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Warren Tomlin

Former Global Chief Innovation Officer for IBM | Innovation, Marketing, Strategy and Technology Expert

It’s revolution, not evolution. An industry recognized innovation, marketing, strategy and technology leader, Warren Tomlin is the former Global Chief Innovation Officer for IBM, where he led the development of IBM Mobile and Emerging Tech. Named o...

Warren Tomlin

Ziya Tong

Former Co-Host, Daily Planet, Discovery Channel

Award-winning host Ziya Tong shared her love for wonder, science, and technology, every day as the former co-host of Daily Planet, Discovery Channel’s long-running science program. Bringing her wealth of knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to the...

Ziya tong

Alexandre Trudeau

Documentary Filmmaker | Journalist

Documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist, Alexandre Trudeau shares his bold views on the political, social, and economic forces of our times. Having gained widespread recognition for his edgy and insightful humanism and for his brave iconoclasm...

Alexandre Trudeau

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 livin...

Margaret Trudeau

Chris Turner

Expert on Sustainability, Climate Change, Cleantech and the Global Energy Transition

Chris Turner is one of Canada’s leading voices on climate change solutions and the global energy transition, who draws on recent breakthroughs in state-of-the-art renewable energy and urban design to paint a vivid portrait of a new, sustainable w...

Dr. Natasha Turner

Leading Naturopathic Doctor | Bestselling Author

Dr. Natasha Turner’s goal is to inspire others to make positive lifestyle choices in order to enjoy healthier lives. Bright, energetic, and someone who practices what she preaches, Dr. Turner provides the motivation people need to take charge...

Dr. Natasha Turner

David Usher

Juno Award-Winning Musician | Creativity & AI Expert

When innovative companies like Google, 3M, Cisco, Pepsi, Rogers, and SAP want to re-inspire creativity in their employees and executives they bring in David Usher. He doesn’t just talk creativity and artificial intelligence (AI) — he lives it. Dr...

Jennifer Valentyne

Host, “The Bachelor and the Bachelorette Canada After Show” | Co-Host, Q107

The warm and smiling face of Breakfast Television Toronto’s “Live Eye” segment for 23 years, Jennifer Valentyne is now the host of “The Bachelor and The Bachelorette Canada’s” first live After Show on the W Network, and a co...

Jennifer Valentyne

Max Valiquette

Innovation, Transformation and Marketing Expert

For over twenty years, Max Valiquette has been at the forefront of what’s now, what’s new, and what’s next. Anointed by Marketing Magazine as one of Canada’s “most influential Marketers,” Max has worked with some of the biggest companies ...

Adam van Koeverden

World and Olympic Champion Kayaker | Sports Analyst, CBC TV

World Champion kayaker Adam van Koeverden first captured the world’s attention at the 2004 Olympic Games, where he was a double medallist with gold and bronze victories. Since then, he dominated the sport, taking silver at both the 2008 and 2012 Ol...

Adam van Koeverden

Nicole Verkindt

Founder, OMX | “Dragon”, Next Gen Den

Nicole Verkindt is passionate about leveraging the talents of entrepreneurs. The founder of OMX (Offset Market Exchange) and a Dragon on CBC’s Next Gen Den, she understands the powerful role entrepreneurs have in growing the economy and helping to ...

Nicole Verkindt

Michael Vickers

Sales and Marketing Motivator

Michael Vickers inspires enduring success — redefining what is possible for today’s sales professionals, leaders, and managers. For more than 20 years, Michael has helped organizations and individuals increase the value they being to their client...

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir

The Most Decorated Figure Skaters in Olympic History

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir not only danced their way to two gold medals at the 2018 Winter Games in PeongChang, South Korea—they danced their way into the hearts of people around the world. The most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history, the...

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir

Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk

Seven-Time Canadian 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? Seven-time Canadian Long Drive Champion Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk, went from being a high-handicap recreational golfer to a professional player who hits ...

Lisa "Longball" Vlooswyk

Erik Wahl

The Art of Vision

Internationally recognized artist, TED speaker, and #1 bestselling author, Erik Wahl’s message is that disruption is the new normal and businesses must embrace creativity in a wholesale fashion, or risk being left behind. His presentation insp...

Erik Wahl

Mike Walsh

Futurist and Authority on Digital Trends in Emerging Markets

What does it take to lead a 21st century company? Can we re-imagine the way we do business? Mike Walsh prepares business leaders for what’s next. A leading authority on the intersection of emerging technologies, consumer behavior, and fast growth m...

Mike Walsh

Mary Walsh

Comedian | Actress | Mental Health Advocate

Acclaimed comedian Mary Walsh is best known for her multi-Gemini-Award-winning  work on CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes — the long-running satiric, current events program she created, and which showcased her dynamic range of hilarious characters....

Mary Walsh

Bill Walton

Basketball Legend | Broadcaster | Humanitarian

Bill Walton has a passion—for his work, for family and friends, for music, for life, and for greatness! Bill brings his out-sized passion to the stage and inspires audiences with tales from an improbable life in sport and beyond. He speaks about th...

