Entertainer and speaker on innovation, author of Advantage Play: A Manager's Guide to Creative Problem Solving.
Educated at the University of Toronto (BA), the University of Western Ontario (LLB), and the London School of Economics (LLM), David Ben retired from practicing tax law to pursue his passion for creativity, performing and community. As a magician, David was the sole protégé of Ross Bertram - one of the great sleight-of-hand artists of the twentieth century. David is a member of London's prestigious Magic Circle and has performed throughout the United States, Canada, England and Japan. In addition to performing magic, David acts as a keynote speaker on creativity, innovation and problem solving. A feature presenter at The Walrus Talks (Performance), IdeaCity, and a two-time presenter at the Smithsonian, David has addressed a broad range of associations and corporate clients in the United States and Canada.
David was the co-writer (along with Canadian broadcast icon Patrick Watson), performer and producer of The Conjuror (Shaw Festival, Theatre ROM, Isabel Bader Theatre) and The Conjuror's Suite (Salon ROM, Charlottetown Festival), Tricks (Artword Theatre) and Natural Magick (Luminato Festival). David has made numerous television appearances and was also the subject of an award-winning documentary film
A Conjuror in the Making that aired on Breakfast with the Arts on the A&E Network and on Adrienne Clarkson Presents on the CBC.
David is the author of four books. His first, Advantage Play: A Manager's Guide to Creative Problem Solving, examines magicians, card cheats and psychics as models of creativity and pragmatic problem solving and was published by Key Porter Books. His second, Tricks, was a how-to book for magicians published by Squash Publications. His third book was Dai Vernon: A Biography, the first volume of a long-awaited portrait of the life and times of the most influential magician of the twentieth century. The fourth, a landmark book, Zarrow: A Lifetime of Magic, a portrait and technical retrospective of one of magic's most revered arrangers, Herb Zarrow. David will soon complete the business biography of Allan Slaight scheduled to be published in 2013. David is also the author of several articles and essays published in several journals including the Canadian Literary Review, Genii, A Conjuror's Magazine and Magicol: A journal of magic history and collectibles.
David is also a consultant for a variety of film, television, print and theatre projects including The Shaw Festival's production of Ragtime, Soulpepper Theatre's production of Tom Stoppard's Travesties and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Brian Johnson's short film based on Denis Lee's book of poetry Yes/No, and Michael Ondaajte's award winning novel, Divisadero.
David is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Magicana a performing arts organization and registered charity dedicated to studying and promoting magic as a performing art. He spearheaded My Magic Hands, a program designed to use the process of learning, practicing and performing magic as an introduction to creativity and the arts for underprivileged and disadvantaged children; and Senior Sorcery an intergenerational initiative to bring live theatre to isolated seniors in their homes and community.
Andrew Bennett is an unique speaker who understands business, leadership, culture, transformation and the power of the heart and mind. His insights are backed by research and presented using magic tricks and an easy-to-use Transformation Framework of principles and tools. Magic and stories from his personal and professional experience put people in a place of openness. In a flash people are rethinking possibilities and obstacles, opening the door to innovative thinking. They let go of blame and discouragement and step up to personal responsibility.
With over two decades experience as a global leadership and organizational culture consultant, Andrew is also an executive coach working with clients all over the world including Fortune 100 companies like Ford Motor Company, Marriott, GE Healthcare, and organizations of all sizes, public and private, including government, education, health care and non-profit. He has been involved in nearly 40 major organizational transformations with these clients over the last 20 years.
Andrew is a former corporate executive with a Fortune 100 company who started his career as H. Ross Perot’s personal assistant. Eight years later he led a $65 million business in Australia.
A magician for 45 years, Andrew is a Member of The Magic Circle, the oldest and most prestigious society of magicians in the world. Members include David Copperfield, David Blaine, Johnny Carson, and Cary Grant.
Culinary adventurer, chef, artist and seven time Guinness World Record holder Bob Blumer is the creator and host of the television series Surreal Gourmet, and Glutton for Punishment, and a producer and host of World's Weirdest Restaurants. His shows air in over twenty countries world-wide.
In World's Weirdest Restaurants, the passionate and indefatigable gastronaut circles the globe in his quest to find the world's weirdest and wackiest restaurants. Some of his discoveries include a Japanese isakaya where Macaque monkeys serve beer, a New York City pop-up where patrons dine in the nude, and Modern Toilet in Taipei where curry is served in miniature porcelain toilet bowls.
On Surreal Gourmet and in his books, Bob transforms ordinary ingredients into wow-inspiring dishes through simple cooking methods and whimsical presentations. Along with his iconic Toastermobile, they have become his culinary trademark. Blumer's artful approach to cooking, confidence-inspiring instructions, and contagious enthusiasm endear him to a loyal following in North America, Asia, and Europe - territories where he travels regularly.
On Glutton for Punishment, Bob channels his passion for food and his competitive nature into a series of culinary adventures that are inspiring, entertaining and often amusing. In every episode, he has five days to learn a physically daunting culinary skill, then he is thrown to the wolves as he competes in a related professional competition, or attempts to rise to the occasion of a challenge. In the fifth and final season of the show, Bob successfully broke or established seven food-related Guinness World Records.
Bob is also the author of five acclaimed cookbooks and the co-author of the best-selling Pizza on the Grill.
His most recent book Glutton for Pleasure: signature recipes, epic stories and surreal etiquette was summed up
by Publisher's Weekly as
Equal parts memoir, lavish art book, multi-genre soundtrack and culinary tour de
Bob has been an ambassador for Second Harvest in Toronto for 5 years, and helps to raise funds for several other noble causes. He also makes personal appearances and presents his signature surreal meals around the globe. In 2013 he returned to his artistic roots, creating a show of 25 surreal wine glasses and decanters that he exhibited in Napa, CA, and designing a Surreal Gourmet Suite for Toronto's legendary Gladstone Hotel. When he is not traveling for work or pleasure - which is most of the time - the transplanted Canadian cycles daily in the canyons near his home in the Hollywood Hills, doing his best to stay in shape for his next big adventure.
