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CEO, Johnny Cupcakes | Award Winning Entrepreneur & Brand Hysteria Expert
If you dream of inspiring cult-like brand loyalty—the kind that involves mile-long queues and even permanent tattoos— then Johnny "Cupcakes" Earle is for you. The founder of the world-renowned tee-shirt brand Johnny Cupcakes, Johnny’s known for helping people create blueprints for building brand loyalty, creating memorable experiences, and inspiring innovation.
With global store openings, thousands of customers with his logo tattooed on themselves, people who camp out for his products, and high-profile collaborations with giants such as The Simpsons, Power Rangers, and Nickelodeon, Johnny was named "America’s #1 Young Entrepreneur" by Business Week, "Top Innovator in Retail" by The Boston Globe, and featured in INC magazine as the CEO of one of the world’s fastest growing independent businesses.
Despite being in one of the most difficult product categories to stand-out in, and a founder of a brand when he was just 19 years old, Johnny’s solution to his business challenges was to create such a unique brand experience that his customers would loyally line-up around the block, time and time again, just to be able to sport his logo on their clothing.
Since then, through his talks and creative consulting, Johnny has shared his strategies with clients that include Apple, L’Oreal, Disney, IBM, Audi, Harvard University, Wieden+Kennedy, Marriott, and P&G.
Also a TEDx speaker, Johnny has been featured in media such as MTV, NPR, Forbes, WIRED, Newsweek, and as a case study in several branding and business books.
Activist | Co-Founder of We Charity (Formerly Free The Children and Me to We)
Craig Kielburger is a New York Times bestselling author, syndicated columnist read by millions, and social entrepreneur who co-founded the WE movement with the mission to make “doing good, doable.”
Over the past two decades, Craig, along with his co-founder and brother Marc Kielburger, has grown the WE movement to engage 4+ million people annually in service. The We Organization now includes the WE Charity, ME to WE Social Enterprise, and WE Day. Over 250,000 people earn their ticket to WE Day celebrations through volunteerism.
Craig and Marc’s pioneering social enterprise model, ME to WE, sustains the work of their charitable mission with socially-conscious products purchased by millions of consumers. Their work has resulted in a holistic development model lifting more than one million people out of poverty.
Craig is the youngest-ever graduate from the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program. He has also received 15 honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights.
Craig has published 12 books, including his newest book, WEconomy: You Can Find Your Meaning, Make a Living, and Change the World. Co-authored with Marc Kielburger and Holly Branson, the book is a blueprint to drive positive impact and change the world through the combined mission of purpose and profit. Craig’s work has also been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes and the BBC.
Craig is the recipient of The Order of Canada, the Nelson Mandela Freedom Medal, and the World Children’s Prize.
Legendary Broadcast Journalist
One of Canada's premier broadcast journalists, Tom Clark reported on the local, national, and international stories that shaped Canada for over 25 years. With in-depth knowledge of the political and economic issues affecting Canadians coast-to-coast, he speaks to the importance of intelligent media for Canadians as a world-class standard.
The former Global National News' chief political correspondent, Clark hosted the weekly political program The West Block with Tom Clark, where he discussed issues important to all Canadians. He was also the host of CTV's daily political program Power Play with Tom Clark, and the senior correspondent of North America's longest-running current affairs program, W-Five. His hard-hitting investigations were recognized and honoured in Canada and around the world.
Politically, Clark covered every federal election campaign since 1974, as well as numerous provincial campaigns, and interviewed nearly every prime minister since Pierre Trudeau. He even secured Canada's first televised interview with a sitting US president in over 30 years.
Clark has reported from five war zones, most notably from Southern Iraq in 2003. Prior to his "tour,” he was the only Canadian reporter in Belgrade during the Yugoslav war. He also did two coverage tours in the Persian Gulf War, as well as two tours of duty in Bosnia.
In the early 1980s, Clark was the bureau chief in CTV's Beijing bureau in China, where he became one of the first Western journalists to report from Tibet. He also was the only Western journalist to get an interview with the son of Chinese leader Deng Xiao Ping, during which he uncovered a previously secret connection of that family to Canada.
Currently, Clark is Chairman of the CBC Independent Advisory Board and he is also the Chairman of Global Public Affairs, where he provides insight and guidance to leading figures in Canada’s business community. He is fully bilingual.