Accolades: Professional Associations, Non-Profits and Charitable Organizations

What Professional Associations, Non-Profits and Charitable Organizations are saying about Canadian Motivational Speaker, Nina Spencer…

“The customer is the only critic whose opinion matters at all.” — Mark Twain

A Sample List of Audience Reactions

“Your keynote was a truly inspiring session today [at our annual AOPHBA Conference/Association of Ontario Public Health Business Administrators]. I thank you for your words of advice!” — Rob Cunnington, CPA CA, Chief Financial Officer, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

“Nina, you were professional, engaging and such a pleasure to work with! Your keynote at our Alberta Society of Orthodontists annual conference was motivational and received very positive feedback from our members and attendees—on a five-point rating scaled, here is the feedback about your presentation: Topic 4.6; Presentation 4.8; Engagement 4.8; Quality of Material 4.8. We are truly grateful to have booked you as our keynote speaker and for helping us to close our annual conference on a high note, and with a sense of optimism.”
— Dr. Saleh Al Daghreer, President, Alberta Society of Orthodontists/ASO

“Having you as our special keynote guest for our first Irie Hour Show for 2022 was the best decision we made in years! Your presentation was insightful, relevant and memorable. Our travel advisors were gifted by you an inspirational masterclass in bolstering spirits, as well as customer retention and satisfaction, particularly pertinent to the ongoing challenge of this current pandemic business environment. Nina, you understood the assignment, and the many positive compliments we’ve received about your keynote from our travel advisors proves that your session was time well spent! — Dan Hamilton, District Sales Manager, Canada, JAMAICA TOURIST BOARD

“Your [keynote] presentation was great and motivational!” – Executive Director, Seamus Gearin, CAE, Orthotics Prosthetics Canada

“Your wonderful energy definitely got the [Orthotics and Prosthetics Canada] conference started the right way! Thank you once again for your time today – your presentation was fantastic! It was a pleasure to work with you and I hope we cross paths again!” Tawnia Politis, Event Planner at Redstone Agency

“Thank you so much for an excellent keynote finale for our [virtual] symposium. Your presentation was a great positive experience—a wonderful way to wrap up with such positive energy.” Bev Morris, Manager, Deafblind Community Services

“Nina, we loved your keynote! It was inspiring! One hundred percent of our attendees found your messages and platform style motivating. I would highly recommend you as a keynote speaker for any association’s annual conference and look forward to booking your services once again.” Neta Gear, Executive Director, Distress and Crisis Ontario

“A consummate professional, Nina, you were a pleasure to work with before and during our annual conference. I wish all speakers were as well organized! You gave an impressive opening keynote, engaging our occupational health nurses/association members with laughter, interaction, and valuable information. Your life-affirming presentation gave attendees lots to think about during conference, and most importantly, to put into practice when they return to work and home. Thank you, Nina!” Karen Watson, RN, BHSc(N), COHN(C), CRSPOntario Occupational Health Nurses Association

“Our planning committee wanted to end our annual conference with an up-beat and inspirational keynote presentation… and I must say, Nina, you delivered! I am sure our paths will cross again.” Anne MacLaurin, Patient Safety Improvement Lead, Canadian Patient Safety Institute

“Your presentation was perfectly pitched to our group. Many were apprehensive about our treetop trekking activity following immediately after your talk, and the thoughts and experiences you presented, and the way in which you presented them resulted in a shift in mindset for nearly everyone in the room! I especially liked the “soar/creep” analogy and in fact used that in my closing remarks later in the day! Everyone left your keynote believing in themselves and that they “can,”—and they took that attitude right out onto the course! And the good news is that everyone “did.” In one case, someone wasn’t going to finish one of the courses. I heard one of our members say, “Are you going to be that person who made it as far as one hour away from her goal and then quit?” She didn’t quit! You inserted just enough references back to our group that it made your Kilimanjaro climb talk very personal and relatable to us. And it even spoke to those of us who already believed we were capable—in fact, a colleagues and I found the confidence to try the “black” course, which is the hardest, and finished it easily! So for those reasons, and many more, your presentation was a resounding success. The entire group got so much more out of our morning trekking exercise than we would have without having heard from you first. And I believe that they are going to carry those ‘morals of the story’ forward in their day-to-day lives.” Wanda Szajnocha | Executive Assistant to Warren Spitz, UCS Forest Group of Companies, Young Presidents’ (Assistants’) Association 

“Nina, you were the perfect choice for our keynote speaker at our annual Leadership in Sport forum. You both inspired and appreciated the female educators in the audience, for the work they do. I admired how you planned your keynote address with our audience in mind. You related so well to the theme of the forum and you made your comments relevant and fun. It was a real joy working with you!” Donna Howard Executive Director OFSSA ( Ontario Federation School Athletic Association)

