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Deborah Kimmett

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Second City Trainer, Improv & Disruption Expert

Whether on the page or on the stage, Deborah Kimmett is one funny lady. This witty and wise woman has been using humour to open minds and heal hearts. Deborah is a Second City veteran, regular performer on CBC Radio & CBC Television’s The Debaters, and a sought-after motivator.


How Improvisation Helps Business With Innovation 
Remember the five year plan? How about the 5 five minute plan. With a disruption a daily occurrence, more than ever businesses need to be quick to adapt and say yes to new realities, In this highly engaging presentation, Kimmett shows you how improvisational skills can help you adapt to new realities, how to set the environment creativity and the key steps from an idea to implementation.

How Storytelling Helps You Rock Your Business
Whether it’s an ice-breaker, a success story or an anecdote that reflect the company values, storytelling is a powerful tool to help keep employees and clients engaged. In this highly interactive keynote you will learn how to build a good business story for yourself, your department and your organization.

Say Yes to Move Forward
After you say YES, life gets interesting. As an accomplished improv expert Deborah will help you lean into uncertainty, let go of energy sucking behaviours and move forward with a energized attitude. This keynote is a stand-alone talk, or Deborah can tailor make it to tie up the themes of your conference before participants head back to the office.

That Which Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Funnier
Does your workplace need to laugh? Based on Deborah’s book by of the same name, this hilarious talk deals with the challenge of work/life balance. Deborah will focus on the power of yes, how to evict energy sucking behaviours, and dealing with life when it throws you a curve ball.

For additional industry-specific presentations by Deborah, including Healthcare talks, click here.

Platform Plus

Workshop | Entertainer | Comedian | Host/MC
Want to add value to your next conference? After you book Deborah for a keynote you can get more value with a mid-day workshop, or supersize your experience, and hire to emcee and key the day filled with laughter and learning.
  • You brought down the house. as so impressed with your closing keynote...You immediately engaged the audience with your humour, wit, stories and valuable information you shared. It was a perfect ending after a jam-packed three day conference. Participants loved it and you perfectly demonstrated how "laughter is the best medicine."

    - Event Planner, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Conference
  • She gave a wonderful, engaging, and poignantly relevant talk that had us alternately in tears of laughter and deeply moved. She really hit the mark with her presentation, and participants were talking about it for days. A real coup! The audience connected with her, and had an opportunity for questions at the end which was appreciated.

    - Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada
  • Standing Ovation. Deb Kimmett is hilarious. I have attended quite a lot of motivational presentations and this was the best.

    - GSK Medical Division
  • Your reference to shining our light was very significant to many women in the audience, including me. You have "enlightened" many people with your words yesterday and I thank you once again for that

    - Primary Care Manager, CFB Kingston International Women’s Day
  • You brought down the house...You immediately engaged the audience of 475 your humour, wit, stories and valuable information you shared. It was a perfect ending after a jam-packed three day conference. Participants loved it and you perfectly demonstrated how "laughter is the best medicine".

    - Conference Lead, HPCO Hospice Palliative Care Conference

Summary Profile

Deborah engages her audiences with stories and killer humour that ignites and inspires. A change expert with decades of teaching change to organization, she inspires her clients to say yes to new realities, push past their resistance and keep their sense of humour.

Clients that ask her back: Microsoft, Corrections, Bell Canada, RBC, Health Canada, IBM, and countless health care organizations.

Deborah is an accomplished author of three books, Reality is Over-Rated and That Which Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Funnier and Out Running Crazy. She was nominated twice for the National Magazine Award for Humour.

She is a well-known playwright and has been nominated for the Governor General Award for her play Miracle Mother in 1984. Having written 52 episodes of TV, a feature movie about female prison guards she has also written and produced a compassionate care video called, Walk a Mile in my backless gown. She is the co-architect of the Hope for Today Café. And has a brand new web series called Crone on A Couch: The Best Sit Down Comedy Out There.