Recommended Canadian Speakers:
Prove The power of positive thinking through the Alvin Law Experience!
Alvin is a unique individual because he is able to connect with students and staff. He grabs your attention right away with his feet (because he has no arms). He is one of the best speakers in Canada for school audiences.
In 1981, Alvin Law officially started speaking to schools and organizations throughout Canada. Unofficially, he started his speaking career as a young child when he was encouraged by his parents to explain to others “what happened to you?” Today Alvin is one of Canada’s most highly-sought after inspirational speakers and travels throughout Canada, the US and around the world.
To say Alvin Law is disabled wouldn’t offend him or be inaccurate; after all he was born without arms due to the infamous morning sickness drug, Thalidomide. Today, he is completely independent and most often is described as “amazing”, as opposed to “disabled”. People often assume his program must be yet another example of a “Handicapped Speaker”. These kinds of perceptions and labels have actually been Alvin’s biggest obstacles. If you consider he was born this way, perhaps you can also consider he was born completely “normal”…to him!
Since 1992, Andy has specialized in presentations for schools and youth across North America. Settings for Andy’s presentations include junior and senior high school assemblies, youth leadership workshops and conferences, teacher development programs, camps and recreation programs, universities, and colleges. He also has powerful messages for churches, charity organizations, and any group that is seeking a unique speaker that combines hilarious comedy, inspiring stories and moving messages.
Ian Tyson has been a professional speaker since 1990. In that time, he has performed for thousands of students, at hundreds of High Schools, Colleges, and Universities across North America. Ian has had the privilege of speaking at State and Provincial Leadership Conferences, addressing business leaders, and community groups across North America.
Ian’s high-octane presentation can best be described as “comedy with a message”, which is both entertaining and thought provoking. His presentations take your audience on a hilarious journey from childhood to high school and beyond, with observational humor and life lessons along the way. Through his anecdotal tales, the audience will meet the colorful characters that have inspired Ian throughout his life. Ian combines his skills as an award winning stand up comic with his vibrancy for life to create a presentation that students at your school will not soon forget.
Find your passion, make it happen
Scott has been dazzling audiences since 1998 with his juggling, magic and escapes. His message is about finding your passion, and making it happen. Effective goal setting is an integral part of his presentation. He illustrates his effective goal setting technique with a brief video of his stunt—The World’s Highest Suspension Straight Jacket Escape—which earned him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Having worked as a professional juggler, magician and escape artist for several years before redirecting his attention to motivational speaking, Scott knows what it takes to create a presentation that is unforgettable. Scott’s dynamic message is delivered with audience participation and humour ensuring that students leave feeling inspired.
Blake is a huge fan of the Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles, is heavily lactose intolerant and his favourite movie is admittedly The Notebook. He lives to create thought-provoking programming for students, parents and education professionals.
Blake has been a Tedx conference host, a featured Tedx speaker and has shared the stage with CBC’s Rick Mercer. He is the author of “Campus Gets Wasted” and Co-Author of “The Art and Science of Success.” Blake spent nearly a decade living, learning and leading in university residences as a Residence Advisor, Don and Manager. He lived with over 6000 roommates in his university days.
Blake is in tune with students and anyone who cares about student success. He uses music and message to address the needs of students at all levels. He provides ignition for students to do their best in every transition. He shares the power of positive peer pressure to combat that otherwise negative social force (peer pressure). He reminds everyone that building popularity is not as important as building community. By writing and speaking about opportunities and experiences that often get wasted during a student life, audience members leave his show with action steps to fully immerse in their schools and communities.
Orlando Bowen is a GameChanging presenter and the founder and Executive Director at One Voice One Team Youth Leadership Organization. For the past nine years, Orlando has used story-telling, fitness activities and cognitive exercises to teach resilience, leadership and teamwork to over 300,000 people. When it comes to building teams, creating momentum and employing winning strategies, Orlando is the real deal.
Orlando has been recognized for his work by: being awarded a 2012 AFRICAN CANADIAN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, 2013 QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE MEDAL and a national 2014 HARRY JEROME AWARD for community service. He is the incoming president of the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. His powerful personal experiences ignite and inspire audiences of all ages and he is committed to being ‘all in’ with the time we have to share together.
Nick has had the privilege of speaking all over North America and is also the author of two books: “Act Like You’ve Been There: Rules For My Brother” which is a guide to living with integrity and perpetuating good citizenship, and most recently the children’s book “Kapernakus” (Ka- pern-a-kus) which focuses on self-esteem and inclusion.
After growing up in Belleville Ontario, Nick played four years of Junior Hockey in the Ontario Hockey League, where he was twice nominated for the Humanitarian of the Year Award, and once for the Red Tilson Award as the league’s top player. He then accepted an opportunity to play for the St Mary’s University Huskies. Even at this time he was recognized for his personal ethics by being nominated twice for the Humanitarian of the Year Award.
