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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.

 

Hockey Season is Back!

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

Wayne Gretzky

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

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

Darryl Sittler

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

Elliotte Friedman

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

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

Kelly Hrudey

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

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

 

Top Political Speakers at Prospeakers.com

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

Kicking Off A New Season

With the National Football League season now upon us, what better time to host your event with a football great? Speakers like Tom Flick, Matt Dunigan, Eric Boles and Chris Schultz can motivate your team, host special evenings, talk about leadership, goal setting and going the extra mile.

They all made it to the big leagues and now share their experiences in the hopes of helping your audience.

Tom Flick head-shotFormer NFL quarterback, Tom Flick is an expert in leadership and change. His achievements and experience in the highly competitive worlds of professional sports and corporate America give him a keen insight into people, processes and achieving success. Tom is a former Rose Bowl Champion, Pac-10 Conference “Player of the Year” and successful NFL quarterback for seven seasons. Since 1989, he has delivered over 3000 presentations, to a who’s-who list of clients that includes Microsoft, Starbucks, Marriott, Shell Oil, Boeing, Hallmark Cards, American Express, PepsiCo, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, NASA and the US Army Rangers to name just a few. Tom addresses over 100,000 men and women each year on high performance strategies for leadership, teamwork, change, and personal growth. His passion for raising more effective leaders is achieved by his unique gift to connect with the listener’s heart as well as their head. Tom’s expertise is helping an organization define their vision, improve performance, increase teamwork and communication skills, help manage change more effectively, and develop leaders and leadership teams. Tom understands that people, not programs, help organizations change and grow. Meeting the challenges of today’s business environment requires a committed workforce, and providing solutions that allow people to become peak performers both personally and professionally increases success and impacts the bottom line.

 

Matt DuniganFollowing a successful college  career at Louisiana Tech, Matt Dunigan broke into the CFL in 1983 with the  Edmonton Eskimos. Dunigan played for six teams throughout his storied 14-year  CFL career. He won two Grey Cups – 1987 with the Eskimos and 1991 with the  Toronto Argonauts. The All-Star quarterback passed  for nearly 44,000 yards in his career and rushed 850 times for 5,031 yards and  77 touchdowns. Of these total yards, 713 yards came in a single regular season  game against Edmonton when Dunigan played for Winnipeg – a CFL record that  still stands. Dunigan joined TSN in 1999, after  beginning his broadcasting career as an analyst with the CBC at the 1989 Grey  Cup and followed it up with another appearance in the CBC broadcast booth at  the 1994 Grey Cup. Dunigan teams up with host Dave Randorf and  fellow analysts Chris Schultz and Jock Climie during the pre-game, halftime and  post-game shows for TSN’s CFL broadcasts. In 2006, Dunigan was inducted into  the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

 

Eric BolesEric Boles is the president of a training  and development company dedicated to maximizing the human asset. Through  assessment, consulting, coaching and corporate training, he has set the standard  for helping organizations enhance their culture and develop greater levels of  commitment and performance. Eric learned many principles of team  dynamics and leadership from his experience playing in the National  Football League (NFL) with  the New York Jets and the Green Bay  Packers. While in  the NFL, he had the privilege of being coached and mentored by some of the  finest coaches and players in the game. Eric is a highly acclaimed keynote speaker  and consultant for some of the most recognized and respected organizations in  the world, including Dunkin’ Brands, National  Association of Realtors, Alaska Airlines, State Farm  Insurance, Starbucks  Coffee, U.S.  Air Force, First  West Credit Union,  Emergency Nurses Association, and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Eric also speaks to a variety of  organizations and associations, including sales, education, government,  healthcare, manufacturing and financial services.

 

Chris SchultzA household name to Canadian Football League fans, Chris Schultz has been involved in broadcasting for 15 years and has been a mainstay on TSN’s CFL telecasts since 1998. The former CFL and NFL player made his broadcasting debut in 1993 as a football analyst with The FAN 590, the all-sports radio station in Toronto.  Schultz’s playing career began in 1978 with a scholarship to the University of Arizona. An offensive tackle, he played five years with the Wildcats and made one appearance in the Fiesta Bowl. The Dallas Cowboys drafted the 6’8″, 290-pound Canadian in the sixth round of the 1983 NFL draft. Schultz played left tackle for the Cowboys until 1986 under legendary head coach Tom Landry. In 1986, Schultz came to the CFL where he played nine seasons with the Toronto Argonauts. Schultz played in two Grey Cups (1987, 1991) and brought home the championship ring in 1991. During his spare time, Schultz enjoys coaching minor football with the Burlington Stampeders, in Burlington, ON. Schultz is the spokesperson for Purolator’s Tackle Hunger Campaign in partnership with the CFL and the Canadian Association of Food banks.

To book Tom, Matt, Eric or Chris 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.

 

 

 

Gail Vaz-Oxlade: “Money Moron” & 5 Tips to Prevent Meltdowns

Gail Vaz-Oxlade
Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s new television series Money Moron premieres this Friday evening at 9pm on Slice. In Money Moron, the financial guru helps over-spenders and their victims: from spouses, to parents and children Gail helps a “tattler” confront a “money moron” in order to resolve their failing relationship.

She assigns the “money moron” various tasks, like keeping a spending journal and cash flow budget. If they succeed, they can be awarded up to $10,000.

In an interview with the Canadian Press Gail explains,

“People at home will watch this and all to learn how to tell the truth, how to lovingly tell the person that they’re genuinely interested in helping, ‘This is not working, we have to do something.'”

