Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote

The Debators Live with Steve Patterson

May the Best Wit Win: Kicking off Our 100th Celebrations with The Debaters Live

Monday, May 6, 2019

Watch a special welcome video from Steve Patterson       


Be it resolved that laughter and stimulating debate are the rules of the evening as we launch Convention 2019 and our 100th anniversary celebrations with The Debaters Live! Join us for a fun and topical hour of stand-up comedy mixed with hard-hitting debate in a format familiar to fans of the hit radio show. Your host Steve Patterson warms things up before bringing two clever stand-up comics to the stage. They’ll go head-to-head in a friendly war of words with the winner chosen by you, the audience. What’s up for debate? You’ll just have to be there and find out for yourself! If laughter is the best medicine, then The Debaters Live is the gold standard prescription, bringing you a great evening celebrating Advantage Ontario’s first 100 years.

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STEVE PATTERSON is best known as host of the hit show The Debaters on CBC Radio One.  Patterson has been a professional headliner since 1997 and has taped numerous national television specials in the past decade including four Just For Laughs galas.  His performance in 2010 earned him a Gemini nomination and caused host Steve Martin afterwards to exclaim “If I’d have known he was going to be THAT good, I would have cancelled him.” Following that performance, Patterson was name Best Male Stand-up Comedian at the 2011 and 2013 Canadian Comedy awards and was nominated for Canadian Screen Awards as Host on HGTV’s I Wrecked My House and CBC’s Great Canadian Screen Test.  Steve’s nationally toured theatre show entitled This is Not Debatable is on itunes and his The Book of Letters I Didn’t Know Where to Send is available in bookstores nationwide and on Audible.


Reflections Panel

Tuesday, May 7

Details to be released soon!


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Closing Keynote with Paul Huschilt

A Wrap-up Like No Other

Wednesday, May 8, 2019


This is one Convention wrap-up you won’t want to miss as we cap our 100th anniversary celebrations with a very special finale. Using razor-sharp wit, pizzazz and a sense of fun, speaker Paul Huschilt will skillfully weave together a Convention 2019 highlight reel known as “Paul’s World Famous Conference Ending Summary.” Using an outsider’s insight and comic whimsy, Paul will activate your sense of recall better than any set of notes by tickling your funny bone and helping you to lock in the lessons of Convention 2019 for future use. We guarantee you’ll leave the Convention laughing, re-energized and remembering your sessions’ most important messages. Pssst — our speaker’s research methods are slightly unconventional too. More will be revealed as Convention 2019 unfolds…

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PAUL HUSCHILT is an award-winning professional speaker with a unique style that motivates and inspires people to be their best while they fall over laughing. A trained actor and singer with degrees and diplomas in management, adult education and counselling, he has spoken to audiences across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan over the last 16 years. He is a recent inductee into the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame.