People, Places & Things

Katie Goodman - Improvisation for the Spirit

Improvisation for the Spirit: Live a more creative, spontaneous, and courageous life using the tools of improv comedy, written by Katie Goodman, Sourcebooks Inc., 2008

“Katie Goodman is an internationally touring improv comedian and actress, keynote speaker, comedy writer, and creativity coach. She is a contributor to O, The Oprah Magazine, and the creator of the internationally acclaimed women’s sketch comedy show “Broad Comedy”. She offers workshops, retreats, and key note speeches under the title “Improvisation for the Spirit.” She does not use Power Point.

Jill Bryant - Phenomenal Female Entrepreneurs

Phenomenal Female Entrepreneurs: The Women’s Hall of Fame Series, Jill Bryant, Second Story Press.

“Jill Bryant is a writer and editor who lives in Kingston, Ontario with her family. She has written many books for children, including Dazzling Women Designers and Amazing Women Athletes, as well as Backyard Circus. As a child her entrepreneurial ventures included selling lemonade, peddling handmade greeting cards, and producing neighbourhood performances.”

Charles Duhigg - The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit; Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg, Anchor Canada, 2014

Charles Duhigg is a reporter for The New York Times. He is also the author of the recently published book, The Power of Habit, about the science of habit formation in our lives, companies and societies.

Jonathan Chevreau - Findependence Day

Findependence Day: One Couple’s Turbulent Journey to Financial Independence, Jonathan Chevreau, Power Publishers Inc., 2008

Findependence Day presents the basics of personal finance in a format easily digested by teenagers and young adults just entering the work force and the world of money. Because money problems are the most common cause of marital breakups, it focuses on the financial journey of a young couple who experience the normal ups and downs of job loss, buying a home, raising and educating children, investing and pensions, starting a business, coping with stock market losses and much more.

Mark Rashid - Horses Never Lie

Horses Never Lie: The Heart of Passive Leadership 2nd Edition, Mark Rashid, Skyhorse Publishing, 1993, 2011.

Mark Rashid is an American author and horse trainer. His books follow his Western training philosophy, which is to find training solutions by considering the horses point of view. His books include: Whole Heart, Whole Horse; Considering the Horse; Life Lessons from a Ranch Horse; and A Good Horse is never a Bad Color. He lives in Estes Park, Colorado.

Ruth Sunderland - Recovering from Iceland's Meltdown

After the crash, Iceland’s women lead the rescue. Iceland’s spectacular meltdown was caused by a banking and business culture that was buccaneering, reckless – and overwhelmingly male. Business editor Ruth Sunderland travelled to Reykjavik to meet the women now running the country, and heard how they are determined to reinvent business and society by injecting values of openness, fairness and social responsibility

Halla Tomasdottir - A feminine response to Iceland's financial crash

Halla Tomasdottir, co-founder of Audur Capital financial services, has been instrumental in rebuilding Iceland’s economy since its collapse in 2008. Her passion is releasing the incredible economic potential of women’s ways of doing business.

Halla Tomasdottir managed to take her company Audur Capital through the eye of the financial storm in Iceland by applying 5 traditionally “feminine” values to financial services. At TEDWomen, she talks about these values and the importance of balance.

Kathy Sage - Celebrating Diverse Beliefs
Kingston Unitarian Fellowship – Kathy Sage, Minister

The mission of the Kingston Unitarian Fellowship is for all those in the Kingston area who support Unitarian Universalist principles to join together in a caring community for the development of spiritual and personal growth, in a welcoming environment where all are respected and diversity is celebrated, as we strive to make our world a better place through our actions.

Philomene Kocher - Singing in the Silo
Interview on CKCU Radio

Singing in the Silo, Philomene Kocher, catkin press, 2014 Philomene Kocher lives in Kingston, Ontario. She grew up on a farm outside of Hepworth, Ontario (pop 400). Her poetry has appeared in publications in Canada, the United States, and Japan. For 12 years she served on the executive of Haiku Canada. She is inspired by her love of nature, and her faith in the healing power of beauty.

Lyndhurst/Seeleys Bay Chamber of Commerce

The villages of Lyndhurst and Seeley’s Bay welcome you to explore our local businesses and area. We are located in the picturesque Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, Ontario, Canada. Our area is diverse and full of natural beauty; we offer rugged Canadian Shield landscape with many lakes to enjoy. Our villages are vibrant communities full of spirit.

Eileen Chadnick - Big Cheese Coaching

Ease: Manage Overwhelm in Times of “Crazy Busy”, Eileen Chadnick, iUniverse, 2013

Eileen Chadnick, PCC, ACPC, ABC, is principal of Big Cheese Coaching, which she established in 2003. A certified coach, Eileen is a champion for personal, professional, and organizational well-being. Eileen brings a multidisciplined focus to her work, drawing from diverse fields, including emotional intelligence, positive psychology, and neuroscience, to help leaders more powerfully navigate the opportunities, goals, and challenges within their work and life and create more-meaningful experiences for themselves and others.

