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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.

 

Welcome to Dianne Buckner, of Dragons’ Den Fame

New to our roster this fall, Dianne Buckner is most widely known for her role on the hit CBC show Dragons’ Den. With over a decade of experience on the CBC News business team, Dianne brings her keen insights and interview skills to bear in her keynote presentations.

Consider having Dianne come speak to your team on The Art of the Pitch, Seven Powerful Business Trends, or share her Top Ten Tips on the road to business success.

For more information on Dianne and to see a video of her in action, view her profile here. And as always, we are happy to hear from you via phone or via our site anytime!

Laugh with these Ladies

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

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

Check out all these funny ladies have to offer.

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

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

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

Judy Croon

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

 

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

Filed under: Entertainment / Comedy,Womens Issues — Tags: , , — prospeakers.com @ 3:58 pm
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.

 

Michelle Ray: Lead Yourself First

Michelle Ray2Michelle Ray is a highly sought-after international business keynote speaker, consultant, author and educator who demonstrates a deep understanding of the importance of self-leadership in business and in life.

Creating her own successful international business, Michelle believes that  leadership is a state of mind and helps individuals at any stage of their career to master personal leadership, that is, the ability to take charge of oneself first in any situation. Michelle speaks passionately about self-actualization, the importance of outstanding leadership in the workplace, and the roles of positive communication and influence.

She has established the “Lead Yourself First Institute” to help individuals and organizations take the initiative in the face  of change and economic uncertainty.

Michelle’s latest book, Lead Yourself First: Breakthrough Strategies to Live the Life You Want, has continued to receive rave reviews. Lead Yourself First is now available on the Amazon Kindle! You can buy your paperback or digital copy here.

Once recognized as the top speaker in Canada for the world’s largest international public seminar company, Michelle offers in-house business seminars and consulting for leadership development, understanding changing  demographics, communication and improving workplace relationships.

You too can be encouraged and captivated through Michelle’s interactive approach!

On June 27th, Michelle is offering a complimentary webinar at 1:00pmPST (4:00pmEST). She will be discussing how to build high engagement, high morale and achieve an overall happier workplace. You can register for Michelle’s complimentary webinar here.

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

 

Filed under: Communication,Customer Service,Leadership,Motivation,Womens Issues — Tags: , — prospeakers.com @ 11:55 am
Thank you, Mom!

In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, prospeakers.com is sending a heartfelt “thank you” to all the remarkable moms: thank you for providing unconditional love and support; for always extending your arms when we need to be held; and for even chasing away the monsters in the closet. Sometimes we wonder: “How do they do it all?”

This weekend is the perfect time to show your mom that you are truly thankful. With a card, a bouquet of roses, a box of chocolates or even a hug to tell your mom (or someone else’s mom!): thank you.

Cyndi Desjardins is a hero and remarkable mother.

Cyndi DesjardinsShe did not think she would ever be able to hold her children in her arms again, hold their hands or wipe their tears. We could never imagine having these simple things taken away. But for Cyndi it was a reality.

In February of 2011 Cyndi was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, more commonly known as flesh eating disease. After five weeks of battling this ferocious disease, Cyndi woke to find her hands  and feet amputated in an effort to save her life. In May Cyndi was transferred to a rehabilitation facility, there she re-learned how to walk with artificial legs and perform basic every day functions. Things we all take for granted.

Cyndi is an amazing woman who has an extraordinary will to live, fight and to overcome this inconceivable challenge, she courageously recaptured the ability to care for her children, be a mother, a wife, and live life as best and as independently as possible. Cindy has accomplished so much in two years since becoming ill. She has reclaimed her title as a hands-on mom!

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

 

Filed under: Family and Parenting,Leadership,Motivation,Womens Issues — Tags: — prospeakers.com @ 3:03 pm
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.

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Filed under: Current Events and Politics,Womens Issues — Tags: — prospeakers.com @ 9:38 am
Kathy Buckworth: I Am So the Boss of You

 

Kathy-BuckworthKathy Buckworth’s latest book takes office boardroom techniques into the home. In, I Am So the Boss of You, she predicts a society where corporate policies and practices regulate the family.
Her eight step guide aims to give your family a successful business-like structure.

Kathy, a mother of four kids, award-winning writer, television personality and public speaker, helps moms everywhere laugh, relax and realize that balance is something you achieve while putting on your peep-toe heels… and holding a glass of your favorite wine.

On top of all this, I Am So the Boss of You has been optioned as a television sitcom by WB.
But you do not need to wait until then. Pick up the book at Loblaws and Superstores across the country or online.

Catch Kathy on Vancouver’s Breakfast Television here.

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

Dr. Sima Samar’s Fight for Afghanistan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

Filed under: Current Events and Politics,Motivation,Womens Issues — Tags: — prospeakers.com @ 2:38 pm
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