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Entertainers & Celebrity Speakers

 

When you book a celebrity speaker with us, you get someone who is well known, sure. But what you also get—on top of a big draw, a recognizable face, and a load of buzz—is someone with a very real, very human, story to tell.

 

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John Cusack

Award-winning Actor and Writer | Outspoken Activist | Early Supporter of the Freedom of the Press Foundation

Not only has John Cusack built an iconic Hollywood career, but he’s now one of the most politically astute artists of his generation. As an early supporter of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, and ...

Patti Smith

Punk Rock Legend and Author of Just Kids, winner of The National Book Award

Named one of the most influential people in the world in TIME Magazine’s TIME 100, Patti Smith is a poet, singer, songwriter, photographer, and fine artist. A seminal American artist, Smith has produc...

Spike Lee

Director of Do the Right Thing and When the Levees Broke

Spike Lee needs no introduction. In person, the provocateur and media icon is never at a loss for words. As one of the most outspoken African American voices, he talks candidly, and with authority, ab...

Kal Penn

Actor and Former Associate Director at the White House Office of Public Engagement

Called “the world’s most famous Indian actor” by New York Magazine, Kal Penn is a rising Hollywood star. But what sets him apart is his off-screen eloquence, his passion for the intersection of pop cu...

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. For five decades, including 29 years as anchor of CBC’s The National, he has guided us through the political, economic, and...

Rick Mercer

Host of The Rick Mercer Report

Rick Mercer chronicles, satirizes, and ultimately celebrates all that is great and irreverent about this country. Known as “Canada’s Unofficial Opposition,” Mercer is our most popular comic, a politic...

Eddie Huang

Celebrity Chef | Bestselling Author of Fresh Off the Boat | Host for Vice and MTV

Celebrity chef. Charismatic host of Huang’s World on VICE. Bestselling author of Fresh Off the Boat—adapted into the groundbreaking hit ABC sitcom—as well as Double Cup Love. Yes, entrepreneur Eddie H...

Steve Wozniak

Co-Founder of Apple Computers

Considered by most to be the real “brains” behind Apple, Steve Wozniak is not just a first class engineer with three decades of world-famous credentials, he’s also a really nice guy. Personally invest...

Colm Feore

One of Canada’s Best Actors

One of Canada’s best actors, Colm Feore is known for his iconic roles in theatre, television, and film. Ranging from Shakespearian leads to unforgettable portrayals of Canadian legends to roles in maj...

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...

Chuck Klosterman

Renowned Cultural Critic | Author of Ten Books, Including Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs

Pop culture, in all its distracting glitz, isn’t just entertainment. It is culture—American culture. And our most insightful guide is Chuck Klosterman. In his bestselling, culture-defining books, he’s...

Riaz Meghji

Host of Breakfast Television Vancouver

As Host of Breakfast Television Vancouver, Riaz Meghji wakes up the city every morning with humour and style. On the show and in his life, he has learned that a candid conversation can carry a profoun...

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 Middle East correspondent.

 

David Kwong

Illusionist, Puzzle Expert, and Author of Spellbound

David Kwong is no ordinary magician. He’s a New York Times puzzle builder, TED speaker, Harvard grad, consultant on blockbusters like The Imitation Game, and now a greenlit TV producer. And in his fun...

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...

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...

Negin Farsad

Social Justice Comedian, Director of The Muslims Are Coming!

Negin Farsad is at the forefront of social justice comedy—a field that she insists totally exists (or should). A TED Senior Fellow, author of How to Make White People Laugh, and as one of few Iranian-...

Jon Montgomery

Host of The Amazing Race Canada and Olympic Gold Medalist

Jon Montgomery delighted Canadians by winning Gold in Men’s Skeleton at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Now, as host of The Amazing Race Canada, he is a charming ambassador for our country’s most beautif...

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 also a Dragon on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den....

Gavin Crawford

This Hour Has 22 Minutes Comedian and Actor

Gavin Crawford is one of Canada’s brightest comedic and dramatic performers—best known for star turns on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, on CBC, and his eponymous The Gavin Crawford Show on the Comedy Netwo...

Steve Patterson

Comedian and Host of CBC’s The Debaters

Every comic can tell a joke—but Steve Patterson is a triple threat of funny. Smart, well-read, well-versed in current events, quick on his feet, and a riveting raconteur, Patterson can quickly turn a ...

The Debaters Live

Super Smart & Wicked Funny

The Debaters Live brings all the hilarity of the hit CBC series to your organization. Veteran comedian Steve Patterson and two guest comics at the top of their game deliver a rapid-fire exchange of fa...

Dave Hemstad

Stand-up Comedian; Regular on CBC’s The Debaters

Called a “Canadian Master” by Just For Laughs, Dave Hemstad has skyrocketed to the top of the national comedy scene, appearing regularly across the country and on a hit show on CBC. Brashly confident ...