Kai Thomas

Kai Thomas is an author and educator. His background and body of work span from land stewardship, carpentry, and small-scale farming to historical research and scholarship.  

His debut novel, In the Upper Country, was awarded the 2023 Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust prize for fiction and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Amazon Canada First Novel Award. The work has been featured in news outlets such as NPR, CBC, The New York Times, and the Globe and Mail.

SPEAKING TOPICS

Writing from the Land

How can writing cultivate connection with nature? In this workshop, Kai facilitates exercises of storytelling from the land, offers reflections on how land-based work and play can invigorate and inform writing practice, and opens discussions on the role of storytellers in an era of environmental crisis. 

Approaching the Novel

Novel writing can be a daunting task. In this presentation, Kai makes it less so by speaking candidly about strategies for managing some of the challenges of the process. From topic-selection and drafting techniques to research approaches, participants will learn and engage with valuable perspectives in the craft of prose fiction.

Story-ing the Past

Stories of our past are a powerful way to understand the present. Through personal storytelling and guided reflection Kai holds space to immerse in and meditate on the narratives that have shaped us.

Other topics or types of workshops, consultations, lectures, readings, or interviews may be developed for a particular group or event.

To book Kai Thomas, contact Rob Firing at rob@transatlanticagency.com


Brooke Bridges

Brooke Bridges grew up in Los Angeles California as an actress, appearing on TV shows like The Young and the Restless, 90210, Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, and more. Now, she works as a mental health speaker, having spoken to over 10,000 people ranging in age from 5-65 years old, she works as an entrepreneur making herbal remedies for skin, hair, and self-care through her small business Brooke’s Botanicals, she serves her community as a CSA Assistant Manager at an internationally recognized nonprofit Soul Fire Farm, and she Mothers two young children.

Brooke speaks about what it was like growing up as a child actress and all of the anxiety and worries about perfectionism that came with it. She discusses her own experiences with mental health challenges throughout her childhood and into her young adulthood, and how those manifested in negative coping behaviors such as alcohol abuse and self-harming behaviors, hoping they’d help her escape from the pain she felt.

She discusses how after a cross-country move and a soul crushing breakup, she had planned to take her own life, but miraculously chose to seek help instead. She talks about how feeling completely hopeless actually opens doors for you to do things you never thought possible, and once you begin to realize that real change is available for you, you can be vulnerable and figure out how to turn your challenges into your greatest tools.

Brooke speaks from a place of understanding, love, and a reverence for nature, plant medicine, and an unwavering faith in our own ability to connect with our true selves and with one another to bring about personal and collective healing. Loves to speak about anxiety, vulnerability and healing through storytelling, the impacts of social media on our mental health, how you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, especially yourself, and anything about herbalism and nature immersion and how those things can contribute to our overall wellbeing.

Selected Speaking Topics

Before You Judge, Open the Book and Read: Getting Out From Behind the Mask

The only way to be known, is to be authentic. The only way to be authentic, is to accept that sometimes things are not the way we’d like them to be. In this talk, Brooke discusses what it was like growing up as a child actress, and how to others that meant that she must be happy, rich, popular; only positive things. She talks about the pressures of needing to act “just right” and how the stress of saying and doing things the way other people wanted her to impacted not only her childhood, but the rest of her life.

She hopes to share her own story to inspire others to do the same. She hopes that her vulnerability will allow others to truly see her, and for them to stop and get to know the people in their lives, and even themselves, before they make judgments because more often than not, things are not as they seem. At the end of the day, all we really want is to be loved for who we are, so how do we develop self-care and self-compassion so that others can show us the same?

Do I Hate My Body? Or Am I just on Social Media?

Social Media has an unwavering grip on our teens. Studies show that the average US teen spends 4.8 hours a day on social media, and nearly 70% of those teens are on it, despite it causing them to feel anxious, stressed, and depressed. 3 out of 4 children as young as 12 say that they dislike their bodies, because of triggering content they see on social media.

