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Coaching at Olympic level requires calculated approach

Coaches don’t need to be barking orders to get results

Coaching is perhaps the most important relationship in an athlete’s journey. A good coach will drive success, while a poor coach leaves everybody wanting more.

As an analyst at the Rio Olympics, I have watched Women’s Rugby, Men’s Volleyball and Women’s Basketball. At each event, I have been drawn to the athlete coach relationship. I am impressed by the different styles and personalities each coach exhibits, but I have noticed one common thread in these three Canadian Coaches who are best-in-class.

Each have an understated confidence, and each command a deep respect from their athletes.

Lisa Thomaidis coaches Women’s Basketball and is a self-declared introvert. John Tait coaches Women’s Rugby 7’s and prefers to be in the background. Glenn Hoag is no different. He’s the backroom architect who took Canada’s Men’s Volleyball Team back onto the world stage.

A coach’s job is difficult. When athletes win, it is because of their drive and dedication. When athletes fail to reach their potential, it is the coach’s fault. I’m grateful to have had many great coaches in both my athletic and professional careers.

I know the secret truth. Every athlete who as attained sustained victory on the world stage contains a deep love for their coach.

Coaches are the unsung heroes of the games. That’s why I’ve compiled a few insights – to help learn from the best, and help us all become better coaches.

Kreek’s Four Tips for Better Coaching:

  • Focus on basics. A great coach knows how to keep it simple. Hoag built up the Men’s Volleyball program by instituting a rigid system of plays. “I focused on the process, not on the outcome,” said Hoag. Hoag believes in patience and hard work. This has delivered results and the respect of his athletes.
  • Coach the whole athlete. A great coach knows that her athletes are more than just athletes. Thomaidis puts obvious effort into the athlete-coach relationship. “Coach Thomaidis has built a great program and provided mentorship and development experiences which have impacted me on and off the court,” said Basketball Canada athlete Kia Nurse.
  • Make difficult decisions with care. When I shook Tait’s hand after the Bronze medal win, I could tell that he cared deeply for his athletes. Before Olympic competition, Tait found the selection of this year’s Rugby 7’s squad stressful. “While there was 12 really great conversations … there was four extremely difficult ones and painful ones.”  A great coach cares deeply about his athletes, and does what he believes will be best for the team.
  • Aim for accurate expectations. The best coaches know that expectations have a profound influence on performance. Each coach above has set realistic expectations for their athletes. Tait knew that Australia would be tough to beat. T.J. Sanders from Men’s Volleyball knows that the men are gunning for a good placement in tournament play after the round-robin preliminaries are over. Thomaidis knows that her and her team are expecting more than the 8th place finish in London. “I think for us the biggest challenge will be if we can live up to what we expect.”
Filed under: Adventure and Sports,Olympic Spirit — Tags: — prospeakers.com @ 9:48 pm
Meet our High Profile Women of Influence

Today we are celebrating our women of influence, recognizing both high profile individuals as well as initiatives that are bringing women of incredible talent and drive together to improve their communities. Through their public speaking they are able to reach out to assist each other in bettering the female business community on a national level.

The importance of finding the right speaker to act as an influencer or spokesperson can’t be overestimated, prospeakers.com has the talent for a variety of integrated marketing initiatives including – public relations campaigns, endorsements, advertising campaigns, hospitality, public appearances etc.

If you’re interested in reaching out to your client with the voice of a female industry leader consider the talents of one of our speakers; Kathy Buckworth an award winning writer, public speaker, and television personality; Natasha Sharma a relationship therapist, entrepreneur, author, speaker; Leading parenting expert Alyson Schafer, who has a wealth of knowledge to share with your audience; Or Dr. Dina Kulik, pediatrician in Toronto and one of Canada’s leading child health media experts.

Our process includes understanding your program objectives; recommending talent based on relevance, timing & budget; negotiating all agreements and managing contract activation. We represent and have excellent relationships with a wide range of talent from media personalities, athletes, chefs, medical experts, and lifestyle spokespeople or industry experts.

Contact prospeakers.com today to include these talented and inspirational women in your next event.

