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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.


5 Fantastic Hockey Speakers for Your Winter Event

Hockey season is well underway, and as you plan your winter events, we have a stellar starting line-up of hockey speakers! Whether you’re planning an evening for business executives, a charity fundraiser, or a family-focused community event, we have who you need – Olympians, former NHL All-Stars, and TSN hosts and commentators.

Hayley WickenheiserConsider Hayley Wickenheiser: a four-time Olympic medalist, she is regarded as one of the best female hockey players in the world, with an uncompromised determination and dedication to her sport. Wickenheiser has proven to be an elite athlete time and time again. Sports Illustrated named her number 20 of the ‘Top 25 Toughest Athletes in the World’. She is also a two-time finalist for the Women’s Sports Foundation Team Athlete of The Year and was named among The Globe and Mail’s “Power 50″ influencers in sport.

However, it’s not just her lethal slapshot that is respected by her teammates, fans and peers; Wickenheiser is an award winner, community leader, mentor, history-maker and an accomplished businesswoman. Her passion for sport is paralleled by her drive to give back to the community in several ways, particularly to organizations with a commitment to youth such as KidSport, Right To Play, Dreams Take Flight, Clean Air Champions and Spread The Net. In May 2007, Wickenheiser traveled to Rwanda with a team of Canadian Olympic athletes for Right to Play, an athlete-driven humanitarian organization.



Scotty BowmanOf course, no one is bigger in the hockey world than Scotty Bowman, the “winningest” coach in NHL history. Bowman made 28 total playoff appearances and won nine Stanley Cups in all. He won the NHL Championship with three different teams, a feat that has not been matched by any other coach in the NHL, NFL, NBA or MLB. He is a living legend in the world of professional sports.

Two Jack Adams’ Awards and his induction into the NHL Hall of Fame have endorsed Bowman’s skills as a coach. During the 2002 season, Bowman announced he would retire from coaching, but resolved to win the Stanley Cup one last time with the Detroit Red Wings. As a true Scotty Bowman endorsement, his team came through and took home the championship, validating Bowman’s extraordinary leadership abilities.

Bowman will inspire your audience to reach new heights of success and learn from his exceptional leadership abilities. It is not only die-hard hockey fans who will appreciate Bowman’s mastery on ice; it is also for those companies or organizations who want the insight of a time-tested and proven winner.



James DuthieOne of the country’s favourite hockey hosts is James Duthie. In his years at TSN, he has worked in a variety of sports and roles: from CFL to NBA to the evening edition of SportsCentre and now NHL on TSN. He is also part of the CTV/TSN Olympic Consortium – he has covered Sydney, Turin, Vancouver, and later this summer, he will be in London as daytime co-host of TSN Olympic coverage.

Prior to joining TSN, Duthie, an Ottawa native, worked at VTV in Vancouver as both a news and sports reporter. Duthie also spent three years at CJOH-TV in Ottawa as a sports anchor. Duthie has been awarded three Geminis for his broadcasting efforts. Charismatic and sharply witty, he is a favourite among sports fans across the country. He is also the author of The Day I Almost Killed Two Gretzkys, a collection of his sports columns.




Bob McKenzie is another well-respected sports commentator & analyst, providing insight and commentary for TSN’s national NHL coverage. McKenzie also continues to file updates and breaking news for SportsCentre, as well as write his popular Hockey Insider feature on TSN.ca, Canada’s leading sports website.

McKenzie has been covering hockey for the past 26 years and is one of the most respected analysts in the business. His unparalleled contacts in the hockey world, combined with an abundance of hockey knowledge and a genuine love for the game, make McKenzie the most well-informed, trusted and connected man in the business. McKenzie’s considerable contributions to the game were recognized in 2007 & 2008 when he was selected by The Hockey News as one of hockey’s 100 most powerful and influential people.



Retired Canadian professional ice hockey left-winger Nick Kypreos played eight seasons in the National Hockey League for the Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs. He is currently a hockey analyst on the Rogers Sportsnet cable television network in Canada.

