Keynote Speaker

16th Annual EcoBuzz Keynote Speaker

Rachel Parent

Since age 11, Rachel Parent has devoted her life as an environment and food youth activist, and a vocal advocate for climate change and social justice. She is the founder of Kids Right to Know and At age 14, Rachel debated celebrity Host Kevin O’Leary on CBC Television. She is a recognized public speaker, including TEDxToronto and SXSW, Austin Texas, she is a blogger for the Huffington Post, and the recipient of the Rob Stewart Youth Eco-Hero Award.

Her passion inspires people young and old to use their voice and speak up for what they believe in, regardless of age. Rachel has encouraged thousands of people to question their food choices and rethink what they buy and put in their bodies. She definitely serves as an inspiration in the environmental movement not to give up and to keep pushing for a better world.





Past EcoBuzz Keynote Speakers

David Suzuki

David Suzuki, Co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. As a geneticist, Dr. Suzuki was a Professor at the University of British Columbia 1963-2011. He has won numerous academic awards and holds 25 honorary degrees in Canada, the U.S. and Australia. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada, and is a Companion of the Order of Canada. He has authored over 50 books during his career.

A long time climate change activist, Dr. Suzuki is a prominent spokesperson in the fight against global warming. His dedication to protecting our natural environment and commitment to spreading a message of sustainability and conservation is an inspiration to students and others alike to be the change they want to see in the world !


Corrigan Hammond

Corrigan is the Ontario Organizer for the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot movement. He supports a growing movement of Canadians from all walks of life who are coming together to empower all levels of government to recognize and protect our right to a healthy environment.  No one in Ontario should ever suffer from preventable environmental impacts.



Derek Forgie

Derek is a DJ, comic emcee host, keynote speaker and actor. His passion for shining light on environmental issues is a life-long one. Derek is an important and effective Eco-Ally.



Emily Hunter

Emily is a second-generation environmental activist, daughter of Greenpeace co-founder, Robert Hunter. Over the past eight years she has campaigned on global environment issues while attempting to ignite youth in a new kind of eco-revolution. She uses media as her tools for change. She is an author of the book “The Next Ecowarriors” .



Steven Lee

Steve Lee is a climate change activist, a policy advocate to the United Nations, and a global speaker. He is the Executive Director of FES (Foundation for Environmental Stewardship) and its 3% Project, which mobilizes 1,000,000 Canadian youth – that’s 3% of Canada – through 5 national tours across 600 schools. It provides youth-friendly and holistic education on climate change and empowers them to take action on solving climate change in their local communities today.