Natasha Sharma

A welcome new addition to our roster, Natasha Sharma is a relationship therapist, entrepreneur, author, speaker, TV/media spokesperson, and doctoral student. She is devoted to inspiring and helping others to be their best and live their best, and has worked with thousands of individuals, couples, and families. Natasha received her Master’s degree in Psychology from The Johns Hopkins University, and is currently completing her Doctorate degree in Psychology.

Natasha writes for a number of global publications such as InsideToronto.com, TheBabySpot.ca, MotivatingOtherMothers.com, and Mike Fiore’s DigitalRomance.com. She has also appeared on some of Canada’s most popular TV shows including Global News Toronto, Breakfast Television, Etalk Canada, City TV News, CTV News, and Rogers TV. In addition, her relationship tips and mental health advice have been featured in The Globe and Mail and Huffington Post.

Kathy Buckworth

Kathy is an award winning writer, public speaker, and television personality. She is the author of six books and has been a regular guest expert on CityLine, CBC’s Steven & Chris, Breakfast Television, CTV Canada AM and other television and radio shows. She writes for Post City Magazines, Huffington Post and Metro News, and has a regular segment on Sirius/XM radio Canada Talks.

She has over 18 years of corporate marketing experience, and is the Chief Family Advisor for Presidents Choice Financial and PCPlus. In addition to this she has acted as a corporate/media spokesperson and social media consultant for many other companies such as Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, Nintendo, Research In Motion, Pfizer and LeapFrog Toys.

She has four kids (material) and a husband (more material) and lives in the Toronto area, helping Moms everywhere laugh and realize that balance is just something you need to do while putting on your peep-toe heels.

Alyson Schafer

Alyson Schafer is a therapist, author, and internationally acclaimed parenting expert who empowers families by sharing her principles, rules and tools for raising happy and healthy kids. She is the bestselling author of Breaking the Good Mom Myth; Honey, I Wrecked The Kids; and Ain’t Misbehavin’, which have garnered attention from parents and the media across North America.

She delivers deep insights in ways that today’s busy parents can easily understand and apply immediately. The media recognizes her as their go-to person for parenting. She promotes a firm but friendly “democratic parenting” style and offers practical solutions backed by extensive research, as well as clinical and field experience.  Alyson’s insights into parenting, understanding, and working with children have proven to be valuable game-changers for many of her audiences.

Dr. Dina Kulik

Dr. Dina Kulik

Dr. Dina Kulik is a mother and Pediatrician in Toronto and is one of Canada’s leading child health media experts. She appears regularly as a pediatric medical expert guest providing parenting and medical expertise on The Social, CBC, CP24 and City TV’s Breakfast Television. She is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and writes many unique articles every month for her website, drdina.ca.

She obtained her medical degree (MD) from McMaster University, completing her Pediatric residency training at the University of Toronto. She completed her Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children and is currently a staff physician there. She is also part of a multi-disciplinary team at KinderCare, a pediatric centre in Toronto. She works with children of all ages, from infancy through adolescence.

Above all, Dina’s greatest joy is her family and being the mom of three active, happy boys.


Jay Onrait – FOX Sports Live Host and Sports Raconteur Par Excellence

jay onrait number twoJay Onrait co-hosts the 11 p.m. ET nightly edition of FOX Sports Live alongside Dan O’Toole, providing around the clock coverage through regularly scheduled programs, hourly updates and an information rich ticker.

Receiving rave reviews since its release in October, His new book “Number Two: More short tales from a very tall man“ is yet another hilarious compilation of anecdotes profiling the many interesting, and at times unbelievable, experiences Jay has had over the course of his career.  Described as being “From the twisted and juvenile mind that brought you the national bestseller Anchorboy comes another rollicking collection of embarrassing stories that’ll make you laugh, cry, and feel just a little bit uncomfortable”

Add your name to the list of our very satisfied clients who have hosted him all over North America and feature Jay Onrait as your next MC, have him entertain your guests and clients at corporate events, or provide a keynote address to kick off your next event with laughter as he delights and captivates your audience.

Contact prospeakers.com today to book Jay Onrait for your next speaking engagement.

