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Business Strategy

The business challenges of today are daunting. And invigorating. Lavin’s business speakers are up for them. Drawing on real-world experience, each speaks on the best practices that improve much more than just the bottom line. 

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Randall Lane

Editor of Forbes Magazine

Randall Lane is the editor of Forbes Magazine, where he has helped it reach its highest-ever U.S. readership (6.7 million) with new emphases on young innovators and disruptors. These are people reimag...

Blake Mycoskie

Founder of TOMS | One of USA Today’s Five Best Communicators in the World

A visionary global leader, entrepreneur, adventurer and bestselling author, Blake Mycoskie is Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, and the catalyst behind the now-ubiquitous One for One® movement. He...

Manjit Minhas

Founder of the 10th Largest Brewery in the World, Co-Star of CBC’s Dragons’ Den

A formidable speaker, Manjit Minhas is an entrepreneur and judge on CBC’s Dragons’ Den who shares business lessons with equal parts force and finesse. Minhas runs a $155 million brewery—the 10th large...

Adam Bryant

Author and Corner Office columnist at The New York Times

In his weekly Corner Office column for The New York Times, Adam Bryant asks the world’s most fascinating CEOs a deceptively simple question: How do you lead? It’s his unique approach to getting at the...

Jeremy Gutsche

CEO of Trendhunter.com, Award-Winning Innovator, Management Consultant, and New York Times Bestselling Author of Better and Faster

Jeremy Gutsche is “an intellectual can of Red Bull” (Association Week), award-winning author and management consultant to brands, billionaires and CEOs. Gutsche is the brains behind Trendhunter.com: t...

Bonnie Brooks

Former Vice Chairman of Hudson’s Bay Company

Bonnie Brooks has restored one of North America’s greatest department stores, Hudson’s Bay Co., to its rightful place as a world-class retailer. As its first female CEO, Brooks led The Bay through swe...

Douglas Merrill

Co-Founder and CEO of ZestFinance.com; Google's Former Chief Information Officer

Douglas Merrill is the former Chief Information Officer at Google. Put another way: he championed innovation at one of the world’s most innovative companies. In his passionate keynotes, Merrill draws ...

David Robertson

Wharton School Professor | Co-Author of The Power of Little Ideas and of Brick by Brick

We tend to imagine innovation as slow, incremental change or else industry-shifting disruption. Yet for most companies, neither works. In The Power of Little Ideas, Wharton professor David Robertson o...

David Butler

Co-Author of Design to Grow | Former VP, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Coca-Cola | Chief Growth Officer at Kids II

David Butler first joined Coca-Cola to revolutionize the company’s approach to design—not just how things look, but a holistic, systems-based approach to create growth across the business, through des...

Salman Khan

Founder & CEO of The Khan Academy | Author of The One World School House

Sal Khan is the founder of the Khan Academy, a nonprofit with the mission of providing free, world-class education to “anyone, anywhere.” Khan Academy has over 52 million registered users across 190 c...

Arlene Dickinson

Business Speaker, CEO of Venture Communications, Star of Dragons' Den

“The purpose of marketing is to deliver business results,” says Arlene Dickinson, renowned CBC “dragon” and one of Canada’s most successful communications entrepreneurs. Whether explaining how to leve...

Michael Katchen

Founder and CEO of Wealthsimple

As the young, charismatic founder and CEO of Wealthsimple, Michael Katchen is shaking up Bay Street finance with a digital investing service that’s become a massive success among millennial profession...

Joe Jackman

Founder and CEO of Jackman Reinvents

Traditional retail is under siege—and if your company can’t adapt, you disappear. That’s why iconic brands are turning to Joe Jackman. This retail veteran works with major companies to reinvent succes...

William C. Taylor

Founding Editor of Fast Company | Bestselling Author of Simply Brilliant, Practically Radical, and Mavericks at Work

As the visionary, co-founding editor of Fast Company, William C. Taylor has motivated a generation of executives and entrepreneurs to think differently about leading change in every industry. In his l...

Anthony Tjan

Author of Good People and Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck | CEO and Managing Partner, The Cue Ball Group

We’ve all heard that a company is only as good as its people. But in his new book Good People, Anthony Tjan actually proves it. This entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author shows leaders ho...

Brian Scudamore

Founder and CEO of O2E Brands (1-800-GOT-JUNK?, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, You Move Me, and Shack Shine)

Brian Scudamore is an entrepreneur recognized for his passion, vision, and faith in people. Punchy and vividly anecdotal, he shows you clear and simple steps to take any business from ordinary to exce...

Maureen Chiquet

Former Global CEO of Chanel | Former President of Banana Republic

As Global CEO of Chanel—and, earlier, as President of Banana Republic—Maureen Chiquet steered global brands through a decade of disruption, and she did so with traditionally ‘feminine’ skills of empat...