Kypreos immediately became known as an enforcer at the NHL level, a role he maintained throughout his pro career. In 1994, Kypreos was a member of the Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers. He made his final NHL stop with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. As a Leaf, his career ended as the result of a concussion sustained in a fight in a pre-season game in September, 1997. After the injury, Kypreos suffered post-concussion syndrome and was forced to retire.

Since retiring as a player, Kypreos has gone on to greater fame as a hockey analyst for the Rogers Sportsnet cable television network in Canada. He also co-hosts Hockey Central at Noon on The Fan 590 in Toronto and simulcast on Sportsnet. Kypreos has also appeared on Sportsnet’s main rival, TSN, for some extra analysis work. Kypreos is a passionate speaker. A teammate once mentioned that he could “talk a pit bull off a meat wagon.”

To book any of these hockey greats, or to find out more about our other sports speakers, contact us today: online or at 416-420-4525.


Six Incredible Family, Parenting, and Youth Speakers

Looking to bring in a speaker to your educational event? Whether it’s for a school, parenting community, or family-focused evening, we have the speakers for you!

Read on to meet Cameron Hughes, Professional Sports Fan – or Jeff Adams, a Five-Time Paralympian and World Champion – their ability to engage and inspire children, youth, and adults alike is perfect for a youth-focused event.

Liz Pearson will help you tackle the many challenges of eating well as a busy family!

And of course, our parenting experts Kathy Buckworth, Ann Douglas, and Alyson Schafer are full of input and tools that will help bring a little sanity to your day-to-day lives.



Cameron Hughes

Cameron Hughes got up out of his seat at an Ottawa Senators game in 1994, and spontaneously pumped up the fans into an inspired frenzy. What started out as a gag soon turned into a full-time career as a “Sports Entertainer,” speaker and television host. Cameron has entertained nearly 10 million fans across North America in stadiums and arenas of all sizes, and was the official crowd animator for 25 hockey events at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. He was a huge hit at the 2011 US Tennis Open in New York City, and his antics inspired Novak Djokovic to dance at centre court, followed by a post-game dance-off that hit over 100 million impressions worldwide.

Cameron was the voice of the award-winning Labatt Blue “Out of the Blue” radio advertising campaign that lasted from 1998-2001 and hosted 2 seasons of “Game Face”, a sports comedy series on The Comedy Network in Canada. He also hosted the CFL’s Grey Cup live on TSN in Canada, and performed to a sold out crowd of 68,000 boisterous fans.

Cameron lost his mother to breast cancer in 1988 at the peak of his high school career, indirectly inspiring him to become school president, athlete and community leader. After a very “interesting ” university career as an active student leader, entrepreneur and Mr. Spirit, Cameron has spoken to over 300 000 students across North America, and has been asked to be the keynote speaker for Bishop University’s Orientation Day for the last 10 years.


Jeff AdamsJeff Adams is no stranger to overcoming challenges. He survived childhood cancer, but the radiation treatment that ultimately saved his life permanently damaged his spinal cord. He started using a wheelchair at a young age, and his love of competitive sport helped him turn his wheelchair into the vehicle for a journey of success. Adams is a five-time Paralympian and six-time World Champion. He has acted in television commercials, has been a global spokesperson for multinational corporations, and regularly works as a journalist and colour commentator, recently hosting the CBC radio show The Current. He’s served as Chair of the Accessibility Committee for the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid Committee and as the Chair for the Ontarians with Disability Advisory Council.

In 2002, Adams climbed the 1776 stairs of the CN Tower in a specially designed wheelchair for an awareness event called “Step Up to Change”. By climbing the stairs in a wheelchair, Adams demonstrated in a tangible way, that when faced with what seems like an impossible task or an insurmountable barrier, having a plan, sticking to it, and taking it “one step at a time” is the best way to guarantee success. Using compelling video footage of both the best and worst days of his athletic career, the themes that echo throughout his presentation are encouraging, motivating, and inspiring for young and old alike.