Less than a year to go until the Rio 2016 Olympics!

With the Rio 2016 Olympics on the horizon we wanted to take a minute to recap some of our world renowned Olympic Speakers. A truly impressive group of Medal winning Athletes like Adam Kreek, Rosie MacLennan, and Simon Whitfield, high performance sports experts like Dr.  Greg Wells, as well as legendary Olympic broadcaster Brian Williams.

They bring a plethora of knowledge and insight into what it means to truly participate in a sport at the highest possible level. This experience makes them the ideal group to; MC any sports charity event, make appearances at corporate functions, or act as spokespeople or brand ambassadors. Not only excelling in their chosen sports, they are also entrepreneurs, sports medicine experts, and media coverage experts. Contact prospeakers.com today for more information on how you can book their talent for you next event!

Adam Kreek

Olympic Gold Medalist, Entrepreneur and Expert in High Performance

Adam Kreek is a two-time Olympian and Olympic Gold Medalist, entrepreneur, and expert in High Performance. A self-described “positive realist,” Adam shares his skills, experience and strategies for success with organizations across North America.

Adam has spent the past decade studying human performance, achievement, and wellbeing, as well as working with a variety of universities and non-profits across the country. He is co-owner of a Vancouver Island based organization that collects and processes waste vegetable oil to produce sustainable Biodiesel for local consumption. Adam is also proud to work with a number of charities and organizations like the Canadian Wildlife Federation, The Canadian Olympic Committee Board of Directors, an Ambassador for Right to Play, and a Board Member of Clean Air, as well as serving on a number of other Boards.

In addition to his work with organizations, Adam has worked with thousands of youth in schools across Canada, instilling within our next generation the idea that the “secret to happy living is giving.”


Greg Wells, Ph.D

Sport and Performance Science Analyst, Human Physiologist

In 2010, Dr. Greg Wells was the host of the Gemini-Award winning “Superbodies” segments for Canada’s national Olympic broadcast and the on-camera sport science and sport medicine analyst for the CTV Broadcast Consortium, ABC News and ABC’s 20/20 during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Previously, Dr. Wells served as the Director of Sport Science at the Canadian Sport Centre where he had the opportunity to work with dozens of champion athletes from Commonwealth Games, World Championships and the Olympic Games. Dr. Wells also taught Canada’s elite sport coaches at the National Coaching Institute.

He speaks at leading sports and medical organizations around the world, including the International Olympic Committee, International Congress on Child Neurology, Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, and the American College of Sports Medicine.


Rosie MacLennan

Olympic Gold Medalist

As the youngest of four children, Rosie MacLennan often tagged along to her older siblings’ gymnastic lessons. When she was 7, Rosie could no longer stand to simply watch from the sidelines and she finally got her turn on the trampolines. At age 11, Rosie began competing internationally and was the Canadian National Women’s Champion in 2005, 2009 and 2011.

Rosie’s competitive performances in 2011 demonstrated that she was a rising star in her sport. She won a gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, followed by a second place finish at the Trampoline World Championships in Birmingham, UK, earning her a ticket to the London 2012 Summer Olympics, where she took home the Gold Medal in Women’s Trampoline.

Rosie is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health. She has a wealth of knowledge to share with young athletes on how to be successful in their sport and how to achieve their own Olympic dreams.


Simon Whitfield

Olympic Triathlete

Simon Whitfield has relentlessly pursued excellence in sport – and in life – for as long as he or anyone around him can remember “My goal was always to be the best in the world at something,” says Whitfield, who at 17 followed that goal to Australia, a triathlon mecca and year-round training ground. Whitfield returned to Canada ready to take his racing to the next level. He did that with a bang, surprising the world with a riveting come-from-behind victory in triathlon’s inaugural Olympics, the Sydney 2000 Summer Games.

Simon has continued to pursue his sport with a passion and professionalism second to none.  The rewards have followed the hard work: 12 national championships, 14 world cup victories, and, perhaps most significantly, in 2008 at the Beijing Olympic Games, in a race where he was counted out by everyone but himself, a stunning silver medal.

