about cmi

cmi speaker management is a global meeting industry leader.  We expertly represent an international roster of carefully selected speakers who positively impact millions of people through their keynote speeches, books, and thought leadership.

Doing business from the heart and having a service-forward mindset is the only way that works for us. It works for our clients as well. We treat people like family. We’re lightning fast to respond. We’re open and honest. We’re creative and collaborative. And lifting people up is on all of our daily to-do lists.

Our goal is to ensure a connection between empowered senior executives, talented meeting professionals and the absolute best speakers in the business, with the right message for their audience. The kind of message that affects positive change. Moves people to get next-level results. Empowers organizations to grow and create in new and extraordinary ways.

 

our story

Karen Harris, our fearless leader, founder and CEO, is known worldwide for her high level of integrity and tireless work to advance ethical business practices in our industry. She had a seat on the Board of Governors of the International Association of Speakers Bureaus for seven years and held the office of President. She’s passionate about what she does. She’s a driving force for our clients. She’s the one you want in your corner when you’re building your empire.

Our incomparable rock star team is comprised of individuals who want to make a difference. A big one. In the lives of those around us. And they do just that on a daily basis in our high integrity, family-oriented culture. We even throw a whole lot of fun into the mix to keep things interesting and momentum high.  Our fiercely entrepreneurial founder deeply cares about changing the world, and we’ve got her back on that. We’re also over-the-top thrilled to do our part to elevate the lives and businesses of all our clients as well.  Oh, and we get to rub shoulders with ‘near celebrities’ on a regular basis. How’s that for a trifecta of goodness? We love a good win-win-win, don’t you?

our speakers         speaking topics

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Karen Harris, our fearless leader, founder and CEO, is known worldwide for her high level of integrity and tireless work to advance ethical business practices in our industry. She had a seat on the Board of Governors of the International Association of Speakers Bureaus for seven years and held the office of President. She’s passionate about what she does. She’s a driving force for our clients. She’s the one you want in your corner when you’re building your empire.

Our incomparable rock star team is comprised of individuals who want to make a difference. A big one. In the lives of those around us. And they do just that on a daily basis in our high integrity, family-oriented culture. We even throw a whole lot of fun into the mix to keep things interesting and momentum high.  Our fiercely entrepreneurial founder deeply cares about changing the world, and we’ve got her back on that. We’re also over-the-top thrilled to do our part to elevate the lives and businesses of all our clients as well.  Oh, and we get to rub shoulders with ‘near celebrities’ on a regular basis. How’s that for a trifecta of goodness? We love a good win-win-win, don’t you?

our speakers         speaking topics

 

our team


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Karen Harris

CEO | Super Promoter

Karen is mover and a shaker…if something new isn’t happening around cmi, she’s not happy. That’s why cmi has grown into the current international roster of A-list speakers and entertainers across various specialities. She started her career in the speaking industry in 1995, managing Everest climbers, Jamie Clarke and Alan Hobson. Their skills on stage coupled with Karen’s energy and management, made them two of the best and brightest in corporate speaking at that time. Karen founded cmi speaker management in late 2001 with two speakers during a tough time in the speaking industry. Since then, we have grown to represent business speakers that are the cream of the crop in their areas of expertise. Karen carefully selects only the elite for representation.

Prior to the speaking business, Karen spent 25+ years in various industries (real estate, advertising, protection services) gaining invaluable experience in sales, marketing and management, preparing her well for the exciting industry of professional development. A former facilitator of the “Investment in Excellence” program through The Pacific Institute, Karen has been on stage herself and knows what it takes to move an audience to action. She provides our roster of presenters with ongoing guidance re their speaking career and access to some of the best business relationships in the speaking industry. Her team at cmi provides the roster with sales, marketing and event management for their speaking engagements.

Karen is actively engaged in promoting our speakers to corporate and association executives, meeting professionals and speaker bureaus worldwide, always focusing on building a relationship full of integrity and fun. Now that’s what good business is all about!

On The Personal Side:

What She Loves To Do: run marathons, bike, hike, travel to Europe to visit her son Chris, the movies, dig in the dirt (aka flower-gardening)

Favorite Colour: red, pink is a very close second

Little Known Fact: as a child, Karen wanted to be an actress

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Rebecca Clark

Vice President | The Fairy Godmother

Rebecca joined cmi in 2014 and has over 20 years of experience in operations and almost 8 years in sales running her own successful cottage industry. She is super organized, very attentive to detail and a keen learner of all things. She also has a great giggle and occasionally snorts when she laughs. 

Rebecca manages the sales for a select group of speakers. She always ensures that our customers are treated with tender loving care while taking care of all the details for them.