Hearing-impaired comedienne, inspiring and entertaining speaker and author.
Gifted comedienne, award-winning actress, accomplished author, and renowned inspirational speaker Kathy Buckley is a force like no other. Billed as 'America's First Hearing Impaired Comedienne', Kathy Buckley is also a five-time American Comedy Award Nominee as Best Stand-Up Female Comedienne. As an actress, she is known for her guest starring roles on shows such as Touched by an Angel, and for her critically acclaimed one woman Off-Broadway show, Don't Buck with Me/Now Hear This!. As a motivational speaker, she inspires hundreds of thousands of people around the world, sharing her story of overcoming some of the most difficult obstacles one can imagine in life, and how she met those challenges with dignity, courage, and laughter.
Kathy's book, If You Could Hear What I See, will have you laughing and crying as you experience the amazing story of her life. She has received thousands of letters and emails of thanks and praise, regarding both her book and her original PBS special, No Labels, No Limits! She was awarded the CINE Golden Eagle Award as the writer and executive producer of the special, and the Media Access Award for Outstanding Television Special. Her highly acclaimed autobiographical theater play, Now Hear This! had its Off-Broadway premiere at New York's Lamb's Theater, and not only brought the comic actress a legion of faithful new fans, but a wealth of critical praise from New York media.
In record time, she became one of the most popular comediennes in the country with material based on, among others things, her hearing loss. That impairment, however, is only one of the many hurdles Kathy has encountered in her life. Her poor performance in second grade landed her in a school for mentally and physically impaired children. It took school administrators, psychologists, and audiologists nearly a year to discover it was just a hearing loss and not a lack of mental acuity that was impeding her speech and language development. Today, Kathy shakes her head as she quips to amazed audiences, '... And they called me slow?'
She was featured in the HBO Television Special, 'Women of the Night', shot on location at the U.S. Comedy Festival in Aspen, Colorado. She was included in the E! Entertainment Television Special, The World's Most Intriguing Women. Kathy was also the focus of I Can Hear the Laughter, an Emmy award-winning documentary.
Stand-Up Comedian, sought after entertainer and star of television's Corner Gas and Hiccups
Born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Brent Butt discovered early that being funny was a good way to get attention. Brent honed his comedy in school and at the age of 20 moved to the city to pursue a career in stand-up. Within months he was headlining top clubs in Toronto, and within a couple years he was touring internationally and appearing at major festivals. His television specials quickly secured his reputation as one of the funniest people in the country, but he was also busy creating his own TV series – a sitcom called Corner Gas. It became an instant hit with unprecedented ratings and numerous accolades including an International Emmy Award nomination, and was named "Funniest Show on TV" by TV Guide readers. Canada's favourite comedy is now shown in over 26 countries including the US. The final episode of the series was "the highest (rated) on record for a Canadian scripted series since it began keeping track in 1994" Brent's follow-up series Hiccups ran for two seasons. In 2013 Brent was honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to community and country. That same year Brent's first feature film entitled No Clue and directed by Carl Bessai was released. Brent wrote, starred in and produced the film under his Sparrow Media banner. The highly anticipated feature film return to Dog River with Corner Gas: The Movie saw the entire beloved cast reunited to the delight of rabid fans and new fans alike and the movie would go on to receive a special Golden Screen Award at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards. Most recently Bell Media announced an all-new animated version of the iconic comedy franchise entitled Corner Gas: Animated. Re-imagined by creator and star Brent Butt the first 13 episode season is expected to premiere as part of The Comedy Networks 2017-2018 broadcast season. Production is now underway. With Brent performing, writing, executive producing, and even directing, there is little doubt the future holds many untold achievements for one of Canada's brightest stars.
Karyn Buxman is an international speaker, successful author, and neurohumorist (living at the intersection of the brain and humor). Karyn is a pioneer in the field of applied humor, starting with her masters thesis in graduate school and now continues her partnerships with leading neuroscientists. Today Karyn helps leaders—and those they serve—achieve peak performance and optimum health through the art and science of applied humor.
More than 500 organizations—including NASA, the Mayo Clinic and the Million Dollar Round Table have hired Karyn to entertain, educate, and inspire their audiences again and again. Karyn’s mission: To improve global health, business, and peace through laughter and heal the humor-impaired.
Stand-up comic, humor in the workplace expert, and author of Standup Comedy: The Book.
Judy Carter is a stand-up comic, author, and master teacher who has appeared on over one hundred TV shows. She is the author of Standup Comedy: The Book which has sold over 150,000 copies. Her latest book The Comedy Bible was featured on Oprah and Good Morning America.
Judy is the founder of Comedy Workshop Productions, which runs comedy classes nationwide. Carter also produces the annual California Comedy Conference, which is attended by top Hollywood VIPs including executives from HBO, Warner Bros, William Morris Agency and others. Her expertise at teaching others to use comedy to transform their lives and careers has created a nationwide demand for her as a corporate and college speaker. Carter has inspired thousands of people to use humor to deal with change and laugh their way out of stress.
Carter's pioneering approach to turning problems into punchlines has generated articles in the Wall Street Journal, LA Times, New York Times and Success Magazine as well as features on CNN, ABC World News, Oprah, and National Public Radio, where she transformed two somber IRS agents into killer comics. She has brought her
don't get mad, get funny philosophy to Fortune 500 companies such as Boeing, Lucent Technologies, Fedex, Blue Cross and Pacific Bell. They have found her
tell-it-like-it-is (only funnier) approach advantageous when tackling sensitive issues like downsizing and layoffs.