Whitfield’s commitment extends beyond the racecourse.  He recognizes that with results come responsibilities, and takes very seriously his role as triathlon’s ambassador to Canada and a Canadian ambassador to the world.  He supports numerous charities and loves few things as much as visiting schools to speak to children about finding their own passions and setting goals.


Brian Williams O.C.

Considered the dean of Olympic sports broadcasting in Canada, Williams reported on his first Olympic Games at the 1976 Summer Games from Montreal and has covered a total of 14 Olympic Games, as well as every high-profile sporting event around the globe. His resume includes work with the NHL, Major League Baseball, PGA TOUR, Canadian and World Figure Skating Championships, World Cup Skiing, men’s and women’s Rogers Cup events in Toronto and Montreal, Formula One, IRL, Breeders’ Cup, Pan Am Games and Commonwealth Games.

Named to the Order of Canada in December 2011 for both his distinguished broadcasting career of more than 40 years and extensive community and volunteer work across the country, Brian Williams anchored CTV’s primetime Olympic coverage of both the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, playing a leading role in shaping and delivering the network’s award-winning coverage.

Williams’ respected broadcast style has endeared him to millions of Canadians from coast-to-coast. He has won praise from critics and numerous accolades and awards. He is a lifetime member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities and member of the Board of Directors of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, as well as working with Special Olympics Canada. His long and truly impressive career makes him the ideal speaker for any number of causes or events.


If you’re a sports fan, you know James Duthie.

duthie-bookJames Duthie is one of today’s most talented sports broadcasters. An avid athlete in his youth, Duthie studied Journalism at Carleton University, then spent several years working in TV news before transitioning to the sports desk.

In his years at TSN, he has worked in a variety of sports and roles: from CFL to NBA to the evening edition of Sports Centre, Canada’s most watched sports news and information program. He is currently the host of TSN Hockey.

His newest book “The Guy on the Left” tells the story of Duthie’s career in broadcasting, from a nerdy appearance on a game show to chatting with Tiger Woods in the men’s room at The Masters. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at celebrated moments like Sidney Crosby’s famous game-winning goal at the Vancouver Olympics, but also less celebrated insights, like the disclosure that sports broadcasters often aren’t wearing pants on air. Funny, thoughtful, self-deprecating, and wry, The Guy on the Left is everything fans love about James Duthie.

Duthie has also been awarded three Geminis for his broadcasting efforts. Charismatic and sharply witty, he is a favourite among sports fans across the country.  He is able to share many entertaining personal anecdotes from his years in the sports industry, and possesses a natural ability to command the attention of an audience. These qualities and experience make Duthie a versatile and engaging speaker, and the ideal choice for many types of speaking engagements including; charitable events, acting as an event MC, or as a featured speaker at a corporate event. Contact us at Prospeakers.com today for more information on how to get James involved with your next event.

Filed under: Leadership,Motivation,Teamwork — Tags: , , , — prospeakers.com @ 2:14 pm
Hockey Season is Back!

The start of the new hockey season is always a great time to consider what events and activities you want to have over the 2015-16 year. Start planning your winter schedule and consider events featuring our amazing and talented group of all-star speakers. From sports media figures like Elliotte Friedman and Kelly Hrudey to Hockey Legends like Wayne Gretzky and Darryl Sittler. Whether you are looking for a speaker for your business event or charity function contact us today to find out about all the exciting hockey talent we have to make this season the best one yet!

Wayne Gretzky

For two decades, the ethereal Wayne Gretzky lifted hockey to new and dizzying heights while establishing himself as the greatest player of all time. He transcended hockey and was the most statistically dominant player in the history of North American team sports.

Gretzky helped Edmonton win four Stanley Cup Championships and three Canada Cup tournament titles during his illustrious career. He holds virtually every offensive record in the NHL and his tireless support of the game has contributed significantly to the popularity it enjoys today. He has contributed to countless charities, including his own “The Wayne Gretzky Foundation” which was founded in 2002. Through this Wayne endeavors to continue to enrich the lives of so many Canadians, not only in Hockey but through the many other causes he supports.

