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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.

 

5 Digital Technology and Trend Speakers For Your Every Need!

Looking for expert input as your company explores the every-shifting digital landscape? Need help navigating change, or learning to think-forward in the new normal of integrated tech thinking?

You’ve come to the right place!

Prospeakers.com has speakers and experts for all your technology, innovation, and interactive media needs. Consider any one of the following options:

 

Marc SaltzmanMarc Saltzman has reported on the high-tech industry since 1996 as a freelance journalist, author, lecturer, consultant, and radio and TV personality. His specialties lie in consumer electronics, computers, Internet trends, small-to-midsized business technology and interactive entertainment. Marc is one of the busiest technology experts on the circuit. Speaking across North America on a wide variety of topics, he enjoys talking to groups big or small, consumer- or business-oriented, and ranging from kids to seniors. Along with delivering keynotes, Marc also enjoys moderating panels, delivering seminars and hosting lunch n’ learns for smaller crowds.

Marc currently contributes to more than 50 prominent publications including: Gannett, USA Today, Yahoo! (U.S. and Canada), CNN.com, AARP Magazine, and The Toronto Star. He also writes and hosts “Gear Guide,” a technology-focused video that runs nationally across Canada at Cineplex Entertainment movie theaters, IMAX theatres and various sister chains.

 

 

Jim Harris is one of North America’s foremost authors and thinkers on change and leadership. With an uncanny ability to understand and capitalize on where markets and mindsets are going, Harris looks to the future and helps organizations all over the world successfully identify and respond faster to emerging trends. Harris’ track record includes identifying the “blindsided” trend that continues to impact organizations today. Seemingly healthy companies can fail to recognize and respond quickly to market changes, resulting in being blindsided by competitors who overtake their market. Before “going green” became part of our everyday lexicon, Harris forecast the shift in thinking and committed to leading a political movement focused on sustainability and ecological wisdom. Harris has represented the Covey Leadership Center as an instructor of Dr. Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. He speaks internationally and conducts strategic planning sessions on leadership, CRM, future trends, innovation and strategic planning and has been ranked by Association Magazine as one of the nation’s top ten speakers.

 

 

Dev BasuDev Basu is the President and CEO of Powered by Search, a PROFIT HOT 50 internet marketing agency specializing in SEO, Local Search, and Paid Search driven marketing solutions for Fortune 1000 as well as small and medium sized businesses. Dev has worked with the who’s who of Canadian brand names including RE/MAX, Public Storage, Delta Hotels, and many other enterprise and mid-sized businesses.

Dev’s articles and opinions have been widely published and quoted by the Canadian press such as the Globe & Mail, Financial Post, National Post and CTV. Basu’s value in speaking engagements lies in breaking down difficult concepts around online marketing and media, into short, succinct, and actionable advice.

 

 

 

Alexander Manu is a strategic innovation practitioner, international lecturer and author. He works with executive teams in Fortune 500 companies and lectures around the world on innovation, imagination, change agents and strategic foresight. He is a Senior Partner and Chief Imaginator at InnoSpa International Partners, teaches “Innovation, Foresight and Business Design” at the Rotman School of Management, is a Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design and in Toronto and a visiting lecturer at the Wallace McCain Institute. For over 20 years Alexander has enabled global companies as diverse as Motorola, LEGO, Whirlpool, Nokia, Navteq and Unilever, to develop policies and strategies that address emerging issues through strategic foresight and pre-competitive business models.

Alexander has been a guest lecturer at over 45 distinguished post secondary institutions around the world. A graduate of the Institute of Fine Arts of Bucharest, Romania. (MDA – Industrial Design 1978), he was elected in 1994 an Academician of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) in recognition to his contribution to the development of design and the visual arts in Canada.

 

 

Mike Walsh advises some of the world’s leading brands and corporations on what’s coming next in their industry. Author of the best seller FUTURETAINMENT, he is a leading authority on the intersection of emerging technologies, consumer behavior and fast growth markets. Mike perpetually focuses on the next five years – scanning the near horizon for disruptive technologies and consumer innovations on the verge of hitting critical mass – then translating these into usable business strategies. Mike has been a pioneer in the digital space since the 1990s, running successful start-up ventures as well as holding senior leadership positions in established media organizations. With a background in corporate law and management consulting, he began his career at XT3, a spin out from McKinsey and one of the first digital consulting firms created to help major companies embrace the embroynic Web.

