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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Melissa Leong

Personal Finance Expert | National Media Personality | Bestselling Author

Melissa Leong is one of Canada’s best-loved authorities on personal finance. A sought-after speaker, national media personality, bestselling author, and award-winning writer, she is currently the resident money expert on CTV’s The Social, Canada’s leadin...

Melissa Leong

Amanda Lindhout

New York Times Bestselling Author | Expert on Resilience, Survival, and Optimal Mindset

In 2008, Amanda Lindhout travelled to Somalia — a country often called “the most dangerous place on earth”. Abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road, Amanda was held hostage for 460 days, and survived on her strategy, fortitude, and hope in t...

Amanda Lindhout

Lainey Lui

Co-Host, The Social | Correspondent, etalk | Founder, LaineyGossip

Elaine “Lainey” Lui has been breaking entertainment news since the launch of her world-famous celebrity gossip website, LaineyGossip.com, and as a correspondent on CTV’s Canada’s #1 entertainment show, etalk. Also a co-host on CTV’s The Social, Laine...

Lainey Lui

Ann-Marie MacDonald

Internationally Renowned Novelist | Playwright and Actress | Television Host

Ann-Marie MacDonald is a novelist, playwright, actor, and broadcaster, whose formal training was as an actor. As such, she is an unusual hybrid among literary figures in that she is as at home on stage engaging a live audience, as she is at her desk.  Ann-Mar...

Ann-Marie MacDonald

Rosie MacLennan

Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Trampoline

As a child, Rosie MacLennan often tagged along to her older siblings’ trampoline lessons aching for her chance to shine. And shine she did. Now the current two-time Olympic champion and reigning Pan American Games champion in the individual trampoline eve...

Rosie MacLennan

Elizabeth Manley

Olympic Figure Skater and World Silver Medalist

Boasting more than 30 years in both amateur and professional figure skating, Elizabeth Manley was the first Canadian female to successfully land a triple-double combination jump in competition. She has participated in two Olympic Games (where she won the 1988 ...

Lital Marom

Innovation Strategist and Visionary

A thought leader on agile business processes, digital transformation, and the future of work, Lital Marom is an expert at helping organizations unlock the potential of their business by leveraging emerging technologies and new economic models. In her practical...

Lital Marom

Dr. Danielle Martin

Acclaimed Physician and Health Care Expert

Dr. Danielle Martin sees the cracks and challenges in our health care system every day. A family doctor and national media commentator on the health issues that hit closest to home for Canadians, Dr. Martin speaks with passion on our national health-care syste...

Dr. Danielle Martin

Allison Massari

Inspirational TED Speaker | Burn Survivor | Visual Artist

Hailed by audiences worldwide as “life-changing”, “riveting”, “extraordinary”, “bold”, and “deeply moving”, Allison Massari’s message of courage, kindness, and resilience resonates with participants long after an event has finished. Liste...

Allison Massari

Marnie McBean, O.C.

Three-Time Olympic Gold Medallist | Specialist in Athlete Prep and Mentoring to Olympic Teams

Marnie McBean is one of Canada’s most decorated Olympians, and an expert in turning potential into performance. As a former Specialist in Olympic Athlete Preparation and Mentoring for the Canadian Olympic Committee, McBean prepared athletes emotionally and p...

Marnie McBean

Nilofer Merchant

Former Tech Executive | Bestselling Author

Nilofer Merchant is a renowned business strategist and innovator on a mission to reinvent work so that it actually works. A bestselling author, TED mainstage speaker, and recipient of the “Future Thinker” Award from Thinkers 50, Merchant says few companies...

Nilofer Merchant

Pamela Meyer

Certified Fraud Examiner | Bestselling Author of LieSpotting

Pamela Meyer’s mission is to help people get to the truth. Extensively trained in the use of visual cues and psychology to detect deception, Meyer teaches audiences how to go from lie-spotting to truth-seeking to trust-building. Her riveting TED Talk, Ho...

