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Clifford Nae'oleTourism + Hospitality + Cultural Advisor

Clifford Nae’ole has been a key force of energy and wisdom for the revival of the Hawaiian culture for more than thirty years. He has worked alongside Deepak Chopra, Tony Robin, participated in the Indigenous Advisory Committee to President Barak Obama, and spent quality time with his Holiness the Dalai Lama. His extraordinary ability to convey the sacredness of the Hawaiian culture, his determination to educate and to mentor has carved him a place of respect in the hospitality industry where he has won numerous accolades and recognitions including the Meeting Professional International (MPI) award.

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Colette BourgonjeTriumph + Perseverance + Inspiration

Colette Bourgonje’s story compels us to persevere. Her “Attitude is Everything” approach is why she was ranked one of the world’s foremost Paralympian’s. Nine time medalist in both summer and winter games, inductee into the Canadian Disability and Saskatoon Hall of Fame and winner of both Saskatoon and Saskatchewan’s Female Athlete of the Year, Colette’s career exemplifies that “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”

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Cort DogniezEducation + Culture + History

Cort Dogniez is an extraordinary Storyteller, captivating educator, and expert Presenter on the Numbered Treaties in Canada. He delivers thought provoking workshops and messages to audiences of all ages, engaging them to understand the perspectives of First Nation & Metis people, while helping them grasp the importance of treaties and how they relate to us all.

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Deanna BurgartDiversity + Education + Mentorship

Self-proclaimed ‘Indigeneer’, Deanna Burgart dedicates her career to combining Engineering principles and commitments with an Indigenous respect for Mother Earth, to find solutions to today's challenges.  She focuses on the power of integrating Indigenous worldviews, to assist both industry wants and the public needs.  Deanna is a highly sought after expert in uniting diverse communities, through understanding each other and identifying common goals.

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Ernie LouttitHonesty + Integrity + Leadership

Award winning Author of "Indian Ernie: Perspectives on Leadership and Policing" and "More Indian Ernie: Insights from the Streets", Louttit gives an honest and insightful look into his world. Ernie blows the lid off of taboo topics around policing, racism, and violence. Sharing his stories, some dark, and some humourous, with the goal of inspiring leadership in each and every one of us.

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Jack SaddlebackGender Equality + Education + Identity

Riveting, captivating, real, insightful, grounded, illuminated are just a few words to describe Jack Saddlebacks presentation of his life as a Cree Two-Spirited Champion. Jack’s life story embodies how one man’s spirit can help transform a community as well as individuals.  We all need his message of self awareness, identity and embracing our authentic self.  Jack Saddleback is a true gift to our society; he tears down the barriers that divide us all.

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Joel PedersenSuccessful + Powerful + Motivated

There is only one First Nations Chief Warrant Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, and Joel Pedersen is it. As most senior non-commissioned officer appointed by the Minister of National Defence and the Chief of Defence Staff, Joel Pedersen is the embodiment of what it takes to reach the top and never give up. Decorated soldier, Police Sergeant and Fitness Guru. Joel inspires audiences to do more than what is expected, to appreciate your strengths and limitations and to develop their leadership potential.

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Julie BullPassionate + Visionary + Change-Maker

Julie Bull’s presentations educate and inspire her audience with the message of reconciliation, health, leadership, and empowerment. Her wealth of expertise in the fields of Indigenous research, education, ethics, and indigenization, are part of the reason she is a highly sought-after speaker in Canada and around the world. Recipient of Canada’s most prestigious doctoral award, Julie Bull is an Award-Winning Indigenous Scholar with over 15 years’ experience in community-based research, involving Indigenous people.

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Keolu FoxGeneticist + Researcher + Surfer

Featured on the BBC, CBC, NPR, The Atlantic, Forbes, Wired and more, TED Fellow, Dr. Keolu Fox has garnered international attention, for his breakthrough idea that 'Genetics needs to be more Native'. With over 95% of genetic research and trials being conducting on only people of European descent, we are missing out. Our genetic ancestry plays a huge role in what diseases we get and what ones we don’t. Dr. Fox proves that genetic studies should include all demographics.

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Lori CampbellEducation + Two Spirit + Identity

After a 25 year search for her biological mother, Lori Campbell was faced with a new challenge, finding the six unknown siblings she discovered in her quest. Covered extensively by national media, Lori’s story echoes the journey of thousands Indigenous adults who were taken shortly after birth, in Canada's '60’s Scoop Era.' Lori’s incredible journey of self-discovery inspires her listeners while stimulating compassion and strengthening reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

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Madelaine McCallumResilience + Healing + Growth

Gracing the stage with her graceful, gentle and powerful presence, Madelaine takes her audience through an extraordinary journey of transformation and healing. Through dance and the spiritual teachings of her father, Madelaine has found a compelling way to share her culture. 

