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Speaker: Veronica Tennant

Veronica Tennant VERONICA TENNANT, C.C. ; LL.D; D.Litt.
Producer-Director, Performer, Host, Prima Ballerina

As Prima Ballerina with The National Ballet of Canada, Veronica Tennant won a devoted following as a dancer of extraordinary versatility and dramatic power. She gave her farewell performances in Romeo and Juliet and - A Passion For Dance - Celebrating the Tennant Magic in 1989. Tennant overlapped immediately as Host of Sunday Arts Entertainment on CBC Television launching her present career as a producer/director. As actor Veronica Tennant has played at the Shaw Festival and also in the title role in The Piano Man’s Daughter in a 22 performance national tour with Timothy Findley. Veronica Tennant has performed widely as narrator with The Toronto Symphony, The NAC Orchestra, and debuted her musical narrative of The Little Match Girl with The Vancouver Symphony.

Hailed as a “great communicator”, Veronica Tennant has extensive credits as an “inspiring and effervescent” keynote speaker including; The Canadian Club, Staff of the House of Commons; Convocations at UofT and McGill University. She has lectured as Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow - University of California, York University and spoken at the Canadian Club-New York, Royal Military Institute, P.E.N., Idea City, Peter Gzowski’s Benefit for Literacy, among many others.

Called the “consummate host” Veronica Tennant has MCeed; The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, Canada Day Protocol Show on Parliament Hill (bilingual) twice, Gala for Queen Elizabeth 11 at Roy Thomson Hall as well as hosting the Chalmers Awards, Governor General’s Literary Awards and an extensive variety of Conferences, Fundraisers and Tribute celebrations. Veronica Tennant is a National Ambassador for UNICEF Canada. In 2010, she opened the Unique Lives Series at Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto.

Topics: Teamwork and Leadership; Change and Innovation; Motivation and Inspiration; Personalities, Hosts and MCs

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Veronica Tennant speaks compellingly about her commitment to COLLABORATION - the key to her diversified  life-careers and stature as a Canadian icon. Astonishingly, she has translated her  talent and skills as a star of the international ballet stage, to an award-winning director/producer and writer in the worlds  of television, theatre and film. Highly acclaimed as a Filmmaker, Television Host, Stage-personality  and Lecturer, she gives an engaging and  candid telling of her personal challenges in tough collective arenas. Leading by example, Veronica Tennant shares her essentials for optimum performance and excellence.

“No apologies about being a Leader  - the strength of collaboration is actually fueled by the force of independence”

THE POWER OF LIVING IN THE PRESENT TENSE: How To Re-Invent Oneself While  Investing In Our Children.

How can we tackle CHANGE? Veronica Tennant shares and applies her experiences from her various career-paths: the risk, rewards – the tumbles and triumphs. Passionately committed to Youth, she addresses the importance of encouraging bravery and imagination, while listening to and inspiring our younger generations to take command of their individuality and potential.

“CHANGE is the order of the day. Today is tomorrow.”


Veronica Tennant’s perseverance and tenacity are legendary. Throughout her first career as Prima Ballerina of The National Ballet of Canada she was sidelined with major injuries, including four herniated discs  - one at the beginning of her career  - a knee operation mid career, where she had to learn to walk again before she could return to dance  -  and a post career hip replacement. She speaks movingly of how she grappled with the physical and emotional pain, turning the negative into the positive with such examples as the writing of her two books, becoming a mother, and reinventing herself as a filmmaker.

“Learning lessons which render what could have been failures into successes is what life is all about!”