“Re our annual conference survey – lots of positive feedback! Comments included: ‘The keynote and plenary speakers were amazing!’ ‘I came back from this conference feeling very inspired and motivated.’ ‘It was just what I needed!’ ‘I very much enjoyed this year’s conference–particularly, the keynote speakers, were fantastic!’ Keynotes/plenary speakers were amazing!’ ‘Really interesting and engaging speakers.'” Alina Toda, Executive Assistant, Ontario Association of School Business Officials/OASBO

“Nina is such a dynamic and engaging speaker! We were very lucky to have her on stage for our May 2018 OASBO (Ontario Association of School Business Officials’) Conference in Ottawa. Her keynote on Getting Passion Out of Your Profession was inspirational. Nina did a great job getting an important message out to everyone in the room, and did it with the perfect blend of charm and humor!” Robert Smith, Incentive Programs Advisor, Ontario Education Sector (and Member of the Ontario Association of School Business Officials)

“Thank you for your keynote. It was VERY well received! I know it got folks thinking, and I hope the enthusiasm continues. We will certainly keep you in mind for future presentations. Tammy Taylor, Manager, Deafblind Services, CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind)

“I knew you’d ‘deliver’ as our keynoter for our IIA National Conference! You masterfully held the attention of 800+ delegates with your sense of humor, intriguing facts, audience participation and challenging perspectives. You had us! We were riveted. It was amazing how you kept a bunch of auditors and chartered accountants engaged, laughing and connected. We had fun! You were a terrific choice for our big annual I’d recommend your services in heartbeat to any committee charged with finding a great keynoter.” Peggy Gilmour CA, CRMA, ICD.D, Senior Vice President, Wholesale/Brokerage Operations at CIBC

“Thank you Nina for making our Celebrating Women in Business event an absolute success! Your presentation on Getting Passion Out of Your Profession was lively, engaging and inspirational. Feedback from participants reflected a vast number of ratings as outstanding for your keynote, along with comments that they thoroughly enjoyed the humor in your presentation. You are a speaker I highly recommend as a keynoter or workshop presenter. It was a pleasure to meet and work with you!” Colleen Sadler APEC CBC, Business Consultant, Enterprise Renfrew County

“Feedback on your keynote has been fabulous! From the written survey results, 98% of attendees were ‘very satisfied’ with your presentation and 2% ‘satisfied’. The comments were excellent as well, ranging from ‘Inspirational, motivational enthusiastic, powerful, awesome and very engaging!’ Personally, I thought you were great! You kept the audience engaged and provided excellent tips on how to be more positive in their daily lives. Thanks again for joining us. You were terrific and I would gladly recommend you to others!!! Lynda Farant, Performance Coordinator, Eastern Ontario Regional Labs Association (EORLA)

“Engaging, a delight, thought-provoking and inspiring are the words I leave with after attending Nina’s presentation (at our Florida annual conference) on, Getting Passion Out of Your Profession. With the uncertainty life brings, Nina helped us all come back to reexamine and embrace things that are most important. If you are fortunate enough to attend a session with Nina, don’t be surprised if you walk out a different person.” Joe McClary, Interim CEO, The (International) Association of Real Estate License Law Officials/ARELLO

“If you’re looking for a speaker who is motivational and energizing, Nina is your person! She is a very lively, energetic and entertaining speaker. I found her to be very motivational and challenging.” Ruthanne Krant, Conference Chair, Human Resources Professionals’ Association of Ontario/HRPAO, Barrie and District Chapter

“Nina is outstanding! I have known, and have been booking, Nina since the late 90’s. The evaluations of her work, her enthusiasm and commitment speak volumes. I highly recommend Nina for your event.” Joanne Young Evans, Executive Director, Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO)

“You certainly wowed us in Ottawa! Definitely this was the best day-long workshop I have ever attended. Thank-you so much for your energy, your sense of humor, your professionalism and instruction. It was a real delight to meet you.” Anne Jeanjean, President, Ottawa Chapter, International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)

“Your energy and information were a highlight of the opening day and left the audience charged with enthusiasm.” Todd Hutchings, Program Planner, Ontario Hospital Association (OHA)

“All mentioned how much they loved your dynamic keynote and your message. The majority responded to the question, “What did you like best about the conference?”, with your name! Thank-you for your words of wisdom. You are an inspiration!” Marcia O’Hearn, Canada District Director, International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)