Growing up as an actress, model, and entertainer, Brooke endured severe disordered eating, unhealthy self-image, and body dysmorphia as a teenager. Although social media was not yet as popular as it is today, the concept of being a child actress brought about all of those body image and self-esteem issues to the forefront.

In this talk, Brooke talks about the parallels between being an actress and being a young, impressionable social media user who is presenting a curated version of themselves in order to be accepted, how these pressures inevitably lead to feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt, how to overcome body image issues through being mindful and present in your amazing body, because it’s the only one you’ve got.

Sharing My Story: Behind the Smile

In this talk, Brooke shares about her life and how she went from being a young, excitable child to an anxious actress with substance abuse problems, and then to an adult who truly loves herself and her life. In this story, Brooke hopes to share the experiences she had when she was younger and struggling with mental health challenges. When she was going through her mental health challenges she thought they would last forever. She wants to share her story because she realized that the pain can end, and things can get better. She hopes to motivate and inspire our youth to keep going despite the challenges, and to seek out resources and to love themselves because life is worth it. When she speaks, the takeaway is that it’s Ok to be vulnerable. She speaks about her life and her challenges casually, but the stuff she’s talking about is serious. She helps remind kids that it’s okay to be human, it’s okay to have feelings, good or bad, and those feelings are valid no matter what. She has gotten consistent feedback after these presentations, from youth, that her story feels so validating. And that is why she shares this story: to help others feel valid amidst such painful emotions, and to remind them that change is possible.

To book Brooke Bridges, contact Rob Firing at rob@transatlanticagency.com


Matthew Dawkins

Matthew is a Jamaican award-winning author and poet whose writing explores subject matters including adolescence, race, nationhood, and mental health. His short story about a brave and relentless Black girl is featured in the forthcoming THE ANNETHOLOGY, a collection of Anne of Green Gables re-imaginings (Acorn Press, 2024).

In Matthew’s debut YA novel UNTIL WE BREAK (Wattpad Books, 2022), a Black ballet dancer grapples with grief after a potentially career-ending injury and the death of her best friend. Matthew is currently at work on an adult novel about queerness and masculinity in World War II–era Jamaica.

His work has been featured in Westwind Poetry, Indolent Books, Pinhole Poetry, and in advertising campaigns for Western University and IKEA. Matthew was the 2022-2023 Student Writer in Residence at Western University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Arts and Humanities and English Literature.

Selected Speaking Topics

Spoken Word
In his performances, Matthew combines traditional poetic forms with contemporary subject matters such as adolescence, race, ecology, nationhood, and mental health. His engaging style is influenced by Toni Morrison and Amanda Gorman, and encourages audiences to snap, hum, and nod along. Matthew’s poetry is suitable for ages 16 and up.

Moderating
Matthew is an avid reader, interviewer, and moderator with a passion for exploring the intersection of literature and diverse cultural experiences. His B.A. in English Language and Literature, as well as his lived experience, equip him with a deep understanding of the realities of diverse youth, particularly within the Jamaican/Caribbean and immigrant communities. Matthew’s insightful questions and ability to create a welcoming atmosphere allow audiences to engage deeply with topics such as identity, belonging, and culture. His passion and intention ensures every event is thought-provoking and enlightening.

Your Voice is a Key – Start Opening Doors
For Matthew, classrooms represent more than just homework and required reading; they are spaces where problem-solving skills and creative thinking are developed. In this session, Matthew uses interactive storytelling exercises to empower students, helping them refine their voices and showcasing how their passion and ideas can make a real difference. This workshop is ideal for students ages 12 and up.

In Defense of Storytime: Why We Need More Art in Schools
Matthew’s writing career can be credited to approximately ten staff rooms; worth of teachers who not only sharpened his talent but also supported him with resources. His experience forms the bedrock for this discussion on the significance of deliberately fostering creative talent among young people. In this session, Matthew will underscore the transformative power of a strong arts education and explore how and why adults, mentors, teachers, and administrators can support students’ creativity.

