NSB at COCA National Conference 2016

The 2016 COCA National Conference kicks off this week in Ottawa. COCA is a place for schools, businesses, and artists to work together towards quality campus entertainment and social networking. The annual National Conference serves as an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, participate in professional development through their education program, and conduct business with associate members and artists who have been selected to showcase during the conference. This year we are highlighting a fresh lineup of campus speakers: NSB-Divider Ian-Keteku-for-web-3-2-1-600x400

Ian Keteku | World Champion Spoken Word Poet & MC

Top Youth & Campus Presentations
Speaking of Student Life Through his unique style of Spoken Word, MC/Battle Rap, and Comedy, Ian explores issues affecting our generation including sexuality, gender, race, mental health and Beyonce! The Power of Words: Student Leadership This presentation inspires individual students and groups to engage with the larger student body more effectively – using the power of their voice to become the assertive, engaging and charismatic leaders people look up to.


Talli Osborne | Punk Rock Optimist Inspiring Change from Within

Top Youth & Campus Presentations
Differences are Beautiful Inspiring audiences to rethink standards of beauty, Talli shares her personal struggles with perceptions of self and her journey to embracing the differences. Mental Wellness Talli knows firsthand how those who are different can be made to feel ostracized or discriminated against. She shares advice on developing confidence and encouraging others to stand up against bullies.


George Stroumboulopoulos | Award-Winning Broadcast Personality & Host of Hockey Night in Canada

COCA’s Lecture Award Winner: 2013, 2006 & 2005
Top Youth & Campus Presentations
The World according to George Returning to campus speaking events, George sits down for a Q&A/In-Conversation on the hot-button issues of the day. His fresh, thought-provoking style fuses big ideas, with art, pop culture, politics, news, sports, and celebrity. Pursue Your Passion In this Q&A/In-Conversation, George sits down for an intimate discussion on careers. He shares the highs and lows of his personal career along with some insights he’s gathered interviewing individuals who have reached the top of their chosen field.


Kim Katrin Milan | Co-Founder of The People Project & Activist for Justice and Inclusion

Top Youth & Campus Presentations
Change the Culture: Consent & Sexual Conduct Through discussions on boundaries, personal autonomy, relationships, social media, substance use, social pressure, and sexual health, Kim engages students in exploring a range of questions around these issues. Layers not Fractions: Mental Health & Identity With a focus on student life, Kim explores how intersections of race, sexual orientation, and gender impact mental wellness.


Dalton Higgins | Canada’s Foremost Expert on Hip Hop Culture

Top Youth & Campus Presentations
Applying Hip Hop to Your Daily Life on Campus Dalton puts a hip-hop lens on campus life while highlighting his experience with Drake, K’naan, k-os, Kardinal Offishall, Jazz Cartier, and more. Black History, Culture, Music & Art Dalton uses his unique brand of pop culture commentary to highlight the impact of Black History on our future and deliver key points on diversity, cultural appropriation, technology, allyship, activism and more.   NSB-Divider This Year, COCA Talks Lecture showcase takes place June 8th at the Algonquin Commons Theatre and will feature:

Sean-McCann-HiRes5-1100x400Séan McCann | Addiction Survivor & Founding Member of Great Big Sea

Séan offers a powerful story of surviving abuse, becoming sober, leaving the band and trying to make a difference in the world. Today his mantra is ‘Help Your Self’, breaking the silence on his past addiction, abuse and using music to change his life for the better. Séan is passionate about the healing power of music and how it can help us find balance and meaning in our lives. NSB-Divider   If you’re in Ottawa for the event stop our NSB booth to get more information on these & many more new programming options we have available. Joining us at our booth will be COCA 2015 Lecture Award winner:

Nova Browning Rutherford | Personal Development Coach Transforming Past Pain into Progress

      Representing NSB at this year’s conference: Lynne-Dubuc-2-150x150    

Lynne Dubuc| Agent,  Youth & Campus


Andrea Lozynsky | Meetings & Event Specialist


They look forward to meeting you there!  Feel free to reach out to either directly post-event at [email protected] for information on these speakers and more for your next campus event.