Innovation Speaker

Andrew Pelling


2017 TED Senior Fellow


Ann Makosinski


Google Global Science Fair Winner


Brian Wong


Founder and CEO of Kiip


Melissa Sariffodeen


Co-Founder & CEO at Canada Learning Code


Peter Sheahan


Innovative Business Thinking & Behavior Change Expert


Sean Silcoff


Globe & Mail Business Reporter


Ted Graham


Head, Open Innovation – General Motors



Devon Brooks


Co-Founder, Blow Dry Bars


Doug Griffiths


Best Selling Author of 13 Ways to Kill Your Community


Doug Lipp


Renowned Leadership Expert


Joel Cohen


Emmy-Winning Writer & Co-Executive Producer, The Simpsons


Shashank Nigam


Founder & CEO, SimplyFlying


Lane Merrifield


Co-Founder, FreshGrade & Club Penguin


Duncan Wardle


Former Head of Innovation and Creativity, The Walt Disney Company


Rachel Loui


International Growth, Google



Talent Bureau works with the brightest minds in innovation who are profoundly transforming their industries. Learn how to shift your perspective and make visible change in your organization by harnessing new technologies and data trends.


To be innovative is one of the strangest qualities something can have. When you see innovation, you can’t duplicate it; to do so would immediately negate the quality because what is innovative must be novel. This makes it difficult to teach someone how to innovate – “don’t do what others are doing” is a circular logic, because anyone who wants to be innovative knows that not copying others is the key to innovation – it’s what innovation is.


The advice that one can give about innovation is more of a refinement of the self than it a form of do thing X. To innovate, you have to learn when to trust your gut, and when to trust your head; you have to learn to be brave and bold but to temper it with reason and wisdom. It is a process of constantly searching for problems, but instead of patching them, making the problems work for you. It is the ability to find opportunity in defeat, to find novelty in the obsolete, to find the yin in the yang. Innovation is the process of looking in all the old places and finding the unexpected, of looking in places that haven’t been scouted and finding the usable and tangible.


Learning to innovate, like anything, is a talent; some have inborn aptitudes that make them gravitate towards creativity and problem-solving, but all have the ability to grow their aptitudes into something greater. The presenters we have are innovators in the truest sense of the word, constantly looking for opportunity in all the right places – that is to say, in all the places no one else bothered to look.


Growing human ears out of apples? Seems absurd, but Andrew Pelling has done it. Hot coffee might seem like a good way to burn your hands, but to Ann Makosinski it’s a great tool for charging your iPhone. Smartphone games might seem like an excellent timewaster, but to Kiip founder Brian Wong they’re a new technology that allows businesses to connect to their audience in meaningful ways. Ted Graham, Head of Open Innovation at GM invites you to consider how curiosity and drive allow you to innovate. You might be asked to ponder how your corporate structure affects your ability to innovate, or given a comedic talk by Simpsons writer Joel Cohen on how many “I”s there are in innovation.


These speakers will teach you that innovation comes from where you aren’t looking; they know from experience, from trial and error, from making their livings by taking risks and finding blind spots. They’ll help you target exactly where your search for innovation is going wrong, and restructure not just your organization but your very thinking to be hard-wired to find innovation. A change so great can only come from within, after all, and the more people in your organization who understand the thinking patterns that lead to innovation, the more innovative you’ll be as a whole.


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