Carter started her career as a professional magician, being one of the first women to work at the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood and created quite a stir with her death-defying escape from her grandmother's girdle. Carter's standup career launched when United Airlines lost the baggage with her magic act and she had to go onstage without it. Since then, Carter has headlined at comedy venues such as the world famous Hollywood Improv and Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, and was nominated for Atlantic City's Entertainer of the Year.
Authority on innovative ideas to handle conflict, reduce stress and motivate employees.
Fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride! Christine Cashen delivers a fast-paced, hilarious program with useful content that makes her a sought after speaker worldwide. For more than 15 years, she has jazzed an amazing variety of audiences throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa and Australia. Christine is an authority on sparking innovative ideas, handling conflict, reducing stress and energizing employees.
Before hitting the speaking scene, Christine was a university admissions officer, corporate trainer and broadcaster. Hey — she even votes. Christine holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication and a Masters Degree in Adult Education. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).
In July of 2014, Christine was inducted into the National Speakers Association, CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®, Admission into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame is a lifetime award for speaking excellence and professionalism. Inductees are evaluated by their peers through a rigorous and demanding process. Each candidate must excel in seven categories: material, style, experience, delivery, image, professionalism and communication.
What makes her unique is the “real” factor. Whether talking about her “hottie engineer” husband, her pet peeves or growing up in an Italian/Irish household, audiences always relate to her experiences, struggles and lessons. She combines a down-to-earth attitude with a colorful artistic streak. Comments such as “I feel like I’ve known her forever,” “we must take her back to our workplace” and “it felt as if Christine was speaking directly to me,” are a testament to her effectiveness and style.
Christine is the author of THE GOOD STUFF: Quips & Tips on Life, Love, Work and Happiness, which was named motivational book of the year by the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. She has also been featured as a creativity expert in HOW Designs at Work magazine. Her learning resources also include: Get What You Want With What You’ve Got DVD, The Fun Factor DVD, The Good Stuff CD Audio Book and Why Can’t Everybody Just Get Along CD.
Speaker and Author on Using Humor to Excel Personally and Professionally
A contributing author of the bestseller A Carrot A Day, co-author of The Levity Effect, a regular columnist for Workplace HR and Safety magazines and a distinguished consultant on recognition, Scott Christopher travels the world speaking to leadership groups at conferences, conventions, and on-site customer meetings.
With a background in radio, television, and film, Scott offers a presenting style that is upbeat, witty, and unforgettable. His sessions are typically “standing room only” and receive the highest commendations and evaluations.
In his rare spare time, Scott is a professional voice over artist, emcee and actor (SAG), appearing on the network television series Everwood and Touched by an Angel and in several Disney Channel movies.
While at Brigham Young University, Scott was honored with the United States’ most prestigious acting scholarship, the Irene Ryan Award, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
After achieving success as an executive for a real estate company, ascending the corporate ladder from top sales person to that of a top management person, Simon Cotter set his sights on a new profession: Comedy. It didn't take long for Simon to become one of the most popular and highly requested comics on the college circuit. For four years straight Cotter was entertaining over 50,000 students a year across the country with his unique comedic style. Inevitably, due to his immense popularity within the college market, Simon quickly became a success off-campus as well. Simon then discovered the conference market, or it discovered him. Now, Simon performs as a corporate comedian and keynote speaker worldwide, receiving rave reviews from everywhere he goes.
Winner of Canada's Comedian of the Year award, Simon Cotter's comedic talents have landed him on the Comedy Network, Evening at the Improv, the Just for Laughs comedy festival, his own comedy special on CBC, and guest appearances on a number of shows including Open Mike with Mike Bullard, and CBC's Comics.
Sean Cullen has been touring and performing as a comedian for the past 20 years. There are many things that make him unique in the comedy world. He combines stream of consciousness improv with uncanny mimicry and broad musical talents to create a style that is his and his alone.
In 1988, Sean got his start as a top-notch entertainer with the renowned Canadian comedy/musical trio Corky and the Juice Pigs. Over an eleven-year period, the group toured the world performing at renowned comedy and theatre festivals, including Just For Laughs in Montreal and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. The group became featured performers on the popular sketch comedy television show MADtv on Fox, and released two acclaimed comedy albums. Sean struck out on his own in 1998, defining his own solo style accompanied by the musical talents of musician Dylan Goodhue.
Sean has been featured in Time Magazine in the USA as the vanguard of comedy's next generation. He was a finalist in NBC's The Last Comic Standing. and has appeared on shows such as The Ellen Show with Ellen Degeneres, multiple times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Late Show on CBS. Sean has many comedy specials under his belt including Comedy Central Presents... Sean Cullen, CTV/ The Comedy Network's Gemini nominated Sean Cullen's Wood, Cheese & Children!, CBC's COMICS! and his own special, SEAN CULLEN's Home for Christmas. He has also starred in his own television series The Sean Cullen Show on the CBC.
A three time Gemini Award winner, Sean has won the prestigious award in 2001 for his gala performance at Just for Laughs and in 2003 for hosting the 17th Annual Gemini Awards, and in 2006 for hosting What Were They Thinking. In 2004, Sean starred as Max Bialystock in a successful run in the Canadian production of Mel Brooks' The Producers and toured parts of Canada and the U.S. with the Barenaked Ladies. Sean has released his second album entitled I Am a Human Man.
Corporate stand up comedian, improviser and actor. A star of Comedy Inc. on CTV & The Comedy Network.
For over 20 years Roman Danylo has been an entertainer, MC and keynote speaker for some of biggest names in the corporate world. He has entertained for companies like Glaxo Smith Kline, Hewlett Packard, BMO, Manulife Financial and hundreds more. Often invited into the stuffy world of AGMs, sales conferences, or company awards nights; Roman uses his comedy improv skills to team-build, brain storm and break the ice. Roman gathers info about whichever company he is working for and trades that inside information for a currency usually foreign to the corporate world, big laughs. His message is team building and thinking outside the box and the result is tons of fun.
