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We’ve Got the Finance & Economic Experts You’re Looking For!

Whether you’re looking for a financial spokesperson for a brand event, or someone to bring insight into our national economic reality, prospeakers.com has the finance and economic experts you need!

Which of these well-established authors and spokespeople are right for you? We’ll help you decide.

 

Patti Croft

Patricia Croft – Since retiring from the position of chief economist at RBC Global Asset Management in 2010, Patricia has been making frequent media appearances on Canadian financial market developments and the economic outlook for Canada. With 30 years of experience on Bay Street, on both the buy and sell side of the street, including a 13-year stint with Burns Fry followed by 3 years with Wood Gundy as senior economist, she was the youngest ever woman chief economist of a major financial institution in Canada. Her keen insights and warm demeanor make her a popular speaker at major institutions across the country.

 

 

 

 

Lloyd Atkinson

Dr. Lloyd Atkinson – Lloyd Atkinson is an economic superstar who offers authoritative perspectives on international economies, financial markets and global trends. A captivating speaker, he has the ability to explain complex issues in applicable, understandable terms. He has taught finance and economics at a number of American universities; his in-depth knowledge of the financial world and extensive experience in the academic realm have given him an impressive ability to speak confidently and insightfully into today’s economic climate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bruce Sellery

Bruce Sellery – Bruce Sellery, author of the best-selling Moo-la-la (Why smart people dumb things with their money (and what you can do about it) has been speaking professionally for over 14 years. He has delivered keynotes and hosted events for such clients as Manulife Financial, Bell Canada, Cosma International, Mastercard and industry associations of every description. He writes an advice column for Moneysense Magazine and was the financial expert and host of season one on “Million Dollar Neighborhood” a reality TV show on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. He regularly appears on Cityline and Lang & O’Leary.

 

 

 

 

 

Gail Vaz-Oxlade

Gail Vaz Oxlade – Gail’s no-nonsense approach to debt-reduction made her TV show Til Debt Do Us Part a veritable hit. She’s passionate about learning, committed to sharing, and hell-bent on getting people to take control of their money and their lives. Gail has written 13 books on personal finance, including It’s Your Money: Becoming a Woman of Independent Means, Money-Smart Kid$, and Debt-Free Forever. She has contributed hundreds of articles to financial media outlets, published a financial magazine for women, and worked with Canada’s leading financial services companies to help educate employees and clients.

 

 

 

 

 

For a full list of our finance & economic speakers, click here.

 

Or, as always, call us for more information! 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

 

Four Leadership Speakers With Fresh Perspectives

Developing your team’s leadership capabilities is an ongoing endeavour, and that’s why we are here! Whatever perspective you are looking for, we have speakers and leaders to offer input and help bring your business leaders to the next level.

Consider bringing in one of these high-demand leadership experts for your next corporate training:

 

Heather Moyse OlympianHeather Moyse is a two-time Olympic Gold Medallist, but also so much more: a multi-sport national athlete, inspirational speaker, ambassador, bionic woman, philanthropist, role model, and above all, Champion.. In 2001, she began a nine-month internship in Trinidad and Tobago as a Disability Sport Program Officer, but ended up staying in Trinidad for an additional two years, adding contracts with the local Rugby Union to develop and coach women’s rugby, and with the local chapter of Disabled People’s International as a consultant. In 2007, Heather completed her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto, focusing her graduate research on occupational-/life-balance. In 2010 and 2014, she won Olympic gold in women’s bobsleigh.

Heather is an inspiration to people of all ages, and stands as a symbol of what it is to be a true leader and champion. Her down-to-earth and genuine personality shine through as she helps her audiences discover how perspective and the tiniest of inspiration can move you to maximize your potential and get you closer to achieving your goals. For more information on Heather and her leadership expertise, click here.

 

 

 

Tim MagwoodTim Magwood is a creative, collaborative and passionate leader. As a seasoned facilitator and presenter, he has brought value to over 10,000 participants. Before entering the business world, Tim delighted audiences in stage productions such as Les Miserables (Royal Alexandra Theatre, National Arts Centre) and Napoleon (Elgin Theatre). He then spent over a decade in private communication and sales training, and now combines his unique skills and passion for leadership to teach, challenge, and inspire businesses and educators through The Mark of a Leader program.