The Art of Self-Care
In this session, Mathew facilitates a brave space to help professionals explore the therapeutic benefits of creative writing and reconnecting with their inner artists. Through a series of hands-on activities, organizations will learn how to use art as a tool for self-care, stress relief, and personal growth. This session will leave teams feeling refreshed, inspired, and ready to tackle professional and personal challenges with renewed creativity and resilience.

To book Matthew contact Léonicka Valcius at leonicka@transatlanticagency.com


Riley Yesno

Riley Yesno (she/her) is a queer Anishinaabe scholar, writer, and commentator, from Eabametoong First Nation and Thunder Bay, Ontario.

She is highly sought after for her words and analysis— called an “Indigenous powerhouse” by the Toronto Star, “one of the brightest young minds in Canada today” by jury members of the Canadian Journalism Foundation, and “a rising intellectual giant by the University of Toronto.

She has been a contributor and commentator for some of the largest media outlets in Canada and the world, including the New York Times, BBC World News, The Globe and Mail, and CBC National News. Riley has also travelled the globe speaking at internationally renowned institutions and events, including the UN climate negotiations, the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality, TEDx stages, and many others.

She has taught Indigenous governance at Toronto Metropolitan University and is completing her PhD at the University of Toronto, where she is studying Indigenous / Canadian politics and is a Vanier Scholar. Riley is at work on the proposal for her first book of non-fiction, which will look critically at reconciliation in Canada, interwoven with her lived experience.

SPEAKING TOPICS

Beyond Reconciliation
It has been almost ten years since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its Final Report and launched Canada’s reconciliation project into the country’s political and social consciousness. What progress has been made? Where have we failed to take action? In this talk, Riley charts the trajectory of reconciliation from its inception to the present— highlighting Indigenous people’s critiques and the work we must all do to go beyond reconciliation as it has been pursued to date.


The Future is Indigenous
Too often, Indigenous people are wrongly viewed as ‘past people’— stuck in a time of pre-colonization and unable to adapt to the modern world. In this presentation, Riley shows that Indigenous people are, contrary to this racist belief, one of the most adaptable people out there— surviving apocalypse after apocalypse and adapting to every change brought on by colonization— Indigenous people have never let up on their commitment to realizing futures where we all thrive. Drawing on a concept called ‘Indigenous Futurism, ‘ Riley will explain how Indigenous art and activism are writing the story of a bold new future— today.


Indigenous Queerness: The Colonizers Brought the Closet
Over the past few decades in North America, the term ‘two-spirit’ (2S) has been increasingly recognized. As a queer Indigenous person herself, in this talk, Riley aims to break down what ‘two-spirit’ means, where it came from, and common misconceptions of the identity. She will also highlight how colonization has impacted all of our understandings of gender and sexuality and challenge audiences to decolonize their relationships to gender and sexuality as well— whether you’re Indigenous or not.


#LandBack
How did an internet joke turn into a rallying call for Indigenous action that spans across the continent? This is the story of Land Back: Building off of a longstanding history of refusal of the settler-colonial status quo, Land Back has become a point of connection for supporters of Indigenous self-determination and, increasingly, for those who see Indigenous leadership as the world’s greatest hope against climate destruction. This talk will outline how Land Back came to be and how it fits into the larger story of Indigenous contestation, provide examples of Land Back in action, and suggest ways we can all take part in the growing movement.


Lessons in Youth Leadership
Riley was only sixteen years old when she started taking up prominent leadership roles in Canada and around the world. From the Prime Minister’s table and UN negotiating rooms to grassroots youth movements, she’s learned many lessons about what it means to be a truly strong and honourable leader. Drawing on these experiences and teachings from an Anishinaabe worldview, this talk asks audiences to deeply consider questions like: How do you define leadership? How do you move through challenges with integrity? Is leadership about having a seat at the table, or should we be challenging the idea of ‘the table’ altogether?


Transforming Education for Indigenous Peoples
In Canada, we know that public education is not serving Indigenous people in the way it should, even as the statistics improve from year to year. From the closing of the last residential school in 1997 to now, Indigenous people continue to have high school graduation rates far below our non-Indigenous counterparts, and Indigenous representation in higher learning is even further behind. How do we overcome this? How can we decolonize the classroom— both the physical environment and the learning approach— so that all students not just pass, but feel empowered and seen by their education?


