Keynotes

Check this space for updates on Keynotes that will help inspire, educate and create while in Montreal.

DMAI is excited to announce the first day keynote, Richard St-Pierre, a visionary and game changer who creates out of the host city Montreal.


From Richard St-Pierre
As a passionate builder and social business advocate, I believe that creativity is the path to connecting ideas and execution. I have transformed this thinking into my purpose and goal as C2 Montréal’s CEO, involved in this Commerce + Creative adventure since 2011.

C2, a global convener voted the most innovative meeting of North America two years running, is on a mission to transform executives and organizations that are ripe for change. C2 put the Business Meetings squarely in the 21st century. There is a thirst for businesses to meet in new ways and for cities to respond in a unique way in line with it’s own DNA. C2 provides a collaborative context specifically designed to provoke collisions and spark new ideas, gets executives to challenge their biases, shift their perspective and explore completely new ways of doing business.

Prior to my journey at C2 Montréal, I cumulated more than 25 years in operations, sales and corporate planning in various organizations, from the government to private corporations. My focus constantly remains on growth and impactful results, as proved by my solid track record in building and managing new ventures in North America and international markets.


EVITA TURQUOISE ROBINSON
Thursday, July 13

Since her first taste of Europe at the age of 21, Evita Turquoise Robinson (Evie) has been to over 30 countries and has lived on three continents. In September 2011, she created the Nomadness Travel Tribe, an online social community that now boasts over 16,000 members worldwide, comprised 80% of Black, female travelers and the first of its kind targeting diverse millennial travelers. Join Evie on her quest to break down the mental barriers of travel, as she shares her mission that travel is not just a privilege for some but an experience for all.


KEYNOTE: WILLIE GEIST
Thursday, July 13

Willie Geist is Host of NBC News’ Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and a regular host and contributor to TODAY, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and Meet the Press. He hosted coverage of several Olympic Games, and is the author of three New York Times best-selling books. Join this afternoon session for an insightful and humorous breakdown and political analysis of current events.


CLOSING KEYNOTE: CHRIS GARDNER

Entrepreneur, best-selling author and single parent, Chris Gardner’s autobiography, the Pursuit of Happyness, became a New York Times #1 best seller and critically acclaimed movie. In addition to being a brand Ambassador for AARP, Gardner recently produced his first film, met the Pope, had his picture put on a box of Cheerios, “re-enlisted” in the US Military and works closely with the U.S. Veterans Administration to end homelessness amongst veterans! Be inspired Chris challenges you to achieve your full potential.

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