Originally from Calgary and now living in Vancouver, Roman has been performing professionally for the past 25 years. He is one of only a handful of comedians to have performed at the prestigious Aspen's HBO Comedy Festival and Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival in the same year. In Hollywood he starred in the UPN Series Off Limits, and has been featured on NBC's Late Friday. He has appeared in the Feature Films Duets with Gwenyth Paltrow, and Happy Birthday with John Goodman. Roman hosted a talk show pilot produced by fellow Canadian David Steinberg, and appeared in a live sketch review show with Martin Short. Roman has appeared as a dramatic actor in television shows like Jeremiah, Outer limits and Sliders.
Back home Roman recently guest hosted several episodes of CBC Radio's The Debaters and was featured in the TV series for the show. Roman's second Comedy Now special for CTV aired in 2011. Roman has appeared or starred in several Canadian TV series including CTV's Corner Gas, CBC's Made in Canada, CTV's The Holmes Show and on The Comedy Network's Just For Laughs Improv Championships and many more. For five years Roman starred in his own sketch comedy series on CTV and Spike TV called Comedy Inc. In 2004 Roman won a Leo Awards for his performance in CBC's Western Alienation Comedy Hour and has been nominated twice for a Gemini for performance in Comedy Inc. Roman hosted a Gala at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival on CBC and has performed two gala sets for The Halifax Comedy Festival also on CBC. Roman enjoys, water sports, raisins and some humans.
Stand-up comedian Derek Edwards proves that you can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy. Edwards' award-winning humor has made him one of the hottest entertainers in Canada.
Identifying himself with the ordinary working guy, his comedic gift is making the ordinary extraordinary. He delivers with polished style and impeccable timing. Derek was the 2005 winner of the stand-up comedian of the year at the Canadian Comedy Awards
Derek Edwards is a regular at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, where he was recently hailed as a
virtuoso at the peak of performance.
Edwards has amassed an impressive string of credits. In 1995, he was the winner of the Vail National Comedy Invitational in Vail, Colorado. In 1996, he stole the show at the Molson Canadian Comedy Festival in Toronto and, in 1997, knocked 'em dead at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. His numerous TV credits include A&E's Comedy on the Road, CBC's COMICS!, and the Comedy Network's Launch-A-Thon, COMEDY NOW and Open Mike with Mike Bullard.
Derek has also been featured on a variety of national radio programs including CBC'S 'Laughing Matters', 'Madly Off In All Directions' and 'Definitely Not the Opera'. He is also currently appearing in episodes of The New Red Green Show.
Harry Freedman is perhaps the only individual ever to have been profiled in the business sections of The New York Times, Miami Herald, Newsday, and the International Herald Tribune. Harry Freedman will create the perfect fake industry expert for your group; and he'll have everyone fooled until they are roaring with laughter. With nearly three decades of professional comedy experience, from the clubs of Las Vegas to the corporate boardroom, Harry Freedman is a comic you can trust. As a speaker, he has performed for hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies, and is frequently rated "best speaker" at conferences. Harry's presentations promote friendship and teamwork. Strangers instantly connect, co-workers come closer, and barriers of rank take a break. There's a glow that remains and fosters better communication and cooperation.
As a stand-up comedian, Harry is often opening for Ray Romano; has appeared on
Everybody Loves Raymond; and was a staff writer for
Caroline's Comedy Hour. Harry has also written and directed a short film,
30 Minutes, which received terrific acclaim at the NY Independent Film Festival.
Bringing in Harry to play the part of an industry expert or newly hired executive. He starts off for real, but after a few minutes of his outrageous quips, everyone realizes they've been had - and they love it!
Each of Harry's put-ons is completely customized to the client's need and situation. Sometimes the
spoof takes the form of poking fun at a general topic you agree on with Harry; sometimes it's poking fun at specific people that you and Harry select. In either case, you can rest assured it will be a hit with your group.
Nothing refreshes a group better then laughter - as everyone emerges re-energized, ready to tackle new challenges. From planning to implementation, from completion to beginning, or from work to relaxation, it's the perfect way to refocus a group on new goals or activities. In addition, Corporate Audiences enjoy Harry;s video shorts, where he interviews selected attendees (in character), to create a hilarious 8-10 minute piece played following his speech, as well as his humorous videographies of whole conferences. So when you think of finding the right performer to give your people a laugh-fest they will love and thank you for, two key words make all the difference: Harry Freedman!
Motivating speaker on using humor as a sales tool, to improve service, communicate and improve management.
Scott Friedman speaks on a variety of topics include employee and customer engagement, branded customer service, and personal branding. He also specializes in humor as a tool in sales, improving service, public speaking techniques and change management.
Scott's varied experience has brought him success in many industries including: hospitality, meetings, real estate, insurance, health care, education, government and just about any association. Scott's greatest strength is his ability to customize the perfect program to fit the needs of any particular group. His improvisational comedy training, quick wit, and engaging material make Scott's valuable programs a bunch of fun to listen to.
Author of three books and co-author of four others, Scott's latest book, The Celebration Factor, is a practical handbook on how to bring more celebration into both your organization and your life. Based on Scott's extensive global research, interviews, and years of speaking around the world, this book offers strategies and examples from leading organizations that are successfully creating cultures of celebration in their workplaces.
Scott's book, Punchlines, Pitfalls and Powerful Programs - Ten Surefire Ways of Adding Humor to Your Presentations, is the perfect resource for those looking to connect with their clients. Scott outlines effective methods for engaging and educating an audience through humor and story telling. His book Using Humor for a Change is chock-full of great ideas to lighten-up the workload. The book proves to be the perfect remedy for stress and burnout.
