Nowhere else will you find such an eclectic mix of deep, intelligent and fascinating people pouring their hearts out on stage. Ten accomplished people have ten minutes each to take you on a journey that will leave you wanting more. Sometimes shocking, always uplifting and never disappointing, these speakers will push you toward a new and exciting way of thinking, living and believing. Prepare to laugh like never before, be entertained by the best and take a ride into the future.
One evening of inspiration for you provides 500 kids inspiration for a lifetime! Raising money for Future Possibilities for Kids. Another Stuart Knight Productions event that will help you boycott what you thought.
Other speakers include…
Past Speakers Include…
Legendary Radio Commentator
Oscar Nominated Screen Writer and Director
Senator, Best Selling Author & Humanitarian
Dragon’s Den and Risky Business
Celebrated Canadian Television Host
Founder of Yuk Yuk’s
Juno Award Winner
World Renowned Comedian
Lead Singer of Blue Rodeo
Bollywood Star & TV Host
Director of Toronto International Film Festival
Gemini Award Winning Comedian
Storm Chaser, Host - Angry Planet
Best Selling Novelist
Juno Award Winning Singer
Host - Love It Or List It
Board of Directors.
Founder and Host of Top Ten Event
Stuart Knight is an award winning entrepreneur, critically acclaimed author, and hit producer. He has written, produced and starred in live presentations that have been seen by over one million people and each year speaks internationally helping some of the world’s biggest companies reach new levels of success. He is also the author of two profound books, You Should Have Asked – The Art of Powerful Conversation and The Madness of My Mind and writes a weekly blog that has over ten thousand followers. A few years ago, Stuart was challenged to come up with a cool idea that could raise money for local charities and it was then that he dreamed up the Top Ten Event. After its debut success, Stuart decided that he wanted this event to become more than just an entertaining night of inspiration, but rather a movement that truly made the world a better place. He invites you to join him in helping others boycott what they thought so that we can all embrace the future we deserve.
Learn more about Stuart at www.stuartknight.com
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Jane Fonda was born in New York City in 1937, the daughter of Henry Fonda and Frances Seymour Fonda. She attended the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, and Vassar College. In her early twenties, Fonda studied with renowned acting coach Lee Strasberg and became a member of the Actors Studio in New York.
Fonda, is a two- time Academy Award® winner (Best Actress in 1971 for Klute and in 1978 for Coming Home), a three-time Golden Globe® winner, and was the 2014 recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award. Along with starring roles in dozens of highly acclaimed productions, Fonda also took on responsibilities as a film and television producer. Her credits include Coming Home, The China Syndrome, Nine to Five, Rollover, On Golden Pond, The Morning After and The Dollmaker.
In 2007 Fonda received an Honorary Palme d’Or from the Cannes Film Festival, one of only three people ever to be granted this honor until then. In 2009 she received a Tony Award nomination for her role in Moisés Kaufman’s 33 Variations, on Broadway.
Fonda revolutionized the fitness industry with the release of Jane Fonda’s Workout in 1982. She followed with the production of 23 home exercise videos, 13 audio recordings, and seven bestselling books – selling 17 million copies all together. The original Jane Fonda’s Workout video remains the top grossing home video of all time.
In 2011, Fonda appeared in Et Si On Vivait Tous Ensemble, a French comedy, followed by Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, co-starring Catherine Keener. She appeared as Nancy Reagan in Lee Daniels’s The Butler in 2013, and with Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell in Better Living Through Chemistry. In 2014, she starred in director Shawn Levy’s This is Where I Leave You, with Tina Fey and Jason Bateman.
For three seasons Fonda appeared as media mogul Leona Lansing in an Emmy nominated performance in Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, on HBO. Most recently, she appeared in Youth, written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino (director and co-writer of Italy's Academy Award® winning Best Foreign Language Film The Great Beauty). She received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance.
Fonda also stars in Netflix’s hit series, Grace and Frankie, which premiered its third season in March 2017.
Bassem Youssef, dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, was the host of popular TV show AlBernameg - which was the first of its kind political satire show in the Middle East. Originally a 5-minute show on YouTube, AlBernameg became the first online to TV conversion in the Middle East and the most watched show across the region with 30 million viewers every week.
AlBernameg received wide acclaim around the world with coverage in some of the biggest media outlets, topping it off with Youssef’s appearance on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart twice in June 2012 and April 2013. In June 2013, Youssef hosted Jon Stewart on AlBernameg in Cairo marking the second season’s peak.
Throughout its three seasons AlBernameg remained controversial through its humorous yet bold criticism of the ruling powers, which led to tens of lawsuits being filed against the show and its host. Youssef was even issued an arrest warrant in March 2013 and turned himself in the next day where he was questioned for five hours and released on bail. In recognition of his success, Youssef was named among the Time Magazine most influential list for 2013 - under the “Pioneers” category, was awarded the International Press Freedom Award by the CPJ, and was chosen by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the global thinkers during the same year.
During its third season, the show achieved unprecedented weekly viewership ratings for 11 consecutive weeks. In June 2014, and after a six-week break, AlBernameg team held a press conference where Youssef announced the termination of the show due to overwhelming pressures on both the show and the airing channel.