Liz Pearson approaches healthy eating in a way that is sane and sensible. Her mission is to translate the often-confusing and ever-changing science of healthy eating into practical, commonsense advice that people can follow in their busy lives. Liz’s second book, The Ultimate Healthy Eating Plan, that still leaves room for chocolate! was a national bestseller and won a North American award for best book in the health/nutrition category. Liz’s newest book, Ultimate Foods for Ultimate Health, and don’t forget the chocolate, sold out as soon as it hit bookstore shelves. This national bestseller also won the prestigious gold award from Cuisine Canada for excellence in nutrition writing and recipes.

Liz is well known and respected by the media. She was a regular nutrition correspondent for CBC News World and has appeared on shows such as Canada AM, Breakfast Television, City TV, CBC Radio and 680 News. Liz was the nutrition columnist for Chatelaine magazine – Canada’s leading magazine for women – for seven years. A sought-after consultant for the food industry, Liz has worked with companies such as Unilever, Nestlé, Campbell’s, Loblaws and Dare Foods. She represented the 5-to-10-a-day fruit and vegetable campaign, sponsored by The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society, for many years.


Kathy BuckworthKathy Buckworth is an award-winning writer, public speaker, and television personality. She is the author of six books, including I Am So The Boss of You: An 8 Step Guide to Giving Your Family The Business and Shut Up and Eat: Tales of Chicken, Children & Chardonnay. She writes for Sympatico.ca, Metro News Canada, the Huffington Post (Canada), Parents Canada, and many other magazines. She is a regular guest expert on CityLine, and parenting correspondent for CTVNewsChannel. Kathy is a two- time winner of the Professional Writers Association of Canada Award for Excellence in Humour, and is the 2010 recipient of the Mississauga Arts Award for Established Literary Arts. She has over 18 years of corporate marketing experience with CIBC, Royal Bank, Telus and Coca Cola Foods.

Kathy helps Moms everywhere laugh and realize that balance is just something you need to do while putting on your peep-toe heels. And you are so the boss of them.


Alyson SchaferAlyson Schafer is a psychotherapist and one of Canada’s leading parenting experts. She is the Ask An Expert columnist for Today’s Parent Magazine and sits on the Health Advisory Board for Chatelaine Magazine. Alyson is a re-occurring guest expert on The Marilyn Denis show and CTV News Channel. She is the best-selling author of three parenting books; Breaking The Good Mom Myth; Honey, I Wrecked the Kids; and her latest, Ain’t Misbehavin’ , is receiving rave reviews and endorsements from parenting experts across North America. Alyson is consulting and participating in the Bank of Montreal SmartSteps for Parents program, an online portal dedicated to helping parents teach financial literacy to their children. The media recognizes Alyson as their go-to person for parenting. She has appeared on CTV news, CBC radio, Canada AM, Montel Williams, Steven and Chris, Breakfast Television, Save Us From Our House, Planet Parent and more. In print you can find Alyson quoted in Canadian Family, Oh Baby, Reader’s Digest, Cosmopolitan, The Globe and Mail, The Star and others.


Ann DouglasAnn Douglas has been Canada’s go-to guide to all things parenting since the publication of her now-classic The Mother of All Pregnancy Books over a decade ago. A mother of four and creator of an internationally successful book brand (The Mother of All®), Ann speaks frankly and with authority about parenting, communication, and tapping into the power of community. You may have read her column in The Toronto Star or noticed her being quoted by top media outlets as The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Parenting, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Reader’s Digest, Today’s Parent, Canadian Family, Chatelaine, or Canadian Living. Ann is trusted by the media to provide insightful analysis of the parenting issues of the day.

An experienced speaker, Ann has delivered keynote addresses and customized workshops to audiences ranging in size from 20 to 1500, delighting audiences of parents, healthcare professionals, social service workers, professional communicators, women, and business groups. If you’ve already met Ann via her books, you know what you can expect from one of her presentations: to be inspired, entertained, and informed.