Gail is passionate about getting people to take control of their money and  their lives. She is best known for her frank-talking ways as host of Til  Debt Do Us Part and Princess, two other Slice TV shows that focus on helping individuals and couples rethink and rewire  their spending habits.

Here are Gail’s five tips on how to prevent money meltdowns in relationships:

1. Confess your financial issues, whether they concern your own money or your partner’s.
2. Don’t deceive each other in anything related to finances.
3. Have constructive, rather than confrontational, cash chats; communicate your longer-term financial goals to find a common ground.
4. Choose when you talk about finances carefully: timing is everything!
5. Don’t let one person take all control over the money, it should be a joint effort.

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

 

Filed under: Family and Parenting,Spokespeople,Top Tips — Tags: — prospeakers.com @ 11:29 am
Celebrity Spokespeople: Grow Your Influence, Expand Your Visibility
Here at prospeakers.com, we represent and have excellent relationships with a range of talent. From media personalities to athletes, chefs, medical experts, lifestyle spokespeople and industry experts, we have negotiated hundreds of contracts on behalf of brands, marketing and public relations agencies and non-profit organizations.Our recent clientele include BMO, McCain, Loblaws, AMGEN, Procter & Gamble, Church & Dwight, Shaw Media and many others.

Below are some of the talent we’ve recently worked with; but this is by no means an exhaustive list! Let us help you source ideas and people who best fit with your budget and brand needs.

 

Alyson Schafer Alyson SchaferParenting and Communication Expert, PsychotherapistAlyson 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.
Adam Kreek Adam KreekFour-time World Champion, Olympic Gold MedalistAdam Kreek is a gold medalist and two-time Olympian, an entrepreneur, speaker, and expert in High Performance. In addition to his work with several non-profit organizations, Adam and his crew, OAR Northwest, will row across the Atlantic Ocean, from Liberia to Venezuela, in December 2012. He is also a spokesperson for Right to Play.
Kathy Buckworth Kathy BuckworthAward-winning Author, Television Personality, Parenting ExpertKathy Buckworth is the only two-time winner of the Excellence in Humour Writing Award, (2006, 2008) presented by the Professional Writers Association of Canada. She writes regular columns for ParentsCanada, The Women’s Post, and Health & Harmony. Her monthly column, “Funny Mummy” appears on over 25 websites across Canada, the U.S. and New Zealand, as well as in print. Kathy is a featured expert on Slice Network’s “Birth Days” and is the regular parenting expert on several national TV networks.
Geoff Woodmansey Geoff WoodmanseyExpert Contractor, “Junk Raiders” and “Canada’s Worst Handyman”Geoff Woodmansey is on the Discovery Channel, bringing a wealth of knowledge to his role as the expert contractor for “Junk Raiders,” Seasons 1-3 and “Canada’s Worst Handyman,” Seasons 3-6. Geoff has over 25 years of residential construction experience, ranging from new home construction to extensive additions and interior renovations in some of Toronto’s most exclusive neighborhoods.
Theresa Albert Theresa AlbertExpert Nutritionist, Spokesperson, TV PersonalityTheresa Albert is a the food, health, weight loss and cooking expert on the CBC daily lifestyle show Steven and Chris, which airs internationally, and a contributor for CTV Newschannel and CBC’s The National, making sense of health news. Named one of Canada’s Top 25 Tweeters by Today’s Parent Magazine and one of Savvymom.ca’s 35 Favorite Bloggers, she communicates about food and health where the action is.
Dr. David Greenberg Dr. David GreenbergPhysician & Healthcare ExpertDr. David Greenberg is currently on staff at St. Joseph’s Health Centre where he plays a leadership role in the areas of Family medicine, Obstetrics, and Continuing Medical Education. In 2005, “Dr. Dave” has hosted several educational videos for both physicians and patients and has appeared on many television and radio programs dealing with healthcare issues. He is also a regular contributor to Cityline.

We have the expertise to arrange celebrity talent for a variety of marketing initiatives, including public relations campaigns, endorsements, advertising campaigns, hospitality, public appearances and more. And we’re here to help! Give us a call or drop us a note today.

 

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Filed under: Spokespeople,Top Tips,Uncategorized — Beth @ 1:59 pm
Find a Celebrity Spokesperson – Raise Awareness for Your Company, Product or Campaign

Q: What do the names Gail Vaz-Oxlade, Kathy Buckworth, Patrick Chan and Bif Naked have in common?

A: They’re all high-profile experts and celebrities who use their status to raise awareness for organizations or causes: spokespeople who can be utilized via personal appearances, print, radio, internet and television campaigns or media interviews.

 

Whether you’re looking to execute a public awareness campaign, attract media attention for a project, or gain valuable exposure for your company or product, finding the right spokesperson to convey your important message is crucial. The endorsement of the right person will draw credibility and attention to your cause.

Prospeakers.com can help you identify and secure the appropriate sports celebrity, entertainer, business expert or media personality to deliver key messages about your product and services. We maintain a detailed database of top talent and are ready to find you the best possible match.

Our recent spokespeople clientele include:

  • Huggies
  • BMO
  • Church & Dwight
  • McCain
  • Maple Leaf
  • Rogers
  • Loblaws
  • Campbells
  • and more…

 

Let us help you find the right spokesperson, handle all the details of locating and negotiating your celebrity endorsement, and craft expertly-negotiated contracts that offer you the most competitive prices and best-fitting talent for your specific needs.

 

Click here to be in touch with us, or give us a call anytime: 416-420-4525.

 

Filed under: Event Planning Tips,Spokespeople — Beth @ 1:49 pm