Madelaine’s life story is all about discovering “the Fire Within.”

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Michael EtheringtonKindness + Humour + Insight

Sought after at the local, regional, provincial and national levels, Michael Etherington has captivated audiences such as the United Nations, Canadian Government, Pan Am Games, and many other large corporate and educational venues.

Rooted in the Indigenous perspective, Michael focuses on relationship building, promoting awareness and cultivating sensitivity with the “Truth and Reconciliation” recommendations as his platform.

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Michael LinklaterHealthy Lifestyles + Youth Empowerment + Motivation

Ranked the #1 Basketball Player in North, South and Central America and #7 Player in the world for 3 on 3 in the International Basketball Federation, Michael Linklater has taken basketball to new heights.  But these achievements were not easy. Michael came from humble beginnings and had to rise above the many easy solutions and temptations, and really get to know the ‘Power of the Mind’.  Today Michael shares his inspiration with audiences of all ages helping them go beyond.

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Michelle YandleTeacher + Author + Entrepreneur + Health Ambassador

CEO & Founder of The Good Life Health company and author of Beyond the Bin and A Diet for 7 Generations, Michelle Yandle has helped countless women and men, achieve success on their health journey.  Featured in magazines such as Organic New Zealand and Fitness Journal NZ magazine, and Ambassador of Health and Wellness for a National food company, Michelle’s coveted expertise have led to numerous sold-out speaking engagements.

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Raven SinclairGender Equality + Education + Inclusion

One of Canada’s most sought after experts on the ‘60s Scoop’ era, director and executive producer of the Film ‘Truth to be Told’, Dr. Raven Sinclair uncovers the atrocious facts of this period in Canadian history.  Author of ‘Wicihitowin-Aboriginal Social Work in Canada’ Sinclair is experienced at creating effective and respectful methods of working with diverse populations specifically Indigenous peoples. A Two-Spirited Champion of George Gordon First Nation, Saskatchewan, Canada, Dr. Sinclair transforms misconceptions regarding diversity and identity.

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'K.A.S.P' Rob SawanMusician, Speaker, Storyteller

Award winning Hip Hop artist, KASP engages his audiences with stories, messages, and performances about the importance of culture, and knowing and respecting yourself. 2015 Nominee for West Coast Rap Album of the Year, he passionately shares his life story of growing up with addictions, foster care, and gangs. KASP is a cutting edge performer with the talent to perform with DMC from Run DMC and has the courage and honesty to share his heart and experiences with any audience.

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'Savvy' Savannah SimonMotivational + Entrepreneur + Visionary

Named one of Canadian Livings Top 40 Female Change Makers, Savvy Simon is a global Positivity Powerhouse.  Creator of the #SpeakMikmaq Revolution, and Youth Leader from Mi`kmaq tribe of Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick, Savvy`s positive approach to culture, language and life in general has generated a following in the tens of thousands.

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Shauneen PeteEducation + Inclusion + Leadership

Multiple award winner and nominee, including Global Citizen, YMCA Women of Distinction and Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, Dr. Shauneen Pete is a recognized authority on ‘Indigenization’, Transforming Education and Organizations to suit local cultures. Co-Producer of television show ‘The Four’ and RezX Magazine writer, Shauneen is a highly sought after First Nations storyteller and Presenter on Women’s Leadership.

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Susan AglukarkSinger + Songwriter + Inspirational Artist

Canadian Icon, three time Juno Award winner, Order of Canada recipient, and multiple Honorary Doctorate degree recipient, Dr. Susan Aglukark is a highly sought after motivational speaker.  Susan has preformed for HRH Queen Elizabeth, Jean Chrétien, Brian Mulroney, Nelson Mandela, Billy Graham, and The Countess Of Wessex.  Her award winning and chart topping music created out of her passionate appeal to the heart of humanity is why Susan created held a number one song in Canada and a top forty hit in North America.

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Wayne D. Garnons-WilliamsLegal + Environment + Storyteller

From the Court room to the theatre, Wayne Garnons-Williams engages his audience to see another perspective.  Specializing in Aboriginal and Environmental issues, Wayne is an expert in Corporate, Commercial and Trade Law.  With experience from Corporate, government and Indigenous worlds Wayne brings a wealth of insight and depth of knowledge to his audience.  Wayne takes complex historical and legal problems and transforms them into future possibilities for all.

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'Zoey' Zondra RoySocial Entrepreneurism + Inspiration

Energetic, passionate, driven, and an award winning social entrepreneur, Zondra (Zoey) Roy thrills audiences with her stories, experiences, and insights in her personal journey of bringing change to our world.  Zoey has changed the world with “Rock the Vote” 2011 and has been recognized for her incredible efforts to bring social change. She also performs and inspires with spoken word poetry and hip hop.

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