Pamela Meyer

Tracy Moore

Host, Cityline

Tracy Moore is the enigmatic host of Cityline, Canada’s most influential lifestyle program for women. From Monday to Friday, Tracy is seen on screens across the country trying do-it-yourself projects, learning new recipes, and sizing up the latest fashio...

Tracy Moore

Heather Moyse

Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist | Advocate For Human Achievement

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-sport athlete Heather Moyse is an ambassador, a role model, and above all, a champion. Representing Canada’s national teams in bobsleigh, rugby, and cycling, some have suggested that Heather is Canada’s best all-rou...

Heather Moyse

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

Anna Olson

Culinary Master | Host of Bake with Anna Olson

Anna Olson is Canada’s baking sweetheart, and with her positive and common sense approach in the kitchen, she has become one of the country’s most recognizable television chefs. Hosting Food Network’s Bake with Anna Olson, Fresh with Anna Olson, and Suga...

Anna Olson

Janet Podleski

Bestselling Author | Award-Winning Entrepreneur | TV Host Eat, Shrink & Be Merry

How did two sisters with no formal culinary training, no publishing track record, no food industry experience and—most importantly—no money, end up writing and publishing one of Canada’s bestselling cookbooks of all time? Janet Podleski’s captivating (...

Janet Podleski

Valerie Pringle

Award-Winning Television Broadcaster

Valerie Pringle was one of Canada’s most accomplished and popular television hosts. Selected as one of the “Fifty Famous Faces of Fifty Years of Canadian Television,” by the Banff Television Foundation, her astute questions and charming wit make ...

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

Joannie Rochette

Six-time Canadian Figure Skating Champion | Olympic Medalist

At the 2010 Winter Olympics figure skater Joannie Rochette inspired a nation when she won the bronze medal, just days after tragically losing her mother. Following her performance, she was named Canada’s flag bearer for the closing ceremonies; chosen as a c...

Hadiya Roderique

Diversity and Inclusion Advocate | Journalist | Lawyer

As a young, black woman working as a lawyer on Bay Street, 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 accompa...

Hadiya Roderique

Michele Romanow

"Dragon", CBC's Dragons’ Den | Co-Founder & President, Clearbanc

Tech titan Michele Romanow is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started five companies before her 33rd birthday. A “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Romanow is the co-founder of Clearbanc, which will invest $1 billion in startups in 2019...

Michele Romanow

Carol Roth

Panel Moderator | Business Media Personality

An authoritative voice in business and news media, Carol Roth is a highly sought-after panel moderator and emcee who always ensures that “business is never boring”, making her a time and time again  favourite with all audiences. She is also known for prov...

Carol Roth

Serena Ryder

Juno Award-Winning Musician | Mental Health Advocate

For Serena Ryder, music is medicine. Her raw and earnest songwriting, and beautifully electric live performances, have made her a favourite amongst fans, peers, and critics alike. The award-winning singer-songwriter has won six prestigious JUNO Awards, a MuchM...

Serena Ryder

Danièle Sauvageau

Former Canadian Olympic Hockey Coach

Danièle Sauvageau has done undercover narcotics work for the Montreal Urban Police, busted a squad car full of drug dealers, and even ordered a forced entry and rescue of a double agent whose life was in jeopardy. Hardly the resume you’d expect for the firs...

Daniele Sauvageau

Jade Simmons

Transformative Leadership Expert | Motivational Pianist

How do you get to be named Classical Music’s “No.1 Maverick?” By repeatedly defying expectations, delivering riveting performances, and combining passion and innovation at every turn. Called a “musical force of nature”, Jade Simmo...

Jade Simmons

Christine Sinclair

Olympic Medalist | Canadian Women’s Soccer Captain

Canadian Women’s Soccer Team Captain Christine Sinclair is perhaps best known for the hat-trick she scored in the semi-final match against the USA during the 2012 London Olympic Games. The team finished with a bronze medal from their match against France, wi...

Christine Sinclair

Tara Slone

Co-Host, Hometown Hockey

Tara Slone’s eclectic resume and unique perspective have made her one of the most recognizable faces in the Canadian entertainment industry. The co-host of Hometown Hockey, Tara speaks about her intriguing career path which saw her transition from rock star ...

