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Entrepreneurship

 

What does it take to build a company from the ground up, to start from scratch and end up with millions? Our entrepreneurship speakers share the stories and lessons you need to hear before embarking on the biggest business adventure of your life.

 
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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...

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...

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...

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...

Sarah Prevette

Innovation Speaker, Founder of Future Design School

“Fall in love with the problem you’re solving—not the solution,” says entrepreneur Sarah Prevette. The founder of Sprouter and BetaKit and co-star of Quit Your Day Job, a new reality show about entrep...

Jessica Jackley

Co-Founder of Kiva, the microlending site, and Author of Clay Water Brick

The connection between two individuals is a powerful agent for social change. This idea animates the work of Jessica Jackley, who co-founded KIVA, the world’s most successful microlending site, and is...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Nina Tandon

CEO and Co-Founder of EpiBone, TED Senior Fellow

Nina Tandon is on the cutting edge of science: where sci-fi meets reality. She works on growing artificial hearts and bones that can be put into the body, and studies the new frontier of biotech: home...

Amber MacArthur

Relentless Adaptation Speaker and Writer for Fast Company

Amber MacArthur talks about relentless adaptation and the accelerating pace of corporate culture in the digital economy. At the forefront of the digital revolution, she helps companies adapt to, antic...

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...

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...

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 ...

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. ...

Vikram Vij

Restaurateur | Author | Former Judge on CBC’s Dragons’ Den

“Everything we do is about a love and passion for Indian food,” says Vikram Vij. But how did one of Canada’s most successful restaurateurs take that passion and turn it into a thriving business? In fu...

Dan Lyons

Author of Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble and Writer and Co-Producer of HBO’s Silicon Valley

At the age of 50, Dan Lyons went to work for a start-up flush with venture capital. What he found there—think frat-house meets primary school meets cult—forms the basis of his hilarious book Disrupted...

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...

Ajay Agrawal

Expert in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning | Founder of the Creative Destruction Lab

To world-leading researcher Ajay Agrawal—named the engineer of a “Billion Dollar Breakout” by The Globe and Mail—advances in Artificial Intelligence and machine learning mean profound opportunities fo...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Miki Agrawal

One of INC's Most Impressive Women Entrepreneurs of 2016

Miki Agrawal is a true “force of nature.” She was dubbed a 2017 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, 2016’s Crain’s 40 Under 40 list, featured on the cover of Entrepreneur magazine, named ...

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 ...

Peter H. Diamandis

Chairman and CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, Innovation Speaker

It’s very likely that the future of space exploration lies in the hands of Dr. Peter Diamandis. As co-founder of the XPRIZE Foundation, he oversaw the creation of the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for com...

Bruce Croxon

Co-Founder of Lavalife, Former Co-Star of CBC’s Dragons' Den

Speaker Bruce Croxon is one of Canada’s earliest and most successful start-up entrepreneurs. He is the co-founder of popular dating site Lavalife, which sold in a stunning $180 million deal. A former ...

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...

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...

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...