On The Personal Side:

What She Loves To Do: travel, read, camp with her family and create things with paper

Favorite Colour: orange

Little Known Fact: Rebecca met Keith Richards in an elevator in Lake Louise

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Adrienne Albrecht

Controller Extraordinaire

Adrienne has been working with the cmi team since 2017. She is a CPA with over 20 years experience working in the Oil and Gas Industry. She takes care of all things money related (we love her).

On the personal side:

What she loves to do:  road trips to the mountains, coffee dates, sweating it out at a spin or hot yoga class, photographing our three kids and documenting life 

Favourite colour: pink 

Little known fact:  my first car was a 1973 VW beetle

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Felicia Labbe

Marketing Technologist | Creative Guru

Felicia is a technical heavy-lifter with an eye for creativity and a head for critical thinking. She has over 10+ years providing digital marketing and design for corporate, government and small businesses.

 

With a wear-many-hats, positive "can-do" attitude, her expertise includes web and graphic design, e-blast design and writing, SEO, video storyboards and production, blogging, social media management and digital marketing strategies. Her most recent skills are growing as a Hubspot designer and a LinkedIn B2B marketer.

 

On The Personal Side:

What She Loves To Do: Hiking in the mountains and enjoying a nice glass of red with her favourite people and dog, Bella, on a sunny, summer day.

Favourite Colour: Turquoise

Little Known Fact: She is a gamer, a reader of fantasy and period piece books and adores anime.

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Tara Black

Executive Assistant | Chief Zen Officer & Scheduling Wizard

Tara has been an Executive Assistant for over 12 years! With an education and background in HR, she's worked in many industries, including finance, legal, hospitality and logistics. Tara has supported a wide range of execs over the years, from billionaires to a husband and wife lawyer team. Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Tara has been actively involved as a volunteer with several local organizations for many years.

On the personal side:

What she loves to do: Loves spending her time with her son and two stepdaughters, Husband, 3 cats and hamster. Enjoys skiing, camping, travelling to Mexico and playing the piano. Tara is also a life long competitive level soccer player and avid runner since 2005.

Favourite colour: Blue.

Little known fact: If she had all the money in the world, Tara would own and run an animal rescue acreage based in Mexico and take in orphaned kids.

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Elyse Fortier

Executive Assistant | Event & Workflow Jedi

Elyse holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and has 7 years of experience as an Executive Assistant in the auto industry. She's handled everything from internal communications to event planning and even writing video scripts. Elyse has an endless appetite for learning and is currently working towards a Public Relations Diploma part-time.

On the personal side:

What she loves to do: Hike, travel, bake, read, listen to podcasts, and spend quality time with friends and family - especially at the cabin.

Favourite colour: Green

Little known fact: Elyse enjoys karaoke and often surprises people with her unexpected rap skills. 

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Daniela Pacheco

Executive Assistant | Tech and Operations Ninja

Daniela loves to be around people and is eager to connect with others as a way to grow and see the world through another lens.

She brings a background in sales and operations and enjoys supporting teams through processes, systems and engagement.

She is always passionate about learning and is naturally curious!

On the personal side:

What she loves to do: Travel, read and volunteer.

Favourite colour: Khaki green

Little known fact: She took a cake decorating course as a joke and wound up loving it so much, it’s become a fun hobby and a way to spoil loved ones!

 

our values

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cmi is a dedicated team of women who are advocates for knowledge experts who speak. We strive to make the world a better place through our speakers' keynotes, training and consulting, while conducting business from the heart and exemplifying a growth mindset.

What We Value at cmi

  • Integrity matters.
  • Honesty is essential.
  • Accountability is the only way to solve problems.
  • Speed is everything.
  • Accuracy is tantamount to speed.
  • We take care of people...our employees, our clients, our customers.

 

giving back

In 2001, our President, Karen Harris, traveled to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. She thought she was going to ‘just climb a mountain’. It turned out to be much more life-changing. She saw abject poverty, children living in cardboard shacks, young men carrying 100 lbs. on their heads up the mountain for $2.00 a day. The thing she discovered?  Regardless of these conditions, she heard the guides and the cooks happily singing while they worked. She was awestruck by how happy they were and witnessed a closeness of community and family that truly touched her heart. When she got home, she vowed to support the people in third world countries who have so much less than we do and yet so much more.

On behalf of each of our speakers, we sponsor a child through various organizations chosen by our Founder, Karen Harris: World Vision, Compassion Canada and Christian Children’s Fund of Canada.

In addition, each of our team members give back in their own way to a wide variety of organizations and causes. Watch the video below to learn about that.