Nick earned a bachelor of History from St. Mary’s and a Bachelor of Education from University of Maine at Fort Kent. After graduating, he taught in Canada and in England for six years. Though he loved teaching, his interactions with youth and community inspired him to branch out and create the Celebrate the Hero initiative.
Nick pulls from life experience from his teaching career in England and his travels in Europe, as well as his athletic background, when designing and facilitating programs. He is driven by the desire to perpetuate an environment of self-worth, acceptance, and empowerment in communities, schools, businesses, and families.
Nick is the very proud father of beautiful Brynn, from whom he has learned more than he ever thought imaginable. She has been, and continues to be the greatest teacher in his life.
At just four-years‐old, Molly Burke’s world became a little bit darker: she was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare retinal disease causing loss of vision. Despite this, and the ensuing obstacles and hardships she faced, it wasn’t long before she began bringing light into the lives of others. Molly began public speaking at the age of five as an ambassador for The Foundation Fighting Blindness Canada. Since then, she has inspired thousands with her story.
As a motivational speaker, Molly has travelled the world sharing her story with youth, families and corporate organizations. She has spoken on We Day stages across North America and the UK in front of audiences as large as 20,000. Molly has shared stages with some of entertainments biggest names; Demi Lovato, Macklemore, Martin Sheen and Magic Johnson, to name a few. She has worked with activist like Martin Luther King III, Archbishop Demond Tutu, Malala Yousafzai and the Kielburger brothers.
Molly openly shares her experiences of overcoming adversity and embracing diversity, connecting with her audiences at a very personal, emotional, and relatable level. She believes that we all have the strength within us to survive any challenge, and learn how to thrive from those struggles. Molly encourages others to let go of the past and look to the future with bright eyes and a positive outlook. Her goal is to educate, motivate and inspire others to find peace, happiness and achieve their goals, even in the darkest days.
Anthony McLean is a rapper and speaker who has delivered hundreds of presentations in schools across Canada, the U.S. and Australia. Over the last ten years, he has entertained over 500,000 students with funny stories that carry a positive message. Anthony’s media appearances include CityTV’s Breakfast Television, CTV’s Atlantic Morning, 100 Huntley Street’s Full Circle, Global Toronto’s Morning Show, Bell Media’s CP24, 680 News, CBC’s Here and Now, and the CTV News Network.
Prior to all of this, Anthony was the class clown in the back row who drove teachers crazy. His Grade 10 report card read: “Anthony has so much potential but is wasting it cracking jokes for other students.” Anthony now cracks jokes for students around the world as he delivers powerful talks on Diversity, Mental Health, and Bullying.
You get just one shot at life… use it well!
Mark Black is a speaker with a story like none other. A heart and double-lung transplant recipient and two-time marathoner, Mark’s story of perseverance and courage has inspired students at National and Provincial Leadership Conferences. His authentic delivery and size (Mark is just 4’11”) help him grab his audience’s attention from the moment he takes the stage. From there, Mark uses self-deprecating humour and his personal story to connect with students and share life lessons that help students succeed as leaders and as human beings.
Kevin is a 2013 World Champion and 2014 Paralympic Bronze medalist in the sport of sledge hockey. Determined, focused, and persistent are just a few words to describe Kevin’s character and personality as he has faced insurmountable odds in today’s world. After a motocross accident in 2006 left Kevin bound to a wheelchair, Kevin set his mind to not only learning how to walk again, but to become one of Canada’s best athletes. Now a motivational speaker, Kevin shares his personal story about managing change, building resilience, and igniting others to a commitment of higher personal achievement. We all have the power within us, it just takes seeing someone else who’s been through it all still standing.
Alison Springer is a professional youth speaker and Founder of the Young Women of Power Conference for teen girls. She has been working with youth for over 15 years and she loves it. She knows how to captivate and keep teens engaged through her use of memorable sayings, innovative exercises, creative flair and an audacity to do whatever it takes to keep their attention so the main message gets through. Alison’s passion is in helping young leaders: Discover the greatness that lies within, exchanging the status quo for a life of passion and purpose while placing high value on people.
Her MISSION is to build a generation of CONFIDENT youth to make positive choices that will change their world.
“Confidence is the key to Inspiring Teen Greatness.”
Joel thinks a lot about success, and he’s proud to be a true renaissance man. He earned a Master’s in environmental engineering, teaches sustainability at McMaster University, writes about leadership, and is often remembered as the speaker at conferences who juggles mousetraps. Mostly though, he tries to be a good dad, husband, and friend, so he only really works part-time.