Robert Munsch - The Paper Bag Princess

The Paper Bag Princess, Robert Munsch

Where did this story come from? The Paper Bag Princess was first told at the Bay Area Childcare center in Coos Bay, Oregon, where Robert Munsch worked. He had been telling lots and lots of dragon stories where the prince saves the princess from the dragon. One day, his wife asked him, “How come you always have the prince save the princess? Why can’t the princess save the prince?” He thought about it and changed the ending of one of his dragon stories. As for the name Elizabeth, when a little girl with that name came to the daycare for the first time, she dropped her coat on the floor and waited for her teacher to hang it up. Munsch thought, “Wow! This kid thinks she’s a princess.” And that’s how the princess in the book came to be Elizabeth.

Lynne Twist - The Soul of Money
The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life, Lynne Twist with Teresa Barker, W.W. Norton & Company, 2003.

Lynne Twist is a veteran global activist and fundraiser living in San Francisco. For more than 40 years, she has been committed to alleviating poverty and hunger and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability.

From working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta to the refugee camps in Ethiopia and the threatened rain forests of the Amazon, Lynne’s on-the-ground work has brought her a deep understanding of the social tapestry of the world and the historical landscape of the times we are living in.

Deborah Kimmett - That which doesn't kill you makes you Funnier
That which doesn’t kill you makes you Funnier, Deborah Kimmett

Deborah Kimmett is an accomplished author (her two books are Reality is Over-Rated and Outrunning Crazy) and a Governor General’s Award-nominated playwright. She’s also a regular on CBC’s “The Debaters” and a thirty-year veteran of The Second City. She tours North America as a motivational speaker helping people deal with change.

Brené Brown - Daring Greatly

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead & The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to be and Embrace Who You Are

Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. She is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (2012). She is also the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller The Gifts of Imperfection (2010), and I Thought It Was Just Me (2007).

Jeanette Ramnarine - The 4 Little Pigs; A Financial Values Book for Children

The 4 Little Pigs; A Financial Values Book for Children, Jeanette Ramnarine, Four Piggies Publishing, 2007

Jeanette Ramnarine is a mom, educator and award winning children’s book author. She, along with her husband, created Four Piggies Publishing as a way to share how they are teaching their children about money and financial values. Jeanette is the creator of The 4 Little Pigs financial kit for children. The kit includes her award winning book and the four piggy banks named SPENDING, SAVING, SHARING and SCHOOLING. She is devoted to teaching children financial responsibility in a fun and creative way. Her dedication to teaching and inspiring youth has been recognized by The Government of Canada and she has been an honoured recipient of a Mom’s Choice Award, Moonbeam Children’s Book Award and Quinte Business Achievement Award. Jeanette has appeared on CBC radio, TVO kids and continues to share her story through financial presentations and media interviews.

Wintergreen Studios

Writing at Wintergreen: An Anthology Edited by Helen Humphreys

Wintergreen Studios is a year-round wilderness education and retreat centre in Southeastern Ontario offering workshops and meeting facilities. Wintergreen enables people to engage in mindful living and return to their homes and workplaces inspired and refreshed.

Charles A. Smith - From Wonder to Wisdom
YouTube Channel – Charles A. Smith

From Wonder to Wisdom: Using Stories to Help Children Grow, Charles A. Smith

Charles A. Smith cares about Caring. Visit his website In Sight of Caring or his YouTube channel to find out more about his current programs.

Simon Sinek - Start with Why

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek is an optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together.

Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.

Anne Lamott - Bird by Bird
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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott

“Think you’ve got a book inside of you? Anne Lamott isn’t afraid to help you let it out. She’ll help you find your passion and your voice, beginning from the first really crummy draft to the peculiar letdown of publication. Readers will be reminded of the energizing books of writer Natalie Goldberg and will be seduced by Lamott’s witty take on the reality of a writer’s life, which has little to do with literary parties and a lot to do with jealousy, writer’s block and going for broke with each paragraph. Marvelously wise and best of all, great reading.” – Amazon

Chris Turner - The Geography of Hope

The Geography of Hope, Chris Turner

Chris Turner is one of Canada’s leading writers and speakers on sustainability and the global cleantech industry. His latest book is The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy (Random House Canada 2011). He is also the author of the 2007 bestseller The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need (Random House), a Globe & Mail Best Book of the Year and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Nonfiction, the Alberta Literary Award for Nonfiction and the National Business Book Award.

Arlene Dickinson - Persuasion

Persuasion: A new Approach to Changing Minds, & All In: You. Your Business. Your Life, Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson is one of Canada’s most renowned independent marketing communications entrepreneurs. As CEO of Venture Communications, her creative and strategic approach has turned the company into a powerhouse with a blue chip client list. She is also the CEO of, a company she founded in 2012 that is dedicated to serving and investing in entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial lifestyle.

