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Joel Cohen - Speaker, Writer & Co-Producer, The Simpsons
What does it take to stay creative & innovative for 28 straight years? What lessons can be drawn from the process & group dynamics of a hit TV show? Armed with inspired anecdotes & clips, Joel Cohen takes you into the fabled writer's room at The Simpsons to draw the links - & there are many - between maintaining a hit show & running a successful company. In his fascinating & wonderfully humorous presentations, he provides vibrant stories & key lessons to the show’s sustained creative process, group dynamics & culture of innovation.
Steven Page - Speaker, Mental Health Advocate & Iconic Musician
As the lead singer of The Barenaked Ladies & later, as a solo artist, Steven Page has thrilled audiences for more than 25 years. As a hilarious, self-deprecating & moving keynote speaker, he reflects on a life in the arts, as well as on living well, feeling better & healing through music & song. Of course, no Steven Page talk is complete without a few choice tunes. Acoustic guitar in hand, he closes out the set with some old favourites & new gems.
Debbie Travis - Desgin Superstar & Entrepreneur
Debbie Travis is a design superstar, a television icon and producer, a best-selling author, and the centre of a business empire. Equipped with a brilliant sense for both design and business, Travis is a highly sought-after keynote speaker. She talks about how she grew her business and found phenomenal success — all while juggling a busy family life. With few peers, Debbie Travis is a sterling example of business growth that is completely in line with personal happiness.
Jack Uldrich - Speaker, Futurist & Best-Selling Author
Acclaimed global futurist, best-selling author & speaker Jack Uldrich is frequently asked, “What will the future look like?” His response is, “Predictably unpredictable.” Uldrich paints vivid pictures of what the world may look like in just a few short years. He provides an in-depth exploration of how the “internet of things,” big data, social media, robotics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, renewable energy, and “collaborative consumption” will change everyday life for all of us in the very near future.
Ann Handley - Social & Digital Marketing Content Expert; Bestselling Author
Few people can speak about content & marketing with more authority than Ann Handley. Cited in Forbes as the most influential woman in social media, she is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller, Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content. Both inspirational & actionable as well as entertaining & fun, Ann speaks about how you can grow your business through storytelling, content & social media. She currently has more than 350,000 followers on Twitter!
Bill Taylor - CoFounder Fast Company; Speaker, Entrepreneur & Best-selling Author
As cofounder of Fast Company, Bill Taylor speaks with authority on how to stand for something extraordinary in a world of hyper-competition & nonstop change; the connection between who you are in the marketplace & how you lead in the workplace & the importance of making sure that what you know about your field doesn’t limit what you can imagine about the future. Provocative & inspiring, Taylor offers firsthand accounts of how game changers are transforming their companies and shaking up their industries & how you can do the same in your own organization.
Lisa Bodell - Global Innovation & Creativity Expert | Award-winning Author
A globally recognized innovation leader, futurist & speaker Lisa Bodell provides a simple approach to the otherwise complex topic of innovation. Through her keynote presentations & workshops, she empowers audiences with the tools & techniques they need for accelerating change, driving growth & solving problems creatively. She has been rated as a top speaker at Google’s client events & is the author of the bestselling book, Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution
Randall Craig - Expert on Web & Social Media Strategy
Randall Craig has been advising on Web & Social Media Strategy since 1994 when he put the Toronto Star online, the Globe and Mail's GlobeInvestor/Globefund, several financial institutions, & about 100+ other major organizations. He is the author of seven books, including the recently released Everything Guide to Starting an Online Business. A leading authority on Social Media & Web Strategies. he speaks extensively all over North America.
Shama Hyder - Award-winning Entrepreneur; Digital Marketer, Best-selling Author
Known as the “Zen Master of Marketing” by Entrepreneur Magazine & the “Millennial Master of the Universe” by Fast Company, she is also the bestselling author of The Zen of Social Media Marketing. Named as one of the “Top 30 Under 30” Entrepreneurs in America by Inc Magazine in 2013 & honored at the White House as one of the top 100 U.S. companies to be run by a young entrepreneur.
Bob Woodward - Legendary Journalist, Author & Associate Editor, The Washington Post
The most famous political investigative reporter in America & two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Bob Woodward provides a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of government, politics & the role of leadership. He has authored or co-authored 18 books, all of which have been national non-fiction best sellers. Twelve of those have been #1 national best sellers, spanning the years from 1974 to 2010.
Sally Armstrong - Human Rights Activist | Journalist | Author
An award-winning author, journalist & human rights activist Sally Armstrong is a 3-time winner of the Amnesty International Canada media award; holds numerous honorary degrees & is a member of the Order of Canada. Relentless in exposing the abuse of women whether on an American university campus or a village in a war zone, Armstrong shares her experiences reporting from the front lines & imparts her audiences with the lessons she’s learned from the battlefields & the complexities of “human rights” versus “human wrongs.”