In 2017, Joel earned his CSP™ (Certiﬁed Speaking Professional) designation – the speaking profession’s international measure of speaking experience and skill. The CSP™ designation indicates a proven track record of continuing speaking experience and expertise, as well as a commitment to ongoing education, outstanding client service, and ethical behavior.
Joel has two books – one that’s illustrated, and another one about becoming fearlessly creative. He founded a youth engagement initiative called The Beanstalk Project, is chair of the board of the world-renowned Hamilton Children’s Choir, and sang for 10 years in (arguably) Canada’s best barbershop quartet. He recently started taking circus classes, and he also loves to travel, cook, do yoga, and taste exotic foods, but that stuff is just for fun.
Contact Info: youthspeakers.ca
Motivational Media Assemblies
Motivational Media Canada is the school event division of the National Alliance for Youth. Being the leader in assembly events and leadership training tools, MMA is deeply committed to character education and drug prevention, engaging students through contemporary media programs and offering 3-month to 3-year curriculum and behavior-changing resources. We are committed to assisting schools and families in strengthening good character, guidance and personal values. Our mission at MMA is to serve you and increase your success in building every young person in your care. Hosting a 3 screen Motivational Media Assembly at your school is a great way to create some positive attitude. The visual aspects will be sure to grab everyone’s attention, and the message will form a lasting impression.
MADD Canada School Assemblies
MADD Canada’s School Assembly Program brings high-energy, drug and alcohol awareness and risk reduction messaging to the world of education. Each school year, close to 1 million students in grades 7 – 12 across Canada see the organization’s uniquely Canadian school productions.
The School Assembly Program has been a key component of MADD Canada’s youth services education and awareness initiatives since 1994. The yearly school productions communicate directly with young people on their level and in their language and encourage youth to take a closer look at their values and perceptions. MADD Canada’s goal is to reduce the number of deaths and injuries of young Canadians due to alcohol or drug impaired driving.
Recommended American Speakers:
Creating A Community of CARE
Phil Boyte works with schools who are creating a better place to learn, and with kids who want to grow and have fun. With options such as assemblies and workshops, Phil will work to customize a day at your school that will be impactful, interactive and exciting.
Phil has presented at numerous provincial and national leadership conferences in Canada. His presentation is always changing as Phil continues to find new resources, materials and ideas to share with student leaders and advisors. He has successfully brought his new program, Breaking Down the Walls, to Canada and continues to be a positive force for change in student leadership and activities.
Making your life a great story.
Tyler is best known for his ability to make people laugh through storytelling. He is sought after by educators and students who want to develop communities that care and foster leadership, and by parenting groups for his unique insight into raising teenagers. Each year his live presentations reach more than 200,000 students and adults, while his written stories are shared in homes throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Driven to Inspire
For the last 18 years, Cara has shared her powerful positive leadership and prevention programs with more than 2 million people in 5 countries. She has become one of the most sought after female motivational speakers in her field. She empowers students, teachers, parents and complete strangers to make everyday choices count. Why? Because if it causes just ONE person to: Care More, Speak Up, Stand Out. IT’S ALL WORTH IT!
Cara believes that it is not the events that happen in our lives that make us who we are, but the meaning we give to those events that control the steering wheel of our lives. The road hasn’t always been ‘easy’ for Cara. The day before her 18th birthday, Cara’s world was devastated and forever changed when her identical twin sister, Mairin, was killed in a high speed car crash. From that day forward, Cara committed to helping others put life and its challenges in perspective. She is a dedicated Safety Spaz and encourages everyone no matter your age to listen to your inner voice, stand up to a bully, get out of a speeding car, take the keys from a friend who has been drinking, ask for help or make a hard decision. It could just save a life!!
Cara keeps it real. She’s an incredible storyteller, a bad dancer, and totally unashamed to make a fool of herself. Cara remembers what it’s like to be a student, what it’s like not to fit in, what it’s like to lose someone you love, and what it’s like to want something better for yourself and the world.
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Keith Hawkins is one of America’s top professional youth speakers. Keith has dedicated his life to the human race with his work. His mission is to help make this world a place where we understand and value all people by building meaningful relationships.
Growing up in a tough part of Los Angeles, life had handed Keith tough challenges. Keith has met and surpassed these challenges and now travels around the country inspiring others to do the same. Keith’s life story is one of triumph through hard work and determination. His presentations are real and straight from the heart which is why all who hear Keith speak are moved to make positive changes in their life, their school, and ultimately the world.
Justin is a former pro beach volleyball player and high school teacher. He brings an adventurous outlook and a disciplined positive attitude to his mission: Empowering students to be their best. He helps students beat peer pressure and follow their dreams. His keynote presentation, Be YOUnique, encourages and challenges students to accept themselves, understand others, act on their dreams, un-clique and be real, stay focused in class, and master school and life. Justin was raised in New Brunswick, and now works out of the US as a motivational speaker.