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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...

SmartLeese Creative

Improv Emissaries & Creative Connectors

From on-the-spot improvisational inspiration to custom entertainment creations for business events, Lee Smart and Lindsay Leese of SmartLeese Creative have delivered hundreds of live shows, keynote presentations, training sessions and corporate enter...

Smartleese Creative

Clint Smith

Award-Winning Teacher | Acclaimed Spoken Word Poet

Clint Smith believes we all share a story, the human story. It’s in the telling, he believes, that we emerge as individuals and celebrate what we have in common. His two TED Talks, The Danger of Silence and How to Raise a Black Son in America, have...

Clint Smith

Naomi Snieckus

Comedian | Actress, Mr. D.

Often dubbed “The Queen of Comedy,” Naomi Snieckus is instantly recognizable as the hilarious phys. ed. teacher on CBC’s hit comedy, Mr. D. An alumnus of The Second City Toronto where she wrote and performed in numerous hit shows, her t...

Naomi Snieckus

Dennis Snow

Creating Magical Customer Experiences

Happy customers make for healthy bottom lines. If you want to build a customer service culture that gets real results, you need the reliable, proven guidance of Dennis Snow. Drawing on the expertise he honed as a customer service leader throughout hi...

Dennis Snow

Meg Soper

Motivational Humorist | Co-Author of From the Stage to the Page

Meg Soper is recognized as one of the premier motivators in Canada.  She combines her unique blend of comedy with inspirational stories to connect with her audience, break barriers, and deliver practical strategies for being more effective at work a...

Meg Soper

Anders Sorman-Nilsson

Futurist | Innovation Strategist

Is your organisation being digitally disrupted? Is your analogue business model ready for the digital future? Do your leaders and teams suffer from change fatigue? Anders Sorman-Nilsson helps organizations convert disruptive questions like these into...

Anders Sorman-Nilsson

Tommy Spaulding

Leading Through the Power of Relationship

Tommy Spaulding’s career is built on valuable, authentic relationships. More than an expert on networking, he inspires his audiences through his personal stories of connecting with individuals on a level that is more than “business-card&#...

Tommy Spaulding

Steven Spear

Operational Excellence and Innovation Expert

The success of many organizations—from manufacturers to health care providers—increasingly hinges on their ability to manage highly complex processes. Steven Spear, the award-winning academic and consultant, literally wrote the book on how organi...

John Stanton

Founder of the Running Room

John Stanton created his first meeting place for runners over 25 years ago out of the back of a shop.  Now, the Running Room boasts 100 stores and 1,300 employees in Canada and the USA, and have helped encourage nearly a million Canadians to get fit...

Barbara Stegemann

Top Game Changer CBC's Dragons' Den | CEO and Founder, The 7 Virtues

Barbara Stegemann’s entrepreneurial vision was formed after her best friend—a soldier—was severely wounded in Afghanistan. Understanding that supporting Afghanistan’s economy was key to building stability for its people, Stegemann created The...

Barbara 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 re...

Janice Stein

Curt Steinhorst

Distraction Expert

Curt Steinhorst is on a mission to help today’s workforce win the battle against digital distractions. Having spent years studying the impact of tech on human behaviour, he now equips professionals across the world to work smarter and stronger in t...

Curt Steinhorst

Neil Z. Stern

Retail Specialist

If you want your retail business to survive, then you have no choice but to adapt to the new realities of the marketplace. Neil Z. Stern can show you how to capitalize on new trends and let go of old ways that aren’t working. A senior partner with ...

Neil Z. Stern

Duncan Stewart

Tech, Media and Telecom Trends Expert

Everybody needs to know what’s going to happen next. That’s true across all industries, but the areas of technology, media, and telecom seem to be changing faster than ever before. Duncan Stewart helps you get a head of the trends. A globally rec...

Susan Stewart

The Lighter Side of Work and Life

Susan Stewart blends the wit and comedy she’s known for with a moving message about not taking life too seriously. From healing stress with humour to putting the powers of a positive mindset to work, Susan shares the art and practice of seeing the ...

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 perspe...

Nicole Stott

Scott Stratten

Expert in Un-Marketing

For generations, marketing has been hypocritical. We’ve been taught to market to others in ways we hate being marketed to—why do we still keep trying the same stale marketing moves? Scott Stratten—who has over 185,000 people follow his dail...

