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Top Political Speakers at Prospeakers.com

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

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

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

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



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


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


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

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

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


Seven September Speakers: New Books, Olympians, Leaders
We may hesitate to admit that September is here, but the return of autumn can be positive! Lots of good things are in store. So as kids head back to school and offices fill up with returning vacationers, here is just a glimpse of what prospeakers.com has to offer you this fall:

  • Three popular speakers with brand new books,
  • Two incredible Olympic athletes, and
  • Two leadership experts we’ve recently added to our roster.
Scott Stratten Scott StrattenUn-marketer, Business Expert, AuthorScott Stratten’s new book, The Book of Business (Un)Awesome, is now out. An expert in Viral, Social, and Authentic Marketing, Scott cites this as “one of the only business flip books in the world!” His engaging, often humorous perspective on businesses that triumph and fail also provides actionable input on increasing customer and employee engagement to help your business thrive.

If you’d like more info on booking Scott to help your business boom, just click here.

Catherine Kaputa Catherine KaputaBrand Strategist, Speaker, Coach, AuthorCatherine Kaputa has had a long and noteworthy career in brand strategy, leading the award-winning “I Love NY” campaign and teaching at NYU’s Stern School of Business. Her most recent book, Breakthrough Branding: How Smart Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs Transform a Small Idea into a Big Brand, demonstrates what makes a brand thrive, as seen in the stories of US and international brands, and provides you with tools to build the brand you need.

To have Catherine coach your team, visit her page on our website.

Jeffrey Simpson Jeffrey SimpsonAuthor, Journalist, TV personality, Member of the Order of Canada.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), and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. His newest book, Chronic Condition: Why Canada’s Healthcare System Needs to be Dragged Into the 21st Century is a head-on exploration of the “huge changes and real choices” that our country faces.

To hear Jeffrey’s perspective on updating our healthcare system, book him here.

Rosie MacLennan Rosie MacLennanLondon 2012 Gold MedalistFour months ago, Rosie MacLennan was virtually unknown. Today, she is Canada’s Gold Medal Girl, the only athlete to bring home the gold from the London 2012 games with a first place finish in Women’s Trampoline. A graduate from the University of Toronto and an athlete with over a decade of international experience, Rosie is a well-spoken and incredibly talented young leader.

If you’re interested in hosting Rosie at an upcoming event, her details are all right here.

Simon Whitfield Simon WhitfieldOlympic TriathleteSimon Whitfield’s Olympic career has spanned four games, from Sydney to London. As a leader within the triathlon world, an advocate for amateur sport and an experienced speaker, he is a man of international influence.

To have him come share his Olympic stories and lessons-learned along the way with your company, visit us here.

Robert Murray Robert MurrayStrategy and Leadership DevelopmentRobert Murray is a passionate storyteller and leadership mentor with more than twenty years of Senior Executive Business experience in Fortune 100 and small start-up organizations over 12 countries. Robert is, among other roles, Board Director for Russell Breweries, Associate Professor at the Sauder School of Business and the BCIT School of Business, Executive Advisor and Strategic Facilitator to many companies and author of the highly acclaimed book on leadership, It’s Already Inside.

His leadership insights will be of undeniable value to your business. Find out more about booking him here.

Chantal Vallee Chantal ValléeSports Psychologist and Transformational CoachChantal Vallée is the Head Coach of the University of two-time Canadian University Champion Windsor Lancers Women’s Basketball, and has a winning percentage of 90%; in the 2 years prior to Chantal’s arrival, the team had won only 8 of their 60+ games. Chantal is fluent in French, English and Spanish and has a Masters Degree in Sport Psychology. She is a talented coach and dynamic leader whose passion for excellence and pride in performance can change the way that teams and individuals see themselves and their potential.

If you’d like to bring her performance & leadership expertise to your team, click here.

Please call us or be in touch if you would like more information on these or any other speakers. As always, we look forward to working with you to create dynamic and engaging events.

Chronic Condition: Talking Sense About Health Care in Canada

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Friendly Dictatorship.

Jeffrey Simpson’s latest book.


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