Murdered and Missing: Canada’s Failure to Protect Indigenous Women, Girls, and Queer People
The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people was released to the general public in 2019, but it had been a conversation in Indigenous communities for much longer than that. In this talk, Riley traces the history of injustice against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people from the onset of colonization to now. The goal is to look beyond the data and the public reports and ask bigger questions like: How can we build communities and worlds that truly value non-violence, consent, and accountability?

To book Riley, please reach out to speakers@transatlanticagency.com


Prince Shakur

Prince Shakur – author, journalist, podcast host, video maker, and educator – is a radical voice in today’s literary and cultural landscape.

With his thought-provoking articles in prominent publications such as Teen VogueAfropunkCatapult, and Vice, Prince explores queer culture, the impact of police and prison systems, diasporic representations in film, and the captivating inner lives of black icons. Notably, his career has been widely celebrated and recognized by GLAAD, The Hurston/Wright Foundation, and the Society for Features Journalism for his impactful media work.

His debut memoir, When They Tell You To Be Good, was described as “… a searing account of self-discovery amidst the unyielding weight of structural oppression.” (Publishers Weekly).

It was named one of TIME Magazine‘s Most Anticipated Books of the Fall.

Beyond the written word, Prince Shakur harnesses the power of visual storytelling. He collaborated as a writer, co-producer, and lead actor in BEFORE I DIE, a short film about two childhood friends on the precipice of an event that promises to reshape their lives. He has attended several prestigious artist residencies, including Sangam House, Studios of Key West, Norton Island, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and La Madison Baldwin.

As an organizer, he brought racial justice issues to Ohio University as a student organizer and writer. While in Seattle, he defended worker rights as a boycott organizer and then worked as a bank teller at Compass Housing Alliance for people without housing. Since then, he has participated in numerous environmental actions/movements, including Standing Rock; organized cultural events, protests, and abolition trainings as a lead organizer with Black Queer and Intersectional Collective; raised funds to support migrant caravans support efforts at the US/Mexican border; and organized against fascism through art and political action.

Prince, the host of the Black anarchist podcast “THE DUGOUT,” has a decade-long history of grassroots organizer. He brought racial justice issues to Ohio University, defended worker rights in Seattle, and worked as a bank teller at Compass Housing Alliance from 2014 to 2016. His activism extends to environmental movements like Standing Rock, cultural events with Black Queer and Intersectional Collective, fundraising for migrant caravans, and organizing against fascism through art and political action.

Since 2023, Shakur has served as an adjunct at Lehman College and a writing instructor for various queer/BIPOC writing organizations on memoirs, Black history, archival, and radical narratives. He is additionally a vital source for writing resources and reflections online as the founder of Millennial Writer Life, an Authortuber, and a political commentator to a TikTok following of over 8,000.

To book Prince, please reach out to speakers@transatlanticagency.com


Harrison Mooney

Harrison Mooney is a best-selling memoirist and award-winning journalist from British Columbia, Canada. His debut memoir, Invisible Boy, has been shortlisted for two BC and Yukon Book Prizes, the prestigious Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and was the winner of the 2023 Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for nonfiction. Harrison’s work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Vancouver Sun, the Guardian, Yahoo and Maclean’s. He lives in East Vancouver with his family and family dog, Bootsy.

Speaking Topic

Black History in BC: From James Douglas to me
Harrison guides his audience through a survey of Black History in BC, beginning with James Douglas, the Father of British Columbia. Douglas kept his Blackness under wraps as best he could, serving as the British Crown and Hudson Bay Company’s primary contact in the new colony, “passing”, in the parlance, for a dark-skinned white man. Nevertheless, he was instrumental in welcoming nearly 800 racialized settlers, B.C.’s Black pioneers, to Vancouver Island in 1858 — an invitation that would set the stage for the development of Hogan’s Alley, B.C.’s first Black neighbourhood, in mainland Vancouver. This community would swiftly be displaced, destroyed to make way for a viaduct, and this erasure echoes through to present-day. Harrison Mooney himself will attest to this, drawing a straight line from Douglas to the present-day experience of Blackness on the West Coast.