Mike has advised CEOs and senior management teams at multinational companies including: the BBC, Fuji?lm, Richemont, MSN, Star TV, Televisa, Philips, and HSBC. Mike’s book, The Divergence (published 2012), charts the rise of online consumers in these emerging markets and shows that tomorrow’s Web will be radically different to conventional Western models requiring entirely new engagement strategies. His views have appeared in a wide range of international publications including Business Week, Forbes and Wallpaper Magazine.

 

 

If you’re interested in having any of these incredible experts help bring fresh vision to your company, call us for more information! 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

For a full list of our digital and technology speakers, click here.

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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.

 

Future Trends

Where will we be in 2020? How will the economy change? How will our health care system be implemented? How will consumers behave?

What does the future have in store?!

Jim CarrollJim Carroll is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading global futurists, trends and innovation experts with a massive global blue chip client list. He helps transform growth-oriented organizations into high-velocity innovation heroes! Jim has developed a global reputation for his unique presentations, and the impact they can have in helping organizations confront future trends. Recently named by Business Week as a leading source for innovation and creativity insight, his observations are frequently covered in Fortune magazine’s innovation blog.

As an author, columnist, media commentator, and consultant, Carroll has carefully studied the key strategies and leadership ideas that have permitted some organizations to achieve breakthrough innovations and absolutely compelling levels of creativity. When the PGA – Professional Golfers Association of America chose an external speaker to open their 94th Annual General Meeting in 2010, they went with Jim Carroll. They’d never hired an external speaker in their long and esteemed history, and after the keynote, Allen Wronowski, the President of the PGA had this to say: “Futurist Jim Carroll helped stimulate the thought process with his keynote address about the incredible rate of change that we as a society find ourselves in, and I was delighted with the lively discussion in the hallways, the passionate positions taken at the microphones…”

Jim Carroll can challenge the PGA to think passionately about linking future trends to innovation.  Jim’s client list is a veritable who’s who of global leaders – including NASA ; National Australian Bank; Pfizer; Diners Club; HJ Heinz; PPG; the Minnesota HealthCare Association CEO Summit; Johnson & Johnson; Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina; OhioBankers League; General Dynamics / Northrop Grumman; the Missouri Governor Economic Development Congress; Utah League of Cities & Towns; Signature Travel; Microsoft; the US National Recreation and Parks Association; Yum! Brands; Burger King; US Department of Defense – Commissary Agency; Rockwell Collins; Oracle; the International Association of Conference Centres; Illinois Governors Tourism Conference; US Navy, Marine, Air Force Child Youth Programs; Nestle…all of these organizations have engaged Jim Carroll for a keynote or leadership meeting which focused on future trends, innovation and growth!

Jim is also an author, with recent books including Ready, Set, Done: How to Innovate When Faster is the New Fast, and What I Learned From Frogs in Texas: Saving Your Skin with Forward Thinking Innovation.

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

Maude Barlow: Feature

Maude BarlowMaude Barlow is the National  Chairperson of The Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest citizen’s advocacy  organization, as well as the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, which works  to stop commodification of the world’s water. Maude was recently featured in the Globe & Mail newspaper regarding her most recent endeavors.

Maude delivers keynotes on water privatization issues; health care; Canada-US relations; trade; globalization; women’s issues and education.

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

This article was originally published in the Globe & Mail. Written by Vidya Kauri. [online source]

Having made this vital resource a cause célèbre, Maude Barlow now calls for it to be front and centre in government policy

Part of Liquid State: The science, art and wonder of water in Canada, an occasional series about one of the nation’s most magnificent resources.

Maude Barlow, national chair of the Council of Canadians and the country’s leading water activist, is expecting the release of her latest book next month. Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever is the final in a trilogy that uses compelling statistics to examine the global water crisis. In the book, Ms. Barlow, who was a leader in the successful movement to push the United Nations to recognize water as a human right, introduces the notion that water, like living beings, has rights too.