In addition to speaking all over North America, Scott spends 20% of his time speaking throughout Asia and other locations around the globe. His international clients include Singapore Airlines, the Singapore Government, Gold Fields of South Africa, Young President's Organization, Hyatt Asia, and many of the Fortune 1000 companies. He offers to all of his clients a global and culturally sensitive perspective on how to get more out of work and out of life. He is always sure to do his homework to ensure that all groups feel at home no matter where they might be.
World renowned musical impressionist/comedian and bilingual performer.
Andre-Philippe Gagnon is a World-renowned musical impressionist and comedian. The bilingual performer recently spent three years as Las Vegas headliner. He has been selling out the house and then bringing it down in Las Vegas for the past three years. Of French-Canadian origin, Andre spent over a decade touring the country and the world prior to the beginning of his Vegas show.
Equally talented as a performer in English or in French, he has opened for Celine Dion, and appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Gagnon's appearance at any event is a spellbinding cross between comedy act and concert, with a cast of thousands. His
guests have included Mick Jagger, Louis Armstrong, Jean Chretien, Fred Flintstone, Michael Jackson, and many more!
A native of Loretteville, Quebec, Gagnon's a master of accents, and has given over a hundred performances in English to nearly a quarter of a million Canadian fans. His most famous number is a virtuoso performance of all 18 voices in the legendary famine relief song, We Are the World, which has become Gagnon's classic since he first sang it on TV for the song's co writer and composer Lionel Ritchie.
In the Spring of 94, he made a remarkable breakthrough into Europe. In Brussels and in Paris, he received nightly standing ovations, an honor rarely bestowed by European audiences. He was such a success that he was invited back to Brussels and to the prestigious Casino de Paris in early 1995. In the fall of 1994, after a five year absence from Montreal scene, the Gagnon Laporte team took the city by storm with their brand new show.
The most dynamic duo on the planet strikes again! Andre Philippe Gagnon has become a veritable globe trotter around Europe and Canada. His European tours have audiences feverishly awaiting the arrival of
the world's greatest impressionist. It's Gagnomania.
Pioneer in Humor-Based Training, Member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, Comedian and Author
Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE, is a tears-in-your-eyes-laugh-out-loud speaker who teaches people to be more resilient and resourceful, and coaches businesses on how to enhance productivity and employee enthusiasm.
Talented, innovative, and memorable, Tim provides amazing take-home value delivered with his one-of-a-kind presentation style.
As a keynote speaker, he ensures every event starts with a bang and/or concludes with everyone sharing a renewed, positive sense of purpose. Tim is also available as an outstanding emcee facilitating the day's activities or hosting an evening awards banquet.
Tim has achieved the highest honors and recognition in his industry, including:
Tim's down-to-earth style and real-life humor leaves a lasting impression that audiences will benefit from for years to come. His skillful use of ordinary items in extraordinary ways and extraordinary items in everyday ways make him one of the most popular main stage speakers on the platform today.
Becoming more resilient is not about telling jokes or laughing at everything. Instead of making light of serious issues, Tim shines a light on unseen possibilities for solutions to difficult situations. He demonstrates how to be professional, yet light-hearted throughout all his programs.
Without a doubt, Tim's keynotes consistently deliver on these two promises:
As a business speaker, Tim shows leaders how to enhance productivity and employee enthusiasm using his humor stress diffusion tactics in everyday situations. He facilitates an unforgettable experience that improves the quality of interactions. At the same time, he's instilling an enthusiasm for non-malicious mischief that no one should live without!
For two decades, Tim has provided hilariously entertaining, fast-paced, and informative programs from Texas to Tasmania. His universal message translates to a diverse range of audiences of every size.
An internationally recognized authority on stress reduction and conflict resolution, Tim's easy-to-implement techniques provide audiences with ways to diffuse, deal with, and even avoid intensely stressful encounters. When relating to business leaders, Tim 'walks his talk' as a successful business owner himself for more than 20 years. Before starting his business, he worked in the Sales Industry, as well as State and Federal Government in Human Services, as a fraud investigator and is a navy veteran.
Author of Just Plane Funny and My Policy Manual and co-author of Motivational Leaders and Humor Me, Tim also offers his own line of 'stress buster' tools that are marketed worldwide.
Vinh Giang (pronounced Jang) is first and foremost a businessperson and entrepreneur. While in his 20s, he started an online business with two good friends; all of them had decided to leave their careers in accounting and pharmacy, to pursue their dream of building a successful business. Their online platform, Encyclopedia of Magic, now teaches magic to almost 50,000 students around the world. For this innovative and successful business idea, Vinh and his friends were awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
"The strength of your victories in business is based on the people that work for you. This is why it’s so important that you connect with your people, you inspire them and you motivate them – that’s what I help you do in my presentations.“ Vinh Giang
Vinh’s mission in business and life is to share the psychology of illusion. He has devoted himself to understanding the ways in which people are fooled by illusions and by the tricks we play on ourselves. During his presentations, he demonstrates how this occurs.
Coming from the humble beginnings of a Vietnamese refugee family, Vinh has worked with companies from all over the world. Mentored by internationally recognized experts in innovation and success psychology, such as Matthew Michalewicz, he shares fresh, cutting-edge topics with his audience.
Hearing Vinh will open your mind to new possibilities, as he takes you on an unforgettable journey through stories, remarkable insights into human psychology, business and the wonderful art of magic.
“I believe that magicians are salespeople; they sell one of the most difficult products in the world. They sell magic – they sell the illusion. The way they’re able to sell magic is by working ridiculously hard. It takes thousands and thousands of hours to be able to sell the illusion, to be able to really sell the magic. Imagine if you applied the same mindset to your company – imagine if you applied the same dedication to your business – think about what you could achieve.” - Vinh Giang
Entertaining and humorous speaker, teaches audiences how to train their memories for business.
