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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 ...

Anderson Cooper

Host of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and #1 NYT Bestselling Author

Anderson Cooper anchors Anderson Cooper 360, a provocative alternative on CNN/U.S. each weekday to the typical network evening newscast, going beyond the headlines to tell stories in-depth and from mu...

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...

Eddie Huang

Bestselling Author of Fresh Off the Boat, & Host for Vice and MTV

Eddie Huang is the bestselling author of Fresh Off the Boat, the memoir ABC adapted into one of the most talked-about new TV shows in recent years. On stage, this hyper-opinionated diversity speaker s...

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...

Maulik Pancholy

Co-Star of Sanjay and Craig, 30 Rock, Weeds | Anti-Bullying Advocate

MAULIK PANCHOLY is changing the character, face, and political voice of Hollywood. Besides indelible (and SAG Award-nominated) turns on shows like 30 Rock and Weeds, Pancholy speaks out against injust...

Mike Rowe

Former Host of Dirty Jobs on The Discovery Channel

Recounting his adventures in the field of skilled labor—which make for great entertainment—Mike Rowe produces a vibrant portrait comprising the daily experiences of thousands of regular, happy America...

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...

Ron MacLean

Co-Host, Coach's Corner and Host, Hometown Hockey

Speaker Ron MacLean is one of our country’s most beloved sportscasters. As the co-host of Coach’s Corner and host of new series Hometown Hockey, MacLean is arguably the game’s most eloquent ambassador...

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...

Steven Page

Singer, Songwriter, and Canadian Icon

An articulate and mesmerizing speaker, Steven Page is utterly at home on the stage. Page—singer, songwriter, host of The Illegal Eater, and Canadian icon—has made an indelible mark on our country’s mu...

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...

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

Jessi Cruickshank

eTalk Daily L.A. Host, Producer, and Global Ambassador

Whip-smart with a sense of humor to match, Jessi Cruickshank is undeniably at the top of her game. A highly sought-after host and emcee, Cruickshank became a household name on MTV Canada’s hit series,...

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...