For a full list of our family and parenting speakers, click here.

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


Give Thanks, not Spanx

With Canadian Thanksgiving just around the corner, check out these healthy tips from expert nutritionist Theresa Albert. She teaches us that we can still enjoy this festive meal while practicing some easy, nutritious habits. Be sure to check out Theresa’s website for even more great advice on how to eat and live well.

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

Give Thanks, not Spanx

By Theresa Albert, DHN, RNCP



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Much of the disastrous 10 pounds per decade (that is suspected of being the foundation of our obesity crisis) is acquired between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Regardless of your familial background, there are more gatherings, celebrations and opportunities to eat at this time of year. Navigating them so you can enjoy without the backside burden takes a tiny bit of practice.

I share these tips every year but somehow we forget not to get caught up in the festivities.  Half the deal is a mind game, really. This is likely not the last turkey you will ever enjoy, mashed potatoes can be made healthier and more often. Enjoy the day in a manageable way and get back to your healthier routine in between parties.

Here are some party tricks that work wonders at preventing the gobble, gobble, undo my pants, gobble:

  1. Always bring a veggie platter with low fat yogurt dip or hummus
  2. Seat yourself next to said platter and nibble to your heart’s content
  3. Promise yourself you will not eat the chips, popcorn, peanuts, chocolates and any other manner of crap before dinner. (After dinner, if you are still hungry…hahaha…go ahead)
  4. When dinner is served fill half of your plate with green vegetables, ¼ with starchy vegetables like carrots and squash and the other ¼ with lean protein
  5. Try this recipe for better mashed potatoes
  6. Avoid anything deep fried. (Note: This is the first time I have used the word “avoid”)
  7. Never have more than 2 alcoholic beverages
  8. Take a piece of aunt Cheryl’s cake home and cut into small squares, freeze for treats.

The key is to decide in your head and heart that you will feel better if you don’t over indulge. What you really want is the comfort of the people you love and the warmth of that will sustain you.  Nourishing your time with them however you can is the key. (Or, get on a plane and go south for some sunshine. Tell them your nutritionist told you that you were vitamin D deficient and you really couldn’t make it this year. I am down with both plans) Any way you slice it, it is moments that sustain you and the good food and feelings that go with them.

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

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Back-to-School Speakers

It’s that time of year again… back to school! Our speakers can get the year started off just right. With keynote speeches and workshops by our many experts on parenting and family relationships, parents and teachers alike will learn how to best work with children.

Alyson Schafer headshot - update July 2013Alyson Schafer is a psychotherapist and one of Canada’s leading parenting experts. A mother of two teenage girls, Alyson is the best-selling author of three parenting books; Breaking The Good Mom Myth, Honey, I Wrecked the Kids, and her latest, Ain’t Misbehavin‘. The media recognizes Alyson as their go-to person for parenting. She has appeared on CTV news, CBC radio, Canada AM, Montel Williams, Steven and Chris, Breakfast Television, Save US From Our House, Planet Parent and more. In print you can find Alyson quoted in Canadian Family, Oh Baby, Reader’s Digest, Cosmopolitan, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and many others.

In her talks, Alyson addresses why parenting is so difficult today. She offers a new way to think about our roles as parents, highlighting the fundamental “do’s and don’ts of parenting” and offering some sound advice on issues that parents can apply immediately. Alyson also discusses the special relationship that siblings share and the underlying dynamics that can fuel the fights between them. She teaches ways to diminish rather than intensify competition and rivalry and move towards more harmonious and loving relationships within the family. You will learn ways to move from a win-lose conflict situation to one of cooperation and problem solving to end those power struggles!

View More: http://clbuchanan.pass.us/proofsKathy Buckworth is an award  winning writer, public speaker, and television personality.  She is the  author of six books, including I Am So the Boss of You: An 8 Step Guide to Giving Your Family the Business, recently released in March 2013. She is a feature writer for  Sympatico.ca in their parenting, travel and auto sections, and is also a  columnist for the Huffington Post (Canada), and many other publications. She is a parenting  correspondent for CTVNewsChannel, and appears on shows such as CityLine and The Marilyn Denis Show. Kathy is the only two time winner  of the Professional Writers Association of Canada Award for Excellence in Humour, and is the 2010 recipient of the Mississauga Arts Award for Established  Literary Arts.

