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Motivational Speakers

 

Lavin’s motivational speakers offer perspectives from all walks of life. Dispensing lessons on teamwork, tips on performance, and relatable narratives about overcoming the odds, these motivational keynote speakers never settle for easy sentiment.

 
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Valorie Kondos Field

Legendary UCLA Women's Gymnastics Coach | Author of Life is Short, Don't Wait to Dance

Veteran UCLA Gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field has never done a flip or played an organized sport. Yet the former ballerina somehow became a celebrated, seven-time NCAA coaching champion, mentoring Olympians such as Simone Biles over the course of her legendary 29-year career. In talks, she shares her unorthodox coaching methods—championing gratitude, ownership, and joy—for leaders, athletes, and anyone who wants to lead a high-performance life.  
David Cote

Former Chairman & CEO of Honeywell | Author of Winning Now, Winning Later

When it comes to manufacturing, David Cote stands in a league of his own. The most successful leader of a Fortune 100 industrial conglomerate of his era, Cote joined Honeywell after a 25-year-career at GE. Under his leadership, Honeywell’s market capitalization climbed about an astonishing 100 billion dollars. Rather than fixating on either long-term strategies or quarterly results, Cote empowered his organization to pursue both simultaneously. In talks, he motivates leaders on how to sustain a their long-term vision—without compromising day-to-day performance.
David Fajgenbaum

Author of Chasing My Cure | Co-founder and Executive Director of the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network

How do you deal with a pressing challenge when the clock is running out? For Dr. David Fajgenbaum, that challenge was his own incredibly rare condition—top experts had no answers and he was read his last rites—but then, he tried to cure it himself. In his fascinating, memoir Chasing My Cure, Fajgenbaum shares the urgency of his unparalleled perseverance in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. His remarkable story proves the power of hope, and shows what can happen when chance, love and resilience collide.
Marcus Bullock

Founder and CEO of Flikshop | Justice Reform Advocate | TED Speaker

Sentenced at fifteen years old to eight years—for stealing a car—Bullock faced many challenges once released. But he found a creative solution that sparked social change: founding his own software company, Flikshop, Inc. It’s mission is to connect incarcerated people with their families, build community, and empower inmates in constructive ways to ease their return to society—and help reduce recidivism.  
Jordin Tootoo

The first Inuk Player in the NHL | Founder of the Team Tootoo Foundation

The first Inuk player in history to be drafted by the NHL, Jordin Tootoo announced his retirement after 13 years in the league to give back to the Indigenous community with a message of inspired inclusivity.
 
Susan Fowler

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2017 | #MeToo and STEM speaker

Susan Fowler is a central figure in the #MeToo movement. Named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year as one of the silence breakers, Fowler is the former Uber engineer whose viral blog post ignited an ongoing, worldwide conversation. In uplifting talks, she tackles a variety of topics, including how regular people can effect positive change on a global and personal scale.
 
Jayson Greene

Author of Once More We Saw Stars, a Memoir

How do you overcome unimaginable grief to find meaning again? In his astonishing memoir, Once More We Saw Stars, JAYSON GREENE reckons with tragedy—the accidental death of his two-year-old daughter, Greta—and offers a testament of his family’s unwavering optimism in the face of loss. In profound talks based on this “intensely moving, life-affirming story” (Rolling Stone), Greene, speaks about grief, resilience, love, and above all, hope.
Daniel Lerner

Positive Psychologist | Instructor of NYU’S “The Science of Happiness”

Can success and happiness coexist? According to positive psychologist Daniel Lerner, we can all accomplish our career goals and live well. Lerner’s talks teach us to achieve greatness through rediscovering our core strengths and finding meaning in our work.
 
Jonathan Fader

Performance Psychologist | Former Director of Mental Conditioning for the New York Giants | Author of Life as Sport

When C-Suite executives, celebrity athletes, and emergency first responders want to improve their performance in high-stakes situations, they turn to Dr. Jonathan Fader. Fader translates groundbreaking and proven psychological techniques used to help people perform better in high-pressure, high-reward scenarios to everyday work and life situations. 
Hayley Wickenheiser

Legendary Olympian | Assistant Director of Player Development for the Toronto Maple Leafs

Speaker Hayley Wickenheiser was Canada’s official flag-bearer for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, where she won a gold medal as part of the Canadian women’s hockey team. In spring of 2019, she’ll be inducted into International Hockey Hall of Fame, and she is regarded as one of the best female hockey players in the world.
 
