Keynote Speakers

The world’s most influential movers and shakers headline the 2018 National Mortgage Conference, bringing with them the insight, the know-how, and the drive to help you excel both personally and professionally. Learn more about this year’s lineup.

Rick Mercer

Rick Mercer
Keynote Speaker

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Steven Page

Steven Page
Luncheon Keynote

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Phil Collins

Phil Jones
Keynote Speaker

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Benjamin Tal

Benjamin Tal
Keynote Speaker

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Tasha Kheiriddin

Tasha Kheiriddin
Host and Moderator

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Keynote Speaker

Rick Mercer

Rick Mercer chronicles, satirizes, and ultimately celebrates all that is great and irreverent about this country. Known as “Canada’s Unofficial Opposition,” Mercer is our most popular comic, a political satirist who knows exactly what matters to regular Canadians and what makes them laugh.

Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Mercer has won over 25 Gemini Awards for his top-rated CBC series’ The Rick Mercer Report, Made in Canada, and This Hour has 22 Minutes. Mercer also starred in Rick Mercer’s Talking to Americans, which was watched by millions, attracted attention across North America, and remains the highest-rated comedy special in Canadian history. In 2014, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Mercer is the author of three national bestsellers, Streeters, The Rick Mercer Report: The Book, and 2012’s A Nation Worth Ranting About. Mercer will co-write the screenplay for High Alert, a political satire based on the 1966 Norman Jewison movie, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming.

Rick Mercer
Steven Page
Luncheon Speaker

Steven Page

Page spent over two decades with The Barenaked Ladies, writing and co-writing hit songs such as “The Old Apartment,” “If I Had $1000000,” and “Brian Wilson,” among dozens of others. Along the way, the band earned accolades from all over the world, sold millions of albums, received two Billboard Awards, and six Juno Awards. In 2018, the band, along with Page, were Inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the JUNO Awards Hall of Fame.

As an independent artist, Page has released three solo albums, The Vanity Project, Page One, and Heal Thyself Pt. 1: Instinct.

Page has also collaborated on two albums and has tour with Toronto’s eclectic Art of Time Ensemble; has written six theatrical scores for the Stratford Festival; and is currently working on a musical with Governor General’s Award winner playwright Daniel McIvor.

In addition, Page has also spoken at TEDx Toronto, and traveled North America as host of TV’s The Illegal Eater.

Keynote Speaker

Phil Jones

In his engaging presentations, Phil shares his “Magic Words for Influence and Impact” approach to help sales people learn effective ways to engage customers and create sales success. His expert advice can be simplified into three outcomes: helping organizations acquire more customers; having their customers come back more often; and inspiring their customers to spend more when they do.

The author of five international bestselling books, and the youngest-ever winner of the coveted “British Excellence in Sales and Marketing Award,” Phil has delivered over 2,000 talks in more than 56 countries across five continents. In doing so, has spoken for more than two million people, with clients that include Microsoft, DHL, HSBC, and Barclays.

Phil Collins
Benjamin Tal
Keynote Speaker

Benjamin Tal

Mr. Tal is responsible for analyzing economic developments and their implications for North American fixed income, equity, foreign exchange and commodities markets. He also acts in an advisory capacity to bank officers on issues related to wealth management, household/corporate credit and risk.

Well-known for his ground-breaking published research on topics such as labour market dynamics, real estate, credit markets, international trade and business economic conditions, Mr. Tal not only contributes to the conversation, but frequently sets the agenda.

He has close to 20 years’ experience in the private sector advising clients, industry leaders, corporate boards, trade associations, and governments on economic and financial issues.

National and global media regularly seek him out for his insight and analysis on economic issues that impact financial markets, consumers, corporations and public policy. He is also a frequent lecturer in the economic programs of various Canadian universities.

Mr. Tal is a member of the Economic Committee of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, The Economic Development Committee of the Toronto Board of Trade. He is also a member of the board of Governors of Junior Achievement of Central Ontario, and a board member of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance.

Conference Host and Moderator

Tasha Kheiriddin

Named one of Canada’s “Top 100 Most Powerful Women” by the Women’s Executive Network in 2016, Tasha Kheiriddin is an accomplished radio program host and political analyst.

An accomplished author, Tasha writes a weekly column for iPolitics.ca and Global News. She is the co-author of the bestseller, Rescuing Canada’s Right: Blueprint for a Conservative Revolution and a tax policy and justice contributor for two other books. Tasha was also co-host of a current affairs program for CTV NewsChannel, National Affairs, while writing columns and editorials for The National Post.

Tasha became passionate about politics and current affairs at an early age and held various positions in in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. She left politics and a legal career for journalism with CBC Newsworld, and then the Law Times and CPAC, where she earned the Justicia Award for Excellence in Journalism. She has served as Ontario Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, VP of the Montreal Economic Institute, and director for Quebec of the Fraser Institute, while lecturing on conservative politics at her alma mater, McGill University.

Tasha Kheiriddin