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Dini Petty

Award-winning Producer, Talk Show Host & Interviewer

Dini Petty is best known for her ten years as the charismatic host of her own talk show, Dini. A Canadian icon, mother, author, entrepreneur, daredevil and free spirit, Dini Petty is an authentic, insightful and passionate communicator.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Surviving Change or The Soul of the Matter After some 40 years of public speaking and surveying the audiences to find out what their greatest personal and professional problems are, the answers are always the same. We all have the same problems. Dini explores self-esteem, instinct, expectations, multi-tasking & the rabbit hole in her new presentation. The Success of Failure Full of real-life examples and hilarious anecdotes, Petty will have listeners laughing and nodding their heads in agreement. This is no “motivational” speech, but rather one of inspiration, with a healthy dose of reality. Audiences will leave feeling uplifted, inspired, and ready to take on new challenges, knowing the process of trying, and of learning when things go wrong is just as important, if not more so, than the end result. Self Directed Journey Get back in touch with your own instincts,  increasing self-confidence. The Queen, The Bear and The Bumblebee Explore the fundamentals of being happy: friendship, courage, and self-discovery If I Knew Then What I Know Now

  • We have received many positive comments on your presentation and thanks largely to your participation, have set a new standard of excellence for future meetings.

    - Cobourg and District Chamber of Commerce
  • I was amazed that something so simple could make such a difference in my ability to remain calm and focused. By putting the recipe to work, I am enjoying practicing medicine more.

    - MD, CCFP
  • Dini was very well received by all who attended. She sold out of all her books that she brought and was a very inspirational speaker.

    - Community Futures Peace Country
  • Dini is a very relaxed speaker who knows how to keep her audience attentive and relating to her.

    - Network of Volunteer Coordinators—Haldimand Norfolk

Summary Profile

Dini Petty is a Canadian icon, best known for her ten years as the charismatic host of her own talk show, Dini. Dini made aviation history — and her first indelible mark on the public’s consciousness — when, at age 22, she got her commercial helicopter pilot’s license and began broadcasting from a pink Hughes 300 helicopter for CKEY radio, logging some 5000 hours while doing traffic reports. Dini’s contribution to Canadian television has been recognized with six Can Pro Awards and four Gemini Nominations, for her talk show and documentary work.  She pulled no punches — her film Incest: Scandal in the Family, was just the second documentary ever done in Canada on the subject.  Having a Baby documented the pregnancy of Dini’s second child, Nick, from amniocentesis through delivery, a first of its kind.  She is also the recipient of the NATPE International IRIS Award and several others for her decades of charity work. Charity work has been a lifelong passion. As a teenager, Dini raised money going door-to-door for local charities and organized Christmas parties at shelters for children and youth. When TV gave her a public platform, she used it to startCoats for Kidswhile at CITY, a campaign still going today.  The Pregnancy Youth Linewas one of Dini’s early initiatives, where she worked with CHUM radio to run spots offering assistance to pregnant teenagers in need. For over two decades Dini has been involved with international aid.  A spokesperson for Amnesty International and Christian Children’s Fund, Dini hosted infomercials that began one of the organizations’ most successful campaigns ever in Canada.  For Amnesty International, that also included the USA.  Most recently Dini has traveled to Africa and the Far East, documenting Canadian doctors who work in developing countries. Dini has conducted between 15,000 and 20,000 interviews.  It’s that ability to connect with people that makes Dini such a powerful presenter. She speaks from the heart, with an insight into the human condition that few can claim.  She communicates authentically, insightfully and compassionately, always exhibiting great humour. In recent years Dini has turned her love of poetry into a best-selling children’s bookThe Queen, The Bear and the Bumblebee, which inspires children to “Be who you are, because there’s only one you.”  Over the last few years Dini has toured her one-woman showA Broad Viewto rave reviews.