“Thank-you so much for your presentation at our recent Toronto Conference. Your evaluations were very positive and the scoring high!” Anne Valdo, Director, Special Projects, Meeting Professionals International (MPI)

“It was such a pleasure having you speak at our Promotions Canada Annual Conference. Audience comments included: ‘Nina has a wonderful real presentation style’; ‘Great presentation–lots of information that I will be able to apply to my expanding career’; ‘So motivating! Thank You Nina!’ ‘Very enthusiastic and energetic presenter. Lots of valuable information’.” Lise Bujold, Vice-President, Promotional Products Association of Canada (PPAC)

“Nina…You’re a peach! I really appreciate your support.” Helen Van Dongen, Manager Conferences and Events Canadian Society of Association Executives

“You were wonderful!! I am so proud to have found you for our conference and even prouder to know you. You are a very lovely person. I have heard nothing but positive comments about your closing keynote address…which is great!” Lorna Coutoulas, Vice President, Central Services Association of Ontario/CSAO (Hospital Medical Sterilization Services: and Team Leader, Perioperative Services, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto)

“We could not have achieved success in such an ambitious event without your professional expertise and advice. We have had nothing but positive comments about your keynote program.” 2006 National Planning Committee Canadian Diabetes Association

“Thank-you for your valuable contribution as a speaker at our Continuing Education Conference in Edmonton. It was a great pleasure for our Optometrists and their Optometric Assistants and Opticians to have you present an outstanding keynote…your presentation was a significant factor to the success of our conference.” Stacey Dominiuk, Events Coordinator, Alberta Association of Optometrists

“My association with Nina goes back at least 15 years. As a workshop facilitator Nina is extremely knowledgeable, professional and engaging. She knows how to get and keep the attention of audiences from a wide variety of industries and professions and easily displays her understanding of the unique characteristics of different businesses. It is with confidence that I booked Nina to present on a variety of professional development topics. On top of all this, Nina consistently demonstrates just the right degree of humor in her presentations, whether for intimate groups or large conference audiences. More recently, I’ve worked with Nina on at least one keynote engagement–this event was a huge success, with nothing but positive feedback about her message and contribution. Nina is a fine, seasoned workshop facilitator and conference keynote speaker who can motivate and inspire any group. She would do any organization proud.” Sandra Parker, Manager of Professional Development, Insurance Brokers Association of Canada

“On behalf of the International Customer Service Association of Canada, the executives and conference committee thanks for your help in making our Annual Conference a huge success by way of your keynote presentation on “Getting Passion Out of Your Profession”. Below are the ratings your keynote received: Effectiveness of Speaker’s delivery: 97%; Content of session: 95% Well done, Nina! I look forward to booking you again in the near future.” Dolly Konzelmann, President, ICSA Canada/International Customer Service Association of Canada

“Thank-you very much for keynote presenting “your inspirational journey” climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Feedback was excellent. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed your talk. You were both entertaining and inspirational as you related your experience to our work environment and our personal lives. We now feel like we could summit our own mountains after your presentation! I would highly recommend you to any organization seeking to motivate their association members or internal staff.” Darice Withers, President, International Association of Administrative Professionals/IAAP Peel-Halton Chapter

“Nina, thank-you for your presentation at our 2013 AGM and Convention. We received significant feedback from delegates regarding the high caliber and relevance of the workshops and in particular the quality of speakers who delivered the educational content. We very much appreciate your contribution and you will be pleased to know your session was ranked highly–in the top five of this three day event. Here is a sample of feedback from your session: ‘Fantastic!; Excellent, useful and inspirational; very energetic beginning to the conference; great tone and energy; dynamic, uplifting and kept us engaged throughout; very relevant; made me look at myself in various ways; very interactive with loads of information that really focused on self-awareness and impressed me how much information was new to me; got a lot out of the presentation–very real and applicable to the workplace and life!’ One again, thank-you for helping to make our convention such a success! We look forward to working with you again!” Stuart Sweeney, Education Manager, Ontario Association of Non-Profit Housing and Services for Seniors/OANHSS

“My heartfelt thanks to you for bringing your energy to TSH and enveloping all of us in it. Your keynote presentation was a very needed replenishing for our leadership team and I saw lots of smiles on faces, wider than they have been for a while.” Rhonda Seidman-Carlson, Vice President of Interprofessional Practice & Chief Nursing Executive, The Scarborough Hospital; President, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