Darryl Sittler

Darryl Sittler is one of the greatest players to ever wear the Toronto Maple Leaf uniform. An inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame, and voted by fans as the centre-man on the All-Time Leafs Team, Sittler may well be best remembered for two of the most remarkable performances in the history of the National Hockey League. On February 7, 1976, he scored six goals and added four assists for an NHL record total of 10 points in a game. That spring, he joined Maurice Richard in hockey history by recording five goals in one playoff game. To honour his illustrious career, Toronto retired Sittler’s number 27 On February 8, 2003. He has an incredible wealth of stories to share from the course of his outstanding career, as well as the lessons he’s learned working on charitable endeavors. One of the many ways Darryl contributes to the community is as a board member for the MLSE Team Up Foundation, alongside fellow former Maple Leafs captain Wendel Clark. Currently Darryl travels across Canada appearing at public speaking engagements, doing autograph signings, and making appearances for various companies, charities and organizations.

Elliotte Friedman

Friedman is no ordinary sports announcer. Currently a reporter for Sports net Hockey, Friedman has also covered 4 Olympic Games, the World Series, and every Stanley Cup since 1998. He is known for his dedication to his work, his keen insights into the world of sports and his dry wit. His blog series, “30 Thoughts,” has become a must-read for hockey fans and insiders.
Friedman has a unique perspective on success, derived from countless hours interviewing and interacting with players and coaches behind the scenes and off the ice.

Through personal anecdotes and principles learned from the world of professional sports, Friedman challenges and instructs his audience with life-changing ideas that are relevant for all.

Kelly Hrudey

In July of 1998, goaltender Kelly Hrudey retired from the NHL and traded in his skates for a microphone joining the cast of Sports net Hockey as a full-time analyst.Hrudey came to broadcasting after a fifteen-year career as a goaltender for the New York Islanders, LA Kings, and San Jose Sharks. He compiled a record of 271-265-88 with a goals against average of 3.43, with 16 shutouts. By providing hockey fans with some of the most insightful, well-researched and accurate commentary available, he was able to parlay his experience and knowledge of the game of hockey with a career in front of the camera.

A thoughtful and charming on-air persona, he is equally talented on stage in front of a live audience.


Top Political Speakers at Prospeakers.com

As the election is quickly approaching, it offers us a perfect opportunity to start a discussion about how its outcome will shape our nation’s future.  What better way than to gain insight from our many talented and seasoned political speakers, each with their own unique and varied experience and perspectives on our diverse political landscape.

From Brian Tobin’s experienced career as a premier and federal minister, to Chantal Hebert’s provocative and refreshingly honest take on both the Anglo and Francophone political perspectives in our country, our speakers can offer a fresh perspective on many different aspects of Canadian politics. 

Are you a business that is looking for some guidance on how to handle the potential economic impact this election will have? Dr. Lloyd Atkinson offers his extensive knowledge of global economic trends and financial markets. Perhaps you’re interested in benefiting from the extensive experience and expertise of three-time literary prize winning national affairs columnist, Jeffrey Simpson.

Whatever your point of interest during this election season, we offer a wide range of speakers to cater to individual business needs as we head into what will undoubtedly be one of the more interesting and impactful elections in recent Canadian history.



Brian Tobin is a Canadian businessman and former politician. Tobin served as the sixth Premier of Newfoundland from 1996 to 2000. Tobin was also a prominent Member of Parliament and served as a Cabinet Minister in Jean Chrétien’s Liberal government. Tobin was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons as a Liberal in the1980 election. He was re-elected in the 1984 election even though Brian Mulroney’s, Progressive Conservative Party (PC) won the largest majority government in Canadian history. In the ministry, Tobin distinguished himself from his colleagues with speeches rife with rhetoric and his youthful exuberance.


Chantal Hebert is a political columnist for The Toronto Star and regular participant in television and radio current affairs shows.  She is a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. She has served as parliamentary bureau chief for La Presse and Le Devoir as well as a parliamentary radio correspondent for Radio-Canada. She started her career in 1975 in Toronto working for Radio-Canada television news. Hébert is the 2005 recipient of APEX’s Public Service Citation as well as the 2006 recipient of the Hyman Solomon award for excellence in journalism and public policy. No Canadian can be truly informed on the subject of Canadian politics without the benefit of her non-partisan commentary.


