Leadership Speakers

Doug Griffiths


Best Selling Author of 13 Ways to Kill Your Community


Bill Walton


NBA Legend


Catriona Le May Doan


Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist


Chantel Pettitclerc


Most Decorated Paralympian in Canadian History


Daymond John


Founder of Fubu & Shark Tank Star


Frank O’Dea


Founder, Second Cup


Hayley Wickenheiser


Most Decorated Female Canadian Hockey Player In History


John Baird


Former Minister of Foreign Affairs


John Stix


Transformation Specialist


Josh Dueck


X Games Gold Medalist


Mark DeVolder


“The Change Specialist”


Michael “Pinball” Clemons


CFL Hall of Famer


Michelle Ray


Founder, Lead Yourself First Institute


Mike Abrashoff


Former Commander, the USS Benfold


Peter Sheahan


Innovative Business Thinking & Behavior Change Expert


Richard Peddie


Former President and CEO, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment


Rick Hillier


Former Chief of Defence Staff, Canadian Forces


Ryan Walter


Former Stanley Cup Champion


Shawn Achor


Happiness Expert & Positive Psychology Researcher


The Buried Life


Stars of the Hit MTV Series “The Buried Life”


Thomas Lawson


Former Chief of Defence Staff, Canadian Forces (2012-2015)


Warren MacDonald


First Double Above-Knee Amputee To Summit Mt. Kilimanjaro


Zahra Ebrahim


Founder and Principal, archiTEXT



Devon Brooks


Co-Founder, Blow Dry Bars


Doug Lipp


Renowned Leadership Expert


Dale Curd


Host, CBC’s Hello Goodbye


Erik Brown


Founder, Hydronauts Diving


Lane Merrifield


Co-Founder, FreshGrade & Club Penguin


Cassie Campbell


Olympic Gold Medallist & Broadcast Analyst


Vincezo Guzzo


President and CEO, Cinemas Guzzo
Dragon’s Den Star


Tina Varughese


Diversity & Inclusion Expert


Melissa Agnes


Crisis Management Strategist


Hilary Corna


Former Senior Executive Officer, Toyota Asia


Nav Bhatia


Official Raptors Superfan


Talent Bureau is proud to offer the best leadership speakers in North America. Our speakers are thoughtful, strategic, and influential leaders in major industries that will inspire leadership in your audience. These top speakers’ unique and diverse leadership styles will change the way you think about leadership. Ask us about motivational talks or highly customized leadership training workshops.  


So much has been written on the distinction between a boss and a leader that it’s impossible to talk about without rehashing, so here’s a brief summary for those who have somehow never read the comparison: a boss leads from behind, sowing discord and obtaining power through petty politics, while a leader leads from ahead, like the scout in an expedition. They have seen the light, the path forward, and consumed by passion and vigor, they will lead the way, helping others follow in their footsteps. While a boss might be powerful, a leader is great: capable, inspiring.


Leaders seem to be cut from a different cloth then the rest; they embody their virtues, never asking of their employees what they don’t demand of themselves. They don’t hire subordinates, they build teams. They don’t ask others to work hard; they work hard themselves, and through sheer force of will and perspiration, inspire those around them to try to keep up. True leaders don’t try to hide their flaws; they acknowledge them, embrace them and try to grow from and through them. In this way, a great leader doesn’t truly have weaknesses; they are driven by their flaws, and use creativity and ingenuity to bolster their weak points and create strength. This constant striving to be better, to do better; to be honest and kind, creative and open; these are traits that anyone can appreciate.


As with any talent, there are those who think that leadership is an innate talent; it can seem this way to an uncritical eye. The skills to lead, though, are not as inborn as some would like you to believe; like any talent, they are the product of years of self-reflection, hard work and dedication. Anyone with the right tools and inspiration can become a leader themselves; they just need the confidence, moral compass, imagination and work ethic that create greatness.


Daymond John, CEO of FUBU who is perhaps most famous for his role in the hit TV show Shark Tank, will share with you his exact strategies for goal-setting and motivation, so every member of your organization can learn to achieve objective like one of the proven all-time great leaders. Frank O’Dea, founder of Canadian institution Second Cup, will talk about how hope and vision brought him from destitution to renown; how a panhandler ended up becoming a respected business leader, showing that truly, anyone can aspire to greatness and achieve. Self-actualization is the key to leadership; Michelle Ray, founder of Lead Yourself First, will show you how being your best self is the path to great leadership. General Rick Hillier, former Chief of Defense Staff for the Canadian Forces, understands the value of leadership in the most extreme circumstance: military combat. The lessons he’s learned reinforce the key concept of leadership: it’s not about exerting control, it’s about humility, respect and moral conviction.


Our speakers know how to lead from ahead; great leaders are inspiring at the worst of times, so with a tailored speech for your organization, they’re certain to lead you to greatness.


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