2017 Speakers

Candy Palmater

CBC radio host, recovered lawyer and feminist comic

Candy Palmater is a recovered lawyer turned feminist comic who was raised by bikers in the wilds of northern New Brunswick. She is an activist, actor, writer, international speaker, and award-winning TV and radio personality, and has executive produced three films on Mi’kmaw culture.

Candy is the creator and star of her own national, multiple award-winning TV series, The Candy Show (APTN).  She has a role on the Trailer Park Boys S10 (NETFLIX), appeared in Call Me Fitz (HBO Canada) and Sex and Violence (OutTV), and received a Screen Nova Scotia nomination for her role on Forgive Me (Superchannel). She’s a columnist with CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter and also guest hosted DNTO and q, and has her own summer daily national radio show, The Candy Palmater Show.

Candy has written and hosted many broadcasts including Ab Day Live, the Indspire Awards, and the imagine NATIVE Film Fest Awards Show. Candy was valedictorian of her class at Dalhousie Law School and went on to practice Labour and Aboriginal law in a large corporate firm until show biz came knocking.

Before pursuing entertainment full time, Candy directed First Nations education for the Nova Scotia Department of Education for a decade.  She is currently working on a Masters of Education at St. Francis Xavier University and has taught in the Transition Year program at Dalhousie University.

Candy spends most of her time in airports and airplanes as she travels the globe speaking to audiences, large and small, about the power of love, kindness and self-acceptance. Candy believes we are more alike than different, and that you can NEVER have too much Candy.

WEBSITE: thecandyshow.com

TWITTER: @TheCandyShow

Sarah Vermunt

Professional coach, career expert, former business professor, and author of Careergasm: Find Your Way To Feel-Good Work

Before founding Careergasm, Sarah Vermunt taught at the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has an M.Sc in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management, an M.A. in Leadership Studies, a Bachelor of Journalism, and a certificate in Marketing Management. Sarah studied Executive Management Coaching at the graduate level, and Life Coaching under Dr. Martha Beck, a Harvard-educated coaching expert of O Magazine and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Sarah speaks at high profile national and international conferences and events. Some of her recent speaking engagements include IBM Global Entrepreneur Day, SociaLIGHT, Discover Your Personal Brand, the National Job Fair and Training Expo, WISE (Women in Science and Engineering), the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology, the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, the Organizational Behaviour Teaching Society for Management Educators, and Academy of Management.

She writes about careers for Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc., and Huffington Post. Her work has also been featured at Fortune, Financial Times, U.S. News & World Report, Toronto Star, Global News, Flare Magazine, TechVibes, The Globe and Mail, and lots of other cool places.

WEBSITE: www.careergasm.com
TWITTER: @Careergasm

Linda Kash

Veteran actress and improv performer

Linda Kash began her professional life at the Second City in Toronto. She has also appeared in a number of plays for Canadian Stage.

She was a series regular cast member in The Comedy Mill, Max Glick, Variety Tonight in Canada and She TV, Minor Adjustments and Style and Substance in the US. As well Linda has been a guest on Seinfeld, Third Rock From The Sun, Cybill, Everybody Loves Raymond, Ellen and Sabrina.

She recently worked on Ken Finklemen’s new series for CBC “Hotel Metropolitan”(Gemini Award), Hatching, Matching & Dispatching also on CBC, and the pilot “Sex Life’” for HBO which was directed by Patricia Rozema.

Her list of films include Waiting For Guffman and Best in Show both directed by Christopher Guest, the multi nominated Cinderella Man directed by Ron Howard, Man of the Year directed by Barry Levinson and Are We Done Yet. She recently played Molly Brown in a BBC mini-series about the Titanic, shot a pilot for a new comedy series for CBC called Great Scot and another dramatic pilot for Lifetime called Sworn to Silence starring Neve Campbell.

Linda has co created several shows for TV including My Talk Show, Go Girl!, and The Joe Blow Show, which she also directed.

Linda has also taught sketch writing and improvisation for Humber College and in 2009 founded The Peterborough Academy of Performing Arts with her late husband, actor Paul O’Sullivan, teaching acting, musical theatre, scene study and voice over for children, adults, in schools and through corporate workshops. PAPA also run camps in the summer and over March Break.

Linda is primarily known as Canada’s beloved Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese Angel, which became one of Canadian advertising’s most successful campaigns.

WEBSITE: lindakash.ca

TWITTER: @lindakash