A recognized authority on memory systems, Bob Gray has spent the last twenty years traveling the globe entertaining and training corporations, governments and associations to adapt memory systems for their particular needs. He has developed a series of sales oriented personal development keynotes and workshops, which have been popular on four continents, as well as writing the best selling book Right Brain Rapid Recall.
Bob Gray discovered his first memory technique when he was seven. He was given a magic book that showed him how to remember a twenty-item list. Shortly thereafter he was called on to
do the memory trick at family parties and gatherings. Encouraged by praise at home, he began to find memory techniques could have a valuable role in other aspects of his life. With a little ingenuity, he adapted the
memory trick to help him with his work at school. The reward was a significant rise in his grades.
Traveling and entertaining under the stage name of
Backwards Bob the Memory Man, Bob demonstrated the unique abilities that have netted him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records and a recent appearance on Ripley's Believe It Or Not.
Some of Bob's clients include General Electric, TD Bank, Kodak, General Motors, Ford, Mackenzie Financial, Andersen Consulting, Investors Group, Bell Canada, and many more.
Host of Discovery Channel Canada's Cash Cab & corporate comedian.
For almost 20 years Adam Growe has been performing in radio, television and on stage. He has distinguished himself as a talented comedian and host in the club, corporate and multimedia markets.
Currently, Adam is the Host of Discovery Channel Canada's Cash Cab and is touring theatre venues with his Comedy & Quiz Showe. He is one of Canada's most accomplished stand-up comedians, starring in his own Just for Laughs Gala, as well as Comedy NOW!, on CTV and CBC's, COMICS!. Adam was also featured on Comedy Central's, Premium Blend in New York and CBS's, Star Search in Los Angeles. Adam has performed at the Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Sudbury Comedy Festivals.
Adam appeared in two seasons of YTV's, Monster Warriors, as well as numerous acting roles in TV movies such as, Shades of Black, the Conrad Black story. For many years Adam was the Host and Producer for TVO's live, on-air Membership Campaign.
Working for over a decade as an FM Radio Announcer, Adam continues to contribute humour segments to Laugh Attack, XM 153 and CBC Radio One's, Definitely Not The Opera.
Two times TED speaker, Charles Hazlewood is a British conductor of international renown. He has conducted some of the greatest classical repertoire with some of the best orchestras in the world. But Charles Hazlewood is more than a conductor, he is a visionary with a mission to bring the ever modern joy of orchestral music to a new audience and in doing so, change lives and communities for the better.
Dubbed, the 'British Bernstein' by the New York Sun, Hazlewood believes that music can overcome barriers of language, class and culture and has proved this over his career: an opera company recruited from black townships in South Africa that won the Golden Bear Award for best film, a pay-what-you-can orchestral music festival attended by 1000’s of people who had never heard an orchestra live before, and the world’s first orchestra of disabled musicians, who played alongside Coldplay at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 paralympics and continue to tour, world demonstrating the incredible creative talent of disabled people to new audiences all over the world. And these are just the headlines.
Hazlewood is not only well known for what he has achieved but how he achieved it. Eschewing the model of conductor as dictator; he has evolved a creative leadership style that has won the hearts and minds of many in the world of arts, business, education, sports, medicine and industry.
Hazlewood guest-conducts orchestras around the world and is a familiar figure on British TV and radio.
Entertaining & motivating Speaker on Goal Setting and the Engagement Experience
Jason Hewlett’s speaking career began following the performance of his popular One-Man Show at a corporate event. The client was so impressed with the powerful messaging Jason included in his act that he was asked to be the keynote speaker for their Management & Leadership Conference the following year. Jason’s customized presentation and content, combined with music and comedy, was so well received it has turned into multiple speeches for nationwide clients.
While Jason has received awards in the arts and entertainment industry, he has been hired for some of the largest corporate events in the world. His reputation has transformed from someone who delivers an incredible, standing ovation show worthy of Las Vegas praise, AND a keynote speaker sharing practical business principles applicable for leadership, entrepreneurship, and cultural impact.
Having delivered hundreds of corporate presentations for front-line motivation and management instruction, Jason’s talks combine message, authenticity, humor, music, and impersonations. His talks feel like a show with a message, or a keynote speech with entertainment, while remaining a G-rated, family-friendly, corporate ready experience. Few performers can match the level of laughs, energy, and appropriate material for any audience. Jason Hewlett is constantly brought back again and again by his clients.
In addition, combining his ability as a seasoned speaker, entertainer, and behind-the-scenes event advisor, Jason has become one of America’s top Master of Ceremonies/Emcees for the largest corporate and charity events. Whether a 3-day convention or an awards gala, Jason keeps the energy, laughs, and excitement going throughout, while allowing executives to take a back seat and enjoy the conference rather than stress about running it.
With over 2,000 presentations for Fortune 500 companies and clients such as American Express, Delta Airlines, the Salt Lake Olympics, Experian, NuSkin, Younique, Coca~Cola and Wells Fargo, Jason Hewlett is your go-to solution for a keynote, entertainment and emcee.
Motivational Speaker and Author on how to cultivate positive working environments
Vicki Hitzges had a dream first job working in the Dallas Cowboy’s front office. That job led to a career in television in Dallas where she had the privilege of interviewing U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, both George Bush and George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. She attributes her ability to talk to audiences today because she had to think fast and speak to everyone from political figures to business moguls to movie stars and athletes under the pressure and bright lights of a television studio.
Later, as a publicist, she worked to get clients featured in the news. One of her clients, motivational guru, Zig Ziglar, admired Vicki’s creativity and urged her to speak. In fact, she became one of only a few speakers he personally mentored. Within three months, she’d spoken around the world.
Due to that rich background, Vicki learned to craft stories, use humor, share practical content and involve her audience. In 2004, she earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation. CSP is the highest earned designation awarded by the National Speakers Association to recognize proven expertise and experience. Fewer than ten per cent of speakers worldwide hold the title.