In the most popular of these presentations, Tim explores Five Level Leadership: how, when human beings are fully engaged on all five of our levels (Spirit, Imagination, Intellect, Heart, Hands), there is virtually nothing we cannot do. The program can be used to create an unforgettable keynote, or facilitate an event, interspersing amazing stories throughout and customizing the messages to your specific audience and needs. For more information on Tim, or to read about other Mark of a Leader presentations, click here.

 

 

 

 

Stuart Knight Leadership SpeakerStuart Knight is a speaker, author, producer and writer, mesmerizing audiences with his high energy and theatrical speaking skills. He spends time writing songs that are heard around the world, and produces commercials that have been seen nationally. As an award-winning speaker, Stuart’s presence on stage is contagious and his ability to move his audience is unprecedented. Stuart has keynoted numerous conferences, and has inspired corporate clients, including such organizations as Rogers, TD Canada Trust, The Four Seasons, Emerson, Canoe, Citi, The Government of Canada and Kraft, sharing the stage with such notables as Pamela Wallin, Robin Sharma, Stephen Lewis and Jenny McCarthy.

As an “out of the box” renegade entrepreneur, he continues to bring his entertaining and thought-provoking ideas to fruition.  In his life-changing presentation called The Art of Powerful Conversation, Stuart gives people the tools to build relationships and to connect on a deeper level. To find out more, click here.

 

 

 

 

  Scott Kress Adventurer & SpeakerScott Kress holds a Masters degree in Leadership, is an Executive MBA professor for the Rotman School of Management and the Odette School of Business, and is one of the top leadership and team development facilitators in North America. In 2012, Scott received a Teaching Award for his Leadership Presence class in the EMBA program at the Rotman School of Management. On top of all that, Scott has been climbing and guiding in the mountains for over 20 years. He has summited peaks in North and South America, Africa, Europe and the Himalayas. He is now in the pursuit of the evasive “Seven Summits”; the highest point on each of the seven continents.

Scott’s foundational keynote presentation shares how the strategies his team used to summit Mount Everest may be applied to summit your own personal mountains in business and in life. Through his inspiring story of triumph, challenge determination, and sometimes failure, Scott shows audiences that we are all climbers, climbing our own mountains. Scott educates, entertains, and motivates while imparting the wisdom gained in business and in the mountains. To learn more about Scott’s adventures and how to bring them to your workplace, click here.

 

 

 For a full list of our leadership speakers, click here. Or, as always, call us for more information! 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

 

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Scott Kress’ North Pole Expedition

Earlier this year, Scott Kress led an expedition of 53 ill and injured soldiers, civilian team members (including Olympians), guides, media and film crew on a ski expedition to the magnetic North Pole. The largest group to ever attempt such an adventure, Scott recorded insights on team building along the way:

 

Day 1

From a team building perspective we are very much in the forming stage at this point. We are just starting to build the relationships that will form the foundation of our team culture. Our aim will be to accelerate our development to a high performance team as this will be critical for safety, success and enjoyment during this expedition.

Day 2

From a team building perspective this was a storming day with a bit of forming as well. Storming is not always conflict oriented and can be a very positive stage. This time is used to gain clarity on team roles and to ask questions. This is an essential step in moving towards high performance.

Having 24 hours if sunlight makes it difficult to sleep deeply.

Day 3

Today would once again have elements of Forming and Storming. We are still very much in the initial phase of our development as a large team and the formation has only just begun with our individual PODs. As a leader at this time my style is fairly directive. I know the team culture I want to create and the skills that need to be learned. There is not a lot of room for debate here. I am also focused on using an Affiliative and Visionary leadership style to paint a picture of success and to build strong emotional bonds within the team. I believe that relationship is the foundation to all high performance teams. People must know, understand, respect, and trust one another. Without this foundation the team will never become high performance as these factors will become critical at some point and if they are not there this is where the team will stall.

 

Day 4

Today was a continued Forming day as we did not fly into our start position as intended. One more day to continue to build relationships and team build. Low clouds and increasing wind at the landing zone postponed our flight and then grounded us for the day after the 2pm weather report.

Day 5

Our day did not go exactly as planned and this was the storming. Storming is not always conflict-oriented, sometimes it is just when you need to deal with the stress and disappointment of plans not going your way. As a team we had to support one another as some people were more emotional than others. As a leader I need to keep my team focused on our culture vision and our end goal, engage them in dialogue, answer their questions and reassure them. This can be a difficult time for a leader as the team sits idle waiting to do their job. They must be kept in a positive mindset so they are ready to go when the time is right.

