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Canada 150 

In 2017, Canada marks 150 years since Confederation. To celebrate, we’ve brought together a number of Canadian keynote speakers—thinkers, travelers, writers, and business leaders—who address the state of our nation at this important milestone. What makes Canada unique? Where can we improve? And what do the next 150 years have in store?

 
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Peter Mansbridge

Chief Correspondent for CBC News and Anchor of The National for 29 Years

Peter Mansbridge is one of Canada’s most respected and recognizable figures—a true icon. For five decades, including 29 years as anchor of CBC’s The National, he has guided us through the political, e...

Rick Mercer

Coast to Coast to Coast

Rick Mercer loves Canada like no one else, and the country loves him back. Join our favourite satirist as he goes coast to coast to coast, illuminating everything great and irreverent about our storied nation. 

 
Margaret Atwood

A Canadian Literary Legend

On the world stage, Canada’s literary image is synonymous with the work of Margaret Atwood. Witty, razor-sharp, and Canadian to the core, she speaks passionately on the power of art and storytelling. 

 
Manjit Minhas

The New Canadian Entrepreneur

What does it mean to work, thrive, and prosper as a Canadian entrepreneur, and a woman of colour? Manjit Minhas tells audiences how to overcome stereotypes and break down barriers to business success.

 
Peter MacKay

Where Is Canada Headed?

The Hon. Peter MacKay is among our most decorated political figures. In captivating keynotes, he draws on his deep resume to talk business, security, trade, and foreign policy, and reminds us that Canada’s sterling international reputation is alive and well.

The Debaters Live

Super Smart and Wicked Funny

There’s no better way to tackle our country’s hot-button issues than with comedy, and no one brings the funny like The Debaters Live. Join stand-up veteran Steve Patterson and two guest comics as they deliver side-splitting laughs with a uniquely Canadian sensibility.

 
Robin Esrock

Canada’s Bucket List

Canada is beautiful, diverse, and above all, massive—you’ll never see it all. So let bestselling travel author Robin Esrock give you the highlights—the remarkable destinations, activities, and personalities that should make up your “Great Canadian Bucket List.” 

 
Bonnie Brooks

Creativity Meets Commerce

Revitalizing a struggling Canadian institution is no easy task, but Bonnie Brooks did it with the Hudson’s Bay Company. She speaks thoughtfully on leadership, innovation, and ingenuity in Canadian commerce.

 
Terry Milewski

Veteran Broadcaster and Senior Correspondent for CBC News

A veteran CBC television personality, Terry Milewski is one of Canada’s best-known broadcast journalists. He’s reported the news from 52 countries over the past 44 years—and was the CBC’s very first M...

Gordon Campbell

Canada: Creativity and Collaboration

What does Brexit mean for the U.K.—and for Canada? Gordon Campbell, our former High Commissioner to the U.K., can tell you firsthand. He speaks on trade relations, exports, foreign investments, and why Europe still turns to Canada on matters of leadership.

Shachi Kurl

Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute

Where is Canada heading—culturally, politically, economically? As the Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute, Shachi Kurl asks Canadians important questions and reveals what we really think about them. 

 
Joe Oliver

Canada: An Economic Leader

Where does Canada’s economic future lie? Our former Minister of Finance helps us navigate a rapidly shifting global economy with keen insight, informed by a diverse and accomplished career in public service.

Jon Montgomery

Amazing Race. Amazing Nation.

Gold-medal Olympian and host of The Amazing Race Canada, Jon Montgomery has journeyed from small-town Manitoba to the world stage and back. In inspiring talks, he stresses dreaming big and living even bigger.

 
Rob Cohen

A Canadian in Hollywood

What makes Canada unique—and uniquely hilarious? In his film Being Canadian, director Rob Cohen embarked on a cross-country journey to find out. The short answer? It’s more than Mounties, moose, and maple syrup. 

 
Shawn Micallef

Author of Frontier City | Co-Owner of Spacing Magazine

With 80% of Canadians living in urban (or suburban) environments, it’s time for a shift in how we imagine our country. Urbanist Shawn Micallef helps us explore and celebrate the shared values and innovations of our world-class cities.

Allan Gregg

Chairman of Decima Research

Monitoring the economic, social, and political pulse of Canada, Allan Gregg is one of our most respected research professionals and political analysts. Gregg makes sense of current affairs—the economy...

Kelly J. Lendsay

Making Canada Truly Inclusive

A proud Canadian of Métis, Cree, and European ancestry, Kelly J. Lendsay talks about real Indigenous inclusion—renewing relationships and reconciling differences between all Canadians.

 
Anastasia Lin

Canada’s Badass Beauty Queen

Barred entry into China for speaking out against human rights abuses, Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin is a model for what all Canadians should be: principled, determined, and unafraid to seek justice in the face of tyranny.

 
Dr. Samantha Nutt

Canada’s Humanitarian Legacy

Dr. Samantha Nutt founded War Child with a view to helping children in some of the world’s worst conflict zones. As one of Canada’s most acclaimed humanitarians, she teaches us all how to become leaders on the world stage.

 
Lewis MacKenzie

How Do Canadians Lead?

Among our most decorated military leaders is Major-General (ret’d) Lewis Mackenzie. He speaks reverently of Canada as “the world’s reluctant hero,” emphasizing the role all Canadians play in making the world a safer and better place.

 
Dr. Richard Heinzl

Canada: A Leader in Healthcare Tech

The founder of Doctors Without Borders Canada, Dr. Richard Heinzl sees technological innovation transforming medicine around the globe. And as a proud Canadian, he upholds our values of compassion, generosity, and global citizenship.

 
Gavin Crawford

A Canuck Take on Today’s Headlines

Gavin Crawford has been making Canadians laugh for fifteen years—on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, on his own The Gavin Crawford Show, and now in his radio show Because News. Canada has a funny side, and Crawford knows it inside-out and backwards.