Author Speaker Facilitator

Telling good stories.


About Carissa Halton

Stories that make you think

A national magazine award-winning writer, Carissa's work has appeared in Today's Parent, The Globe & Mail and Post Media Newspapers among others. Her debut book, Little Yellow House: Finding Community in a Changing Neighbourhood, was a finalist for the Edmonton Book Prize. Her essays have been anthologized. Jumping genres, she is currently writing a novel. 

Her stories of love, loss and resiliency transfer seamlessly from the page to stage. As a seasoned motivational speaker, Carissa challenges audiences to build trusting community in their workplaces and neighbourhoods.  Her keynote and workshops can be delivered in person and virtually. With humour and compassion, Carissa Halton entertains and enlightens.

Have an upcoming professional development day, conference, team building retreat?



Sessions that entertain and enlighten



Thoughtful & funny

Professional Development

Meaningful & customizable

Facilitated Workshops

Connecting & action-oriented


Audience Reviews

It was an absolute joy to have Carissa Halton present at LitFest. Not only is she keen to help shape her events, she is also generous and innovative in her approach. Her savvy with promotions and social media is a great asset for organizers, and her sold-out walking tour event was one of the most memorable we've ever had at the fest. We'd invite her back any time!

Fawnda Mithrush
Executive Director
Litfest Alberta

Carissa is an engaging speaker who captivates the audience immediately with her ability to tell a story. She is as authentic as the stories she tells about her experiences with people and her environment while living in Alberta Avenue in Edmonton. I highly recommend Carissa as a featured speaker; she does not disappoint.

Sheryl Hansen
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Human Resources Manager

We chose Carissa Halton as the opening keynote speaker for our annual conference. Her warmth, authenticity, and good humour set a delightfully positive tone for the weekend. Carissa is a wonderful storyteller, and the experiences she shared are a testament to the transformative power of small kindnesses.

Robin Hepher
Chinook Arch Regional Library System

Carissa was so engaging. The 90 minutes went by so quickly because of the wonderful storytelling and sense of humour. Excellent presentation!

Neighbourhood Connector
St. Albert, Alberta

Carissa provided a thought, provoking and uplifting presentation our AGM. She took time to understand our Association and Members, and tailored the presentation accordingly. Her energetic and enthusiastic keynote was the perfect start to the AGM.

Alberta Association of Landscape Architects

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Stories that bring meaning and connection


Little Yellow House: Finding Community in a Changing Neighbourhood

An extended love note to a notorious neighbourhood.  Each story helps readers discover the beauty, tragedy and power of compassion in their own communities.


Writing creative non-fiction, essays and lifestyle pieces

Carissa's profiles and articles delve deeply into politics, culture and identity. Her lifestyle and design writing focus on the human story.


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