Beloved comedian Jessica Holmes has been a perennial favourite on Royal Canadian Air Farce for 15 years, and has brought the house down opening for giants such as Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey. Her hilarious take on life’s challenges as well as her unique knack for skewering celebrities (including Nikki Minaj and Celine Dion) have audiences in stitches. Her customized emcee and entertainment presentations — which include motivation and wellness — are always a hit.
Behind the laughter though, Jessica — like millions of Canadians — has struggled both with post-partum depression and, as she puts it, “regular, run-of-the-mill, garden-variety depression”. Hoping to help end the stigma around mental health issues, she openly shares her personal stories with the humor she’s known for, bringing light — and laugh-out-loud laughter — to what can often be a dark topic. Jessica’s funny and inspiring new book, Depression The Comedy: A Tale of Perseverance was published in May, and takes readers deeper into her mental health journey with validation and warmth.
As a performer, Jessica’s productions have garnered her a “Platinum Award” at The Worldfest International Film Festival, and nominations for Gemini Awards and the prestigious Tim Sims Scholarship. She stars in her own program, The Holmes Show, and has also starred in the films Welcome to Mooseport, Citizen Duane, and Moonpoint. She recently appeared in the pilot for The Communist’s Daughter, which won the JFL ComedyPro competition this summer, and continues to perform comedy across the country.
Known as the “teamwork doctor,” Liane Davey knows how to create high performing teams. Having worked with businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, from across the globe helping teams from the frontlines to the boardroom, she has developed a unique perspective on the challenges that teams face — and how to solve them. Her mission is to transform the way people communicate, connect, and contribute, and, using her expertise in strategy and group dynamics, she delivers the perfect combination of education and entertainment that leaders and teams need to make an immediate impact on their organizations.
New York Times bestselling author of You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done, Liane has worked with a variety of renowned businesses including Amazon, Walmart, TD Bank, RBC, Bayer, KPMG, Aviva, Maple Leaf Foods, and SONY Interactive Entertainment.
She is also a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and is sought after by media outlets, including CNN, NPR, USA Today, The Globe & Mail, and Forbes, for her expertise on increasing productivity, enhancing engagement, developing leaders, and as one client put it, “dealing with the damn drama!”
Liane has a PhD in Organizational Psychology from the University of Waterloo. She is also passionate advocate for mental health and currently sits on the Board of Governors for the Psychology Foundation of Canada.
For generations, marketing has been hypocritical. We’ve been taught to market to others in ways we hate being marketed to—why do we still keep trying the same stale marketing moves? Scott Stratten—who has over 185,000 people follow his daily rantings on Twitter and who was named one of the “Top Five Social Media Influencers in the World” on Forbes.com—is an “unmarketer” and an expert in viral, social, and authentic marketing. Using real life, practical examples, along with a good dose of humour, he shows audiences how to “unlearn” the old ways and consistently attract, engage, and hold on to the right customers.
Formerly a music industry marketer, national sales training manager, and a professor at the Sheridan College School of Business, Stratten ran his “UnAgency” for a nearly a decade before solely focusing on speaking at events for companies like Walmart, PepsiCo, Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, Cirque du Soleil and Saks Fifth Avenue when they need help guiding their way through the landscape of business disruption.
He has written five bestselling business books. His latest title is UnBranding: 100 Branding Lessons for the Age of Disruption. His book UnSelling: The New Customer Experience, was named “Sales Book of the Year” by 1-800 CEOREAD.
Stratten has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, USA Today, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNN.com, Inc.com and Fast Company, among many other media outlets.
In 2008, Amanda Lindhout travelled to Somalia — a country often called “the most dangerous place on earth”. Abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road, Amanda was held hostage for 460 days, and survived on her strategy, fortitude, and hope in the face of unimaginable adversity. Her unique experiences lend to important issues such as women’s rights, resilience, politics, and counter-terrorism. Her tale of survival builds suspense and momentum to reveal life changing insights into mind conditioning, including actionable takeaways about reframing stories of pain into power.
A bestselling author, Amanda’s multiple-award-winning memoir of her experience in Somalia, A House in the Sky, has been on The Globe and Mail’s “Top Ten Bestsellers” list since its release in 2013. The book is now being developed into a Hollywood motion picture by heavyweight production company Annapurna Pictures (Zero Dark Thirty, Her, American Hustle, Joy, Foxcatcher) with two-times Oscar-nominated actress Rooney Mara playing the role of Amanda.
Amanda is a sought after, internationally renowned speaker who is trusted by big brands to deliver a life-changing, transformational keynote experience. She has presented to audiences of all sizes — from Richard Branson’s living room to an arena of 20,000 — and she always creates intimacy with the women and men in the room through her emotional, powerful storytelling.
She also regularly appears in the media, having been featured in Vogue, New York Times magazine, Dateline, The Today Show, Morning Joe and Anderson Cooper among others.
For over twenty years, Max Valiquette has been at the forefront of what’s now, what’s new, and what’s next. Anointed by Marketing Magazine as one of Canada’s “most influential Marketers,” Max has worked with some of the biggest companies in the world to help them transform their organizations, their businesses, and their brands. He is an award-winning marketer and market researcher; an author; a broadcaster; and a journalist who relishes engaging with audiences. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called him a “don’t miss” speaker.
Max’s entrepreneurial drive led him to found Youthography, the ground-breaking Millennial Marketing company. He is currently the Head of Planning for Publicis Toronto, the lead office of Canada’s biggest ad agency.
Over the course of his career, Max has worked on brands including Nike, Budweiser, Coca-Cola and everything in between. He won multiple awards for the ground-breaking anti-smoking campaign Stupid.ca; and acts as an advisor for various charitable organizations and techspace start-ups. Max also sat on the Board of the Canada Media Fund, Canada’s largest single cultural endowment, for three years helping to transition it towards a more digital future.
When he’s not on stage, Max is on Entertainment Tonight or MTV talking about popular culture; speaking to the Wall Street Journal or NPR about organizational transformation or innovation; or writing about marketing and branding for Strategy and hosting their Agency of the Year awards.
Max’s presentations are filled with information and insights, actionable recommendations for your audience, extremely engaging entertainment, and customized content. His favourite thing in the world – after his family and the 1994 Montreal Expos – is to connect with an audience and help them learn, transform, and prosper.
The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by OTA and whilst we endeavour to keep the information up-to-date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website and or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.
In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of this website or any external links.
Through this website you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of OTA. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.
Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly. However, OTA takes no responsibility for and will not be liable for the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control.
You are now leaving OTAConvention.ca. Please click "continue" if you wish to visit the OTA website. Thank you for visiting the Annual Convention event website.