Canadian Special Events Live! Throwback feature with leadership, creativity & vision speakers

Canadian Special Events Live takes place March 29-31 in Toronto. The conference and expo are focused on the creative solutions side of the meetings and event industry. CSE Live! features a collection of events, education and showcases designed to inspire successful events. To mark the occasion, we’re looking back at last year’s event which was launched in tandem with the Ignite! Business Events Expo, where four great speakers helped make the event one to remember: NSB-Divider Kelsey-Ramsden-Sign Kelsey RamsdenKelsey-ramsden-Barefoot-Ignite started the morning off right by kicking off her shoes and getting in her barefoot boardroom mindset.

“What if risk is opportunity with a bad name tag attached to it?”

Kelsey shared her candid perspective on entrepreneurship, business, lifestyle and leadership. She brought to life her broad experience as an entrepreneur and delivered compelling truths about her ‘underdog makes good’ story, including:
  • The importance of embracing adaptation
  • Understanding what your process is
  • There is not a predetermined map to show you the way. Use your own compass
  Learn more about Kelsey on her NSB Speaker profile.   NSB-Divider   Tod-Maffin-Sign Tod-Maffin-IgniteDigital Marketing Expert & President of engageQ Digital, Tod Maffin provided meeting planners with some key tips and tools to help their business and drive attendance and engagement. His great personality along with his excellent sense of humour quickly created a familiar rapport with the morning audience. Here are some of the amazing tools Tod highlighted in his keynote:
  • Zopim; a live chat tool that helped Tod’s company by directly affecting 28% of total sales.
  • Perfect Audience; a tool to help you retarget lost visitors everywhere from one simple dashboard.
  • Boomerang’s ability to help improve your productivity by sending you a follow-up reminder at a later point in time.
  • RescueTime; a background tool to track your time spent on specific actions, giving you a precise picture of your day’s productivity.
Learn more about Tod on his NSB Speaker profile.   NSB-Divider   Raine-Maida-Sign Raine-IgniteWrapping up the morning sessions, Musician & Social Activist Raine Maida offered the audience a new way of looking at creativity. Sharing personal stories and anecdotes from his creative journey, he encouraged the audience to get the full experience in life by embracing their inner creativity:
  • From an early age, we’re conditioned to suppress our creativity
  • Creativity happens on many levels
  • You have to lose the fear of being wrong
As a special treat for the Marquee Speaker audience, Raine brought along some of his tools of the trade and delivered an intimate performance of a crowd favourite:

Live performance from @raineanthonymaida for the #ibe2015 Marquee Theatre audience.

A video posted by National Speakers Bureau (@nsbspeakers) on

NSB-Divider     Maestro Wes Williams delivered his inspirational ‘Stick to Your Vision’ presentation. His practical and empowering strategies to helped motivate the audience get to where they want in life. Wes-Williams-highres He also acted as host of the Canadian Special Events Star Awards and brought some of his trademark vocals to the show:


NSB-Divider Have a great day at Canadian Special Events Live! Learn more about these speakers and how their insights can help your organization achieve success by contacting us.