Bill Walton

Frank Warren

Creator, The PostSecret Project

As the creator of the PostSecret Project, Frank Warren is one of the most trusted people in the world. An online phenomena where people share their private hopes, desires, and fears, the PostSecret website allows people to confess the secrets they c...

Frank Warren

John Warrillow

Award-Winning Entrepreneur and Advisor

John Warrilow has more than 20 years of research experience into the small and medium business market. As the founder of The Value Builder System, a cloud-based assessment tool business owners can use to assess the “sellability” of their ...

John Warrillow

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 over a decade, Watt-Cloutier offers a new model for 21st century leadership. ...

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Dr. Greg Wells

Health & Performance Expert | Physiologist | Bestselling Author

In high performance business situations, the human mind and body have to work together for ultimate results. Dr. Greg Wells is a health and high performance expert who draws the parallels between elite athletes and top executives to help business lea...

Greg Wells

Paul Wells

Senior Editor, Maclean's Magazine

Nobody knows Ottawa better than Paul Wells, the senior editor of Maclean’s magazine and former national affairs columnist at The Toronto Star. In more than two decades on the Hill, Paul has covered seven federal elections, three prime minist...

Paul Wells

Spencer West

Double Amputee | Motivational Speaker for Social Change

After losing both legs from the pelvis down at the age of five, Spencer West tackled challenge after challenge, learning to navigate in a world set against those with disabilities. As a global speaker, he has captivated hundreds of thousands, talking...

Spencer West

Micah White

The Future of Protest | Social Change | Social Movements

Is protest broken? Micah White, the co-creator of Occupy Wall Street, former AdBusters editor, and the author of The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution, thinks so. Recent years have witnessed the largest protests in human history, yet thes...

Micah White

Hayley Wickenheiser

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

Hayley Wickenheiser is regarded as 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. In her 23 years as an Oly...

Hayley Wickenheiser

Dave Wilkin

Founder of TenThousandCoffees.com | Social Entrepreneur | Mentoring Expert

Dave Wilkin turns all kinds of organizations into engagement engines. A celebrated social entrepreneur, he’s the founder of TenThousandCoffees.com, the world’s largest peer-to-peer mentoring service. With deep experience working with prominent br...

Brian Williams, O.C.

Host, CTV’s Olympic Prime Time

With more than 25 years of broadcast experience, Brian Williams is considered the “dean of Canadian sports commentators.” He has covered virtually every national and international professional-sports event, as well as major amateur tournaments. A...

W. Brett Wilson

CBC TV “Dragon Emeritus” | Celebrated Entrepreneur | Philanthropist

Brett Wilson is a celebrated Canadian entrepreneur, respected philanthropist, and the all-time leading deal maker on CBC’s hit TV show, Dragons’ Den.  Within a penchant for investing in people rather than projects, Wilson is proof that it’s ...

Ken Wong

Marketing and Strategic Planning Expert

Ken Wong is not your typical academic. With work that has earned him the cover of Canadian Business and Strategy magazine and a place in the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends, he is known for his energetic, entertaining and content-rich presentation...

Bob Woodward

Legendary Two-Time Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist | Author | Associate Editor, The Washington Post

Former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wished he’d recruited Bob Woodward into the CIA. A journalistic icon who gained international attention when he and Carl Bernstein broke the deeply disturbing news of the Watergate scandal, ...

Bob Woodward

Steve Wozniak

Co-founder, Apple Computer | Chief Scientist, Fusion-io

Before laptops fit into briefcases, before iPads fit into purses, and before iPhones fit into back pockets, computers were as big as vending machines, and certainly not portable. In 1977, Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple (with Steve Jobs) chang...

Steve Wozniak

Denise Lee Yohn

Brand-Building Expert | Author of What Great Brands Do

Now more than ever, business leaders are looking for fresh ideas, new understanding, and actionable insights to jumpstart their business. Denise Lee Yohn inspires, informs, and instructs them with a completely different way of thinking about their bu...

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; she helps audiences understand trends in social media, big  data, wearable tech and more, while showing them how to bette...

Nora Young

Ray Zahab

Inspirational Ultra-Marathon Runner and Adventurer

Ray Zahab wants people to know they are extraordinary. A former sedentary “pack a day smoker”, Ray turned his life around in 1999 when he decided to get in shape and enter the world of ultra-marathons. Since then, he’s gone on to inspire millio...

Benjamin Zander

Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic

Benjamin Zander offers a startling new perspective on leadership. Using stories and music, the world famous conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra awakens possibility in others, demonstrating that tapping into innate creativity can help peopl...

Peter Zeihan

Geopolitical Strategist

Geopolitical Strategist Peter Zeihan is a global energy, demographic and security expert. His worldview marries the realities of geography and populations to provide a deep understanding of how global politics impacts markets and economic trends, to...

Peter Zeihan