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Lekan Olawoye

Founder and CEO, Black Professionals in Tech Network and TALENT X

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...

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

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

Jack Armstrong

Award Winning Broadcaster | Toronto Raptors Game Analyst | TSN’s Basketball Insider

Best known as the colourful and entertaining voice of the 2019 NBA Championship winning team, the Toronto Raptors, Jack Armstrong has spent more than two decades covering basketball for TSN and NBA TV. Prior to this, he spent a decade as the head basketball co...

Jack Armstrong

Chris Bashinelli

National Geographic Explorer | Executive Producer and Host, Bridge the Gap

Chris Bashinelli was 20 years old when he traveled to Tanzania to film his first documentary, asking the question: how can we change the world? When he returned, his father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. It was this moment that he realized there was nothi...

Chris Bashinelli

Col. Nicole Malachowski, USAF (Ret.)

First Woman Thunderbird Pilot | Combat Veteran | White House Fellow and Advisor

Colonel Nicole Malachowski defies stereotypes. The first woman pilot on the Thunderbirds, a combat veteran, and a White House Fellow, her distinguished 21-year Air Force career exceeded her wildest dreams. But the dream came to a quick end when a devastating t...

Nicole Malachowski

Kindra Hall

Strategic Storytelling Advisor and Expert

As the president and chief storytelling officer at Stellar Collective, Kindra Hall has worked with top organizations across industries to help tackle today’s communication challenges through storytelling. She is a sought-after keynote speaker trusted by ...

Kindra Hall

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...

Eric Termuende

Amber Kanwar

Prominent Financial and Business Journalist

Amber Kanwar is an expert when it comes to financial markets and disruptive technologies. As the former host of BNN’s The Open, their flagship morning show, Business Day AM, and co-host of The Disruptors, Kanwar has interviewed everyone from CEOs of majo...

Amber Kanwar

Daniel Dale

CNN Reporter | Award-Winning Journalist

Daniel Dale has spent nearly a decade reporting on populist politicians with an aversion to the truth. Beginning with Mayor Rob Ford’s infamous reign in Toronto City Hall, and continuing today at CNN where he’s responsible for fact-checking every w...

Daniel Dale

Ambassador Bruce Heyman

Former US Ambassador to Canada | Author, The Art of Diplomacy

Bruce Heyman served as the US Ambassador to Canada under President Barack Obama from 2014 until 2017. His leadership emphasized the importance of the Canada-US relationship and pushed for more collaboration and cross-border investments. Today, he continues to ...

Bruce Heyman

Jennifer Barroll

Corporate Leadership and Communications Consultant

Jennifer Barroll is a passionate communicator. With a background as an actor, media personality, and stand-up comedian, Barroll uses her quick wit and energetic personality to deliver practical leadership training and communication tools. Having worked with so...

Jennifer Barroll

Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida

Acclaimed Musicians | Award-Winning Humanitarians

One of Canada’s most influential cultural couples, Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida have earned nearly every accolade their country can give them, including a joint appointment to the Order of Canada for their humanitarian efforts. But ask them what the...

Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida

Sandy Jobin-Bevans

Second City Alum | Host & Emcee | Improv Facilitator

A nine-time winner at the Canadian Comedy Awards, Sandy Jobin-Bevans is an alumnus of the legendary Toronto Second City Mainstage, where he wrote and performed five reviews and directed a sixth. He uses his experience as a professional improviser to host and e...

Kellylee Evans

Juno Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter | Motivational Speaker

Internationally acclaimed Juno Award-Winning singer-songwriter Kellylee Evans has been making waves around the world with her energy-charged performances. She shares her inspirational journey of recovery, and showcases the importance of self-care and finding y...

Kellylee Evans

Kai Kight

Violinist | Composer | Innovator | Entrepreneur

Kai Kight has inspired thousands to reach their creative potential. An innovative violinist, composer, and speaker, Kai uses music to fuel his mission to spark a global mindset shift in which ingenuity is the norm, not the exception. He performs mesmerizing, o...

Kai Kight

Drew Dudley

Internationally Acclaimed Leadership Speaker | Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author

Called one of the most inspirational TED speakers in the world, Drew Dudley is on a mission to help people discover the leader within. With more than five million views, his TED talk “Everyday Leadership (The Lollipop Moment)” redefined leadership ...

Drew Dudley

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’...

Melissa Leong

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

Chris Koch

Renowned Motivational Speaker

Chris Koch doesn’t let limitations or obstacles stand in his way. Despite being born without arms and legs, Koch grew up like any other small-town kid — playing road hockey, causing mischief at school, and helping out on his family farm. Neither he or his ...

Chris Koch

Robin Esrock

Renowned Travel Writer and TV Host

Robin Esrock’s success as a global adventurer, travel writer, bestselling author, and international TV personality is no accident — although it did start with one. After a bike accident left him with a modest insurance settlement, Esrock quit his job to se...