Dr. Lloyd Atkinson is an economic specialist who for nine years served as Vice Chairman, Chief Investment Officer, and Chief Strategist at Perigee Investment Counsel Inc. Dr. Atkinson was also the Executive Vice-President and Chief Economist at the Bank of Montreal. He spent time working for the United States government in Washington, D.C. and taught economics and finance at a number of American universities. Dr. Atkinson holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science from the University of Windsor. He is a member of the Monetary Policy Council of the C.D. Howe Institute, and a member of the Investment Operations Committee, Alberta Revenue.

Jeffrey Simpson, The Globe and Mail’s national affairs columnist, has won all three of Canada’s leading literary prizes — the Governor-General’s award for non-fiction book writing, the National Magazine Award for political writing, and the National Newspaper Award for column writing (twice). He has also won the Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism. In January, 2000, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada

Simpson has spoken at dozens of major conferences here and abroad on a variety of domestic and international issues. He has also been a regular contributor to television programs in both English and French and completed a two-hour documentary for CBC to accompany his book, Star-Spangled Canadians. He has been a guest lecturer at such universities as Oxford, Edinburgh, Harvard, Princeton, Brigham Young, Johns Hopkins, Maine, California plus more than a dozen universities in Canada.


Laugh With These Ladies

Looking for some laughs AND knowledge at your next event? Susan Stewart, Meg Soper and Judy Croon deliver! You certainly don’t want to miss out on these funny ladies. Susan motivates audiences on how to better our health and stress levels through laughter. Meg discusses communication, teamwork and strategies for success. Judy explains how we can deal with difficult people and situations in order to achieve our goals.

Susan, Meg and Judy co-authored the hilarious and insightful book “From Stage to the Page: Life Lessons from Four Funny Ladies” alongside Judy Suke.

Check out all these funny ladies have to offer.

To book Susan, Meg or Judy  for your next event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

Susan Stewart2Susan Stewart is a recovering stand-up  comic turned Human Resources Professional, turned author and inspirational  speaker… long story, but here’s what happened in a nutshell… After touring Canada with 3 one-woman  shows and performing at comedy clubs around Canada for 5 years, Susan decided  to leave stand-up comedy in 2003. Through a series of unplanned, yet extremely  purposeful events, Susan found herself working in a Human Resources branch  within the Ontario Government… comedy to HR, a natural progression?  Throughout her shockingly enjoyable and passionate career as a organizational  learning and development consultant, Susan became inspired to get back on stage  and use her comedic powers for good, rather than evil! Since 2005, Susan has been traveling  across North America helping people see the lighter side of work and life. With her memorable high energy and quick  wit, Susan has made a positive impact on many private and public-sector  organizations, school boards, universities, and associations. Some of Susan’s  most recent clients include The Bank of Montreal, Apple, Novartis Consumer  Health Inc., and DuPont Canada. Susan is a contributing author of three  self-development books: Awakening  The Workplace –  Volume 3, The  Master Mind Group, and Bushido  Business. A veteran with the microphone, Susan is  also a popular event host. She has hosted many corporate and special events.  She is known to have the “Billy Crystal-Appeal” and is often invited  to host an event multiple times.

Meg SoperMeg Soper is a keynote motivational humourist speaker who combines the skills of a premiere stand-up comic with the hands on experience in health care to provide motivational, inspirational entertainment for her audiences. Her experience as a stand up comic, operating room nurse and mother of two teenagers enable her to deliver a unique package of humorous anecdotes, and stress busting strategies for everyday living. Meg’s emergence as a business-related motivational humourist was inspired by her belief that laughter is one of the most effective ways to deal with the day to day stress in our lives. Her comedic skills enable her, as a leading motivator, to connect with the audience, break barriers and deliver practical tools and strategies to be more effective at work and at home.  Meg offers strategies for life balance and improved communication with the knock out punch of comedy. While Meg’s emergence as a premiere motivational humourist was influenced by her ability to make people laugh, it was working in the pressurized environment of hospital operating rooms that she realized how humour could help people better communicate and deal with stressful situations.  Meg has a keen eye for dealing with the roadblocks that we encounter on a daily basis. She is able to motivate people to develop new ways of looking at the options that life presents. In this way, Meg enables the innate talents within everyone for making those choices that will move us along the path to productive and balanced living. Her unique blend of comedy and inspirational stories provides “humour with a heart”. This sets her apart from other motivational speakers in Ontario and Canada. These presentations are filled with laughter, life lessons and stress reducing strategies that motivate personal improvement. During her many years as a stand up comic, Meg learned to recognize the very strong connection between laughter and attitude. The energy she derived as a humorist told her that there was a physiology to laughter. Now speaking as a motivational humorist to audiences using “humour with a heart” she is able to connect with people, motivate them and leave them feeling uplifted and energized.