She’s authored two books that enjoy five-star reviews and have sold more than 10,000 copies within the first year of being printed (rare for business books), Attitude is Everything and Stuck on Stop – How to Quit Procrastinating.
She’s spoken across the U.S. and as far away as Qatar, New Zealand (twice), Panama and Thailand.
Powerhouse clients include Microsoft, Allstate, Cisco, Southwest Airlines, Delta Airlines, New York Life, Chase Bank, GTE, EDS, Bell Helicopter, M&T Bank, the US Marines, the FBI, Baylor Hospital, Safeway, Victoria’s Secret, Deloitte & Touche, Merck, Abbott, and the CIA.
Your group will enjoy Vicki. (And if they want to hear behind-the-scenes scoop from her years of reporting about celebrities including President Bill Clinton, singer Better Midler, comedian Bill Cosby or actor-director Ron Howard…have ‘em ask!)
Former NHL Star and Brother of Bobby Hull, sports legend and keynote speaker or Master of Ceremonies
Dennis Hull will readily admit to not being anything other than Bobby Hull's brother, as long as you add he's the younger brother. And, he's even been known to answer to someone asking for Brett Hull's uncle.
Dennis began his hockey career with the St. Catherines Black Hawks of the Junior A League where he played from 1961-1965. In 1965, he joined the Chicago Black Hawks of the National Hockey League where he played until 1976. He then spent one year with the Detroit Red Wings before retiring.
During his National Hockey League career, Dennis scored 303 goals and had 351 assists in regular games. In 95 playoff games he scored 33 goals and had the same number of assists. Six selections to the All Star team are testament to his hockey skills. His biggest thrill in hockey was the first game he played against his idol, Gordie Howe, but the most significant time in his career came when he was selected to play for the memorable Team Canada of 1972.
After retiring from hockey, Dennis continued his education, graduating from Brock University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Physical Education. During the summers of 1978 to 1982 he was the Director of Hockey, Sports Ridley. From 1980-1982, he taught history at Ridley College and also assumed responsibility for their entire hockey program.
From 1982 until 1993 Dennis was the Athletic Director at a University in Chicago. Also during that period he spent a few years as the color commentator with the San Jose Sharks.
Today Dennis combines his love for farming, raising PureBred Polled Herefords at his farm just east of Toronto with his numerous speaking engagements.
Gordie and Colleen Howe,
Mr and Mrs. Hockey quoted in Dennis's book The Third Best Hull ( I would have been fourth but they wouldn't let my sister Maxine play):
Without a doubt, Dennis is one of the most talented speakers and comedians in all of sports. He rivals the likes of Bob Hope and Eddie Murphy with his wit and humor. He was a natural on the ice, and now he is a natural on the stage.
In 2005 Dennis Hull was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame as a member of Team Canada 1972.
Speaker, Actor, and Satirizer rolled into an unusual ball of corporate messaging and humor.
A Professional Speaker and an Actor and a Satirizer rolled into an unusual ball of corporate messaging and humor. With Paul you can expect anything and get everything you want for your conference. Hilariously funny, smart, motivating, inspiring and memorable, Paul creates conference summaries and keynotes tailored exactly to the needs of your audience.
Described by many as indescribable, he’s one of the most unique voices in the speaking industry. Paul’s talks are an adventure in content and laughter and song. He delivers his lessons and your messages with energy, passion, and fun.
Paul offers a range of funny keynotes, break-out sessions, and facilitates workshops focussed on workplace resilience, change, personal excellence, team building and recognition. His most famous keynote, The Ultimate Ending / Paul’s World Famous Conference Ending Summary, is a closing session he creates from each day’s presentations and activities. At the end of the conference, the audience is treated to an instant replay of their convention. They leave laughing, sometimes humming, and always remembering what you want them to remember most.
He’s a trained actor with degrees in Management and Theatre, a diploma in Career Counselling, training in Adult Education, has worked in an insurance firm, and has sung with the Canadian Opera Company. This strange wide and varied background and 16 years of professional speaking experience collide to give Paul a one-of-a-kind style and the ability to understand how to promote learning and excite every audience. This skill has just been recognized by his peers, and he’s a recent inductee into the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame. His words and talents put him in front of large corporations, small businesses, associations, governments, and his favourite charities. He works across Canada, the United States, Europe, and right around the globe to Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Paul performs in English, French, and occasionally Japanese.
If you don't want the same boring cookie cutter speaker meet Diana Jordan!
Dr. Oz says, "In her Presentation Diana demonstrated that Laughter is indeed the best medicine!" Diana also broke the glass ceiling when Oprah said, "Diana is one of the funniest people on the planet!"
Having entertained over a million people live and on television, Diana Jordan came to realize that by making people laugh, she helped them deal with life's stresses, motivated them, and taught them what she'd learned over the past 25 years about how great laughter is in nourishing yourself and changing your outlook on life.
Diana has toured the country many times over as an extremely successful stand up comedian and successful author. She is also a cancer survivor and speaks of her journey to many cancer organizations.
When she does a Keynote address, Motivational messages ring loud and true about how we can make the choice to be happy, find the funny in your life, taking responsibility for your own health, and in doing just these three things can make a happier, healthier, and more productive you!
The best selling author of, A Wife's little Instruction Book, Your Survival Guide to Marriage Without Bloodshed! has sold over 500,000 copies is in five countries and is in five languages. A Wife's Little Instruction Book, Your Survival Guide to Marriage Without Bloodshed!Âwas featured on the Oprah show.
Diana is a member of The Screen Actors Guild, The American Federation of Television and Radio Association, Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), and appeared as an actress in the hit movie, Jerry Macguire with Tom Cruise!