Lynda Obst

One of Hollywood’s Most Successful Film and Television Producers

Lynda Obst is a Hollywood super-producer behind hits like Interstellar, Sleepless in Seattle, and Contact, and now the new critically acclaimed series Good Girls Revolt. She offers insights on the dra...

Joe Mimran

Founder, Joe Fresh and Co-Star of CBC’s Dragons’ Den

Joe Mimran is a retail, fashion, and business pioneer who has helped build some of our best-known brands: Joe Fresh, Club Monaco, Alfred Sung, Caban. He’s now a Dragon on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den. ...

Aaron M. Glazer & Zoe Fraade-Blanar

Authors of Superfandom: How Our Obsessions Are Changing What We Buy and Who We Are

Welcome to the “fandom-based economy”—where today’s most passionate fans drive, engage with, and create communities around top brands. In other words, they’re the people who’ll make or break your comp...

Erin Meyer

Author of The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business

In today’s business world, where teams are spread across the planet and most of our communication takes place virtually, how do we work effectively in the face of cross-cultural complexity? Erin Meyer...

Dave Wilkin

Speaker on Mentoring and Founder of Ten Thousand Coffees,

Social entrepreneur Dave Wilkin is on a mission: to unlock the power of the next generation. He’s the founder of TenThousandCoffees.com, the world’s largest peer-to-peer mentoring service that connect...

Arkadi Kuhlmann

Founder & CEO, ZenBanx, Inc., and Founder, ING Direct

The model of top-down corporate leadership is obsolete. Drawing on his influential work at ING Direct, rebel CEO Arkadi Kuhlmann offers a fully-realized vision of what he calls culture-driven leadersh...

Robert Herjavec

Co-Star of ABC’s Shark Tank, Business and Entrepreneurship Speaker

Speaker Robert Herjavec is one of Canada’s most recognizable business leaders. In keynotes, Herjavec expands on the lessons he shares with viewers on ABC’s Shark Tank. The earnest investor believes th...

Mark Cohon

Former Commissioner of the Canadian Football League

Mark Cohon is the former commissioner of the Canadian Football League. When he took over in 2007, the CFL was in disarray. But under his leadership, the CFL experienced a stunning turnaround. Best of ...

Stacey Allaster

Chairman and CEO of Women's Tennis Association (2009-15)

One of Forbes’ “Most Powerful Women in Sports,” Stacey Allaster was the Chairman and CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association from 2009–2015 and is now USTA Chief Executive for Professional Tennis. She b...

Tom Wujec

World Renowned Expert on Innovation, Chief Disruptor at Autodesk

New disruptive technologies are permanently changing the way we conceive, design, manufacture, and sell products. To renowned innovator Tom Wujec, this massive revolution to the model of process isn’t...

David Chilton

Former Star on CBC’s Dragons’ Den and Author of The Wealthy Barber Series

Speaker David Chilton, author of Canada’s all-time best-selling book The Wealthy Barber and former co-star of Dragons’ Den, has helped to take the intimidation out of financial planning for millions o...

Ido Leffler

Co-Founder of Yes To, Yoobi, & Cheeky; Member of the UN Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council

When creating a business, Ido Leffler builds it on three essential pillars: incredible people, kick-ass products, and an awesome cause. As co-founder of Yoobi, the buy-one, give-one school and office ...

Douglas Stephens

Retail and Consumer Futurist | Internationally Acclaimed Author and Founder of Retail Prophet

Douglas Stephens is one of the most influential retail futurists on the planet. His talks are required listening for any company that orbits the retail world. In fully customized and thoroughly resear...

Kirstine Stewart

Chief Strategy Officer, Diply GoViral | Twitter’s Former VP, North American Media Partnerships

One of Canada’s most high-profile women in business, Kirstine Stewart has worked as Twitter’s Managing Director, Head of Twitter Canada, and Twitter’s VP, North American Media Partnerships. A powerful...

Roger Martin

Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School

A champion of innovation, cross-disciplinary study, and learning-by-doing, Roger Martin is one of the most respected business minds in the world today. A highly regarded author (his newest is Getting ...

Sara Critchfield

Founding Editorial Director of Upworthy

Sara Critchfield is the former Editorial Director of Upworthy—“the fastest-growing media company of all time” (Fast Company). She believes that stories focusing on social issues can be just as viral a...

Misha Glouberman

Negotiations Expert; Co-Author of The Chairs Are Where the People Go

Misha Glouberman is an expert on the subtle arts of negotiation and communication. He takes the principles of good negotiation and better listening, and applies them to a broad set of circumstances to...

