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Elan Divon: Speakers Bio Elan Divon is a Harvard-educated author, motivational speaker and personal development entrepreneur. His passion lies in taking wisdom themes found in world religion and mythology and integrating these into messages that inspire, motivate and foster innovation and growth in individuals, organizations and groups. Over the last decade, Elan has translated his passion into helping people of all ages and backgrounds develop their potential. He has worked with teenagers from conflict zones in building leadership, empowered the homeless as an instructor with the Ve’ahavta Street Academy, consulted non-profit organizations, and engaged business executives, entrepreneurs and CEOs on how to spur innovation in their companies. A captivating public speaker, Elan has addressed audiences across North America and has been featured on networks including CTV, CBC, Global Television and Deepak Chopra’s Wellness Radio show. His first book, Reaching Beyond the Religious (2010), explores wisdom themes from across the religious divide and their resonance in global affairs. He is currently completing his second book entitled The Initiation. Elan holds master’s degrees from Harvard and Brandeis Universities, and a B.A. from University of London’s Birkbeck College. A world traveler who has lived in four continents, Elan resides in Toronto with his wife and daughter.


Some of Elan’s Keynotes Include: The Anatomy of Entrepreneurship What the religious founders teach us about innovation and entrepreneurship This keynote is geared toward business leaders, managers, and CEOs as well as students and budding entrepreneurs looking to start a business. We’ll explore the five core principles successful entrepreneurs have followed since time immemorial, discover why they work, and learn how to apply these principles to our lives and careers.

The Myth of Positive Thinking A presentation that will challenge your view of conventional positive thinking! Drawing upon wisdom from across the ancient world, the presentation explores the biblical theme of ‘exile’ as the blueprint not only for the transformation of mythic heroes and religious icons, but a key ingredient in the making of modern leaders, thriving businesses, breakthrough ideas, and life itself.

Why the Bullied Become the Builders A fascinating look at how and why those who begin their lives as outcasts on the margin of society often end up becoming the innovators, change-makers, and influencers that shape our world.

The Initiation: Find Your Spark, Leave Your Mark Here we explore the universal journey all successful individuals must take in order to find their purpose, passion, and creative potential. Key Takeaways Learn the five core principles all great entrepreneurs follow Develop a business culture and lifestyle that promotes innovation and creativity Learn how to be a more effective boss, team leader, and influencer Be empowered to tackle and overcome personal and professional challenges Discover and harness the driving force behind personal change


What Others Say About Elan Elan delivered an extraordinary presentation on entrepreneurship at one of our executive retreats. Over the last decade, I’ve worked with hundreds of presenters from across Canada and the U.S., and Elan was one of the very best. He’s original, engaging, funny, and has a unique ability to make connections between different disciplines and motivate people through his wisdom and passion. Impressed? I’ve invited him back to deliver the keynote at our next annual leadership conference. Leon Goren, President & CEO, Presidents of Enterprising Organizations

Passionate. Original. Powerful. Enlightening. That’s Elan Divon. Melanie Novis, President, Corporate Speech Consultants & author of Canadian Public Speaking

Elan delivered a superb presentation at our Tiger 21 meeting in Toronto. Religion and Innovation? I never saw that one coming, but Elan has an extraordinary ability to see things that other people don’t - and bring value, intelligence, and inspiration in the process. His ‘five core principles every entrepreneur must follow’ is an essential for any aspiring entrepreneur and successful business leader. I look forward to reading his next book on the subject, and to hearing him speak again. Thane Stenner, Managing Director and Founding Member, TIGER 21 Canada

I’ve heard Elan Divon speak on two occasions. I know everyone found their time with him to be stimulating and worthwhile. Elan has an engaging and important story to tell; one that brings history and ancient wisdom to bear on the personal and business challenges of our day. He is a unique motivational speaker with a fresh perspective and a powerful message.

Les Mandelbaum, President, CEO and Co-founder, Umbra Ltd.


I had the pleasure of hearing Elan speak to a group of CEOs on the subject of innovation and entrepreneurship. He was outstanding. It was the kind of presentation that makes you think critically about your business and your life, while providing strategies and a sense of urgency to take action and implement change. I was so inspired by Elan that I invited him to address my executive team two days later. I cannot recommend him highly enough! Marshall Myles, President and CEO of Skyservice

Many bright minds pass through Harvard each year. Very few have the unique combination of courage, determination, eloquence and imagination to take their passion, nurture their ideas, and bring them into the realm of actuality. Elan Divon is one such gifted individual. He is a young leader, one that I am confident will make a positive difference in the world. Dr. Sanjiv Chopra, Dean for Continuing Education Harvard Medical School, bestselling author & leadership expert

Occasionally one meets a young man of great potential. Think of him as a young Pierre Trudeau. Elan is an intellectual with the heart of a soldier and yet he relates to children, teenagers, adults and seniors. Astonishing. He responds to people in a cultural context. In this regard he is not only very Canadian but a man of the world with the elegance and mannerisms that come with the role. As a speaker he is engaging, his ideas riveting, fresh and inventive, but as a young man on the move, he is simply fun to watch. I could not recommend him more highly.

Sharon E. McKay, Award Winning Author & Canadian War Artist

Elan delivered a thought-provoking presentation at the ROM’s Connected Series. Elan’s eloquence, charisma, and ability to simplify otherwise complicated ideas captivated the audience and generated an unusually lengthy Q&A following his talk. He is definitely someone to keep an eye on! Conrad Biernaki, Integrated Programs Manager, Royal Ontario Museum


Contact Presenting at the Royal Ontario Museum

For more information about Elan or to invite him to speak at your next event, please contact: Helen Hatzis, Principal, Bucket List Inc. Email:

At the Spoke Club in Toronto Cell: 416.508.5652

Street Academy Documentary

Briefing Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay

Leadership keynote at the Schwartz-Reisman Center


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