“It really was a pleasure to have had you keynote at the annual NCON Professional Development Conference. Our audience appreciated your address immensely and walked away on a high and positive note. Your messages will help them persevere well when they face challenges in their day-to-day, sometimes mundane work!Feedback included: Nina’s keynote was wonderful & engaging; I found it to be extremely helpful and informative!; this is by far the most engaging and relevant conference I’ve attended in five years; the information was relevant and presented in an exciting and engaging way; speaker was dynamic, engaging and passionate. I learned a lot and am going to bring a wealth of information back; I especially liked Nina’s closing keynote presentation—it really spoke to me.” Shalini Da Cuna, Executive Director, Peel Halton Workforce Development Group

“Nina, you are one of the most personable, down-to-earth speakers I have ever met as program director. You were very easy to talk with and I loved how you engaged us in your keynote presentation by having us interact with each other and with you. A great night!!!”Denise Travers, Program Director, Women’s Business Network

“Nina, I’ve been running everywhere (still at the conference) but need to take a moment to say how wonderful you were yesterday! Rave reviews all around (about your Kilimanjaro keynote). Thank-you!” Karen Majerly, Association Manager, Ontario Medical Group Management Association

“Nina, I cannot thank you enough for all the wonderful and positive tips and techniques you shared during your keynote at the 2015 OMCA (Ontario Motor coach Association) annual conference. I started at the Akron / Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau last April, so I am most grateful to have all your advice so early in my career. Thank you!” Robert Ivory, Destination Sales Manager, Akron / Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau, Akron, Ohio, USA

“Once again, on behalf of the Board, thank you for your great keynote presentation at our annual October conference. As you see from the feedback, your were amazing! Here is a sample of what our members/conference attendees had to say: ‘fabulous speaker;  she really held our interest; was very informative and entertaining; her topic was relevant; excellent choice of speaker; it’s always good to bring in motivational speakers; we can all use a “shot of energy” from time to time; a great speaker, a very pleasant and interesting lady; inspirational… always good to be reminded of the small things… and small changes in our lives can amount to big changes towards our goals; she was entertaining and kept us alert; very entertaining speaker.’ Lets stay in touch, Nina. I have already recommended you to TCET (The Centre for Education and Training) as well as TESL Ontario.” Alexander Harchenko, CSP, TESL, RCIC, TESL Ontario Chapter President

“In choosing speakers for our Ontario Motor Coach Association Annual Conference, one always hopes that the outcome will be positive and well received. Nina, our delegates were delighted with your presentation. They found your keynote informative and motivational, as well as engaging and entertaining, too. Feedback has been extremely positive. It was a pleasure to work with you. Having you present at our annual meeting was a definite bonus.” Mardi Schueler, General Manager, Ontario Motor Coach Association

“Alberta loves Nina! She is an extremely passionate and dynamic speaker that captivates her audience. She is warm and inviting both on stage and in person, demonstrates the ability to motivate and coach others in the career development and human resources fields, and displays discretion and diplomacy with her colleagues and clients. If you want attention to detail, promptness and expertise in the field of career development–Nina Spencer is the lady for you. She was an absolute pleasure and a treat to have at our 15th Annual Alberta Career Development Consultation.” Tracey Campbell, Chair, 2009 BTT/Building Tomorrow Today Planning Committee, Career Development Association of Alberta (Career & Employment Consultant, Alberta Ministry of Employment and Immigration)

“Thank you for bringing such value to our conference. Your keynote was interesting, thought-provoking and entertaining–a triple WOW!!! It was a true pleasure to work with you and to get to know you. You’re a true class-act, Nina! And you are more than welcome to use my testimonial on your website. It is so deserving. You will also see an honourable mention of your fabulous keynote contribution in my Editor’s Notes of our association’s upcoming Chemunicator.” Catherine Wieckowska, Vice President, Communications & Member Services, Responsible Distribution Canada (Association Client)

“Amazing [keynote] speaker—and very professional and very entertaining! I would highly recommend Nina for your event!” MARY ROMERO, Program Manager, Conferences and Seminars, Ontario Hospital Association/OHA

“Thank you very much for your closing keynote – not only were you inspiring and funny, I am positive your presentation offered a new perspective to our team/agency. Hopefully we are all moving forward with more passion for our profession because of your address. Please do keep in touch!” Gwen Sheridan, Supervisor Deafblind Services, CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind)

“Nina, through your keynote at our conference, you provided our professionals with real experiences and practical knowledge that is easy to apply at the workplace and home. You are such a gifted and talented speaker and it was a great experience to have at our AGM. You made a significant positive difference in our attitudes at work and I thank you for your consummate preparation and wisdom.” Patrick Guidera, RPF, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Forestry Division/College of Alberta Professional Foresters

“Your [keynote] presentation was great and motivational!”
Executive Director, Seamus Gearin, CAE, Orthotics Prosthetics Canada

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