Keynote Speakers

The world’s most influential movers and shakers headline the 2019 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.

Seth Godin

Seth Godin
Keynote Speaker

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Manjit Minhas

Manjit Minhas
Keynote Speaker

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Ron Tite

Ron Tite
Luncheon Keynote

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Jay Baer

Jay Baer
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

Seth Godin

Seth Godin is the author of 18 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. You might be familiar with his books Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip and Purple Cow.

In addition to his writing and speaking, Seth founded both Yoyodyne and Squidoo. His blog (type “seth” into Google) is one of the most popular in the world and he is an inductee of the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame.

Recently, Seth once again set book publishing on its ear by launching a series of four books via Kickstarter. The campaign reached its goal after three hours and ended up becoming the most successful book project ever done this way. His newest book, What To Do When It’s Your Turn, is already a bestseller.

Presentation Timing:
Monday, November 18 | 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
John Bassett Theatre, MTCC

Session Sponsored By:

 FCT

Seth Godin
Manjit Minhas
Keynote Speaker

Manjit Minhas

Manjit Minhas started her career as a nineteen-year-old with $10,000 and a dream. Today, her brewery is the 10th largest in the world, and she’s seen over a thousand pitches in her four seasons on Dragons’ Den.

In her presentation, Manjit shares the principles and entrepreneurial values that have led her company to rapid success, and explores the similarities she’s discovered in the Den’s best entrepreneurs and visionaries. She also delves into why trust is one of the most important aspects of business and how you can successfully market your product on a small budget.

Manjit is as down-to-earth as she is business-savvy: sharing the “art of the pitch” and the lessons she’s learned as one of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs, including the necessity of embracing change, encouraging innovation, and incentivizing disruption at every stage of the game.

Presentation Timing:
Monday, November 18 | 2:20 PM – 3:15 PM
John Bassett Theatre, MTCC

Session Sponsored By:

Equitable Bank

Luncheon Speaker

Ron Tite

Trained at the legendary Second City, Ron has always blurred the lines between art and commerce. He has been an award-winning advertising writer and creative director for some of the world’s most respected brands including Air France, Evian, Fidelity, Hershey, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Intel, Microsoft, Volvo and many others.

Ron is Founder and CEO of Church+State, an agency that unifies content and advertising for global brands and media companies. He has also written for television, penned a children’s book, written,  produced and performed a hit play, published an award winning comedy book, created a branded art gallery for Volvo and was Executive Producer & Host of the award winning comedy show, Monkey Toast.

In demand as a speaker all over the world, Ron speaks to leading organizations about creativity, innovation, branding, and corporate strategy.

Ron’s first book, Everyone’s An Artist – Or At Least They Should Be (co-written by Scott Kavanagh and Christopher Novais), was published in 2016. His second book, Think • Do • Say, will hit store shelves October 1, 2019.

Presentation Timing:
Sunday, November 17 | 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Constitution Hall, MTCC

Session Sponsored By:

Jay Baer
Keynote Speaker

Jay Baer

Jay Baer teaches businesspeople how to turn their customers into more customers. A founder of five, multi-million dollar companies, Jay delivers highly customized, engaging keynote presentations on word of mouth, marketing, customer experience, and customer service. His consulting firm, Convince & Convert, provides strategic counsel to the world’s most iconic brands like Caterpillar, Oracle, 3M, Adidas, and The United Nations. The best-selling author of six books, Jay was recently inducted into the Professional Speaker Hall of Fame and the Word of Mouth Marketing Hall of Fame. He is also the host of the award-winning Social Pros podcast.

Presentation Timing:
Sunday, November 17 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
John Bassett Theatre, MTCC

Session Sponsored By:

Street Capital

Keynote Speaker

Benjamin Tal

Benjamin 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 and 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, Benjamin 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.

Benjamin is a member of the Economic Committee of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and 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.

Presentation Timing:
Monday, November 18 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
John Bassett Theatre, MTCC

Session Sponsored By:

Genworth

Benjamin Tal
Tasha Kheiriddin
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.