Speaking Opportunities

Sessions that entertain and enlighten


Keynote Speaking

Thoughtful & funny


Professional Development

Meaningful & customizable


Facilitated Workshops

Connecting & action-oriented


Session Descriptions


Lessons on community from a notorious neighbourhood

How do you build stronger teams or safer neighbourhoods? Carissa Halton's notorious neighbourhood had something to teach her about building healthy community.  In this 60-minute keynote, Carissa shares the funny, sad, make-you-mad stories of Alberta Avenue. Audiences leave inspired to build live-giving community whenever they are.


Audiences will be inspired to build trusting community wherever they are, leading to stronger teams at work and safer neighbourhoods.  Audiences will learn what it takes to develop trust that leads to renewed collaboration and engagement in any work or neighbourhoodenvironment.


Suitable for a 60 minute keynote, this session can be expanded into a 90-120 minute interactive workshop. This session can be formatted to fit your schedule's needs.

Customize the focus

Customize a focus for your team's specific community-building or work culture goals. Specific focuses include: increasing staff engagement, inspiring courageous leadership, encouraging collaboration, creating safe work cultures.


Dear Decision Maker: Lessons from the Mailroom

The power of our democracy isn't only found at the voting booth. As a former  correspondence director, Carissa will discuss effective strategies for communicating with decision-makers. With examples from mail rooms across the globe, she will discuss successful letter writing campaigns and how this type of people power fits into a broader government relations strategy or campaign for policy change.


Participants will feel hope about the power available to them to change their communities. They will learn how to write an effective letter to a decision maker


Suitable for a 60 minute keynote, this session can be expanded into a 90-120 minute interactive workshop.


Customize a focus for your team's specific campaign or political goals.


Writing True: Stories that Get Noticed

Are you struggling to write all your really amazing stories down? Join award-winning non-fiction author, Carissa Halton, for a writing workshop on the techniques and tools that make non-fiction and communications writing come alive.  Using published examples, she’ll explain  techniques that make non-fiction stories sparkle.


Participants will identify the stories they or their organization has to share and clarify their audience internally and externally. Participants will leave with tips on how to write those stories in engaging ways for use in communications materials and social media.


Suitable for a 60 -90 minute interactive workshop.


Customize a focus for your team's specific communications or writing goals.


Audience Reviews


Fawnda Mithrush
Executive Director
Litfest Alberta

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!

Speaking Clients

Southern Alberta Library Association

Litfest Alberta

Word Vancouver

Norquest College

University of Alberta, Peter Lougheed Leadership School

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Tamarack Institute

City of St. Albert

King's University College

Catholic Social Services

Edmonton Public Library

Young Alberta Book Society