Robin Esrock

Brian Burke

NHL Leader | Community Activist | Philanthropist

The former president of hockey operations for the Calgary Flames, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the general manager for the United States Olympic national hockey team, Brian Burke is a dynamic figure in both the worlds of busine...

Brian Burke

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

Shane Feldman

Connection | Community | Leadership

In this digital age of distraction and disconnection, many companies are finding it increasingly challenging to engage and retain both top-tier talent and customers. This is where Shane Feldman thrives. Recognized by The White House, The Prime Minister of Cana...

Shane Feldman | Speakers' Spotlight

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

Psychologist | Author | Entrepreneur

An international authority in psychological profiling, talent management, leadership development, and people analytics, Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic uses science and technology to help organizations predict human performance. Currently the Chief Talent Scientis...

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

Anthony McLean

Leadership | Mental Health | Inclusivity

With a background in theatre, Anthony McLean delivers lively presentations on mental health, diversity, and inclusion. He has delivered hundreds of inspiring talks across Canada, the US, and Australia, and, as a respected voice in his field, appeared on CBC Ne...

Anthony McLean

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, Samra Zafar became a beacon of hope for many people facing exclusion, abuse, and gender-based violence. Now an award-winning international speaker, bestselling author, sch...

Samra Zafar

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

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

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

Justin Kingsley

Award-Winning Storyteller and Creative Strategist | Bestselling Author | Filmmaker

Justin Kingsley is one of the most versatile and truly unique storytellers in the world. A New York Times bestselling author, Kingsley is a strategist, creative director, filmmaker, photographer, and a former press secretary under Prime Minister Paul Martin. N...

Justin Kingsley

Dan Gardner

Risk Management & Forecasting | Award-winning Journalist | Bestselling Author

Can we improve our ability to forecast the future and manage risks to do better in business and life? Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Dan Gardner tackles these questions and more in his eye-opening and mind-expanding talks. Based on his bestsel...

Dan Gardner

Vinh Giang

Entrepreneur | Master Communicator | Magician

For more than 15 years, Vinh Giang has dedicated himself to mastering the art of performance-enhanced communication, helping thousands of professionals worldwide do the same through the power of magic. In his inspiring talks, Giang seamlessly integrates storyt...

Scott Burrows

Expert on Vision, Mindset, and Pure Grit

Scott Burrows has lived the hero’s journey. Growing up as an all-star athlete, Burrows played college football at FSU and was a top-ranked kickboxing champion whose last fight was broadcast by ESPN. During the height of his athletic career though, Burrows su...

Scott Burrows

Afdhel Aziz

Expert on Purpose & Organizational Culture | Bestselling Author

Afdhel Aziz is one of the world’s leading experts in organizational purpose, marketing innovation, and social entrepreneurship. After a 20-year career as a global marketer at Procter & Gamble, Nokia, Heineken, and Absolut Vodka, Aziz is now the Found...

Afdhel Aziz

Bobby Jones

Marketing for Social Change

Bobby Jones is an expert on engaging people for social change. He is the co-author of the bestselling book Good is the New Cool: Market Like You Give Damn, a bold manifesto and how-to guide helping marketers to address environmental, civic, and economic issues...

Bobby Jones

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

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 ...

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Expert on Resiliency and Workplace Wellness

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning psychology and education instructor who specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, and personal wellness in the workplace. Described as transformational, engaging, and thought-provoking, Hanley-Daf...

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

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

Lane Merrifield

“Dragon” on CBC’s Dragons’ Den | Tech Entrepreneur

The newest “dragon” to join CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Lane Merrifield is one of Canada’s leading tech entrepreneurs. He is the founder of Club Penguin, the largest children’s online social network. At age 28, he sold it to Disney for $350 millio...

Lane Merrifield

Maydianne Andrade

Expert on Creating Equitable Workplaces

As the Vice-Dean of Faculty Affairs and 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 in...

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

Alex Hutchinson

Human Performance Expert | Award-Winning Journalist | Bestselling Author

Many believe our limits are defined by physical traits, but Alex Hutchinson knows that limits only exist in our minds. An award-winning science journalist, Alex draws on his experiences as an elite long-distance runner for Canada’s national team and as a sci...

Alex Hutchinson

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

Todd Hirsch

Chief Economist, ATB Financial

For more than 20 years, Todd Hirsch has been a sought-after economist working for renowned institutions including the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canada West Foundation, and the Bank of Canada. As the Vice President and Chief Economist for ATB Financial, a f...

Todd Hirsch

Gregor Jeffrey

Communication Thought Leader

So many of us struggle with communication in our work or in our personal lives. Gregor Jeffrey’s own challenges with communication led him to a remarkable discovery — that the key to connecting with others and achieving influence can be found in scienc...

Gregor Jeffrey

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

Swish Goswami

Startup Canada's Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Swish Goswami has built a multi-hyphenate career. Just 23 years old, he is already a serial entrepreneur; a LinkedIn Youth Editor; a past Fortune 500 consultant for Google and American Express; a venture capitalist; a UN Youth Ambassador; and a three-time TEDx...

Manu "Swish" Goswami

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