Growing Up Black in B.C.
How does a Black child growing up in a white family, immersed in a white community, understand his identity or his place in the world? Harrison Mooney shares the tale of his childhood as a transracial adoptee — a story first told in his memoir, Invisible Boy. Raised by white fundamentalist Christians, separated from his Black family members, and discouraged from connecting with Blackness at all, Mooney spent over two decades searching for a sense of self that remained elusive until he finally found the writing of James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and others. Reflecting on his upbringing and experience as a Black boy in the Bible belt, Mooney illuminates the need to be seen by one’s family, community members, and self.

Everything I’ve Ever Written: What James Baldwin taught me about myself

The first time Harrison Mooney read a book written by a Black author, he was 21 years old. That book, James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, also marked the first time that Mooney felt like a book was speaking directly to him. The experience not only changed his life, but it gave the young, transracial adoptee a new perspective on his own Blackness — an identity he’d never been encouraged to explore.But even in his all-white home and all-white community, Mooney was always exploring his Blackness and identity in writing, by hook or by crook or by accident, and a light-hearted review of his output from childhood to present-day demonstrates how desperate he always had been for the answers he finally uncovered in Baldwin’s famous, fiery 1963 letter to a nephew.

In finding the words that he’d sought his whole life, Mooney also found a firm footing for the identity he’d never fully embraced. The memoirist’s description of the evolution of his mind, his sense of self, and what it says about the way this society fails adoptees and its racialized children, especially as they pursue positive personal and cultural identities, will leave you breathless.

Follow Harrison on Instagram is here, and on X (Twitter) is here.

Selected media

• The Abbotsford News (this one talks about my keynote speech work)

• Global BC presents: Harrison Mooney

• Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize winners announced

• Rakuten Kobo: Looking Ahead with Harrison Mooney

• I’m the permanent host of an open mic for Black poets. Here’s a link to that.

• The Tyee

• Best books of 2022 – The Globe & Mail

• Best books of 2022 – CBC

Harrison Mooney live

Vancouver Public Library Book launch

To book Harrison, please reach out to speakers@transatlanticagency.com


Ruchira Gupta

Ruchira Gupta is an Emmy-winning journalist and founder of the anti-sex trafficking NGO Apne Aap, which empowers women and girls to exit systems of prostitution. I Kick and I Fly is her debut fiction novel.

She has been awarded the French Ordre National du Mérite, the Clinton Global Citizen Award, and the UN NGO CSW Woman of Distinction, among other honors, for her contribution to the establishment of the UN Trafficking Fund for Survivors, the passage of the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act and her grassroots activism with Apne Aap. She also holds a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Smith College. She has co-written a book with Gloria Steinem, “As if Women Matter” and edited two anthologies, “River of Flesh” and “Renu’s letters to Birju Babu.”

Ruchira has worked for the United Nations in Nepal, Thailand, Kosovo, Iran, and the USA. She occasionally teaches at the New York University’s Center for Global Affairs as a visiting faculty. She divides her time between New York and Forbesganj, her childhood home in the foothills of the Himalayas, where she furthers the work of Apne Aap and paints her mother’s garden.

Speaking Topics

  • Human Rights and Social Justice:
  • Sex Trafficking: The Global Perspective
  • Policy Frameworks to Combat Human Trafficking
  • Shifting the Blame: From Victims to Perpetrators
  • Women’s Rights in Developing Countries

Topics on Journalism and Media

  • The Role of Journalism in Social Justice
  • Emmy to Activism: The Power of Storytelling
  • Media Influence on Gender Issues

Topics on Literature and Writing

  • Creating Fiction with Purpose: Writing “I Kick and I Fly”
  • Working with Gloria Steinem: Feminism in Literature
  • The Power of Anthologies in Highlighting Social Issues

Topics on Education

  • The Importance of Education for Women and Girls in Red-Light Areas
  • Engaging with Academia: From NYU to Grassroots Activism

