Keynote speakers



A publishing phenomenon, A House in the Sky, has remained a Top Ten bestselling book since it's release in 2013. Raised by a single mom in a small city, Amanda escaped the violence of her childhood by imagining herself in the pages of National Geographic magazine. As a young woman, Amanda's curiosity led her to some of the world's most beautiful and remote places, its most imperilled and perilous countries and then into 15 months of harrowing captivity. Working as a journalist in Somalia, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road. Amanda spent 460 days as a hostage, surviving on strategy, fortitude and hope in the face of unimaginable adversity.   

Amanda’s unique experiences give her credibility to discuss important issues ranging from countering terrorism to supporting the women’s movement and she regularly appears in the media with her opinion. She has been featured in Vogue, New York Times Magazine, Dateline, The Today Show, Morning Joe, and Anderson Cooper.   

Amanda’s keynote presentations are for audiences of all sizes — from Richard Branson’s living room to an arena of 20,000 — she creates intimacy with the women and men in the room through her emotional, powerful storytelling. 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.   

Amanda has travelled to nearly 90 countries. She lives in Calgary, Canada.

Amanda Lindhout is a sought-after inspirational speaker, trusted by big brands to deliver a life changing, transformational keynote experience. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, A House in the Sky, is being developed into a Hollywood motion  picture by heavyweight production company Annapurna, with two- time Oscar nominated actress Rooney Mara playing Amanda.  

Amanda Lindhout
New York Times Bestselling Author| Expert on Resilience, Survival, and Optimal Mindset

About the Session

About the Speaker

In 2008, Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped by a group of

criminals while working as a freelance journalist in Somalia. For

460 days she endured experiences that forced the limits of her own

capacity to survive. A dramatic release brought Amanda’s next set of

challenges- transitioning home and learning to live with severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
During her struggle for both physical and mental survival Amanda learned how to find, and then harness, the innate inner resource of resilience. In this focused keynote based on her own incredible personal story, Amanda explores the critical components of resilience, including optimism, mindfulness, cognitive flexibility and awareness. She describes what qualities enable our aptitude to look inwards, and ultimately cultivate mastery over our circumstances.

She teaches that by developing a resilience practice anyone can train their mind to prepare for and rise above adversity, navigate uncertainty, manage stress, and improve the overall quality of their life.

Amanda’s remarkable example shows that finding gratitude and forgiveness can liberate our full potential to live happy, healthy lives.

Sergeant Glen Klose

Edmonton Police Services

The Edmonton Police Service Re-integration Program was

developed to assist officers after a traumatic experience or

period of time away from work due to an injury. Through

this work, the program administrators have learned the

importance of individual support for injured employees and how

to build resiliency within an organization. This presentation is designed to pass along specific information about resiliency and individualized support.

About the Session

About the Speaker

Sgt. Glen Klose has completed 20 years with the Edmonton Police Service. He is currently in charge of the Resiliency and Re-integration Unit which is a unique return to work program that blends peer support with confidence-building exposure training for members after a critical incident or an injury. Prior to this role, Sgt Klose spent time a Patrol supervisor, firearms instructor, beat officer and jet boat operator.



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        It was during those 10 years that she learned the most about kids, families, relationships, and the vital importance of connection. Today, she is back living in a rural setting, managing a private practice, raising a family, speaking around the country about relationships, connection and her new book, “Kids These Days”.

Jody passionately believes in the power of the relationship with the people we love, lead, and teach. Her favourite thing on the planet to do is to speak with educators – they have the power to change the trajectory of a life every single day. It’s time, she believes, that we need to start focusing less on kids these days, and more on those of you who hold them every day.

The core of everything she speaks and writes about comes down to this: we are wired to do hard things. We can do those hard things so much easier when we remember this: we are wired for connection. 

       Dr. Jody Carrington is a Clinical Psychologist who has spent most of her career working with children and families who have experienced trauma. Growing up on a farm in rural Alberta, Canada, and after 13 years (!) of post-secondary education, she took her first job on the Mental Health Inpatient Units of the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary.

Dr. Jody Carrington, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

About the Session

About the Speaker

As we are expected to “do more with less” in this world

of increasing disconnection, our employees are becoming

more and more tired of giving, particularly in professions

where we hold people with trauma histories. Some would say,

however, that we are wired for compassion and that you cannot

tire of the things we are born to do. When our hearts get tired, it often

happens when we are triggered by our own stories. When we have nowhere to put the hard stuff, we can’t do our jobs like we used to do. We can’t “show up” like we used to. And we start to wonder “what’s wrong with me?”. This happens because no one (seriously) can serve from an empty vessel. This talk is about how we need to (AND CAN) look after each other, so we can continue serving the children and families who need us most.


Danielle Reed

Coach on the Go

Danielle is an authenticity coach, professional speaker, author and a workshop facilitator! Danielle was a teacher, Learning Support Facilitator and Administrator for 17 years. The most important parts of her teaching career were building relationships and providing everyone around her with optimism and laughter! She took a leave from teaching to complete her Co-Active Life Coaching courses, The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ trainings...and it is there that she discovered her greatest passion! Today, Danielle works with individuals and groups to empower and inspire them to move toward living an authentic, wholehearted life, so that they can give others around them permission to do the same. 

About the Speaker

About the Session

Based on the curriculum and research of Brené Brown,

participants will learn about the 4 Pillars of Courage:

  1. Vulnerability

  2. Clarity of Values

  3. Trust

  4. Rising Skills / Resilience

Courage is present when…

  • we can see the benefits of vulnerability and understand why it is necessary to living a brave life

  • we know who we are & have a strong sense of self; choosing to stay on our own path

  • we understand the components of trust and can ask for what we need in all relationships 

  • we have the tools to pick ourselves up after we fall ; build our resiliency


This hands on workshop will give participants an opportunity to dig deep into each pillar for themselves, and to have the tools to help others choose courage in their own lives.

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