A mother of four, she encourages moms everywhere to ”laugh about their lives.”

In her programs, Kathy discusses the challenges of reinventing yourself (both in your career and lifestyle) post-parenthood. She explains that our goal should be to find blend, rather than balance, in juggling our hectic lives. Kathy also explains how we can truly do what we love and love what we do because she believes that “it’s only work if you’d rather be somewhere else!

Maureen DennisMaureen Dennis founded “Wee Welcome,” a business devoted to giving new parents the tools to “have a baby and a life.” Over the last several years, Maureen has worked hard to make her business the national mom-powered  organization it is, and she is especially proud of the incredible team of  Canadian moms and the community of over 40 000 members they have built  together.

Maureen has also become an  important mom influencer through social and broadcast media. She appears  frequently on shows such as CBC’s National News, CTV News Channel, Canada A.M.,  CHCH Morning, CityLine, Global National News, Breakfast Television, A Channel Ottawa,  and Rogers Daytime. Maureen is also the exclusive Parenting Expert for CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show and has acted as a corporate spokesperson for a number of high profile brands.

A mother of four, active entrepreneur and leader, Maureen guides her community of over 40,000 expectant and new parents through the wild and often overwhelming world of parenting.

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


Keep Fit and Have Fun!

Prospeakers.com is proud to welcome Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod to the team!

Hal and Joanne

For the past 25 years, under the umbrella of BodyBreak, Hal and Joanne have been communicating to Canadians the important message that making small lifestyle changes can benefit an individual and their families for a lifetime. In their TV programs, syndicated radio show, presentations, media interviews or the products they endorse, they heighten the awareness of the benefits of a healthier, active lifestyle and show Canadians how practical and easy it is to do. But most of all, it’s “Fun”. 

Most recently, Hal and Joanne were contestants on the Amazing Race Canada. While their journey on the race did not end quite how they would have liked, the dynamic duo utilize their experience from The Amazing Race Canada competition as the backbone for their most popular keynote: Life is a Series of U-Turns. In this keynote, Hal and Joanne discuss how to conquer challenges, roadblocks, detours, targets and injuries. They emphasize how you too can overcome obstacles, disappointments and setbacks; and to not allow fear hold you back.

Hal and Joanne believe that by encouraging and communicating their message in an entertaining, upbeat and positive fashion, Canadians will begin to fully realize the implications of their actions and take responsibility for their total well-being. In turn, it will benefit us all.  Hal and Joanne are fixtures of Canadian media and have established trust and longevity with Canadians of all ages.

To book Hal & Joanne 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.

Racing In The Great White North

Jon Montgomery Amazing RaceOn your mark, get set…. GO!

For the past three weeks, teams have been racing within the borders of Canada to kick off Amazing Race Canada’s inaugural season. The teams have bungee jumped in Niagara Falls, rested at a winery in Kelowna, British Columbia, drank tea in Vancouver’s Chinatown and line-danced in Drumheller, Alberta. The winning team of the Amazing Race Canada will run away with a $250,000 cash payout and a free year of flying with Air Canada.

The Amazing Race Canada is hosted by prospeakers.com speaker, Jon Montgomery. Jon Montgomery captured the hearts of Canadians and the attention of everyone during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. After years of hard work, training and perseverance, Montgomery won a gold medal in the skeleton, securing his place in history as one of the best.

