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Candy Palmater

Broadcaster, Comedian & Activist

Candy is a recovered lawyer turned feminist comic who was raised by bikers in the wilds of northern New Brunswick. She is an activist, actor, writer, international speaker, and award-winning TV and radio personality, and has executive produced three films on Mi’kmaw culture. 

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Candy can speak on a variety of topics. The core of her presentation, however, always centres around her key message of kindness and self-acceptance. Through personal stories, from her very fascinating and unique life, that she relates to whatever audience she is in front of, she gently offers an alternate way of perceiving the world. From front line workers to heads of industry/government, she leaves individuals feeling empowered to make a difference that can help change the work place and the world.  People are generally surprised at how entertaining her talks are and at the fact that she makes audiences both laugh and cry within one key note address. She draws on her experiences as a lawyer and a professional comedian to strike the perfect balance between humour and a very serious message. Garnering standing ovations every time she takes to the podium, clients both in Canada and around the world, consistently refer to her  “the most powerful speaker they have ever heard.”

Topics Candy is particularly adept at speak to, include, but are not limited to: change, empowerment, motivation, education, queer rights, Indigenous rights and diversity.

Platform Plus

Host/MC

Candy Palmater is a dynamic one of a kind host and the only one you need for your next event. There is no event too small, or too large. From outdoor LIVE televised events to indoor private or Corporate events, Candy has hosted many events including Nova Scotia Music Week Award Gala, Canada Day outdoor musical event, Comedy festival nights, National LIVE TV shows and Recorded Award-winning TV Shows, plus a myriad of National/ International Radio shows, and has been a guest on many local and National Radio programs across the country.

Entertainer

Candy has traveled around Canada and USA for various Corporate events, Universities, Festivals and few public appearances. Candy is titled the "Thinking Person's Comic", her comedy is unique, funny and in her story telling way will have you thinking about an underlying message at the same time belly laughing with teary eyes. A well rounded, wonderful entertainer.

Online Video

Radio, Television, Magazines, Documentaries series on Candy and other Canadian events, Online Video campaign "Uncompromising Women" and much more. Candy is everywhere.

Awards

2016
Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law | Bertha Wilson Honor Society Inductee
Body Confidence Canada Award

2015
Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards | Best TV Program

2014
Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards | Best TV Program

2013
The Coast Magazine Best of Halifax Awards | Best Comedian

2011
The Coast Magazine Best of Halifax Awards | Best Comedian

2005
Nova Scotia Multicultural Education Committee | Honoree

1999
Dalhousie University Law School | The Eunice Beaton Memorial Award
Dalhousie University Law School | Class Valedictorian

  • Staff appreciated your humour and candour in a speech that was both moving and thought provoking. In particular, staff appreciated your message that the work of Canadian Heritage is very important to Atlantic society – and that we must always strive to do our work better. You may be pleased to know that 100% of staff who completed evaluation forms strongly agreed that you were a knowledgeable and engaging speaker. - Co-President, Steering Committee – Canadian Heritage
  • Thank you for helping Candy make it to the Okanagan. We all appreciated her story and more. We felt she left a part of herself here with us. She touched us all. Candy presented at our fall Professional Development Day for Teachers in the Central Okanagan on Teaching for Cultural Difference. Candy’s message was hysterical at times and crushing at others. We truly felt the importance of being an educator after listening to her. Fantastic day!!! Two thumbs up. 🙂

    - First Nation Cultural Adviser – Aboriginal Women’s Gathering Wisdom Project.
  • We were very pleased to have Candy speak to educators in the Upper Grand District School Board at this year’s Learning Fair to kick start the school year. Candy’s message about inclusion, equity and above all kindess as a tool we need to use consistently was very well received by all. Her unique blend of humour, personal anecdotes and sincerity left everyone reflecting their own work and approach to students and their families. Candy’s ability to leave her audience laughing, crying but above all thinking about their own practice was greatly appreciated. This is a message that would be appropriate for all educators to hear and there is no better way to hear it than through Candy’s story.

    - Superintendent of Education, Upper Grand District School Board

Summary Profile

Candy is a powerful speaker, with the ability to captivate the audience with both humour and solemn emotion. Her unique ability to deliver a powerful keynote speech is one of a kind. Candy wears many hats and is extremely talented in all elements she tackles. As a multi- faceted individual, she can adapt to all situations and spontaneous events. 

As a multi- faceted individual, she can adapt to all situations and spontaneous events.  Her quick wit, charm and intelligence has her in high-demand for events around the world.

Candy is the creator and star of her own national, multiple award-winning TV series, The Candy Show (APTN).  She has a role on the Trailer Park Boys S10 (NETFLIX), appeared in Call Me Fitz (HBO Canada) and Sex and Violence (OutTV), and received a Screen Nova Scotia nomination for her role on Forgive Me (Superchannel). She’s a Broadcaster with CBC Radio One where Candy has hosted: The Candy Palmater Show, Q, DNTO and appears on Because News and The Next Chapter. Candy has written and hosted many broadcasts including Ab Day Live, the Indspire Awards, and the imagineNATIVE Film Fest Awards Show.

Candy was valedictorian of her class at Dalhousie Law School and went on to practice Labour and Aboriginal law in a large corporate firm until show biz came knocking. Before pursuing entertainment full time, Candy directed First Nations education for the Nova Scotia Department of Education for a decade.  She is currently working on a Masters of Education at St. Francis Xavier University and has taught in the Transition Year program at Dalhousie University. Candy spends most of her time in airports and airplanes as she travels the globe speaking to audiences, large and small, about the power of love, kindness and self-acceptance.  Candy believes we are more alike than different and that you can NEVER have too much Candy.