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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.


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.


Sally Armstrong on the “Ascent of Women” Around the World

Sally Armstrong feels certain that things are looking up. The Canadian journalist, activist, Amnesty International Award Winner and member of the Order of Canada’s newest book, Ascent of Women, chronicles the “incremental gains women have made on political and economic levels and at how these gains point to further progress. And some of the gains, she points out, have been not only incremental, but explosive.” (writes the London Free Press)

A thorough look at women’s status from around the world, there is much to soberly absorb. The stories are often tragic, but Armstrong affirms that “they aren’t victims, they’re victors.” And there are are triumphant stories, changemakers whose efforts are changing tides, and who offer a basis for the hopeful approach Armstrong takes.


Check out this interview with Armstrong, in which she talks about Malala Yousafzi, the Steubenville rape case, and more:


To book Sally for your upcoming event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

Filed under: Current Events and Politics,Womens Issues — Tags: — prospeakers.com @ 9:38 am
Dr. Sima Samar’s Fight for Afghanistan

Dr. Sima Samar, the Chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and inspirational keynote speaker, is a courageous woman fighting to win greater freedoms for Afghan people.

Dr. Samar fled Afghanistan in 1984, after her husband was arrested and killed during the Soviet invasion. Since then she has been fighting for the rights of women and children suffering under Soviet repression and subsequent Taliban rule. Over the years, Dr. Samar opened many clinics, hospitals and schools for women and children– dangerous pursuits under the Taliban regime.

Following U.S. President Barack Obama’s announcement to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by 2014, activists, including Dr. Samar, are concerned about the future of Afghanistan’s stability. In recent interviews and speeches, Dr. Samar has emphasized the U.S. and Western nations’ moral obligations toward Afghanistan.

Regardless of foreign support, she vows to continue to fight for democracy, the presence of Afghan women in government and the reconstruction of civil society in Afghanistan.

In an interview with BBC Hard Talk, Dr. Samar said:

“Human rights is a universal value… women’s rights is human rights– there is no difference between the two. We are not only focusing on women’s rights, we are focusing on human rights in the country. Everyone should have the right to education and a better life.”

For the complete interview with Dr. Samar and more on the plight on Afghan human rights, watch the video below:


To book Dr. Samar for your upcoming event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.



Filed under: Current Events and Politics,Motivation,Womens Issues — Tags: — prospeakers.com @ 2:38 pm
Hebert, deVos & Friedman Weigh In On This Week’s Happenings

This is a busy and eventful week in Canadian sports & politics, and our speakers are in the midst of dialogue on what the recent events may mean…

Jason deVos weighs in on the new head coach situation for TFC:

Being a successful coach requires a deep understanding of the game – that is simply a given. More importantly, being a successful coach requires the ability to read players, to get inside their heads and find out what makes them tick – what motivates them. This is a skill that Nelsen may very well possess, but given that he has never coached before, is completely unknown.

This is either a very bold move or a completely crazy one.

(from his TSN blog)


What do you think; is this choice crazy, or crazy-bold?

Elliotte Friedman‘s thoughts on Brian Burke’s firing:

There must be a catalyst, a final straw that doomed the marriage – calling for a divorce at the weirdest possible time. Losing can’t be the only reason…Next week, we’ll find out if it really was Roberto Luongo. (Good thing he’s got a great sense of humour, he’s getting blamed for everything from new CBA rules to executive firings)…

(from CBC)


What do you think; is the firing because of Luongo, or are there other reasons to  let Burke go at this precise moment?

Chantal Hébert on expectations for Friday’s meeting between the PM & First Nations leaders:

The biggest risk on Friday is not that the Prime Minister will make too low an opening bid to restore a working relationship with the First Nations but that he will find himself playing solitaire…

As for Spence, the calling of Friday’s meeting offered her best opportunity to end her hunger strike with a victory.

(from the Toronto Star)

Filed under: Current Events and Politics — Tags: , , — Beth @ 2:00 pm
Pat Quinn & Chantal Hébert, Officers of the Order of Canada. Christine Sinclair, Winner of the Lou Marsh Award


Pat Quinn, often referred to as “Canada’s Coach,” has been active in the world of hockey since the 1960’s. A renowned coach for the NHL and Canada’s Junior and Olympic teams, he is co-chair of the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee.  He also holds a law degree and is a frequent speaker on leadership and team dynamics. As a newly appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, he is recognized for “a lifetime of achievement and merit of a high degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large.”





Chantal Hébert is a well-respected columnist and political commentator out of Montreal. Her regular column in the Toronto Star covers a variety of national issues, and she is also a frequent contributor to CBC’s The National and several other news outlets. Also a newly appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, her contribution to Canadian communication is seen as “a lifetime of achievement and merit of a high degree.”




