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Heather Menzies | Speaker

Heather has evolved as a speaker from talking authoritatively to large national and international audiences to, increasingly, speaking to smaller groups and in talking circles.

Heather is an engaging and informative speaker.  Both confident and approachable, Heather raises thought-provoking questions in the minds of her audience and encourages active discussion of the critical issues of our time.

For more than 15 years, Heather has been in demand as a keynote speaker by the public, educational institutions, government organizations, and professional associations. She has delivered speeches to audiences of the International Association for the Study of the Commons, St. Thomas University, Dalhousie University and the Financial Management Institute of Canada, among many others.


Watch “Living the Limits to Growth“, Heather Menzies luncheon presentation for the Canadian Association for the Club of Rome (CACOR) in 2016.

Selected Keynote Speeches by Heather Menzies

  • XV Global Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons, Edmonton
  • Association of Canadian Community Colleges, Winnipeg
  • Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County
  • British Columbia Nurses’ Union Annual General Meeting
  • Joint Prairie Library Conference, Regina
  • Financial Management Institute of Canada, Ottawa
  • Canadian Library Association, Ottawa


  • Conference on Canadian Social Welfare Policy, Regina
  • Canadian Association of University Continuing Education
  • Canadian Council on Social Development, Ottawa
  • Canadian Association of Distance Education
  • Government on the Net
  • Canada Tomorrow Conference
  • Atlantic Library Association annual meeting
  • Ontario Library Association annual meeting


The highlight for me was Heather Menzies. She is a tour de force. I attended her workshop on Friday afternoon and marvelled as she engaged a large audience. Heather is a facilitator who understands that the show is about the audience, not herself.

Heather Menzies is a passionate speaker with a deep commitment to social justice.

Ed Broadbent

In Heather Menzies’ address to the Canadian Associate of Distance Education, Learning Communities and the Information Highway, she anticipated critical issues around the rapidly expanding use of communication technologies.

The over 500 conference delegate attendees received her message enthusiastically, and continued discussing her ideas throughout the conference. Those issues are now more pervasive and invasive than ever; but, like the proverbial camel with its nose in the tent, they have been accepted with little critical analysis.

That’s why we need Heather Menzies’ insight, to remind us of how much we’re adapting ourselves to our technologies, rather than the other way around, and to help us envision more human and interconnected alternatives to the wired world .

Jennifer O’Rourke


Heather Menzies brings a calm, yet powerful manner to her speaking.

She was a highlight at the Health Work & Wellness™ Conference 2007: Conquering the CHAOS, providing a thought-provoking keynote which described the stress and technological chaos in our workplaces today as the social equivalent of global warming.

Heather walks her talk, preferring to have an open and honest discussion with delegates versus a high tech presentation, and has the ability to engage a large audience.

As a result of the discussion at her session, participants committed to increase face time in their workplaces, have electronic black-out periods and to block off time just to “think.”

Heather’s keynote was the perfect way to open the conference and get a much-needed dialogue started about how to conquer the chaos in our workplaces.

Deborah Connors

President, Health Work & Wellness™

Combining stories with argument, Heather is an entertaining speaker and provocative writer.

Brian Campbell

Canadian Library Association

Great spiritual speaker and great insight to view as of care to end of life scenarios.

The entire audience at the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County’s seminar “STOP The Rising Tide of Dementia” listened intently to Heather Menzies as she spoke about the social impact of dementia.

The power of her presentation was drawn from her own personal perspective as a daughter whose mother had Alzheimer’s disease. She was brave in sharing the feelings of denial, resentment, and guilt that she had as barriers to action before facing the reality of what was happening to her mother so she could really be there for her mother.

Heather was inspirational in encouraging families and those who work in dementia care to take action now in order to slow down and stop the crippling effect of Alzheimer’s disease on families. Boomer-aged children, the bulk of the caregivers already providing care to aging parents with Alzheimer’s disease, looks to be the ones to provide even more of the care as the demand for publicly funded services far outstrips the supply.

Kathy Wrightv

Executive Director, Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County