Public Policy and Law

  • Influencing Global Policy: UN Protocols and National Laws
  • Legislation for Empowerment: US Trafficking Victims Protection Act
  • India’s Evolving Legal Landscape on Human Trafficking

Personal Development and Leadership

  • Leadership in Activism: Building and Growing Apne Aap
  • Balancing Multiple Roles: From Faculty Member to Frontline Activist

Art and Creativity

  • Painting Mother’s Garden: Creativity as a Source of Solace and Inspiration
  • The Intersection of Art and Activism

International Relations and Global Affairs

  • Working with the United Nations: Lessons in International Activism
  • Global Trends in Human Trafficking: A Comparative Study

Culture and Identity

  • The Importance of Roots: New York to Forbesganj
  • Cultural Sensitivities in Humanitarian Work

Technology and Modern Solutions

  • The Role of Technology in Combating Sex Trafficking
  • Digital Platforms: A New Frontier for Activism?

To book Ruchira Gupta, contact Rob Firing at speakers@transatlanticagency.com.


Alejandra Schrader

Alejandra Schrader is an award-winning author, plant-based nutrition certified chef, food TV personality, and activist based in Los Angeles, CA.

She is the author of “The Low-Carbon Cookbook and Action Plan: Reduce Food Waste and Combat Climate Change with 140 Sustainable Plant-Based Recipes.” Her book won the 2021 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for the United States in the Food Waste category.

Ms. Schrader’s message focuses on sustainability, biodiversity, and nutrition as the key for optimal food systems where everyone has access to good food. She has been invited to speak at the United Nations and the World Bank. She has been interviewed by high-profile media including The New York Times and Forbes.

Some of the international events where she has spoken include the Global Nutrition Summit 2017 in Milan, EAT Forum 2018 in Stockholm, Devex World 2020, United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021, Women in Food and Agriculture 2022 in Frankfurt, and AGRF 2022 Summit in Kigali where she also cooked for a dinner hosted by President Kagame.

As an Ambassador for the Periodic Table of Food Initiative, Alejandra spoke at two different launching events of the initiative—the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva and FINUT Conference 2022 in Mexico City.

Ms. Schrader is a founding member of the Chefs’ Manifesto—a program by the SDG2 Advocacy Hub—and she has taken a lead in promoting equity and sustainability in our food systems. She is an Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goal 2: “Zero Hunger,” and has contributed to campaigns by the United Nations, World Health Organization, World Food Programme, EAT Foundation, and Global Citizen.

A Sister on the Planet Ambassador for Oxfam America, Alejandra has traveled internationally to work with ecological farmers and underprivileged communities in developing countries such as El Salvador, Honduras, and Peru. She has also done policy advocacy at the United States Capitol where she has met with elected officials including (former) Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and then US Senator, now Vice-President Kamala Harris, among others.

As a celebrity chef, Alejandra has showcased her passion for planet-friendly food on all major television networks in the United States and Canada. She’s made appearances on national TV shows such as Access Hollywood Live, The Talk, Café CNN, Despierta América, the Marilyn Denis Show, and The Social.

She is an alum of the popular cooking show ‘MasterChef’ with Gordon Ramsay where she earned the title of fan favorite as a top finalist in the competition. Alejandra has competed on other culinary competitions such as Food Fighters with Adam Richman on NBC and ‘El Sabór de Aarón’ with Aarón Sánchez in Discovery Familia.

Ms. Schrader has a Certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at Cornell University. She holds a Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

Published Work:

“The Low-Carbon Cookbook and Action Plan: Reduce Food Waste and Combat Climate Change with 140 Sustainable Plant-Based Recipes” – DK Books/Penguin Random House June 8, 2021
– Winner, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2022, Food Waste Category, United States.
– Foreword by Dr. Gunhild Stordalen, Founder and Executive Chair, EAT Foundation
– Endorsements for The Low-Carbon Cookbook by: Dr. Agnes Kalibata, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Food Systems Summit, Abby Maxman, President and CEO of Oxfam America, Paul Newnham, Director of the SDG2 Advocacy Hub Secretariat and the Chefs’ Manifesto, Courtney Hazlett, Executive Producer and Creator, Netflix’s Restaurants on the Edge, and Mary Sue Milliken, Chef and Food Systems Advocate.