Michael Pinball Clemons

CFL Legend | Vice Chairman of the Toronto Argonauts

CFL legend Michael “Pinball” Clemons is an icon of sporting excellence, community leadership, and personal integrity. With boundless energy and moments of quiet introspection, he talks about teamwork and the potential each of us has to achieve anything we set our minds to. 
Major MJ Hegar

Author of Shoot Like a Girl | Leadership Speaker | Foreign Policy 100 Leading Global Thinker

Major MJ Hegar is a force to be reckoned with. While piloting her third tour of Afghanistan, she took a bullet to her helicopter’s windshield. Badly injured, she flew her team to safety, conducting a near-impossible landing. An incredible story—soon to be a major motion picture—Hegar’s bravery inspires audiences to persevere through change, hardship, and any obstacles in their way. 
Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir

Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalists in Ice Dancing | The most decorated Figure Skaters of all time

Fresh from two show-stopping gold medal wins at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games, the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history have a lot to say about meeting singular goals. Magnetic both on and off the ice, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir deliver insights into their once-in-a-generation creative partnership, competitive fire, and artistic depth: everything they’re known and loved for.
 
Mike Babcock

Toronto Maple Leafs Head Coach | Stanley Cup and Olympic Gold Medal Winner

Mike Babcock is one of the most successful coaches in professional hockey history, and the only coach ever to win an Olympic Gold Medal, a Stanley Cup, and a World Championship Title. As a speaker, Babcock shares lessons on leadership, teamwork, and determination like only a coach of his caliber can.
 
 
Yvonne Camus

A Motivational Speaker on Grit and Performance | COO of SPINCO

How can an average businesswoman and mom outperform US Navy Seals? Through grit, determination, and resilience. Yvonne Camus is one of the world’s most trusted speakers on teamwork and perseverance. Deeply relatable, Camus interweaves her personal experiences into revelatory talks.
 
Bill Strickland

An Extraordinary Business and Community Leader

Bill Strickland created an empire by stoking genius in those who believed they had nothing. As founder of Manchester Bidwell, Strickland fuels hope, generates jobs, and empowers the poor and underprivileged to become experts in their field of choice. His tactical talks show you how to defy convention so that you too can create a culture of understanding, social restoration, and profit with a conscience. 
Rainn Wilson

Three Time Emmy-Nominated Actor | Founder of SoulPancake

For nearly a decade, Rainn Wilson endeared himself to millions on the hit American edition of The Office, earning three Emmy nominations with his portrayal of Dwight Schrute. As a speaker, Wilson draws on the offbeat genius behind his on-screen characterizations, showing audiences how creativity isn’t simply for artists. It’s for everyone. 
Dave Hemstad

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

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 on stage with clean, refreshing, motivational humour, Hemstad muses on daily life, modern world frustrations and social tensions we all experience, but keep to ourselves.   
 
Riaz Meghji

Former Host of Breakfast Television Vancouver

As the former host of Breakfast Television Vancouver, Riaz Meghji woke the city every morning with humor and style. More than natural charm, his success as a broadcaster lies in his steadfast belief that a good conversation has the power to change everything. In his motivational talks, Meghji reveals how we can build meaningful connections in an increasingly isolated world—reinventing ourselves, our brand, and our purpose in the process.
 
Karl Subban

Leadership Speaker, Educator, and Father of NHL Star P.K. Subban | Author of How We Did It

Karl Subban is a former school principal in one of Toronto’s toughest neighbourhoods, and the father of five children, including three NHL players. In his gregarious, powerful talks, he explores teamwork and leadership and offers a fresh take on what it means to succeed. 
 
Ryan Holiday

Author of Perennial Seller, Ego Is the Enemy, The Daily Stoic, and more

With bestsellers like The Daily StoicEgo Is the Enemy, and Perennial Seller, Ryan Holiday is a motivational speaker on everyone’s mind. The New York Times calls him “a sought-after guru to NFL coaches, Olympians, hip-hop stars and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.”  
George Kourounis

Host of Angry Planet | Royal Canadian Geographical Society Explorer-in-Residence

Royal Canadian Geographical Society Explorer-in-Residence George Kourounis travels to the most remote and inhospitable places on Earth to document extremes of nature and climate. Best known for his international TV smash, Angry Planet, Kourounis is a fantastic speaker and a vivid storyteller. 
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 beautiful sights. In his talks, Montgomery shares his Olympic journey and important lessons on teamwork, leadership, and dreaming big. 
Jeff MacInnis

Leadership Speaker, Adventurer, and Bestselling Author

Jeff MacInnis is an adventurer, explorer, author, and business consultant. His diverse skills—and noteworthy athletic achievements—have informed his decade-plus career helping organizations embrace the teamwork and perseverance that's needed to reach peak performance. An exceptional motivator, he’s inspired audiences at thousands of events all over the world.