NSB Engage Speaker Talks Toronto 2018

October 1, 2018

Event Professionals: Join Us In Toronto!
For NSB’s Annual Engage Speaker Talks Showcase
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond St. West, Toronto, ON
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

What is Engage?

Toronto is the last stop on our annual speaker showcase event series
Engage – is an exclusive & complimentary event for Meeting & Event Professionals.
We’re inviting you to take full advantage of this opportunity to
LEARN, CONNECT and BE INSPIRED by some of our most requested expert speakers. This event will be filled with energized keynotes from multiple speakers over the course of one morning.

We’d love to have you join us – attendance is free for event professionals.

2018 Engage Toronto Speakers

You don’t want to miss this star-studded lineup!


//Douglas Coupland// [JUST ANNOUNCED!]
Artist, Author & Innovator
Douglas Coupland is a novelist, visual artist and designer, who became the voice of a generation with his novel Generation X. He now shares his globally respected perspectives on life, art, and technology through his works of blended media. Douglas is widely viewed as one of the ‘most original commentators on mass culture of the late 20th and the 21st century.’ He recently completed two years as an artist in residence with the Google Cultural Institute in Paris.

Engage Toronto Presentation | Coupland on Creativity
One of the world’s most acclaimed creative minds, Coupland’s work spans visual art, design, screenplays, and literature. Using examples from some of his previous, award-winning endeavors, Coupland will explore his unique approach for gathering inspiration, nurturing ideas, and developing artistic consistency, focus, and execution. Audiences will leave this presentation more in-tune with their creative voice and equipped with a framework to help boost creative output.



// David Allison //
Consumer Behavior Expert & Valuegraphics Data Pioneer
David’s pioneering Valuegraphics research changes the way you see the world, and uses big data to prove the most effective methods for motivating your audience and stakeholder groups. He can use this proprietary database to create a Custom Valuegraphics Profile for a target audience your organization or industry would like to influence more effectively. The results are up to eight times more accurate than traditional demographic targeting.


Engage Toronto Presentation | How to Activate ANY Audience in a Post-Demographic World
Drawing from his brand new book, We Are All The Same Age Now, David explains his innovative new research around Valuegraphics – the new science using big data to detect what your audience really wants, and the messages that will motivate them most. Our audience will learn how to be far more influential at activating the audiences they need to reach.


Ryan McMahon | Digital Media Maker & Community Activato

// Ryan McMahon //
Digital Media Maker & Community Activator
Ryan is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker & community activator based out of Treaty #1 territory (Winnipeg, MB). As the CEO of  Makoons Media Group, Ryan brings indigenous stories to light through conversations, research & investigation. He provides audiences with an in-depth, challenging analysis of the indigenous experience & the reconciliation movement. 

Engage Toronto Presentation | Two Moccasins, Two Worlds

A highly personal keynote, Ryan shares his story of failure & triumph and charts his path to becoming the first Indigenous comedian to ever record a full mainstream comedy special with CBC TV. At times, heartbreaking, at times hilarious, Ryan’s honest take on the intergenerational effects of residential school on him and his family, his (re)connection to culture & ceremony and the balance it takes to live in today’s contemporary context is all covered in this forward-looking & challenging keynote presentation.


// Farrah Khan //
Consent Culture Educator and Activist
At the 2018 G7 Summit, as co-chair of the Gender-Equity Committee, Farrah spoke on behalf of the council in the room with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Donald Trump, Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders. Farrah helps organizations recognize the need for gender equality, consent culture and address harassment, gender-based violence, bystander intervention, trauma and disclosures.

Engage Toronto Presentation | Cultivating Consent Culture in the Workplace
There is an unprecedented conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace happening now in North America. Drawing from two decades of experience as an educator, counsellor and policy advisor, Farrah will share tangible ways to prevent and address harm in the workplace. Attendees will leave equipped with meaningful skills to recognize the signs of workplace violence and harassment, respond effectively to disclosure and how to refer to appropriate resources.

// André Picard //
Award-Winning National Health Writer
André is one of Canada’s top health and public policy observers and commentators. He is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail and awarded a National Newspaper Award as Canada’s top newspaper columnist. André addresses what’s happening in our healthcare system: Where does our system stand? What are the challenges and opportunities to improve the effectiveness of services? One of North America’s foremost thinkers shares his insights and vision.

Engage Toronto Presentation | Critical Care: What’s Happening in our Health Care System 
Where does our healthcare system stand? What are the challenges and opportunities to improve the coordination and effectiveness of services across the nation? How do we re-orient our attention and investments to build a true “health system” rather than the current illness-treatment system? What is the special role and opportunity for community-based agencies, including Community Health Centres? This discussion will look at cross-disciplinary approaches to health care and draw on best practices.

// Jill Hewlett //
Brain Fitness Expert & Wellness Authority 
Jill, a recognized Brain Fitness Expert and Wellness Authority, combines neurology and physiology to turn her audience members into “neuroplasticians” – so they can optimize their brain at every age. She equips her audiences with simple, quick and effective tools to recognize signs of stress and initiate a shift into a more balanced mindset to thrive in all situations. 

Engage Toronto Presentation | Change Your Brain; Change Your Results! Stress Resilience And Change Management
The only thing constant in life is change. Add to this the fact that daily life stressors are not going to vanish anytime soon…how can a person cope, let alone thrive? It’s possible; YOU CAN outsmart common workplace and daily life challenges and issues by creating your own Fit Brain! Jill provides practical insights on neuroscience and how it can complement and remedy our fast-paced lives and support us in managing change more effectively.


Event Host // Andrea Bain //
Television Host & Podcaster 
Andrea is an author, podcaster and on-air personality. Most recently she was one of the hosts of the national lifestyle program The Goods on CBC. Her charismatic, adventurous, down-to-earth personality energizes audiences on-screen and in person.



What is an Engage Event Like?

Want to get a feel for what our Engage events are all about? Check out some highlights from our previous Engage Speaker Talks in Toronto:

Engage Speaker Talks is made possible with the help of our valued event partners: