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Youth Champions

Dallas SooniasAthlete + Inspirational Keynote

Role Model, International Volleyball Star and Proud Aboriginal Canadian, Dallas Soonias means it when he says ‘Never Stop Reaching for New Heights’.  Never taking life too seriously yet Dallas puts everything he has into what he does. This is all part of what Dallas passes on when helping youth realize their unlimited potential.  Dallas’s fearless comic approach to life and sport keeps his audience on their toes and smiling. 

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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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Jaris SwidrovichPharmacist + Health Care + Educator

Named one of CBC Saskatchewan’s "Future 40", Dr. Jaris Swidrovich is Canada's first self-identified First Nations Doctor of Pharmacy. As President of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, and member of numerous other boards Swidrovich brings his successful multiversity experience of bridging organizational needs with Health Care mandates. Passionate about health, education, and how Indigenous and marginalized people are impacted at local, provincial, national, and international levels, Dr. Swidrovich delivers powerful presentations illustrating how we can all be part of the cure and partake in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action.

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Jorgina SunnSinger + Songwriter + Motivational Speaker

Jorgina Sunn has won the hearts of many through her authentic story of rising from the bottom and finding light in the darkness. Having lived a hard life on the streets with drugs and gangs to becoming an Aboriginal Order of Canada recipient and a Canada's Everyday Political Citizen Award runner up, Jorgina Sunn knows this road less travelled.

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Joseph WabegijigEnvironment + Engineering + Collaboration

What if together Industry and Indigenous communities could create a safer, natural, and more effective means to reclamate land?

Joseph Wabegijig has experience doing just that! As Vice-President of the Aboriginal Environmental Leadership Circle (AELC) and the Indigenous Projects Advisor for Hatch, one of the world’s largest Engineering firms, Joseph shares with you his expertise from working on major projects all over the world. Joseph’s knowledge and experience of solving complex environmental and engineering problems, is matched by his passion and ability to strengthen relationships between Aboriginal people, government, and industry.

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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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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 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 ThrushCaring + Creative + Inspiring

Gemini Award winning Actress, and multi-award nominee, including Best Lead Actress and Best Actress in a TV series, powerhouse celebrity Michelle Thrush knows what it takes to light up a stage. Wit, humour, passion, and creativity are just a few of Michelle’s attributes, outside of celebrity, that draw her to stages world-wide. Whether she is speaking from her heart, hosting galas, or breaking down the barriers of stereotypes, Michelle engages, captivates, and moves audiences to feel and see her unique vision of life.

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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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'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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