Anthony Lacavera

Entrepreneur & Venture Capitalist | Founder & Chairman of Globalive | Founder of Wind Mobile

To thrive in today’s tech-driven economy, Canada needs to embrace—and celebrate—its startups. And Anthony Lacavera is here to start that much-needed culture-shift. As the Chairman of Globalive Capital...

Drew Dudley

Founder of Day One Leadership

Drew Dudley believes we routinely ignore a huge percentage of the leadership that exists around us. He aims to remedy this by helping individuals and organizations create “cultures of everyday leaders...

Scott Sonenshein

Author of Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less—and Achieve More than You Ever Imagined

Why do some groups do so poorly despite an abundance of resources, while others do so much with so little? To Scott Sonenshein, author of Stretch, it’s all about acting more resourcefully with what we...

Kelly J. Lendsay

President and CEO, Indigenous Works

Indigenous leader Kelly J. Lendsay talks about real social and economic inclusion for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities. By inspiring government, business, and Indigenous people to overcome ...

Kavita Shukla

Founder & CEO of Fenugreen

Kavita Shukla is the groundbreaking social entrepreneur behind FreshPaper, a biodegradable paper that creates a brilliant solution to the global issue of food waste. FreshPaper landed Shukla on three ...

Choir! Choir! Choir!

International Singing Phenomenon

Choir! Choir! Choir! is the international singing phenomenon that exemplifies the best of creativity, collaboration, and community-building. In their speeches, founders Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman...

Yvonne Camus

A Motivational Speaker on Grit and Performance

How can an average businesswoman and mom outperform US Navy Seals? Here’s how: through grit, determination, and resilience. Yvonne Camus is one of the world’s most trusted speakers on teamwork and per...

Ari Wallach

Founder of Fast Company’s Futures with Ari Wallach; Futurist & Social Innovation Strategist

Futurist and innovation strategist Ari Wallach is Fast Company’s new expert on emergent trends in business and culture. Combining a grasp of new technology and products with a broader understanding of...

Francesca Gino

Author of Sidetracked, Behavioral Scientist, and Harvard Business School Prof

Small, simple, and seemingly irrelevant factors often have profound consequences on our behavior and ability to stick to our decisions. In her book Sidetracked and in her talks, Francesca Gino explain...

David Zweig

Author of The Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work

Who are the Invisibles? They’re the skilled professionals in your organization who often go unseen or unrecognized—despite being vital to your company’s success. David Zweig is the author of Invisible...

Debbie Travis

Design Superstar and Entrepreneur Behind the Largest Celebrity Brand in Canada

“Dream it, do it, live it,” says Debbie Travis, the entrepreneur behind the largest celebrity brand in Canada. In her talks—delivered with great humour and optimism—she shares her keen sense of brandi...

David Sax

Author of The Revenge of Analog, The Tastemakers, and Save the Deli

We work, sell, and live in the real world, argues David Sax—even amidst the so-called digital age. In his new book The Revenge of Analog (an NYT Critics’ choice for Top Books of 2016), Sax explains ho...

Esther Perel

Psychotherapist and Expert on Personal Interaction

Esther Perel is a provocative speaker on the science of human interaction—how professional and personal relationships work. She consults Fortune 500 companies on creating harmony within and among team...

Lyn Heward

Cirque du Soleil's Former Vice-President, Creation

Montreal’s Cirque du Soleil is one of the world’s most innovative companies, and Lyn Heward is a major reason why: for years she helped shape its performers, designers, and technicians into an artisti...

Diane Francis

Bestselling Author and Editor-at-Large at The National Post

Creating a robust agenda for the development of emerging tech isn’t a frill, but a necessity in the 21st century. An award-winning, bestselling author and futurist, Diane Francis argues for a more eff...

Barbara Corcoran

Real Estate Entrepreneur and & “Shark” on ABC’s Hit Show Shark Tank

At 23 years old, Barbara Corcoran borrowed $1,000 to start a tiny real estate office. She eventually grew that $1,000 into a $6 billion business. Now famous for the no-nonsense wisdom she offers to en...

Joel Jackson

Founder and CEO of Mobius Motors

Joel Jackson is the founder and CEO of Mobius Motors, a venture building highly durable, highly affordable vehicles for Africa’s mass-market. A Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur, Jackson speaks on socia...

Geoff Colvin

Senior Editor-at-Large for Fortune Magazine

Geoff Colvin is an award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster, and speaker on today’s most significant business trends. His brand-new and already-acclaimed book, Humans Are Underrated, looks at how ma...

Daymond John

Author, Shark Tank judge, and founder of FUBU

As a celebrity investor on ABC’s Shark Tank, Daymond John helps turn dreams into realities by investing in projects that elevate innovative companies and products. Drawing on his cutting-edge experien...