Judy Croon

Judy Croon is a comedian, MC,  motivational humourist, radio broadcaster, author and proud to have never been  in jail. She has been the opening act for Joan  Rivers, Wynonna Judd, Robert Klein, Weird Al, Dionne Warwick and Anne Murray.  Her specials have appeared on NBC, CBS, CTV and The Comedy Network. Judy has co-hosted morning radio shows on  Toronto’s Mix 99.9, LA’s KFRG and XM Radio with Mike Bullard. And she is a  co-author of the book From the Stage to the Page: Life Lessons from  Four Funny Ladies! Judy is the creator and host of   “Laughlines” and “Stand Up for The Girls,” events which  have raised over $650,000 for breast cancer research. As a corporate speaker, she draws from  her performance experience, wit, and insight to entertain, inform and inspire  in her dynamic keynotes entitled “Taming Hecklers: Dealing with Difficult  People” (this is not your typical difficult people talk!) and “Relieving  Stress with Humour – Judy’s 7 Ingredients to Living Well That Don’t Include  Tofu.


To book Susan, Meg or Judy  for your next event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

Filed under: Entertainment / Comedy,Womens Issues — Tags: , , — prospeakers.com @ 7:44 pm
FIFA Women’s World Cup Speakers & Event Hosts

FIFA’s Women’s World Cup is fast approaching. For a full month, Canada is going to be the host of one of the world’s most exciting sports tournaments. And here at prospeakers.com, we’ve got connections that will bring you the heart of the game.

So whether you’re looking for an event host, a storyteller, or a spokesperson, consider these incredible individuals: 


Christine Sinclair is widely recognized as the greatest soccer player to ever come out of Canada. She has spent the last 12 years with the Canadian team, participating in three FIFA World Cups (2003, 2007, 2011) and two Olympic Games.

At the London 2012 Summer Games, she finished as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals and led the Canadian women’s national soccer team to a bronze medal with a 1-0 win against France. She broke the record of most goals scored in the Olympics for women’s soccer and won the gold boot of the competition. Her remarkable effort as team captain and her performance in the semifinal earned her the honour of serving as Canada’s flag-bearer in the closing ceremony.

Christine is the reigning and twelve-time Soccer Canada Player of the Year. Five times she has been nominated as the FIFA World Player of the Year. She is also the recipient of a Diamond Jubilee Medal.


Jason deVos knows all about commitment, leadership and battling adversity. He signed his first professional contract at the age of 16, and moved to England to continue his journey to the highest level of the game at the age of 22. He was recognized very early on in his career as a leader, and was named captain at Dundee United, Wigan and Ipswich.

deVos also tasted success with Canada’s National Team. From 1999 until 2004, deVos was also the captain of Canada, leading them to their only international championship. He scored the winning goal for his country in the 2000 Gold Cup Final, was twice named to the Gold Cup All-Star team and led Canada to the 2001 Confederations Cup in Japan.

Known as a tough, intelligent player on the field, deVos has brought the same passion and commitment he demonstrated as a soccer player to his new career in the media. He currently works in television as a soccer analyst for CBC and GOL TV, where he provided television commentary for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and continues to cover Toronto FC Games.


Craig Forrest is one of the most successful Canadian soccer players of all time. Born in Coquitlam, B.C., he left home at the age of 16 to begin a new life overseas in the first step of a rewarding soccer career.