A world traveler, Diana has lived in Greece, Hawaii, Chicago, Atlanta, Las Vegas, and even "starved" while working as a waitress in New York to get a job on Broadway. She got the job!
Diana has been nominated by the prestigious American Comedy Awards as one of the Top Five Female Comedians in the country. She can be seen on HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central and even interviewed Dr. Phil about male/female relationships!
Diana has performed at such legendary venues including Radio City Music Hall and The Kennedy Center. She has also been Master of Ceremonies for many gala events with such prestigious Speakers as Former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell and Yolanda King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Entertainer and speaker on health, reducing stress, and using humor in the workplace.
Michael Kerr, Speaking Hall of Fame member, is an award winning, Certified Speaking Professional and the author of six books. He is known as one of North America's leading authorities on how to create more productive, less stressful, more creative, and more inspiring workplaces. His humorous, inspiring and thought provoking programs are often rated as having the greatest impact of any presentation at a conference. Michael Kerr's message of injecting humor into the workplace helps build strong teams and leaders by encouraging a new kind of communication.
Michael has delivered his captivating keynote presentations and
training workshops to more than 800 audiences, from Iran to Texas,
from Austria to Honolulu. Michael's programs offer relevant,
practical ideas delivered with his memorable brand of high-energy,
incredibly relevant and timely content, are phrases clients
repeatedly use to describe the impact of his presentations.
One of Michael's books, Putting Humor to Work, has been described
bible of humor in the workplace, while his book Inspiring
Workplaces - Creating the Kind of Workplace Where Everyone Wants
to Work has been called
an inspiring blueprint for workplace success.
Michael lives in Canmore, Alberta in the Canadian Rockies.
Second City veteran and humorous speaker on change and communication.
Whether on the page or on the stage, Deborah Kimmett is one funny lady. This witty and wise woman has been using humour to open minds and heal hearts for over 30 years. A Second City veteran, a regular performer on CBC radio and television show The Debaters and sought-after motivator on the speaker circuit, she engages her audiences with stories and killer humour that ignite, inspire and energize. Clients that ask her back: Microsoft, Corrections, Bell Canada, RBC, Health Canada, IBM, and countless health care organizations.
Deborah is an accomplished author of three books, Reality is Over-Rated, That Which Doesn't Kill You Makes You Funnier and Out Running Crazy. She was nominated twice for the National Magazine Award for Humor. She is a well-known playwright and has been nominated for the Governor General Award for her play Miracle Mother in 1984. Having written 52 episodes of TV, a feature movie about female prison guards, she has also written and produced a compassionate care video called, Walk a Mile in my backless gown. Since Deb's passion is mentoring the creative soul in folks so through her company, Chip off The Old Writers Blocks, she hosts one day creative writing retreats and on line writing boot camps.
Looking for an extraordinary experience? Entertainment & cutting-edge content all in one package? Creative Communications Strategist & Hall of Fame Speaker Victoria Labalme is known her electrifying Keynote Performances and her ability to transform people's communications: their listening, speaking and presentation skills.
In an era of entertainment and short attention spans, Victoria shows her clients how to apply key principles from the performing arts to catapult their communications to the next level-one marked by authenticity, creativity, innovation, humor, impact and lasting results.
A graduate of Stanford University, Victoria brings two decades of professional performing arts experience to the business community, with appearances at comedy clubs, on Broadway, primetime news shows, HBO's Sex & The City, advanced training with legendary mime Marcel Marceau, dozens of television commercials including a Super Bowl spot and more than 200 performances of her one-woman shows.
She is the author of The Prism Effect & The Through Line Mini Book and founder of the Executive Mastery Series and Elite Group Experience -- comprehensive communication & presentation skills training programs.
Victoria's innovative approach stems from her core belief that business don't have to be separate, that there are untapped talents hiding inside leaders and organizations and when you show people how to strategically infuse certain outside unique gifts into their business communications, you increase engagement, excitement and impact. You innovate. You inspire. You distinguish your brand...and yes, your bottom line blooms.
Victoria's clients include Microsoft, Starbucks, McDonald's, Oracle, Verizon, Blue Cross Blue Shield, American Heart Association, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 24 Hour Fitness, Intel, New York Life Insurance, and Million Dollar Round Table. Reconnect with your Through Line. Turn your business into art. And watch your organization and team light up.
International consultant on stress management. Keynotes and workshops that are both hilarious and practical.
Loretta LaRoche is an international stress management and humor consultant whose wit, and irreverent humor, has, for over 30 years raised the humor potential in all of us. She is on the Mass General advisory council for anxiety and depression and was recently awarded the National Humor Treasure Award. Loretta writes a weekly newspaper column called, 'Get a Life'. As a speaker, Loretta leaves audiences feeling, inspired, and with renewed passion for living a juicy life!
Loretta is founder and president of The Humor Potential, Inc., a company offering programs and products for life style management. Her special brand of optimistic psychology has an incontestable positive effect on the health of all that are exposed to her. Organizations worldwide use Loretta's prescription for laughter to manage stress in the workplace and improve morale.
Loretta's energetic meeting openings, trainings and keynotes serve to improve learning skills and put a room in an enthusiastic frame of mind. Clients such as IBM, The New York Times, Fidelity Investments, Microsoft, the U.S. Dept. of Labor, and NASA, just to name a few, have used her material to defeat stress in the workplace. She is also a well-recognized TV personality on PBS and best selling author. She has had six one-woman television specials air on 80 PBS stations across the country. She has been nominated for local and prime time Emmy Awards, has appeared on CNN, ABC and NBC affiliates.
She has authored 7 books, The Joy Journal, Happy Talk, Relax: You May Only Have a Few Minutes Left, Life is Not a Stress Rehearsal and, Life Is Short- Wear Your Party Pants, Squeeze the Day, Kick Up Heels Before You're Too Short to Wear Them and her newest book, Lighten Up was published in the spring of 2009.