Day 6

Ski-Day8We finally make it to the ice and start the norming process of team building. We are doing what we need to do, but there is still a lot of learning and refinement to take place. Storming also pops in and out as people struggle with things and emotions rise from being tired and hungry. As a leader I focused on being a calming influence on the group, being a coach and a mentor and keeping us focused on our culture vision.

As we started out the group quickly spread out. I kept my POD together so we would be close on this first march of the expedition. The first 2 days are critical as this is when most skills for living on the ice will be learned, this is when we really start to bond as a team, and this is when our team culture and norms will form.

Day 7 

We trudged on and on and at 7:00pm we stopped for the night. I was exhausted from the effort and my team was also quite tied… We had become quite strung out this day and some people near the back were feeling upset that there was not enough communication coming from the front, there was no clear plan for the day and that plan was always changing, and that we were traveling too far and long. Much of this was the emotions of exhaustion, but some was the normal process of figuring out how to travel and work together as a team in a new environment. As guides we observed, met, discussed, and adjusted the plan accordingly.

Team building analysis: as you can see we went through a lot this day. Forming continues to take place as we learn and build relationships, Storming happened when emotions got strong and when plans changed, Norming was there as we grew and refined skills, and Performing had to be there to cover the distance that we did. All in all, a great team day. I was proud of my team and all the other PODs as well.

Day  8

For hour after hour we skied, growing more tired with each step forward. Some team members started to hit the wall and need to be helped by those that were stronger.

Eventually we saw the flag fluttering in the distance and thanked God we were there. It was 8:00pm and we had traveled 21km. Everyone was tired, but happy. It was good to know we could cover this distance as this is what would be required to make it to the pole for our extraction date.

All I all a good day. Tough but good. We are really starting to form as a team and today had some elements of Performing for the first time. Roles have been defined and a routine has been established. When we roll into camp things just happen and we are getting pretty smooth about it. There was some Storming as people hit the wall physically, but this gave way to good food, a warm tent, and good company. I am happy with where we are as a team. We have defined a culture vision and are now making it a reality. This flows very well from our Deliberate Success Model which I use with the corporate teams I help develop and coach.

Day 9

Beautiful, absolutely, exhausting and humbling, 100%.

As the day wore on my speed slowed and the steeper uphill sections became a mental game of survival and determination. Nobody was going to let this uphill grind beat them. After six hours of upward ascent, and 8 hours of pulling, I spotted camp in the distance and a prettier sight I had rarely seen. Over all we had skied for almost 10 hours and moved 23km closer to the pole. What a day!

Not much to say today from a team building perspective. It was just a long hard day and thankfully everyone knew what they had to do and we worked well together. We are in a good spot as a team by this point and as a leader I am focused mostly on maintenance.

Day 10

We had determined that in order to avoid skiing through the blizzard we would need to make it to the pole today. This would mean a big push, but we had proven we could do it.

We had a long way to go and not a lot time to get there. We trudged on and on and the group stretched for well over a kilometer from front to back. Some people seemed to have excess energy and others were out of gas. One kilometre from the pole we stopped and all gathered as one group. In the distance across the searing flat white ice we could see the faint fluttering of the red and white of the Canadian flag that had been planted for us by the Rangers. I know for me this was an emotional moment as we were almost there. We had pushed hard, harder than any of us thought we would, and we only had a short distance left.North-Pole-FlagDay-12

When we were about 50 feet from the pole the civilians fell back and let the soldiers step up to the flag first. They had all given so much of their lives for this flag it seemed only right. As they clasped their hands around the pole holding the flag everyone broke out in song. “Oh Canada” of course. It was a very emotional moment and it would be hard to find a dry eye in the group. Tough soldiers and business men alike were overcome with the joy, the accomplishment, the sacrifice and the passion that this moment represented. Speeches and photos followed, but soon everyone was getting cold. There was a strong wind blowing and the storm was at our heels.

A good day. The team had hit the Performing stage of team development no question and it did not take long to get there. With a deliberate approach and a good plan the journey to high performance can be greatly accelerated. This does not mean you will not slip back to Storming on occasion, or need some touch ups in Norming, but for the most part reaching high performance can be done at an accelerated rate. For us it was relatively easy as the vision, goals, and roles were clear. In a corporate environment, this is not always so straight forward and there are a lot of complexities thrown in. I would not say you can always hit high performance this fast, but it can be accelerated.