In the spring of 2015 Youssef served as a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F Kennedy School of Government for one semester. During his stay in the US he appeared twice as a Senior Middle East Correspondent on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, commenting on the recent political situation in the region. In 2015 he hosted the International Emmy Awards gala of 2015, as well as the 49th Carthage Film Festival in Tunis. Youssef is also currently hosting a digital series titled “The Democracy Handbook” for Fusion Network, namely on its new digital platform F-Comedy. He is also the star of an internationally renowned documentary titled “Tickling Giants” featuring Youssef’s story with AlBernameg. Youssef has recently released a book about his experience “Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring” where he gives a different perspective and insights on the Egyptian political scene through the Arab spring and after.
Youssef majored in cardiothoracic surgery, passed the United States Medical License Exam (USMLE) and is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS).
What does the future hold for Canada? Are our institutions and economy at odds with rapid technological and cultural change? Are we keeping up? From business to government to media, disruption is here. Technology and media expert Jesse Brown explains the challenging shifts ahead, and how to stay on top of them.
Jesse Brown runs Canadaland, the crowd-funded news site that has disrupted the way the Canadian media works. Its companion book is a #1 Globe and Mail bestseller, and the companion podcast is the #1 podcast in the country. At Canadaland, Jesse pioneered a new business model for news while uncovering scandals at the CBC, The Globe and Mail, and in government.
Jesse launched his career at CBC Radio, creating and hosting two national programs. He has contributed to such publications as The Guardian, The Toronto Star, Slate, Business Insider, and Vice, and his commentary has been broadcast on the BBC and on NPR. He has won the National Magazine Award for Humour and the Hillman Prize for Investigative Reporting.
Jesse is also a co-founder of Bitstrips, makers of Bitmoji, a cartooning app acquired by Snapchat and used by millions.
Jesse Wente is Director of Film Programmes at TIFF Bell Lightbox You will also know him from his voice on CBC radio’s Metro Morning, focusing on pop culture, film reviews and current events.
Jesse was the first nationally syndicated Indigenous columnist for the CBC, covering film and pop culture for 20 local CBC Radio programs. He has also been a regular guest on CBC Newsworld’s News Morning and Weekend Edition, as well as q.
Jesse is Ojibwe, his family comes from Chicago and the Serpent River First Nation in Ontario. He is an advocate for Aboriginal Arts, notably stressing the need for a culture to have influence on their own depiction.
At TIFF Bell Lightbox, Jesse oversees New Releases, series and TIFF Cinematheque programming and scheduling. His first major curatorial project at TIFF Bell Lightbox was the landmark film programme First Peoples Cinema: 1500 Nations, One Tradition and its accompanying gallery exhibition, Home on Native Land. He’s responsible for the reunion of the cast and crew of the legendary Animal House movie onstage via TOGA! The Reinvention of American Comedy. He also co-organized the Canadian premiere of the immensely popular Stanley Kubrick travelling exhibition.
Appointed to the Canada Council for the Arts in 2017, Jesse has served as president of Native Earth Performing Arts, Canada’s oldest Indigenous Performing Arts Company for a decade.
No stranger to television audiences, Mary Walsh may be best known for her work on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, CBC’s wildly popular take on current affairs. The series, which she also created, earned her many of her numerous Gemini awards and showcased her dynamic range of characters, including the flagrantly outspoken ‘Marg Delahunty’.
Walsh wrote, produced and starred in the Gemini award winning Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, which is set to return to CBC in 2017 as a feature length presentation called Christmas Fury, with Walsh and the original cast reprising their roles. She has also been nominated for two Genies for her performances in feature films Crackie (Official selection at TIFF) and New Waterford Girl.
Outside of the film, TV and theatre world, Mary is an outspoken advocate for mental health and addiction awareness. Among the many charities and organizations she supports are the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health in Ottawa, the CNIB, St. Joseph’s Hospital and CAMH.
Among her many awards and doctorates, Mary is also the recipient of the Order of Canada and the Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award in the Performing Arts.
Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt
Oprah Magazine featured 'Raw Beauty' Unstoppable Tracy during her latest adventure as Quest for the Gold Athlete who competed in World Cup Olympic Class Sailing! Most recently seen on 'A Voice for All' and was Thrive’s magazine cover girl. Unstoppable Tracy, has climbed mountains in Nepal, captained 110-foot-tall ship in the Eastern Atlantic, won a bronze medal in para-alpine skiing trial and she's funny too.
Unstoppable Tracy is an award winning Leader, Humanitarian, Advocate, Decorated Athlete, International Speaker delivering the Lim[b]itless Secret. Now she adds author to her long list of amazing accomplishments. Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul endorsed her upcoming book ‘Unstoppable YOU; Exceed Uncertainty, Embrace Possibilities, Earn Independence’.
Tracy doesn't just talk high performance in business...she lives it. As Corporate Consultant while at Air Canada (AC) and Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) she worked simultaneously with management and unions over the competing demands of airline bankruptcy looming and pharmaceutical reform to facilitating restructuring plans that enabled AC and SDM to maintain their high standards providing numerous award winning training programs. When Tracy didn't get Rio, she was sought after for the Planning and Integration of the Pan Am and Parapan Am games in which she supported the largest most successful games ever.