Jon Montgomery’s life has been a whirlwind since his Olympic win in skeleton, his big-time podium moment to get the gold medal, and his now-famous victory walk through Whistler Village. But he’s about more than just the frosty, golden beer that gave him instant folk-hero status with so many Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast. [Source]

From an appearance on Oprah, to the overwhelming homecoming in Russell, Manitoba, and from appearing in his own adventure travel television show and a presentation at the Juno Awards, Jon has been sharing his Olympic success with as many Canadians as possible. He’s also committed to defending his gold medal in Sochi 2014 and will look to share his Olympic experience with wife Darla Deschamps Montgomery, also a World Cup medalist in skeleton. [Source]

But before Sochi, Jon guides the teams on the Amazing Race Canada through roadblocks, detours and checks them into their next pit stop.

To book Jon for your next event give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site; be sure to catch Jon on the Amazing Race Canada Monday evenings at 9pm ET on CTV.


Healthy, Fit and Competitive

Simon WhitfieldEver wondered what Olympic athletes eat? No, we are not talking about Michael Phelps’ 12,000 daily calories of fried-egg sandwiches, chocolate chip pancakes, kilos of pasta, pizza and energy drinks… but rather a more “healthful” approach.

Simon Whitfield, Canadian Olympic triathlete, has relentlessly pursued excellence in his sport: 12 national  championships, 14 world cup victories, and, perhaps most significantly, a stunning silver medal in 2008  at the Beijing Olympic Games.

All of Simon’s success has come from a great deal of hard work. Combined with a rigorous training schedule, Simon is dedicated to fueling his body with the best foods to help him succeed. He has committed to healthy eating habits and his overall nutrition since he established his Olympic goals at only 16 years old.

In the video below, Simon explains how he “eats well.” He loads up on 30 grams of protein at breakfast with chia seeds to help him feel satisfied throughout the day; he avoids starches at dinner, instead replacing them with lean protein and healthy fats (like olive and coconut oil). He also takes omega3 supplements, which have been shown to lower cholesterol and help bones and joints.

Above all, Simon emphasizes that you need to find what works for you! So take it or leave it, an Olympic athlete shares everything you need to know about how to be healthy, fit and competitive.


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



It’s Playoff Time!

The NHL Playoffs are underway– a beloved time for hockey fans everywhere! The cool arenas are ablaze with heated rivalries. Go [insert favorite team here]!

Prospeakers.com’s roster includes many hockey greats. From the likes of Wayne GretzkyCassie Campbell, Ron Ellis, Trevor Linden and Hayley Wickenheiser – to name a few.

We love seeing them score goals, win medals and sometimes even throw a punch. However, their performance off the ice is just as impressive.

Trevor LindenKnown as one of the most refined players in professional hockey, former NHL All-Star and
Olympian Trevor Linden started the Trevor Linden Foundation in 1997. The organization is
devoted to encouraging  young people to discover their strengths and achieve their full potential.

The foundation has partnered with other organizations and individuals who are engaged in youth development programs that support the values of integrity, hard work, responsibility and leadership.
They have worked with charities in British Columbia, Montreal and New York to raise funds and awareness.

The “Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship” rewards four students in British Columbia entering their first year of post secondary education. The scholarship is given to students in good academic standing who have demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities and exceptional commitment to enriching the lives of others in their community.


Hayley WickenheiserFour-time Olympic medalist, Hayley Wickenheiser is regarded as one of the best female hockey players in the world with an uncompromised determination and dedication to her sport. However, it’s not just her lethal slap-shot that is respected by her teammates, fans and peers; Wickenheiser is a community leader and mentor.

Her passion for sport is paralleled by her drive to give back to the community in several ways, particularly to organizations with a commitment to youth. Recently,  Hayley has teamed up with Plan International’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign, which is a social movement empowering Canadian girls and women to claim a brighter and more safe future for girls in the developing world.

Hayley’s hockey career allows her to connect with girls and women across the country. She believes that playing sports empower girls to find their self-confidence, inner-strength and outer-expression. Last week, Hayley spoke about the organization’s campaign to sponsor girls in the struggling region of Hatibandha, Bangladesh.

You can watch Hayley’s interview on Global Calgary here.

To book Trevor, Hayley or any other of our athletes for your upcoming event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.


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