Day 11

With the task complete and the accumulation of all the work I let my POD sleep late. After all we had earned it and we had nowhere to go any more. We stayed cocooned in our sleeping bags until 11:30 and then slowly started the chores for the day. The snow was blowing and the visibility was poor so there was no hope of flying out this day.

Ultimately, I think it was great that we did not fly out this day. This was a great decompression day and in the terms of team building it was the start of the Adjourning process. This is a reflection period where we examine the expedition and compare it to our vision and goals and see how we did. We extract learning’s and look for future application and it also provides a sense of closure to a great journey.

Day 12

Around 10:00 the twin otter arrived. Twin Otters are renowned for their ability to land and take off just about anywhere. The twin landed and then drove back and forth over the landing strip a few times packing it down for the larger DC3. Soon after a second twin otter landed and we were ready to send out the first 2 PODs.

At the party, Paul, Tim, and Shaun said a few words and then Bjarne spoke. He spoke of what an amazing opportunity this had been for him. It was not too many years ago that he was lying in a hospital bed wondering if he would ever walk again. What would his life be like post injury? This expedition, and the support of the team had given him new hope in life that there is so much out there for him and that he too can help others who have suffered from the ravages of war transition into a new life. There was not a dry eye to be found in the group.

To read the full story of this adventure, click here.

To book Scott Kress as a leadership or team-building speaker for your next event, contact us or call us at 416-420-4525.

 

 

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It’s Golf Season & We Have Your Tournament Hosts!

The weather is warmer, the fairways are greener and corporate golf functions are beginning. Is your company or organization hosting a golf tournament? Look no further than prospeakers.com to set your tournament apart from all the others.

No, we cannot guarantee that every participant will break 80… but we can ensure that your event will be engaging, enjoyable and successful. It will be the one tournament where everyone leaves and says: “What a great day; can’t wait to attend again next year!”

Prospeakers.com and TSN have teamed up and offer experienced, charismatic and knowledgeable hosts and guests for your upcoming tournament. Here are some of the fantastic members on the roster and for a full list of TSN talent please click here.

 

Cabral RichardsCabral “Cabbie” Richards is the fun-loving host of Cabbie Presents, a weekly segment airing Fridays on SportsCentre. Known for his unique take on sports broadcasting and  interviewing, the segment features Cabbie poking fun at  sports headlines and high-profile athletes and sports personalities. He is best known for his popular interview segments with L.A. Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant — ultimately scoring an exclusive invitation on Bryant’s private helicopter. Throughout his 10-year sports broadcasting career, Cabbie  has interviewed a slate of big-name athletes including Michael Jordan,  Alexander Ovechkin, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Shaun White and Tony Hawk. Cabbie’s humorous and engaging nature will be a hit at any event.

 

 

Jack ArmstrongJack Armstrong‘s vast knowledge and passion is well known – and respected – throughout the  sports world. He has worked for more than 15 years in broadcasting and has become one of the most recognizable faces – and voices – in  Canadian sports. At just 19-years-old, Jack began his career coaching NCAA basketball. In 1993, he was awarded with the NCAA New York State Division Coach of the  Year and the MAAC Conference Coach of the Year. In 2008, Jack joined TSN courtside during all of the TSN/TSN2 Toronto Raptors games. Jack’s identifiable voice and warm personality will surely cure any putting-green woes.

 

 

 

Bob WeeksBob Weeks is in his 25th year of covering golf in Canada and around the world. He has reported from major championships, significant tournaments as well as serving as an on-course reporter for Canadian men’s and women’s national championships and the annual Skins Game. Bob is the editorial director of SCOREGolf Magazine, host of the SCOREGolf TV on TSN and is heard on SCOREGolf Radio, now in its 17th year, on the TSN radio network. In 2009, Bob was listed as the sixth most influential person and the No. 1 media person in the Canadian golf industry by the National Post. Bob’s experience and genuine love for the game will create a positive and energetic environment at your next event.