Let Unstoppable Tracy transform an Unstoppable YOU in business and in life!
Sook Yin Lee
Sook-Yin Lee is a filmmaker, musician, actor, visual artist, choreographer and radio & TV broadcaster. The former MuchMusic VJ hosted and co-produced the Gabriel Award-Winning personal storytelling program DNTO on CBC Radio One and returned to the national broadcaster with the critically-acclaimed podcast, Sleepover. She starred in the groundbreaking movie, Shortbus, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, earning her the 2007 Best Supporting Actress award from the International Cinephile Society. In 2014, she won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance as Olivia Chow in the CBC movie Jack Layton bio-pic Jack. Year of the Carnivore marked Sook-Yin Lee’s feature debut as a writer-director. Her upcoming movie, Octavio is Dead! a supernatural ghost story, stars Sarah Gadon, Raoul Trujillo, and Rosanna Arquette.
Charles Officer’s filmmaking career began with a slate of award-winning short films that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival. His debut feature Nurse.Fighter.Boy premiered at TIFF ’08 and garnered 10 Genie Nominations. His feature documentary debut, Mighty Jerome, won four 2011 Leo Awards and a 2012 Emmy Award for Best Historical Documentary. In 2012 Officer directed Stone Thrower: The Chuck Ealey Story which aired on TSN for the CFL’s 100th Anniversary. His TV-documentary, The Skin We’re In, premiered on CBC this March and he has recently completed directing a variety of episodic television, including Private Eyes and the CBC series 21 Thunder. His feature documentary Unarmed Verses premiered to major acclaim at Hot Docs 2017 and won the Best Canadian Feature Award. He is currently in production on Invisible Essence: Le Petit Prince, a cinematic meditation on Saint-Exupéry’s inspirational novella, and is in development on a feature drama, Akilla’s Escape, and a television mini-series adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s novel Son of a Smaller Hero.
A witty, articulate and mesmerizing speaker, singer/songwriter Steven Page is probably best known as a founding member of The Barenaked Ladies with whom he toured the globe and sold millions of albums. On his own, Steven continues his artistic evolution with a diverse array of solo projects. To that end, he has composed six Stratford Festival scores, collaborated and toured with Toronto’s innovative Art of Time ensemble and journeyed across North America as host of TV’s The Illegal Eater while continuing to write, release and perform his original music. In December 2016, Steven Page became a Chopped Canada Champion on a special celebrity edition of the show. Steven’s latest opus, Heal Thyself, Pt. I: Instinct, was released last year.
In 2011 – as a guest host on a CBC’s “The Current” Steven acknowledged his own struggles with depression. The response to Steven’s intelligent, honest and candid approach to the subject matter was overwhelmingly positive and since then, Steven has been in demand as a speaker on a variety of topics including mental health, literacy, food and wine and his life in the arts.
Specializing in love, sex & conflict resolution, Annie has created a suite of practical tools to resolve toxic patterns, increase romantic esteem, defuse conflict, assuage shame, blame & cultivate deep relationships that last a lifetime.
Annie has developed her signature method: ‘The Art of Fighting’. She sees transcending conflict as a crucial path towards developing intimacy.
All her studies in biology, philosophy, Buddhism, evolutionary psychology & NLP converge in her unique Love Coaching practice where she helps individuals build extraordinary connections that maximize freedom & minimize shame.
Born and raised in Canada, Mubin Shaikh grew up with two conflicting and competing cultures. At the age of 19, he went to India and Pakistan where he had a chance encounter with the Taliban before their takeover of Afghanistan in 1995. Mubin became fully radicalized as a supporter of the global Jihadist culture, recruiting others but the 9/11 attacks forced to him reconsider his views. He spent 2 years in Syria, continuing his study of Arabic and Islamic Studies and went through a period of full deradicalization.
Returning to Canada in 2004, he was recruited by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and worked several CLASSIFIED infiltration operations on the internet in chat-protected forums and on the ground with human networks. In late 2005, one of those intelligence files moved to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) for investigation. The "Toronto 18" terrorism case resulted in the conviction of 11 aspiring violent extremists after Mubin testified over 4 years in 5 legal hearings at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
Mubin has since obtained a Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (MPICT) and is a PhD candidate in Psychological Sciences studying radicalization, deradicalization and violent extremism at the University of Liverpool, Tactical Decision Making Research Group. Mr. Shaikh is considered a SME (Subject Matter Expert) in radicalization, violent extremism and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) to the United Nations Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate, NATO, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), U.S. DOD Strategic Multilayer Assessment (SMA) Team, U.S. Central Command - Special Operations Command & Air Force Special Operations Command (as an SME on ISIS), FBI and many others. He has appeared on multiple U.S., British and Canadian media outlets as a commentator and is extensively involved with the ISIS social media and Foreign Fighter (including Returnees and rehabilitation) file. He is also co-author of the acclaimed book, Undercover Jihadi.