Women Speakers

Ann Makosinski


Google Global Science Fair Winner


Arlene Dickinson


CEO of Venture Communications


Ariel Garten


Founder, Muse


Catriona Le May Doan


Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist


Chantal Kreviazuk


Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter


Chantel Petitclerc


Most Decorated Paralympian in Canadian History


Christine Sinclair


Captain of Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team


Dambisa Moyo


Global Economist


Devon Brooks


Co-Founder, Blow Dry Bars


Dr. Sherry Cooper


Former Chief Economist, BMO Financial Group


Erica Wiebe


2016 Olympic Gold Medalist


Hayley Wickenheiser


Most Decorated Female Canadian Hockey Player In History


Erin Treloar


Founder and CEO, RAW Beauty Talks


Jessi Cruickshank


Host, Canada’s Smartest Person and The Goods


Julie Angus


First Woman To Row Across Atlantic Ocean


Karina Leblanc


Soccer Star & UNICEF Ambassador


Katty Kay


Lead Anchor, BBC World News America


Melissa Sariffodeen


Co-Founder & CEO, Canada Learning Code


Dr. Julia Shaw


Bestselling Author, Evil


Roberta Bondar


First Canadian Woman In Space


Samantha Nutt


Founder, War Child Canada


Sunny Lenarduzzi


Founder, Be Your Own Boss


Tamara Beatty


Voice Coach Consultant, NBC’s “The Voice”


Zahra Ebrahim


Founder and Principal, archiTEXT


Amanda Lindhout


Bestselling Author, “A House in the Sky”


Mary Young


CEO & Designer, MARY YOUNG


Chantel Chapman


Founder, What the Finances


Sage Paul


Indigenous Fashion Designer



Talent Bureau is proud to work with the top female leaders and women speakers in Canada who share their experiences and inspire women to aim for greatness. Learn crucial insights from the women who are leading national and international conversations about some of the world’s most critical issues.


The kyriarchy is a term for the complex power dynamics that exist in modern society. Wealth, race, gender, class and more will all affect an individual’s life in ways both dramatic and subtle. Consider that women have only had the right to vote for about 100 years in Canada, and the centuries beforehand when they were disenfranchised. Consider that women in the industrialized workforce were almost unimaginable before World War II, how it took millions of men being shipped overseas for combat to create social change in North America. Consider to this day the disproportionate violence and injustice that women face, the questions about whether or not they are too weak or too strong, too bold or too timid, too fat or too skinny; consider the myriad ways we compare women to an impossible standard that constantly fluctuates depending on our mood, and you’ll understand why we need female leaders.


Imagination is a key part of becoming who you want to be; you must create an ideal, imagine a narrative, and see it through. One challenge the underprivileged of the world face is finding trailblazers who have navigated the waters they want to traverse. Innovative and courageous women who take up the mantle of leadership can be a North Star; girls and women who could have never imagined themselves leading in a particular field now have a concrete example of someone who has, whose traits they can emulate. Men benefit from seeing women in leadership positions too; it can help them shed unconscious bias about what women are like, and who they can be, by giving concrete evidence of strong women who lead through their feminity, not by shedding it.


Our Women Speakers Roster


To this end, our roster features some of the most inspiring women in the world. Breaking boundaries is what great leadership is all about, and as the first Canadian woman in space, Roberta Bondar has literally broken through the stratosphere. Zahra Ebrahim, founder of ArchiTEXT, invites you to evaluate the intersection between architecture, design and social change. Coding is a relatively new domain of work, but it’s still male-dominated; Melissa Sariffodeen founded Ladies Learning Code to try to change this, but after realizing how many more people could benefit from this knowledge, founded Canadians Learning Code, an even more ambitious endeavor. Ariel Garten is a true polymath, a Renaissance woman who has found success in the worlds of fashion, art, psychotherapy and real estate, with her most recent success being the founding of InteraXon, the company that creates Muse, a meditation-guiding brain scanner. That type of innovation comes from a place of creativity, of doing what others haven’t dreamed of; it’s exactly the reason we need female leaders in our society.


All of our speakers in this category, from Arlene Dickenson of Dragon’s Den to two-time Olympic Gold winner Catriona Le May Doan, have incredible insights to share about what it takes to succeed as a leader in this tumultuous world. Their stories will be sure to inspire everyone in your organization to rethink both leadership and gender norms.


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