Ms. Barlow, 66, is nationally recognized as a staunch advocate for public control of water and equal access to clean water worldwide. A grandmother of four, the Ottawa-based writer has 11 honorary doctorates and several environmental awards for her tireless work. The first book in her series, Blue Gold, was a call to people to understand that water is being captured by corporate interests and that governments should retain control of it. The second, Blue Covenant, was about the international movement to fight water privatization. It ended with the statement that people had to push the United Nations to recognize water as a human right – a global struggle in which Ms. Barlow was one of the leaders.

Blue Future starts by announcing the achievement of that goal on July 28, 2010. She spoke with The Globe and Mail about what needs to be done now that the goal has been achieved.

What is the main argument in Blue Future?

It is that we have to create a new ethic that puts water at the centre of our lives and around which we build all policy: Trade, economics, energy, food, you name it. If it hurts water, it has to be re-assessed, or dropped. The book is based on four principles. The first is that, if water is a human right, we have to find a way to pay for it. The second is that water is a public heritage, the third is that water has rights too, and the fourth is that water can teach us how to live together and we can find ways to see water as a means of peace-keeping and peace-making. For example, the warring factions in the Middle East who have unified to protect the Jordan River.

Who profits from water in our country?

Water is mostly still in public hands in Canada, but about three years ago, the Harper government tied funding to municipalities for new water infrastructure to public-private partnerships. Most people don’t know about it, but it’s quite dangerous because it locks municipalities to a private model, which is always more expensive. A lot of municipalities, including Regina and St. John’s, by and large, don’t want to privatize, but they can’t get federal funds if they won’t. The Harper government is keen to sign the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Europe, which would make it impossible to reverse that decision. So that’s pernicious and just starting in Canada.

Also, Alberta is seriously looking at water trading, where you convert your licenses into a kind of property and you allow the owner of the licences to trade them. In the book, I look at two places that have allowed this: Chile and Australia. In both cases, they’ve lost total control of their public water. In Australia, the price of water skyrocketed because big farm conglomerates bought the licences from the small farmers and traded them on the open market. When the government tried to buy it back because it was drying up, they couldn’t afford it.

The water never stops flowing from my tap. Why should I be concerned?

We are nowhere near as blessed as most people think. There’s been a steady decline in water supply to Southern Canada because of overdraining. I was just up by Lake Huron a couple of weeks ago, and you can see where the water came to just a few years ago, and way, way, out where the water starts now. It makes me sad. You begin to have a visceral understanding of what it’s like when a major body of water starts to retreat. It’s partly climate change, partly over-extraction. The Harper government gutted the Navigable Waters Protection Act, which means that 99 per cent of our lakes and rivers are unprotected from pipelines going under or over them. They’re moving tar sands crude over barges and ships across the Great Lakes. We’re fighting nuclear shipments as well. It’s like this whole new slew of threats to the Great Lakes.

Other large bodies of water have gone under in the world. They were so large it was inconceivable they would ever be gone, like Lake Chad in Africa. The Aral Sea in the former Soviet Union is almost gone. Lake Winnipeg is by some accounts dead because of the blue-green algae from nitrates from farms. Some scientists don’t know if it’s recoverable. Prince Edward Island is dumping nitrates into its groundwater for its potato farming. I can name them as we go across the country. I’ve just been in New Brunswick and they’re planning fracking operations. My message to Canadians is: If we think that somehow we’re exempt from the water crisis that is upon many parts of the world now, we should think again.

What’s our biggest challenge?

In Canada, our biggest challenge is this myth of abundance. It’s a global myth that goes back to learning about the hydrological cycle when we were kids. The water goes round and round and it can’t go anywhere. That’s true. It’s still on the planet somewhere, but it’s a problem when you displace it from where you can access it by massive transport or dumping massive amounts of surface water into oceans.

You often speak of water in your book as if it is a living entity that can get hurt and has rights. What do you mean?

This is newer in my thinking. I used to think about water in terms of equality of access. But I’ve come to see that we have a human-centric view of nature in that it’s there to serve us. We need to start asking what rights an ecosystem has. I mean, stop and think what it would be like if the Gulf of Mexico could have sued British Petroleum? Of course, the gulf couldn’t have, but what would it be like if our laws were more compatible with protecting water in and of itself? You have to start recognizing that if we live more compatibly with the natural world, it’s going to be better for everyone.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

You’re Thinking Too Small – Daniel Burrus

Daniel Burrus, leading technology forecaster and strategist, thinks you are thinking too small.