 

 

 

Cory Woron2Cory Woron was introduced to national viewers as the host of the popular Ford That’s Golf.  Cory has since hosted TSN’s coverage of the Masters. “The first time walking into Augusta National is something I’ll never forget,” he said. He was also on the front lines for the entire NHL lockout. Cory will forever be remembered by fans of the IHL’s Manitoba Moose; he was the club’s public address announcer for the 1999-2000 season. Cory’s golf knowledge and extensive broadcast experience makes him the perfect host for your tournament.

 

 

 

 

Kate BeirnessKate Beirness was TSN’s Olympic Morning Co-Host for the  London 2012 Games, and also hosted NCAA March Madness 2012 and the Kraft Celebration  Tour in 2011 and 2012. Kate played competitive basketball  throughout high school and had hopes of playing point guard at the CIS level  until a torn ACL forced her to abandon her dream. She then refocused her energy  on a career in sports broadcasting. Kate’s electric energy and endearing personality will undoubtedly liven any crowd.

 

 

 

To book a TSN Talent host for your next tournament or other event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

Olympic Athletes We’re Proud to Work With

With the Sochi 2014 Games about to begin, the whole world is excited for what this next month will hold. We’re no different at prospeakers.com – especially since we have the privilege of working with so many fantastic winter Olympians!

In a recent article for Yahoo! on Olympian marketability, prospeakers.com president Heather MacLean commented, “Typically post Olympics there is a significant opportunity for high profile athletes with engaging stories and presentation styles to speak to corporate Canada.” So as you plan for upcoming events, and as you tune in to watch these incredible athletes compete, pay close attention to some of these faces:

 

Patrick Chan World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Patrick Chan – Going into the competition in Sochi, he’s the gold-medal favourite. He is also a multi-lingual, well-spoken young man with a winning smile, maturity, and insight well-beyond his year.
 Hayley Wickenheiser Hayley Wickenheiser is a four-time Olympic Medalist and Canada’s flag-bearer for this year’s opening ceremonies. A role-model for many, her leadership capacity is second to none.
 Charles HamelinFrancois Hamelin Charles Hamelin & Francois Hamelin – these Quebecois brothers are tough competition and with multiple gold medals in Vancouver, they’re in the running to add more to the Canadian coffers.
 Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir Ice-dancers Scott Moir & Tessa Virtue are deeply loved in the Canadian community and hope to reprise their gold-medal success in Sochi. Young and gracious, they have recently been seen in a W Network documentary series called Tessa & Scott.
 Heather Moyse Heather Moyse – a multi-sport athlete, Heather won a gold in women’s bobsleigh in Vancouver. She is also an occupational therapist, bringing a holistic experiential knowledge to her speaking engagements.
 Denny Morrison Denny Morrison is a long-track skater with multiple Olympic experiences (and medals) to his name. His easy-going style makes him a fan favourite.
 Jon Montgomery Skeleton athlete Jon Montgomery is loved not only for his Vancouver gold medal, but for his post-win celebration. He’s made multiple TV appearances in the interim years, and is ready to take home another medal in Sochi!
 Kristina Groves Kristina Groves – this four-time Olympic medalist has a long-standing history of athletic excellence and public speaking experience. Sochi will be her fourth Olympic appearance, and we can’t wait to see how she does!
 Alexandre Bilodeau Alexandre Bilodeau was the first Canadian to ever win a gold medal on home soil. Heading to Sochi, he is the reigning world silver-medalist, and will be competing for gold against the reigning world champ, a fellow Quebecois.

 

To enequire about booking any of these Olympians  for your next event, or to ask any further questions, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

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It’s RRSP Season: Bruce Sellery Is Here to Help

Bruce Sellery, respected Canadian financial journalist, business analyst, and TV host, has just released The Moolala Guide to Rocking Your RRSPs! Like his earlier guide to personal finances and investments, this RRSP guide is a straightforward (and lighthearted) approach to taking charge, facing our fears, and making smart financial choices.

Here’s Bruce on why this is the year to get ahead on your retirement savings:

 

Still feel overwhelmed? Consider taking part in his 5-week challenge to build a strong foundation:

 

For more advice and tips, check out his recent interviews on Cityline and the Lang and O’Leary Exchange!

 

Bruce Sellery is a sought after public speaker and commentator and has toured from coast to coast delivering keynotes and appearing on media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, CBC and the Globe and Mail.
If you’d like more information about having him come to your business event, please contact us or call us at 416-420-4525.
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Welcome to Dianne Buckner, of Dragons’ Den Fame

New to our roster this fall, Dianne Buckner is most widely known for her role on the hit CBC show Dragons’ Den. With over a decade of experience on the CBC News business team, Dianne brings her keen insights and interview skills to bear in her keynote presentations.