Sponsored Children with World Vision and Compassion Canada:

  • Jenipher Nyagancha
  • Rodela Akter
  • Dewi Randika
  • Liza
  • Patrick F
  • Fransisco Angkas
  • Jhon Ram
  • Myra L.
  • Ashwet Prince
  • Anisha
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In 2001, our President, Karen Harris, traveled to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. She thought she was going to ‘just climb a mountain’. It turned out to be much more life-changing. She saw abject poverty, children living in cardboard shacks, young men carrying 100 lbs. on their heads up the mountain for $2.00 a day. The thing she discovered?  Regardless of these conditions, she heard the guides and the cooks happily singing while they worked. She was awestruck by how happy they were and witnessed a closeness of community and family that truly touched her heart. When she got home, she vowed to support the people in third world countries who have so much less than we do and yet so much more.

On behalf of each of our speakers, we sponsor a child through various organizations chosen by our Founder, Karen Harris: World Vision, Compassion Canada and Christian Children’s Fund of Canada.

In addition, each of our team members give back in their own way to a wide variety of organizations and causes. Watch the video below to learn about that.

Sponsored Children with World Vision and Compassion Canada:

  • Jenipher Nyagancha
  • Rodela Akter
  • Dewi Randika
  • Liza
  • Patrick F
  • Fransisco Angkas
  • Jhon Ram
  • Myra L.
  • Ashwet Prince
  • Anisha

our team


I used cmi speaker management to book Tim Sanders as the Keynote Speaker and I was really impressed - and thankful - for the service they provided me. Obviously launching a new conference is anxiety-inducing, even in the best of times, but working with Karen and had her team put me at ease, as they helped me predict and plan costs and provided round the clock assistance to make sure Tim knew exactly where to be, at what time, and was prepared to kick off the show. The audience absolutely loved Tim's presentation, which was customized and adapted to our chosen topics, and our first event really made an impact. I'm getting ready to do the next one now and will work with cmi again.

Jonathan Alllen, EQslt.com

"cmi was thorough, prompt, professional, and friendly – which made them so easy to work with! Looking forward to working with them on future bookings."

Valinda Washington, Asset Marketing

"I want to tell you is how happy I am to have found cmi. From the beginning, you developed a relationship with me and worked so hard to help me find the perfect speakers. And you did. They were absolutely perfect and exactly what I was looking for. Once we settled on our speakers, then I was well taken care of by cmi staff.

I have worked with many speakers bureaus in the 25 years I have been putting on conferences. cmi stands out as being exceptional. Your selection of speakers, attention to detail, professionalism and willingness to always go the extra mile are what makes cmi my first choice. Thank you and your staff; you are clearly a fantastic team!"

Jean Capon, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Working with cmi speakers couldn’t have been easier.  Karen and her team are very responsive and flexible! I highly recommend cmi speakers - they are fantastic to work with and deliver on their promises!

Jamie Thomas, American Equity

“cmi speaker management was very easy to work with.  They helped us negotiate a speaker fee that fit our budget and framed the presentation to our audience.  Overall, it was a great experience working with their team.”

Sean Tucker, Children's Mercy Hospital

"I could not have built my business without my partnership with cmi. They make my life easier, and most importantly, my client's lives easier."

Mike Walsh

"I sincerely appreciate all that you’ve done for me and our event over the past three years. It’s really great to work with such a great partner in this planning and know that we can turn to your company for superb recommendations!"

Lindsay LaNore, ICBA

“They make my life easier. My business more profitable. My systems stronger. My client engagement higher. cmi is THE team and partner I could not do without!”

Tim Sanders

"The service and communication with the cmi organization was simply outstanding! I look forward to working with the cmi Speakers team again in the future!"

James Lenz, CUES

“I’ve been working with Karen for 2 years and I honestly believe that I have a speaking business because of her and her awesome team. I’m a speaker from South Australia - Karen’s team helped me build such a great speaking career that I just recently relocated my entire family to Los Angeles. Now if that doesn’t speak to cmi’s brilliance I don’t know what will. They are A players. This year I set cmi a goal of 50 events and they far exceeded that. Aside from this what I love most about Karen and her team is that they treat me like family. They care about my well being, they care about my family and they care about my dreams. Thank you cmi for all that you do and thank you Karen for your leadership with your team and also your guidance in my career. Love ya!”

Vinh Giang

“In my opinion Karen Harris is one of the best in the business at Speaker Management. She is highly respected by speaker agents in the US, Canada and Internationally. When Karen calls a speaker’s agency like ours and says she has a great new speaker we sit up and pay full attention. Over the years she has brought us speakers we had never heard of and with Karen’s advice and coaching those speakers have become a major part of our business. cmi under Karen’s leadership has gone from being just a supplier to a great partner in our success.  Wonderful person to work with and brilliant at helping a speaker develop their brand.”

Derek Sweeney, The Sweeney Agency

“Karen Harris and the entire team at CMI have been the perfect partners. They have increased my bookings, built strong relationships with Bureaus, and helped me to shape my marketing and my message! True professionals!”

Ty Bennett