Scott Stratten

Les Stroud

Outdoor Adventurer | Filmmaker | Singer-Songwriter

Les Stroud has logged more than a million miles around the globe—from the lush jungles of Papua New Guinea and the sun-scorched sands of the Kalahari, to the harsh cold of the Canadian Arctic—shooting his television series Survivorman. In his fas...

Dr. David Suzuki

Award-Winning Scientist, Environmentalist and Broadcaster

Dr. David Suzuki has made it his life’s work to help humanity understand, appreciate, respect and protect nature. A  scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, he is a gifted interpreter of science and natur...

David Suzuki

Alex Tagliani

Indy Car Driver

Fluent in French, Italian and English, the French Canadian is intensely competitive but very personable, passionate and fun.  This combination makes Tagliani well-liked by his competitors and a fan favorite. Racing became his passion at the age of 1...

Bill Taylor

Entrepreneur | Co-Founder, Fast Company | Bestselling Author

Bill Taylor has encouraged a generation of executives and company-builders to think differently about change, leadership, and the new world of work. A spirited and hard-charging entrepreneur, Bill co-founded Fast Company, easily the most influential ...

Bill Taylor

Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci

Co-Founders of Living on One | Award-Winning Documentary Filmmakers

From living in a tent in a Syrian refugee camp to working as radish farmers and surviving on $1 a day in Guatemala, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci are award-winning humanitarians, activists, and filmmakers. On-stage, they demystify some of the world&...

Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci

Mark Tewksbury

Olympic Gold Medalist | Chef de Mission, 2012 Summer Olympic Game | Humanitarian

Mark Tewksbury is a true icon—recognized for his achievements in sport, public speaking, and humanitarianism. A sought after personality, Mark has spent decades sharing his life experience with audiences around the world. He is a charismatic storyt...

Mark Tewksbury

The Carrot Guys

Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton

Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton’s shared message on employee engagement will change the way you do business. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed, bestselling business books The 24-Carrot Manager, and A Carrot a Day, they are consultants to ...

The Carrot Guys

The Passing Zone

Keynote Jugglers

The Passing Zone is one of the most successful and sought-after corporate acts working today. This is their story. Owen Morse and Jon Wee met in 1986 at a juggling convention and instantly knew they were destined to be a team. But they decided to gra...

Dan Thurmon

Peak Performance Coach

Success in life is not determined by circumstances, but by actions. Peak Performance Coach Dan Thurmon’s mission is to help empower people and organizations to achieve success. An action-oriented speaker, Dan incorporates his incredible talents—f...

Dan Thurmon

Brian Thwaits

Brain Trainer

Brian Thwaits is a learning whiz who first demonstrated his flair for performance as an award-winning educator. He’s now an engaging and entertaining ‘brain trainer’ who shows people how to enhance their thinking, communication, innovation, and...

Ron Tite

Marketing, Branding and Creativity Expert

Relevant, engaging, and interactive, Ron Tite exceeds expectations each and every time he takes the stage. Named one of the “Top 10 Creative Canadians” by Marketing Magazine, he’s been an award-winning advertising writer and creative director f...

Ron Tite

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

Co-Host, The Daily Planet, Discovery Channel

Award-winning host Ziya Tong shares her love for wonder, science, and technology, every day as the co-host of Daily Planet, Discovery Canada’s flagship science program. Bringing a wealth of knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to the stage, Ziya s...

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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, Renewable Energy, Liveable Cities and Democratic Renewal

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 Expert

When innovative companies like 3M, Cisco, Pepsi, Deloitte, Ubisoft and SAP want to re-inspire creativity in their employees and executives they bring in David Usher. A creative tour de force, David is the front man of the internationally acclaimed ...

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 believes in the role of entrepreneurs to grow the economy and help solve global issues....

Nicole Verkindt

Michael Vickers

Sales and Marketing Motivator

Michael Vickers inspires enduring success—ultimately, redefining what is possible for today’s sales professionals, leaders, and managers. His sessions are educational and entertaining, filled with useful and hilarious stories. While teaching comp...

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 showcases her dynamic range of hilarious characters. Ou...

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 Warrillow is the founder of five companies, and the bestselling author of  Built To Sell: Creating A Business That Can Thrive Without You, which was recognized by both Fortune and Inc magazines as one of the best books of 2011, and his new book...

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