Selected Media:

Public Speaking Engagements:

  • Society for Economic Botany and Society of Ethnobiology Conference “Human and Planetary Health: Everything is Connected”, Atlanta, GA (June 6, 2023)
  • Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Convening “Climate Change, Food Quality, and Planetary Health”, Lake Como, Italy (May 8-13, 2023)
  • The Periodic Table of Food Initiative Launch, Mexico City, Mexico (October 10, 2022) A side event at FINUT Conference II Keynote Speaker
  • AGRF Summit, Kigali, Rwanda (September 7, 2022) Speaker, Presidential Gala Dinner
  • Women in Food and Agriculture Summmit (June 14, 2022) Featured Speaker, “Lowering Your Carbon FOODprint”
  • The Periodic Table of Food Initiative Launch, Geneva, Switzerland (May 23, 2022) A side event at the 75th World Health Assembly Keynote Speaker
  • United Nations Food Systems Summit – Pre-Summit Dialogues (June 30, 2021) Speaker, “Solutions Rooted in Food and Social Innovation”
  • Devex World 2020 (December 10, 2020) Speaker, “How Businesses Can Build a Resilient, Sustainable Food System”
  • United Nations Food Systems Summit – World Food Day (October 16, 2020) Expert, Roundtable Discussion: “Chefs as Potential Agents of Transformative Change in Food Systems”
  • Earth Day Live 2020 (April 24, 2020) Featured Participant – Segment: “Healthy Cooking for a Healthy Planet”
  • World Bank, Washington, DC (April 10, 2019) Panel Speaker, On the Menu: Can Food be the Planet’s Medicine?
  • Live Interview: Healthy Eating for Better Development
  • Live Interview (Spanish): Cómo Una Dieta Saludable y Sostenible Puede Salvar Vidas y Nuestro Planeta?
  • United Nations, New York, NY (February 5, 2019) Panel Speaker, Global Launch of the Report: EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health
  • EAT Forum, Stockholm, Sweden (June 12, 2018) Presenter, Chefs Manifesto Global Launch
  • Global Nutrition Summit 2017, Milan, Italy (November 4, 2017) Presenter, Chefs Network for Global Goals
  • Social Good Summit, New York, NY (September 12, 1017) Presenter, Eat for Good campaign

To book Alejandra Schrader, contact Rob Firing at speakers@transatlanticagency.com.


Tara McGuire

In Tara McGuire’s first career as a radio broadcaster, she got up very early each morning for over twenty years to keep her audience company throughout their morning commutes by telling stories, interviewing newsmakers, and interacting with guests about the issues of the day. Now, Tara continues to engage with her love of language and dialogue by sharing transformative stories in more personal and literary ways. 

Tara speaks from the heart about the intimate experience of losing a child to overdose and the larger, more complex landscape of the overdose crisis and its costs to our society. Her first book Holden After & Before — Love Letter for a Son Lost to Overdose, an innovative hybrid work in memoir and fiction exploring grief, motherhood, and the overdose crisis, was published in 2022 by Arsenal Pulp Press. The book was named one of the best books of 2022 by The Walrus, one of CBC Books nonfiction to watch for, and featured in the Vancouver Sun’s “Must Read List” for 2022.

Tara has delivered powerful keynotes personalizing the impact of the crisis and the need for compassion to groups such as the BC Provincial Court Judges Annual Education Conference, Capilano University Kinesiology, Moms For All Paths to Recovery California, and Moms Stop the Harm Canada. She also presents on creative writing and the valuable opportunities for think-shift to be found in nonfiction and the personal essay. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Chatelaine, The Globe and Mail, Geist, Room, The Tyee, Montecristo, and on CBC Radio. 