Dickinson is best known to Canadians as one of the venture capitalists on the award-winning CBC series Dragons’ Den and The Big Decision, as well as a marketing expert on Recipe to Riches. She is the author of two books, the number one bestselling book, Persuasion and her most recent best-selling release, All In.

David Chilton - The Wealthy Barber

The Wealthy Barber, David Chilton

David Chilton is an economics graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University. In 1989, he released The Wealthy Barber. It went on to sell an astonishing two million copies in Canada.

Michael R. Curtis - Client-Centered Life Planning

Client-Centered Life Planning: The Art and Science of Life Planning, Michael R. Curtis, 2005

Michael is the President of Vision Systems Corp. He has extensive experience in the investment industry. He helped establish the Financial Planning Department at a Canadian brokerage firm in 1984. He is the author of Client-Centred Life Planning.

Lawrence Hill

Lawrence Hill is the son of American immigrants — a black father and a white mother — who came to Canada the day after they married in 1953 in Washington, D.C. Growing up in the predominantly white suburb of Don Mills, Ontario in the sixties, Hill was greatly influenced by his parents’ work in the human rights movement. Much of Hill’s writing touches on issues of identity and belonging.

Helen Humphreys

Helen Humphreys is the author of four books of poetry, six novels, and two works of creative non-fiction. She was born in Kingston-on-Thames, England, and now lives in Kingston, Ontario.

Margaret Attwood

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction, but is best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1969), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000.

Susan Cain

Susan Cain is the co-founder of Quiet Revolution LLC and the author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller QUIET: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking, which has been translated into thirty-six languages, has appeared on many “Best of” lists, and was named the #1 best book of the year by Fast Company magazine, which also named Cain one of its Most Creative People in Business. Cain’s book was the subject of a TIME Magazine cover story, and her writing has appeared in the The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.

Maria Nemeth

Author of The Energy of Money: A Spiritual Guide to Financial and Personal Fulfillment and Mastering Life’s Energies: Simple Steps to a Luminous Life at Work and Play.

Books include The Energy of Money and Mastering Life’s Energies. Since success is primarily a case of learning specific skills, these books leave people with tools they can implement immediately. Maria’s work is based upon over thirty years’ experience conducting seminars and coaching, so the scenarios reflected in the books are real – with names changed to protect the innocent! She says: “People work hard. They need to see how to infuse life with possibility and promise. That’s why I write.”

Jim Treliving - Decisions: Making the Right Ones, Righting the Wrong Ones
Book Review & TV Interview

Decisions: Making the Right Ones, Righting the Wrong Ones, Jim Treliving

Jim Treliving is a Canadian businessman who, with George Melville, owns the collective investment portfolio T&M Group of Companies. Treliving has stepped into the public eye in recent years as one of the “dragons” on the Canadian television show Dragons’ Den.

Amanda Lang - The Power of Why
Amanda Lang discusses the power of why with Peter Mansbridge

Amanda Lang is a Canadian journalist and senior business correspondent for CBC News. She anchors the daily The Lang & O’Leary Exchange on CBC News Network. She is the former anchor for Business News Network where she hosted SqueezePlay and The Commodities Report.

Kevin O'Leary

Kevin O’Leary is a Canadian businessman, investor, writer, and television personality.

Kingston Writers Festival

Kingston WritersFest, a charitable cultural organization, brings the best of contemporary writers to Kingston to interact with audiences and other artists for mutual inspiration, education, and the exchange of ideas that literature provokes.

Through readings, performance, onstage discussion and master classes, Kingston WritersFest fosters intellectual and emotional growth on a personal and community level and raises the profile of reading and literary expression in our community.

Ottawa Writers Festival

The imagination is our most valuable renewable resource. So, twice a year we convene an international celebration of ideas to recharge our imaginations. From politics to poetry, science to music, history to thrillers, we celebrate the full diversity of the word and the gifted writers who guide us in our exploration of the world. Our year-round special events keep the ideas coming between Festivals.

Bruce Livesay - Thieves of Bay Street

Thieves of Bay Street – Bruce Livesay

This book sets out to reveal why Canada has become a popular place for investment fraud and thievery, and what the consequences are—and not just for small investors who can lose a lifetime of savings with one wrong turn. It examines how bankers and brokers and the very wealthy rob from investors and companies. Thieves of Bay Street explores how our vaunted financial institutions peddle dangerous investment products and contributed to the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis, the reverberations of which are threatening entire national economies. It’s about the ways that credit rating agencies, underwriters, analysts and lawyers enable fraud, and how regulators and law enforcement sit on the sidelines and do nothing to stop the fiascos from unfolding.