Tara Slone

Sami Jo Small

Gold Medal-Winning Goalie with the Canadian Women's Olympic Hockey Team

The night before the Olympic game, in the race to the gold medal, Sami Jo Small was told that she would not be on the ice. At first, she was devastated and angry, but eventually, she chose to rise above those  feelings and embraced her new role with enthusias...

Barb Stegemann

CEO and Founder, The 7 Virtues | Social Entrepreneur

Barb Stegemann first launched her perfume company, The 7 Virtues, in her garage, armed with only a dream to help war-ridden nations rebuild. Just eight years later, it is now an award-winning social enterprise — supporting suppliers in countries such as Afgh...

Barb Stegemann

Janice Gross Stein

Founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Whether it’s economics, geopolitics, or international security and terrorism, few people have a better understanding of global issues than Professor Janice Gross Stein. Her dynamic presentations provide a unique perspective into what’s really happe...

Susan Stewart

The Lighter Side of Work and Life

Comedian Susan Stewart blends the wit and wisdom she’s known for with powerful messages about not taking life too seriously — especially in times of adversity and uncertainty. In her stand-up comedy style, Stewart shares ways to see the lighter side of lif...

Susan Stewart

Nicole Stott

Astronaut | Aquanaut | Artist

Nicole Stott has explored from the heights of outer space to the depths of our oceans. She has dedicated her life to sharing her spaceflight experience and the beauty of Earth with others. She believes that sharing the orbital and inner space perspectives has...

Nicole Stott

Tanya Talaga

Award-winning Journalist | Author of Seven Fallen Feathers

An award-winning journalist and author, and the First Ojibway woman to deliver the CBC Massey Lectures, Tanya Talaga is an acclaimed storyteller. Her book Seven Fallen Feathers, a national bestseller that introduced us to seven Indigenous high school students ...

Debbie Travis

International Television Icon | Entrepreneur | Bestselling Author

Known for her fantastic dry British wit, Debbie Travis is the centre of a small business empire that has made her a beloved household name and television icon around the world. Her popular TV shows have aired in more than 80 countries, her weekly syndicated ne...

Debbie Travis

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

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

Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk

Eight-Time National Long Drive Golf Champion | Change and Peak Performance Specialist

How can you stay at the top of your game and perform at the highest level, year after year? Eight-time National Long Drive Champion Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk, went from being a high-handicap recreational golfer to a professional player who hits farther th...

Lisa "Longball" Vlooswyk

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Environmental, Cultural, and Human Rights Advocate

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier is in the business of transforming public opinion into public policy. Experienced in working with global decision-makers for more than a decade, Watt-Cloutier offers a new model for 21st century leadership. She sp...

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Jana Webb

Entrepreneur | Founder and Creator, JOGA

A lifelong athlete, Jana Webb is on a mission to share her inimitable perspective of fitness and health with the world. She is the founder and CEO of Joga, a unique blend of yoga and sport that has revolutionized how people, including elite athletes, strengthe...

Jana Webb

Hayley Wickenheiser

Canadian Women’s Hockey Team | Olympic Gold Medalist | Author

Hayley Wickenheiser is considered one of the best female hockey players in the world. Seven world championships, six Olympic appearances, five Olympic medals — she is a titan of sport and a leader both on and off the ice. Wickenheiser now sits on the Interna...

Hayley Wickenheiser

Nora Young

Host of CBC Radio’s Spark | Author of The Virtual Self

Nora Young is an informed and ideal guide for anyone looking to examine — and plan for — the ever-changing, high-tech landscape. As the host and creator of Spark, CBC’s national radio show and podcast about technology and culture, and the author of The V...

Nora Young

Samra Zafar

Human Rights Activist | Social Entrepreneur | Bestselling Author

After escaping a decade of abuse living as a child bride in a forced marriage in Canada and sharing her story, Samra Zafar became a beacon of hope for many people facing exclusion, abuse, and gender-based violence. Now an award-winning international speaker, a...

Samra Zafar