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Your weekly dose of real conversations. We chat openly with industry and thought leaders from all walks of life, exploring the “what ifs” and “why nots”.

Our Journey

Inspire North was founded in February of 2011 by five Toronto-area entrepreneurs. We’ve come a long way since then thanks to our events committee, student leaders, advisory board and generous sponsors. Inspire North has grown into a vehicle for exploration through a podcast series called Behind Greatness

  • Inspire launches on June 25, 2011 in Toronto.
  • Inaugural Guest Speakers are from business, entertainment, media, music: Rick Campanelli, Enrico Colantoni, Anthony Lacavera, Nick DiDonato & Ivana Santilli.
  • Inaugural event at Rotman Commerce (UofT business school)
  • First York University Event
  • Scotiabank becomes Title Sponsor for Inspire
  • First UofT Arts & Sciences event
  • Launches University of Guelph chapter
  • Launches chapter with Schulich School of Business (York University)
  • Inspire registers as a non-for-profit organization. MacMillan joins as partner/sponsor
  • McMillan LLP joins as partner/sponsor
  • Inspire launches with McMaster DeGroote School of Business in Hamilton
  • Inspire partners with Nestlé Canada
  • Inspire North has expanded to the podcast world under the name Behind Greatness to reach more curious ears and minds


Inspire North has proudly hosted speaker events since 2011. We hope to one day bring back an in-person platform like before. In the meanwhile, please subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated or visit our events archive to explore the work we’ve done in the past:

View past events