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62 | Ignitemag.ca | ignite | September | October 2018 Mike Downie W H AT T O E X P E C T Downie, a successful documen- tary filmmaker and Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie's older brother, is a guy who has some very cool stories about his very cool expe- riences. "A well-told story is simply a great way to discover something new about the world, or perhaps even yourself." His talks about chasing dreams are filled with personal anecdotes. HE WA N T S YO U T O K NOW "I'm a big believer in the power of personal reinvention," he says. "We are way more malleable and capable of change than we give ourselves credit for." P A S T G I G S WE Day; Ontario Psychological Association; Homeward Trust Edmonton H I G H P R A I S E "Downie's message was powerful, heartfelt, interesting and inspir- ing. I know he resonated strongly with the audience. I am so glad we had youth there to hear his message."—Trillium Lakelands District School Board speakers.ca Marci Ien W H AT T O E X P E C T If you tune into the daytime TV show The Social (or remember her from Canada AM, which she appeared on for 15 years) you know Ien. With her candid and inspirational voice, she speaks on mastering transitions, why work-life balance should be thrown out the window and life lessons she's learned from the hundreds of people she's interviewed. S HE WA N T S YO U T O K NOW When Canada AM announced it would be airing its last episode in 2016, Ien didn't waste time figuring out her next move. She believes women should know their worth, find their passion and channel their influence. PA S T GIG S World Vision; Women of Influence; Enterprise World Conference HIGH P R A I S E "I loved how openly she described the moments leading up to her last day on Canada AM. Her keynote was amazing and helped to set the tone for the rest of the conference."—Chanèle McFarlane, founder, Do Well Dress Well. speakers.ca Tina Varughese W H AT T O E X P E C T Two words: Belly laughter. "My tagline is Lead. Laugh. Inspire." says Varughese, who speaks on communication, balance and culture, brings humour to the stage. "Audiences love to be entertained, yet they need to leave knowing they learned something they can apply both professionally and personally." S HE WA N T S YO U T O K NOW At the end of one of her popular talks, Varughese quotes an American philanthropist who said, "'We may have all come over on a different ship, yet we're all in the same boat.' Diversity makes us different and unique," she adds, "but at the same time we're all similar in many ways." PA S T GIG S Canada West Ski Areas Association; Discover Saint John; Western Conference on Safety HIGH P R A I S E "Your humour is fantastic and engaged our staff the minute you set foot on stage. The standing ovation you received was heartfelt."—Kathy Magee, City of Ottawa Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services tworksforyou.ca

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