Christine Sinclair may have been left of the FIFA Female Player of the Year Award Shortlist, but here in Canada she received the the Lou Marsh Award for Canadian Athlete of the Year, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the CBC’s Athlete of the Year. A leader in the world of women’s soccer, and a model for athletes of any background, Christine has had an incredible 2012 year!

As the only Canadian speakers’ agency representing Christine, we are keen to help your group hear her story and celebrate along with her. Give us a call at 416-420-4525 or send us a note today!



Filed under: Current Events and Politics,French Speakers — Beth @ 12:50 pm
Chronic Condition: Talking Sense About Health Care in Canada

Jeffrey Simpson, author, journalist & Order of Canada Member, has a new book coming out this fall. He tells us a bit about why now is the right time for a book on health care:

Why write a book about health care in Canada? Don’t politicians talk about it all the time? Haven’t we had endless studies and commissions about health care? Yes and yes. So why write Chronic Condition?

Because not many people these days are talking sense about health care. Canadians are in love with Medicare, but they don’t realize it can’t continue as is. Nor do they know that, by international standards, this beloved system of ours is priced like a Cadillac but operates like a Chevrolet.

We spend in the top rank for health care among industrial countries; we get middling results. While the gap between spending and performance widens, we shovel so much extra money into health care that everything else suffers – education, social services, transport, environment.

Governments are so desperate for health care money that most gambling revenues now go into it. Health care is hooked on gambling. Imagine that.

Politicians fear health care. They fear its appetite for more money. They fear the public’s attachment to it. Result: they don’t talk common sense. They make outlandish promises – “Save Medicare!” “Cut Wait Times in Half,” “Train a Thousand More Doctors!” They are scared of leveling with the people. And so there is no intelligent debate.

After watching this fluff and writing journalistically about health care for two decades, I wasn’t satisfied that Canadians were being told what’s up about Medicare. I decided to do the research, put it into an accessible book, explain the history of Medicare, indicate how it compares internationally, illustrate what it’s doing to public finances, debunk the half-baked ideas for reforming it, and suggest some big, but doable changes that might achieve the two most important objectives: improve quality and reduce the increase in health care expenses.

I’d already written six books, won all three of the country’s leading literary prizes (the Governor-General’s award for non-fiction, the National Magazine Award for political writing, and the National Newspaper Award for column writing), and figured: Why not health care? After all, there hasn’t been a good book about Canadian Medicare for the general public written in decades.

Will everybody agree with my diagnosis and remedies? Absolutely not, because there are no easy answers, although people peddle them all the time. But I am convinced that if people are invited to address the real issues – not the ideological ones – we can actually improve the system. And we’d better as soon as possible because in 2010, the first of the Baby Boom generation began retiring. Starting now, the population will begin aging – and with aging come all sorts of new and complicated challenges for the health care world.

By the way, forget all comparisons between the Canadian and U.S. health-care systems. No leading personality in Canada wants U.S.-style medicine. Instead, the U.S. system has been used as a bogeyman to scare people away from even talking about changes to Medicare, in case it leads to the slippery slope of U.S.-style health care. Former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien used to quip: “Down there, they check your wallet before your pulse.” Scare tactic, pure and simple.

It’s was a lot of work doing Chronic Care, but it was fun, too. I spent a week in the Ottawa Hospital observing, visited emergency clinics, talked to scores of physicians and medical experts – and to politicians and officials too, although they were often reluctant to be quoted because the issues are so sensitive. My recommendations flow from those conversations about drug policy, how hospitals should be financed, how doctors should be paid, and how Medicare should be reformed .

I’m excited that Chronic Care tackles the subject Canadians always put at the top of their list of public concerns. It explains what’s happening and what’s going to happen in a clear, accessible way, without resorting to slogans or easy answers. We’ll leave those to the politicians, thank you.

Filed under: Current Events and Politics,Health / Fitness / Stress — Tags: — Beth @ 1:04 pm
Stephen Lewis launches the Dare Challenge in October

During the week of October 17-25, Stephen Lewis is challenging thousands of Canadians to choose a memorable dare – something funny, healthy, kind, sporty – set a personal fundraising goal, and ask their friends, family and colleagues to sponsor them. (more…)

Filed under: Current Events and Politics — Tags: — prospeakers.com @ 5:40 pm
Why ‘the person we want to have a beer with,’ wins the election

Article reprinted from the NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM –

If I want to have a beer with you, then I like you. If I don’t want to have a beer with you, then I don’t like you. If I like you, then I will vote for you.


Filed under: Current Events and Politics — Tags: — prospeakers.com @ 9:51 pm