Consider having Dianne come speak to your team on The Art of the Pitch, Seven Powerful Business Trends, or share her Top Ten Tips on the road to business success.

For more information on Dianne and to see a video of her in action, view her profile here. And as always, we are happy to hear from you via phone or via our site anytime!

Tips for Event Planners: Trends in the Meetings Market

This year’s report on The Use of Professional and Industry Speakers in the Meetings Market, compiled by Tagoras & Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, shows some interesting trends to consider as you plan your next conference or event. Here are three thoughts to consider, based on the collected data from over 170  meeting and event planners across the United States:

Executive_Standup1. Hire a professional speaker. Nearly 85% of survey respondents said that their organization utilizes outside speakers.

A professional speaker brings your group their personal expertise, a fresh perspective, crafted materials, presentation excellence, and so much more. Working with a professional speakers bureau gives you access to quality resources, assistance in finding the best possible fit for your audience, and a level of expertise not guaranteed by word of mouth referrals.

 

2. Consider what “extra” content a speaker can provide for you. Sixty-six percent of event planners would like their plenary speaker to be involved beyond simply giving their keynote.

Ask us how our speakers can help extend their influence and maximizing the value of your event. From multi-media pieces throughout the meeting day to signed paraphernalia from our celebrities to break-out sessions or executive huddles, our roster of specializes speakers has much to offer.

 

3. Be open to names you haven’t heard before. Less than a third of survey respondents said that hiring a “big name” was extremely important to them.

Although a “big name” can be an initial draw, what matters at the end of the day is the quality of content that is delivered, and the fit of a speaker with your particular end goals. Consider new options and unfamiliar names – but always feel free to ask for a sample video of their work or to speak with them directly before making a decision.

 

To book a speaker  for your next event, or to ask any further questions, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

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Leadership Lessons from the Armed Forces

Each November we take time to honour and remember our veterans,  and for many of us, last week was particularly meaningful.

Let’s not forget that we have the opportunity to learn valuable leadership lessons from our Armed Forces throughout the year! Consider bringing one of the following leaders to speak at your company or conference:

 

General Rick Hillier General Rick Hillier – Throughout his career, General Hillier has had the privilege and pleasure of commanding troops from platoon to multi-national formation level within Canada, Europe, Asia and the United States.In 2000, he took command of NATO’s Stabilization Force’s (SFOR) Multinational Division (Southwest) in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In May 2003 General Hillier was appointed as Commander of the Army and subsequently, in October 2003, he was selected as the Commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan.General Hillier was promoted to his present rank and assumed duties as the Chief of the Defence Staff on 4 February 2005. He retired from the Canadian Forces in July 2008. He has written two books: A Soldier First and Leadership Matters.
Angela Mondou Angela Mondou – While working for NATO in West Germany, Angela led the global logistics strategy to deploy the largest UN Peacekeeping contingent [UNPROFOR] in history into former Yugoslavia. After nine years in the air force, Angela moved on to the high-tech industry, where she worked in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. As a global marketing executive she was responsible for many ‘rapid results’ programs and exciting new market and product launches.Angela is a director with the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, and is a recipient of the United Nations Peacekeeping Medal. In 2005, Angela was honoured to represent Canada’s peacekeepers in the Year of the Veteran campaign, featured on a special circulation 25-cent quarter released by the Royal Canadian Mint and a national television commercial campaign.
Lt. General Leslie Lt. General Leslie – Born into a multi-generational military family that includes Generals and Defense Ministers, General Leslie holds degrees in economics and military history. He has received numerous awards, not the least of which is The Order of Military Merit, one of Canada’s highest awards. Foreign governments have also recognized Leslie’s contributions with the Commander’s Cross Order of Merit from Poland and from the US, the Commander of the US Legion of Merit. General Leslie is the only non-American to receive this award to date.Equally at home in the bureaucratic environment as he is on the front: General Leslie is truly the modern military leader with a larger sense of purpose and a vision of the new normal.

 

To book General Hillier, Angela Mondou, or Lt. General Leslie  for your next event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

The Road To Sochi 2014

As the temperature cools, the Olympic spirit heats up. The anticipation for the Sochi Winter Olympics is upon us and Prospeakers is your source for all things Olympic. From legendary broadcasters, to record setting athletes… a little spirit is just what your next event needs.