 

No really, as he wrote at the Huffington Post, “However “big” you’re thinking right now, it’s probably too small.”

What does it mean to think big? It means “a dream that takes you farther than where you are today. ” And while that may seem vague to some of us, Burrus isn’t willing to tell us what success should mean to you. But what he is telling you to do is to “take your definition of success and raise the bar on it.”

Because “when you are thinking big, in reality you’re thinking small. There’s always a bigger big.”

So look for it. “Ask yourself, “What is even bigger than what I’m thinking, because that’s what I really want to do?” That’s how you raise the bar far higher on yourself.” And then, once you begin to see the big that is bigger than you thought, you begin to strategize. “Once you have the vision and ask the “What Would It Take” question, the path to get there becomes clear,” Burrus writes.

Through these questions, Burrus has dreamt of and then grown a worldwide platform for his book Flash Foresight. But it doesn’t end with books – “I’ve started six innovative companies, from experimental aircraft to smart phone and tablet apps, all without investors. Three were leaders in the U.S. in the first year.”

How much bigger can you get!?

You won’t know until you ask.

“So think big, and then realize you just thought small. Before doing your big thing, look at what is the bigger thing, and do that instead. When you do, you’ll find that your future will be far more amazing than your past, and even more amazing than you thought it would be.”

(read more at HuffPost)

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The Best in the Business

These four cutting-edge leaders are sure to challenge and inspire your employees to innovative and creative engagement with your company’s vision.

Mark Thompson Mark Thompson
Executive, Author, Business LeaderMark is the co-founder & CEO of Richard Branson’s Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub for Virgin Unite. He is a faculty member for the prestigious World Economic Forum, a by-invitation-only organization comprised of the top 1,000 executives in the world.

“Your outstanding presentation helped raise the sense of urgency in our vision and connected just the right market trends with our cause. We were very fortunate that our mission aligned with the themes that you’ve studied all your life. Thanks for providing such a strong start for the program. You over delivered on our demanding request.” – VP, Schneider Electric

Angela Mondou Angela Mondou
Marketing Executive, Former Air Force CaptainAngela Mondou’s unconventional career has taken her from worldwide military operations to top-ranked high-tech companies. She led logistics strategies for NATO and launched products for RIM before starting an award-winning company that helps organizations execute product launch strategies, strategic marketing and ‘Sales Exceleration’ programs and leadership development programs.

“Angela Mondou’s ‘Mission Critical’ workshop is equivalent to spending a day on ‘The Apprentice’. The hands-on learning quickly highlights the key skills needed to be a successful leader in today’s fast paced environment.” – Marketing Manager, Canadian Tire Financial Services

Don Drummond Don Drummond
Expert on Economic & Policy IssuesDon Drummond, the former senior federal civil servant and Chief Economist at the TD Bank, is currently the Matthews Fellow and Visiting Scholar in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. In 2011, he was commissioned to do a report on the Ontario Government’s fiscal situation, a much-discussed project that is nearing completion.

“Don’s presentation was great. Fantastic insights on the current state of Canadian banking in light of and in relation to global trends. Clients appreciated the value he provided.” – KPMG

Richard Florida Richard Florida
Renowned Economic AuthorRichard Florida is one of the world’s leading intellectuals on the ties between economic competitiveness, urban trends, and cultural and technological innovation. He is a senior editor at The Atlantic, and head of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

“Never before have I seen anyone capture so succinctly the values and desires of the new ‘creative class’ and the essence of human capital and the creative ethos.” – Director, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center

Innovators Are Doomsday Deniers

When you see today’s market volatility, are you keeping the big picture in perspective or are you prone to “aggressive indecision?”

Jim Carroll on innovation, optimism, and adjusting to the new norms.

Lessons of 2009: What this magnificent savage of a year has taught me.

Originally posted by Mike Lipkin at mikelipkin.com/blog.

We’re almost at the finish line. That gorgeous Christmas break is just a few short weeks away. I can smell the holly. I’m exhausted. No I’m not. I’m excited. No I’m not. I’m happy. No I’m not. I’m doing my best work. No I’m not. I’m anxious about the future. No I’m not. I’m healthy. No I’m not. I’m loved and appreciated. No I’m not. I’m a Champion. No I’m not. I’m going to win. No I’m not. (more…)

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