Cody DemeraisEntrepreneur + Mental Health Advocate + Youth Mentor + Changemaker
Recipient of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 Young Entrepreneur of the Year ABEX Award, Cody Demerais has inspired countless individuals with his triumphant story of recovery and renewal. A memorable and authentic storyteller, Demerais shares the defining moments of his early life and his journey to becoming an entrepreneurial changemaker, and a proud and active member of his Métis community. With his incredible perspectives on self transformation, Demerais empowers audiences to rewrite their histories and begin anew.
Colette BourgonjeTriumph + Perseverance + Inspiration
Ranked one of the world’s foremost Paralympian athletes, Colette Bourgonje is a ten-time medalist in both the summer and winter Olympic games. Inducted into the Canadian Disability, Saskatoon, and Canadian Sport Halls of Fame, Colette has inspired countless audiences with her story of immeasurable strength and perseverance. Paving her own path with a fierce resilience, Colette empowers us to endure and reimagine adversity to reach our biggest hopes and dreams.
Ernie LouttitHonesty + Integrity + Leadership
As a highly sought-after speaker, multi-award-winning author, and changemaker, Ernie Louttit shares meaningful perspectives on creating long-lasting change in our policing systems, government institutions, and communities at large. Reflecting on his experiences as an Indigenous police officer, Ernie has dedicated his career to advocating for the safety and protection of marginalized populations. With a passion for progressive leadership and social justice advocacy, Ernie paves the way to a future of empathy and tolerance.
Greg HopfIndigenous Tourism + Bridge Builder + Youth Advocate
Award-winning Dene Indigenous tourism leader, entrepreneur, and Indigenous youth advocate, Greg Hopf is passionate about building vibrant and thriving Indigenous communities. Charismatic and insightful, Greg shares powerful stories of Indigenous experience and ways of knowing and inspires audiences to work towards reconciliation in an authentic and meaningful way.
Jack SaddlebackGender Equality + Education + Identity
Riveting, captivating, real, insightful, grounded, and illuminated, these are just a few words that have been used to describe Jack Saddleback’s presentation of his life as a Cree Two-Spirit Transgender Champion. Saddleback has won numerous awards, including Red Cross’s 2018 SK Young Humanitarian of the Year, CBC’s 2016 Future 40 Under 40, and the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network 2015 Young Eagles Award. Jack’s life story embodies how one person’s spirit can help transform a community, while providing validation to struggling trans youth.
John HerringtonMentor + Naval Aviator + Astronaut + Educator
Featured on the International Air and Space Hall of Fame and the National Native American Hall of Fame, John Herrington’s road to success was carved out of the trials and tribulations of his early life. A meritorious Naval Aviator who later became the first Indigenous person to venture into space, Herrington is an expert at transforming audiences—inspiring them to find the perseverance, “ancestral purpose”, and resilience required to overcome any obstacle.
Julie BullPassionate + Visionary + Change-Maker
An award-winning Indigenous Scholar with over 25 publications, Julie Bull is a passionate changemaker who educates and inspires audiences with messages of reconciliation, health, leadership, and empowerment. Combining artistic creativity with a wealth of expertise in the fields of Indigenous research, education, ethics, and Indigenization, Julie demonstrates ways individuals, institutions, and communities can shift their practices to be more interconnected.
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.
Lori CampbellEducation + Two Spirit + Indigiqueer+ Identity
A natural born leader, 2019 Canadian Federal election candidate and recipient of the 2020 Women of Inspiration Indigenous Leader Award, Campbell is a resolute activist who advocates for and uplifts individuals from all walks of life. With published academic journals specializing in Indigeneity and education, she hopes to open new doors for Indigenous, BIPOC, and 2SLGBTQ+ communities.
Madelaine McCallumResilience + Healing + Growth
An actor, model, dancer, and choreographer with a powerful presence, Madelaine graces the stage with elegance. Taking her audiences through an extraordinary journey of transformation and healing, her performances have been received by the Métis Nation British Columbia, the Métis National Council, and landed her a spot at the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Winner of the Best Experimental Film category at the Festival du Film étudiant de Quebec (FFEQ), Madelaine has found a compelling way to share her life's journey through a diverse range of visual storytelling.
Michael EtheringtonKindness + Reconciliation + Insight
With the sharing of his lived experiences and insightful perspectives, Michael Etherington has captivated international audiences at TEDxWLUBrantford, the United Nations, the Pan Am Games, and many other large corporate and educational venues. Rooted in Indigenous perspectives, Michael focuses on relationship building, promoting awareness and cultivating sensitivity with the “Truth and Reconciliation” recommendations as his platform.
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.
Ngahihi BidoisBusiness Leadership + Environment + Inspiration
Recipient of the NSA’s New Zealand’s Master of Ceremonies of the Year and Inspirational Speaker of the Year awards, Ngahihi o te ra Bidois has transformed audiences internationally, bringing them empowering messages that transcend cultural boundaries. A Māori leader, entrepreneur and changemaker, he is “The Face of New Zealand” and is renowned for combining centuries of tradition with his extensive industry and business experience, to teach the power of ancient wisdom as modern solutions.
'Savvy' Savannah SimonMotivational + Entrepreneur + Visionary
An entrepreneur, activist, and public speaker, ‘Savvy’ Savannah Simon is a born leader with a natural desire to stand up for what she believes in. Living a life with true intention, everything from her professional to her personal life has a meaningful purpose and has contributed to the messages she’s shared with her many different audiences.
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.