Executive Oasis International - Keynote Speakers for Conferences

Keynote Speakers,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Jamaica, Dubai

About Anne Thornley-Brown, Keynote Speaker


For over 20 years, Anne Thornley-Brown, President, Executive Oasis International has helped organizations from 18 countries foster innnovation, and improve organizational effectiveness.

Anne Thornley-Brown, Keynote Speaker

Anne Thornley-Brown, President of Executive Oasis International, is keynote speaker and a professional meeting and team building facilitator.

Anne has an M.B.A. from York University's Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada. She also has an MSW from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her undergraduate degree is from McGill University.

Anne has worked with companies from 18 countries including Canada, USA, UAE (Dubai), Oman, Jamaica, Barbados, Dominica. Singapore, and Malaysia. During 18 tours of Asia, she has facilitated workshops and team building for over 2,000 executives, managers, and professionals.

Anne speaks English, French, and some Spanish.

Rates for Keynotes and Facilitation

Anne has had the pleasure of serving on the boards of directors of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (Toronto Chapter), The Institute for Performance and Learning - Toronto Chapter (formerly Canadian Society for Training and Development), and the MBA Women's Association.

Anne blogs regularly for The Huffington Post, Plan Your Meetings by MPI, Event Manager Blog, Meetings.net, EventMobi, Cvent, Event Coup, Elite Meetings, and more.

Anne has extensive business experience in a variety of industries including banking, wireless communications, high technology, transportation, the non profit sector, and film and television.

Before starting her own business, Anne shaped the management development strategy at 2 major Canadian corporations, Bell Mobility and VIA Rail Canada (TMC). She spearheaded management development, OD, and organizational change initiatives.

In 1996, Anne launched her company in Toronto to help organizations foster innovation and improve team effectiveness. Anne has shaped the vision for Executive Oasis International.

Oasis = a Place of Calm & Growth in the Midst of Turbulence

Core services include: management consulting, executive retreats, team building, and meeting facilitation.

Anne is ready to go public with the fact that se is a cancer survivor.

Anne brings her oasis to you through keynotes, meeting facilitation and boardroom presentations.

For over 20 years, in addition to running her team building, consulting, and training companies, Anne has worked as a professional actress appearing in film, on TV, and in TV commercials. She uses this experience to create interactive exercises for clients.

Anne's acting credits include working with Giancarlo Esposito as the head of the Parole Board on the Brothers episode of the Showtime TV series Street Time, playing a jail guard on the "All Around the Town" episode of the Mary Higgins Clark Mysteries, and appearing as Nurse Royed on the Complicated episode of the TV series Doc starring Billy Ray Cyrus.

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Fast Facts

  • Anne Thornley-Brown, MSW, MBA - Bio
  • Expertise: Anne is a keynote speaker and facilitator of executive retreats, team building, and meetings to help rapidly changing organizations survive,thrive, and grow even in the midst of turbulence.
  • Anne is the President of Executive Oasis International, a Toronto-based management consulting firm
  • Services: Services at a Glance


The February Blahs often cause moods to plummet and morale to slump. We asked Anne to come and do a motivational piece about stress-busting and making the most of your life at work, and she delivered a colourful, upbeat presentation that took our participants on a Jamaican Getaway! Using reggae music, travel videos, vibrant colour and fun activities, Anne helped our staff to see different ways to beat the blahs and regain positive energy at work. Her enthusiasm, willingness to have fun and simple but effective words of wisdom helped make our meeting a success.

Kimberlee Treleaven, Manulife Financial

We have collaborated and organised over ten workshops for executives, managers and professionals in Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, India). Anne is truly an expert on her subject matter and gives her heart and soul.... Her sessions have attracted a lot of multinational companies. We further concluded several in house workshops in Malaysia namely with OCBC bank, Permodalan Nasional Berhad and Penang Port.

T. Saravanan, Chief Event Officer, FiK International (Malaysia)

You just keep getting better all the time. Your advice drawn from your experience, on how to hand in there and persist as learning revolutionaries, was a great message and very well received.

David Meier, Center for Accelerated Learning

One of a kind presenter and definitely knowledgeable and made the participants very much involved through out the 2-day workshop. Pleasant and warm person to work with and always a pleasure to work with Anne.

Nida Hamid, Project Director, EMP Asia - Conference Producers (Malaysia)

If you want boring, don't call Anne!

Miguel Gonsalves, Director, Continuous Learning, Telus Mobility (Toronto)

Anne Thornley-Brown is an OUTSTANDING keynote speaker! I first met Anne when she was the first-rate speaker at the Canadian Institute of Management's AGM in Toronto a few years ago. Anne's passion was clearly demonstrated in her presentation, which was informative, well organized, energetic, and well delivered. We received an extremely positive response rating from the highly engaged capacity audience. She has also had excellent articles published in the TORONTO MANAGER magazine. If you want your next event to be a huge success, hire Anne Thornley-Brown!

Phil Russo, Canadian Institute of Management, (Toronto)











Keynotes for Conferences & Sales Rallies

Here is a sample of some of the topics are available as interactive keynotes:

  • Recovery: Bouncing Back in Business, Health, and Life
  • #metoo Sexual Exclusion vs Sexual Harassment: A Continuum
  • Connecting the Dots: Spotting Trends & Seizing Opportunities in the Midst of Turbulence
  • B2B Social Media Marketing - It's not a Magic Bullet
  • Fostering Innovation in the Face of Accelerated Change
  • Versions: Reinventing Yourself - What can we Learn from the Reggae Industry
  • Finding Lost Family (Particularly for Caribbean Families)
  • Going Global: Seizing Opportunities in the International Marketplace
  • What Real Team Building Looks Like
  • Re-engineering Conferences and Corporate Meetings
  • Re-engineering Team Building Retreats
  • Taking the Plunge from Employee to Entrepreneur
  • Building, Managing and Growing LinkedIn Groups
  • Spicing up Your Training with Accelerated Learning
  • The Changing Face of Diversity




Here are a few of the clients for which Anne has delivered interactive keynotes or facilitated breakout session:

  • Canadian Special Events Live
  • Cvent Connect
  • The Fresh Conference (Virtual Presenter)
  • eventConnect
  • National Association of Asian American Professionals Toronto
  • Annual General Meeting, Toronto Branch, Canadian Institute of Management
  • Foundation for International Training
    Delegation of Senior Managers from Municipalities in China
  • Sales Rally, Novo Nordisk Canada
  • Manulife Financial
  • National Convention
    Canadian Association of Professional Speakers
  • MBA Women's Association (Twice)
  • Speaker's School, Canadian Association of Professional Speakers
  • First Fridays (Toronto)
  • MBA Women's Day, York University
  • Center for Accelerated Learning
    (5 consecutive years)
  • Toronto Chapter Monthly Meeting,
    Ontario Society for Training and Development
  • Annual Conference,
    Ontario Society for Training and Development
  • Institute of Chartered Secretaries (ICSA)
  • International Quality & Productivity Association
  • Ontario Library Association Annual Conference



Where You May Have Heard Anne

Anne Thornley-Brown, our owner, has been interviewed by various media outlets. Here are a few examples. If you missed them you can tune in:

NPR, July, 2014:

Blogtalkradio, November, 2013:

Blogtalkradio, May, 2010:

CBC Radio 1's "The House", December, 2008

  • How Team Building Can Help the House of Commons

You can hear Anne around the 30:00 remark, right after Prime Minister Harper's comments about trust building



Where to Find Anne on Social Media            

Executive Oasis International has an active and strong social media presence. Our President manages a number of virtual communities.






Where You May Have Read About Anne

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