Keynote Speakers

Choir! Choir! Choir!

Wednesday – June 7

Creating Community

Choir! Choir! Choir! is the international singing phenomenon that exemplifies the best of creativity, collaboration, and community-building. Founders Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman talk about these themes — but they make audiences feel them, too. Packed with examples and humorous interplay, you will experience a showcase for the collaborative process: teamwork at its most harmonious.

About Choir Choir Choir

Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman
International Singing Phenomenon

Choir! Choir! Choir! has sung with Tegan and Sara at the Junos, performed at a David Bowie tribute in New York, and have even taken to the Radio City Music Hall stage with Debbie Harry and The Flaming Lips. A collective led by creative directors Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman, the group has amassed a dedicated and passionate community of singers, along with a thriving international fan base on YouTube and beyond. Acclaimed for the ways in which the group brings music alive, its true importance may lie in something much more fundamental: it brings people — of all walks of life — together.

Founded in 2011, Choir! Choir! Choir! requires no auditions – everyone is welcome, and each week between a hundred and three hundred participants show up at a bar or concert hall, to sing and rehearse any number of pop songs (the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide,” and Toto’s “Africa” have been among the hundreds the group sings).

Daveed and Nobu share the choir’s story with audiences, explaining how being open can lead to great achievements, and how singing with one another can brings teams closer than ever.

Jon Montgomery

Thursday – June 8

Dreaming Big: Living Bigger

Jon Montgomery always wanted to represent Canada in sport… he just didn’t know which sport it could be!

Keeping his eyes wide open, living outside his comfort zone, trying new things and accepting the challenges that presented themselves enabled him to find his passion and his opportunity to realize his dreams.

His message focuses on the power of self-efficacy, the unwavering belief you will accomplish that which you seek. Jon’s story inspires others to go after their own stretch-goals and reach for new heights. Attendees will be reminded of a the tools they can lever to create the resolve, in their heart-of-hearts, that they have what it takes to Dream Big!

About Jon Montgomery

Jon Montgomery
Olympic Gold Medalist | Host, The Amazing Race Canada

Jon Montgomery captured the hearts of Canadians — and the attention of everyone —during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. After years of hard work, training, and perseverance, Montgomery won a gold medal in the skeleton, securing his place in history as one of the best. His celebratory walk through Whistler Village showcased his passion, spirit, and sense of humour — traits that he brings to every platform, whether in front of a live audience or as host of The Amazing Race Canada.

A casual trip to Canada Olympic Park left an indelible mark on Montgomery when he witnessed a skeleton race and immediately fell in love with the sport. In his rookie season, he kicked off his World Cup campaign with a bronze medal, going on to finish in the top ten three more times. He finished sixth overall. His sophomore season saw him earn five podium finishes, including his first World Cup victory and a silver medal at the World Championships. Montgomery placed second overall and from there went on to win his Olympic gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Today, Montgomery is the host of the hit TV show, The Amazing Race Canada, which has earned him two Canadian Screen Awards. He also co-hosted the Junos in 2016 with Jann Arden.

Montgomery embraces any opportunity to engage with live and virtual audiences, whether as a keynote or host. He shares his journey from the flatlands of the prairies to the top of the Olympic podium, reminding audiences why the goals we set for ourselves are only as achievable as we believe they are.

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