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Jessi Cruickshank

Television Personality | Comedian

Jessi Cruickshank
Speakers Spotlight Showcase 2017
Creating Change
Jessi Cruickshank
Speakers Spotlight Showcase 2017
Creating Change

Renowned for her humour, quick wit, and authenticity, Jessi Cruickshank has been the host of some of television’s most popular programs, including MTV Canada’s The Hills After Show, CBC’s The Goods, and Canada’s Smartest Person. A seasoned presenter, Cruickshank is an in-demand host, emcee, moderator, and on-stage interviewer for corporate conferences, glamorous galas, fireside chats, and more.

Called “the funniest woman on TV today, period” by The Province, Cruickshank broke into comedy as the only girl in an all-male improv troupe alongside Seth Rogen. She soon became a household name as the face of MTV, hosting MTV Live and the smash hit, The Hills After Show, which secured her two Gemini Awards, was syndicated in 10 countries, and generated record-breaking ratings in both Canada and the US. She went on to host, produce, and write her own spin-off pop culture series, The After Show, and was an Etalk correspondent for six seasons.

Today, Cruickshank is the founder of the digital platform, New Mom, Who Dis? This go-to destination for candid, honest, and always funny takes on motherhood has grown into a national brand with a dedicated, global community. She is also the host of the weekly podcast series, Phone a Friend, which debuted as the #1 comedy show across all podcasts. In 2022, Cruickshank hit the road with her first live, cross-Canada tour, “Up Close and Too Personal”, which visited 12 Canadian cities.

Whether in-person or virtually, Cruickshank knows how to work a room. She deftly handles introductions, interviews, and between-segment banter to keep the event running on-time and the audience’s attention glued to the stage, tailoring her content for each event she hosts. Past clients have included Canada Goose, Royal Bank of Canada, the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards, CBC, and many more.

Cruickshank has worked extensively with Plan Canada and Global Citizen. She has travelled to Kenya, India, and Ecuador, advocating for gender equality, education for all, and removing barriers that keep girls from reaching their full potential.

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Presentations listed below include in-person and virtual keynotes, as well as workshops, fireside chats, and other presentation formats.

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  • Jessi was fantastic! She did a great job and we got a lot of compliments on her hosting. We’d look at having her back next year!

  • Jessi always has a big smile and a story that sends a laugh through her audience, yet she still provokes us with thoughts on kindness, social issues, and every person’s power to positively impact another’s life.

  • Year after year at We Day with Free The Children, Jessi has spoken to diverse crowds, from elementary students to adults, teachers, news media, and families. Jessi always captures everyone’s attention, inspiring them with light-hearted jokes and powerful stories.

  • Jessi Cruickshank’s speech left a lasting impression and was a stark reminder for me about how happiness is not a function of material goods and constant novelty, but about enjoying whatever you have, even if it is very little. I hope to apply this more in my own life and transmit some of this to my own children.

  • I’ve been lucky to spend a lot of time with Jessi over the years, from hearing her speak to 16,000 cheering kids to a one-on-one interview in her MTV studio. With excitement, laughter and stories from around the world, Jessi makes important issues like social justice and volunteering both fun and meaningful.

  • Through our work at Free The Children and Me to We, Jessi is one of the few speakers we consistently ask back — including our last three We Days reaching 30,000+ young people. Jessi has the unique ability to connect with youth on a pop culture level but at the same time she speaks with eloquence and depth. Her message of helping others is inspiring, funny, relatable, and, most importantly, impactful. We are honored to work with Jessi and would recommend her as a speaker to anyone.

  • Jessi connected with everyone in the audience in such a way that it is still talked about today. Passionate, funny, approachable, real, and sincere are just a few words that describe her. It didn’t matter if you were a student, media representative, or senior level administrator, she is authentic. Her presentation was impactful and left you feeling empowered and entertained.

  • Jessi’s presentation was a great blend of heartfelt experiences and humour. She was able to command the attention of the audience and was very giving of her time to answer questions at the end of the presentation. She was a great choice for a student event but I believe she could engage and inspire audiences of all ages.

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