To book an Olympic Spirit speaker for for your next event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

Here are a few options:

Scott Russell 2Scott Russell  is a  Gemini-Award winning broadcaster and acclaimed author, originally from Oshawa.  He holds a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, and  is known across the nation for his coverage of amateur sports.

Scott’s CBC  Sports broadcasting extensive experience includes the nationally-loved Hockey Night in Canada. CBC host of the  2008 Beijing Olympics and Late Night host of the 2004 Games, he has been part  of the coverage for eleven Olympic Games as well as covering  triathlon, gymnastics, rugby, cross-country skiing and biathlon at several Pan  Am and Commonwealth Games. He hosted CBC’s coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup  and the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and has also periodically worked on CFL and curling telecasts  as a sideline reporter.

Most recently,  Scott was an integral part of the CBC’s Olympic coverage for the summer games  in London 2012.He brings extensive experience, passion and knowledge to his  role as the host of CBC’s Sports Weekend  on CBC.

Off-air, Scott teaches a course in Canadian  Sport History at the School of Sports Journalism at Centennial College in  Toronto and sits on the Education and Outreach Commission of the Canadian  Olympic Committee. He is an avid cottager and runner, qualifying for and then completing the 109th Boston Marathon in 2005. His three books are The Rink: Stories from Hockey’s Hometowns (co-authored with Chris Cuthbert), Icetime:  The Unsung Heroes of Hockey, and Open  House: Canada and the Magic of Curling.

 

Ron MacLeanRon MacLean is best known as the straight man on Coach’s Corner, the listener, and some might argue the voice of reason that saves Don Cherry from getting a puck in the head.

MacLean’s broadcasting career began in 1978 when he took a part-time position at CKRD Radio in Red Deer, Alberta. In 1984, a producer saw MacLean doing an ad-lib weather forecast and hired him to host the Calgary Flames telecasts on CFAC, an independent TV station in Calgary. MacLean then became the sports anchor on the local evening news.

After joining the CBC network in 1986, MacLean hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs’ telecasts on Hockey Night in Canada before becoming the full-time national host in 1987. The Gemini Award-winning sportscaster has expanded his professional duties to include hosting CBC’s coverage of the Summer and Winter Olympics, Calgary Stampede, Commonwealth Games and World Track & Field Championships. In his spare time, he is a Level 5 referee for the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association.

In January 2002, MacLean hosted the third annual CBC Hockey Day in Canada extravaganza, from Windsor, Nova Scotia, that took viewers across the country for a glimpse at hockey’s impact and its prominent place in Canadian communities.  As a host, master of ceremonies or featured speaker, Ron’s quick wit, thoughtful insights, and humorous, engaging style has entertained audiences from coast to coast.

patrick_chanPatrick Chan has been figure skating since the age of five. Since then, he has won five  consecutive national titles from 2008 to 2012. In 2011, he became the reigning  World Champion (Moscow) establishing World Records in all 3 categories (short  program, long program, and combined score), and in 2012 he re-established  himself as the best male figure skater in the world, with a second World  Championship gold.

He is the 2010-2011 Grand Prix  Final champion, the 2009 & 2012 Four Continents Champion, In 2010, Patrick  placed 5th in the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Chan is fluent in English, French,  and Cantonese, and is learning Mandarin. He graduated from École secondaire  Étienne-Brûlé, a French language school in North York. After Chan became  national champion, the school created an annual sporting award in his honor.  Chan was most proficient in physics in high school and considered taking mechanical  engineering at university. Chan plans to enroll in university in September 2011  and is considering a business degree.

Patrick has won numerous off-ice  awards for his accomplishments. In January 2008, the Chinese Cultural Centre of  Greater Toronto (Youth Chapter) conferred Chan with the 2007 Chinese Canadian  Youth of the Year award. In May 2008, Chan was named Asian of the Year in arts  and sports by Asia Network magazine.

Patrick was recognized as the 2009  Ontario Male Athlete of the Year. In January 2009, the Globe and Mail named Chan as one of the most prominent sports personalities in their annual  Power List in Canadian sports. In 2011, he received the Lou Marsh Award as  Canada’s top athlete. Known for his vibrant and  infectious personality, Chan is an inspiring addition to any event.

 

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