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Speaking Opportunities

Sessions that entertain and enlighten



Thoughtful & funny


Professional Development

Meaningful & customizable


Facilitated Workshops

Connecting & action-oriented

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Sample List of Clients

Southern Alberta Library Association

Canadian Rheumatology Association

Alberta Association of Landscape Architects

Tamarack Institute

Litfest Alberta

Word Vancouver

Norquest College

University of Alberta, Peter Lougheed Leadership School

Edmonton Public Library

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

City of St. Albert

King's University College

Catholic Social Services

Young Alberta Book Society

United Way, Capital Region

Speaking: Clients

Session Descriptions

Speaking: Welcome

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.

Speaking: FAQ

GR for the Common Good

So many want to positively influence public policy, but where the hell do you start? In this session, Carissa Halton will share from her experience working inside and outside of government and help audiences better understand what drives and motivates policy makers and decision makers in Western democracies.


Audiences will be inspired by historical examples, where policy change evolved from successful government relations specific to their area of practice. They will understand the six key steps to designing and implementing a pro-active government relations strategy, and leave better understanding what motivates and restrains decision makers.


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 and unique needs.

Customized Examples

Stories and case studies will reflect your  team's specific goals or expertise.

Speaking: FAQ

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.

Speaking: FAQ

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.

Speaking: FAQ

Audience Reviews

Carissa provided a thought provoking and uplifting presentation at 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

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

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