In the span of four years, he went from trainee to starter with Ipswich Town, a club on a tremendous rise in the English ranks. His play as keeper with Ipswich was recognized and rewarded by the club’s supporters, who honoured him as the team’s player of the year: Ipswich’s most outstanding player in 1995, and Player’s Player on two other occasions. Altogether, he spent 10 years in the English Premiership, 18 years in the top flight in England.

Craig has proudly represented our Canadian national team on a total of 56 occasions, and Canada’s pinnacle in the sport over the last decade, was named MVP when Canada won the Gold Cup Championship in 2000.

Off the pitch, Forrest has been given the opportunity to remain in the sport he loves, bringing soccer fans their fix on TSN, as a member of the Sportsnet team and analyst on Soccercentral.


Luke Wileman has lived and breathed soccer from an early age. Before moving to Canada in 2006, he spent 10 years with the BBC in England as a sports broadcaster and play-by-play commentator for the English Premier League

Following his move to Canada, Wileman spent time as a soccer reporter, host and sports anchor at the FAN 590 in Toronto, and also worked for The Canadian Press as a soccer writer. Wileman is now the soccer host and voice of Major League Soccer on Canada’s Sports Leader, TSN.


Nigel Reed has more spent more than 25 years in the broadcast industry, covering a wide variety of sports for some of the most respected broadcasters including the BBC and CBC. He specializes in soccer, golf and cricket.

Since 2007, Nigel has been the voice of soccer on CBC, covering Major League Soccer, the CONCACAF Champions League, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He also provided play by play for the Canadian Women’s national team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He supports his CBC broadcasts with a weekly column for cbcsports.ca, and produces and co-hosts his popular “Soccer Show” for Sportsnet radio – The Fan590. His career highlights include calling the first ever goal scored by Toronto FC in Major League Soccer, and interviewing his own boyhood hero, golfer Jack Nicklaus.


To book these, or any of our other sports speakers, contact us via the website, or by phone at 416-420-4525.


Donald Cooper – 20 Years On and Going Strong


Donald Cooper

For over 20 years, prospeakers.com has been booking Donald Cooper, MBA, for clients who want to create compelling customer value and experiences, manage smarter, attract a top-performing team…and grow their bottom line.

There’s a reason he continues to be respected as bottom-line realist and passionate visionary by clients in over 40 industries around the world; Donald has been in the trenches.  He has been both a world-class manufacturer and an award-winning fashion retailer.

From humble beginnings, Cooper Sporting Goods became the world’s leading maker of hockey equipment and a Canadian Brand icon. As a growing family business, Cooper Canada bought competitors, went public, became unionized, became un-unionized, imported, exported to 20 countries, opened an offshore plant in Barbados, and grew to over 2,800 employees.

Then, at age 43 Donald ‘fired’ himself from the family business and reinvented himself as a visionary fashion retailer. He fundamentally redefined customer experience, for which he received seven Awards of Excellence for service, marketing and business innovation, including being voted Canada’s outstanding Innovative Retailer of the Year.

Simply put, Donald Cooper is a bottom-line management guy.  Through keynotes, interactive workshops and intensive  1-to-2 day ‘Management Boot Camps’, he works with business owners and managers who want to achieve extraordinary outcomes in 5 key areas:

  1. Create compelling customer value and experiences that will give them a clear competitive advantage.  Mediocrity is no longer an option.
  2. Market and promote more effectively on a tight budget in a cynical and over-served market.  There’s no point being the best if you’re also the best kept secret.
  3. Attract, engage, and retain a top-performing team.  The real battle in business today is the battle for talent.  We must all become ‘talent magnets’.
  4. Improve profitability now and for the long term…and
  5. Create a clear Vision for the future of their business, a specific Plan to get there and a culture of commitment, urgency and accountability to make sure they do.

Donald will inform you, inspire you, challenge you, disturb you…and leave you with a new and powerful understanding of your customers, your business and your life!


To learn more about having Donald speak at your next conference or event, be in touch with us via our website or by phone at 416-420-4525. We’d love to bring his effective business input to your company today!


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