having ACL surgery, and 15 months after becoming a mother for the fi...

Jennifer Jones

Dr. Shimi Kang

Award-Winning Harvard-Trained Physician | Bestselling Author | Global Social Entrepreneur

An award-winning medical doctor, researcher, and expert on the neuroscience of innovation, leadership, and motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang provides science-based solutions for health, happiness, and achievement in the workplace, classroom, and at home. With almost ...

Dr. Shimi Kang

Sarah Kay

Spoken-Word Poet

Sarah Kay uses the power of spoken word to inspire creativity and self-empowerment in others. In her famous TED talk–a talk that inspired two standing ovations and has been seen by over seven million people online–she tells the story of her metamor...

Sarah Kay

Katty Kay

Lead Anchor, BBC World News America | Co-author, Womenomics and The Confidence Code

Katty Kay is the lead anchor for BBC’s World News America where she covers the full gamut of American and global affairs―reporting on US elections, the White House, Congress, Wall Street, global economies, and world trouble spots. Kay also frequently act...

Katty Kay

Jennifer Keesmaat

Former Chief Planner, City of Toronto | Renowned Urbanist

Jennifer Keesmaat is passionate about creating places where people flourish. Named one of the “most powerful people in Canada” by Maclean’s, one of the “most influential” by Toronto Life, and one of the top Women of Influence in Canada, she spent fiv...

Jennifer Keesmaat

Tasha Kheiriddin

Bilingual Host, Moderator, and Media Commentator

Over the past two decades, Tasha Kheiriddin has worked as a producer with CBC Newsworld, a host with CTV NewsChannel, the host of her own radio talk show on NewsTalk 1010 and Global News Radio, and been an award-winning host-producer at the Cable Public Affair...

Tasha Kheiriddin

Polly LaBarre

Co-Author, Mavericks at Work | Founding Member, Fast Company Magazine

For nearly 20 years, Polly LaBarre has worked to embolden and equip leaders to ramp up originality, invention, and game-changing disruption. Co-author of Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win and founding team member of Fast Company ma...

Polly LaBarre

Silken Laumann

Olympic Hero | Mental Health Advocate

Four-time Olympian Silken Laumann is one of Canada’s most inspirational leaders, a bestselling author, and a highly recognizable and beloved athlete. As an elite athlete, writer, and life coach, Silken has made her work reaching her own potential and helping...

Silken Laumann

Brodie Lawson

Host of The CFL | CFL Game Time | The Grind

What is it like to always have a front row seat at the CFL? From interviewing the league’s top players and coaches, to sharing behind-the-scene moments with fans, Brodie Lawson holds the job that many only dream of. The host of the Canadian Football Leag...

Brodie Lawson

Catriona Le May Doan, O.C.

Olympic Champion Speed Skater | Olympic Broadcaster

Catriona Le May Doan was the fastest woman on ice, and the first Canadian to defend a gold medal at any Olympic games. Having held the world record in the 500 metre speed skating event for ten years, Catriona is a world champion athlete and an inspiration to e...

Catriona Le May Doan