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Transatlantic Speakers now offers online conferencing for keynotes and workshops

During the global pandemic, Transatlantic Speakers brings you messages of hope, of hard truths and ways to move forward, specially created to accommodate online video conferencing for your audience. 

Contact speakers@transatlanticagency to learn more.

 
Introducing Jesse Thistle!

Jesse Thistle is Métis-Cree and an Assistant Professor at York University in Toronto. He is a PhD candidate in the History program at York where he is working on theories of intergenerational and historic trauma of the Métis people. Jesse has won the P.E. Trudeau and Vanier doctoral scholarships, and he is a governor general medalist. Jesse is the author of the Definition of Indigenous Homelessness in Canada published through the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, and his historical research has been published in numerous academic journals, book chapters, and featured on CBC Ideas, CBC Campus, and Unreserved.

His memoir, From the Ashes, is a #1 national bestseller, a CBC Canada Reads finalist, winner of the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Nonfiction, an Indigenous Voices Award winner, a finalist for the High Plains Book Award, and an Indigo Best Book of 2019. You can follow Jesse on Twitter at @michifman.

He speaks on many issues surrounding mental health and addiction, homelessness, Métis history, empowerment and personal transformation, including How to Stay Positive:

"Since rehab, hardcore addiction, and homelessness, my rise in academia to a better life followed three basic premises -- 
I set mini, achievable goals, I managed my time, and I followed my passion. They centre on the importance of consistent habits over time. In micro-goals and achievements grows confidence, self- worth, and, most importantly, self-love, which then translates into being positive and loving the word around you. Like a domino effect into a more hopeful and happy life."
 
Award-winning author of Scarborough offers us skills for embodied allyship as our new future unfolds

Artistic Director of b current performing arts and award-winning author of Scarborough, Catherine Hernandez helps audiences meditate on the power and promise of embodied allyship in the wake of the pandemic. Using her new novel, Crosshairs, as a starting point for discussion, audiences will reflect on acts of courage in times of fear. 
 
Crosshairs is hauntingly similar to these terrifying times. Set in Canada only a few years into the future, widespread environmental displacement leads to financial devastation and limited resources. Amidst the chaos, a fascist regime emerges targeting LGBTQ2S, Disabled and elderly folks and forcing them into labour camps. While the book acts as a cautionary tale, it also offers a play-by-play for hope when allies are committed to sustainable and sincere change. 
 
Introducing Eternity Martis! 

Eternity Martis is an award-winning journalist, editor, writing consultant, and author. Her work has appeared in Vice, Huffington Post, The Walrus, Chatelaine, CBC, Hazlitt, The Fader, Complex, Salon, and many more, as well as in academic syllabuses around the world. Eternity was a 2017 National Magazine Awards finalist for Best New Writer and the 2018 winner of the Canadian Online Publishing Awards for Best Investigative Article. Her work on race and language, namely on capitalizing "Black" and "Indigenous" identities, has influenced style guide changes across the country. Her debut memoir They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up, was featured in the Globe and Mail's 2020 winter books preview, Quill and Quire's most anticipated memoirs, and Now magazine's most anticipated books of 2020, and is now a national bestseller.

Her speaking topics include: Breaking down racism, microaggressions inside and outside of the workplace and Self-care for BIPOC employees -- and why it matters for everyone.

How can we understand the impact of anti-Black racism if we don't know how it affects our friends, co-workers and loved ones? How can we use our privilege and power -- even when we think we don't have it -- to be better allies? In this session, Eternity uses her experience as a journalist reporting on race to illuminate the ways that structural, systemic, and institutional racism, and microaggressions, play out in our everyday lives, and its effects on Black people's health, well-being, and career and academic performance. Further, she explores why privilege and power are essential to allyship, and offers tips for how you can start being an ally today.

Patti Hone speaks on how cancer prepared her for the global pandemic

Patti Hone takes you and your audience through a very candid but humorous and "uplifting" journey from her diagnosis of breast cancer, through her seven surgeries to date, and her recovery, showing you that cancer is but a chapter in one's life...it is not the whole story! With 8 million followers and growing, her blog Ta Ta Cancer gives us insight into how the loneliness of living with cancer prepared her for the isolation brought about by the global pandemic, among many other beautiful, challenging and enlightening stories.

Patti speaks about hope and perseverance in this context, but is a marketing professional by trade, and can speak on various themes. To learn more about Patti Hone's speaking profile, click here.


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