Tara holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia’s School of Creative Writing and is a graduate of The Writers Studio at Simon Fraser University. She has presented with and interviewed other writers at AWP 2023, The Vancouver Writers Fest 2021 and 2022, WORD Vancouver, The Sunshine Coast Festival of Literary Arts, the UBC School of Education, and the University of Washington’s creative writing program. 

As a broadcaster, Tara has moderated events and interviewed fascinating artists and luminaries such as Isabel Allende, Sarah Ferguson, Roberta Bondar, Queen Noor, Goldie Hawn, Elizabeth Gilbert, Madeleine Albright, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Sally Field, Robert, Redford, Isabella Rosselini, Lily Tomlin, Mary Robinson, Billy Jean King, Marlee Matlin, Diane Keaton, and Margaret Trudeau.

Tara works as a voice-over actor and freelance editor. She loves to hike with her dog, read on the beach, and grow her own salad. She lives with her family under the tall trees of  North Vancouver.

Selected Media:

The Current with Matt Galloway:https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/tara-mcguire-s-world-changed-when-her-son-died-from-overdose-so-did-her-perception-of-addiction-1.6607418

The Globe and Mail OpEd:  

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-i-lost-my-son-to-a-drug-overdose-but-the-crisis-is-everyones-problem/

CBC On The Coast with Gloria Macarenko:

https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-46-on-the-coast/clip/15939144-local-author-tara-mcguire-book-holden-after-before

To book Tara McGuire, contact Rob Firing at speakers@transatlanticagency.com.


Amanda Thebe

Amanda Thebe is a Fitness and Women’s Health Expert with nearly thirty years of experience in the fitness industry, as well as the author of the Amazon best-selling book, Menopocalypse: How I Learned to Thrive During Menopause and How You Can Too!

She is the co-founder and Chief Wellness & Branding Officer at Nyah Health, a complete healthcare solution for menopausal women in Canada. As Canada’s first menopause workplace educator, Amanda provides on-site or virtual educational presentations in the workplace to improve productivity, retention and attendance for female employees through menopause.

Amanda is a popular guest on podcasts, radio, tv and online summits, and her health and fitness tips have been featured in media outlets like Oprah, Shape, Prevention, Health Line, CBC Radio, Global News Canada, The Doctors, and many more.

Amanda has spoken for many companies, organizations and governments in North America and around the world, including the RCMP, the United Nations family of Agencies (OECD, OSCE), Fortis Inc, Emera, and Police Scotland and England.

She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Speaking Topics

Menopause 101
Hardly any of us think of menopause until the first symptoms begin to make their appearance. Here is a primer on what to expect and what not to, how symptoms of menopause can affect your life or the life or someone you love, and some key points on what sorts of treatments are available, and which may be right for you. This talk will cover:
• What is menopause, definition, misconceptions
• Symptoms: neurological, emotional, physical
• Treatment options

Menopause in the Workplace
1 in 10 women are leaving the workforce because of menopause symptoms and they do not feel supported in their organisation. When an employer becomes an informed workplace, female employees feel supported which will help your company see improvements in productivity and retention. Amanda has delivered education and uplifting talks worldwide and covers topics such as:
• Why is menopause more than just a woman’s health issue: it’s a social issue; a political issue; an economic issue!
• How is menopause a workplace issue?
• Issues + Cost and burden to employers
• What can employers do to help women through menopause?
• Examples of policy change/companies who have implemented these

5 Key Tenets of Healthy Living through Menopause
Many people underestimate how impactful lifestyle changes can be for our overall health and longevity, as well as reducing the risk of many diseases. By implementing small habits into our daily lives, we can see an improvement in our energy levels, productivity, mental well-being and physical capabilities. Amanda is a 30 year veteran in fitness and wellness and can deliver talks on topics such as:
• Nutrition, exercise, mindset, stress and sleep management
• Easy ways to leverage the power of lifestyle changes
• Improve health outcomes and longevity

Selected Media:

CTV – Menopacolypse
NTV – Companies begin offering training on menopause in workplace
THE TELEGRAPH – Are you suffering in silence from the ‘menopocalypse’?

To book Amanda Thebe, contact Rob Firing at speakers@transatlanticagency.com.