CAPPA Testimonial - Spellbinders SpeakersHaving a great experience is a good thing. Have the same great experience over and over is amazing. Mary Ann Chartrand and the Spellbinders Speakers Group do just that. We have been using them for over 10 years and they keep getting better each year. It is extremely rare to receive this level of personalized and professional service that we have become accustomed to when working with Mary Ann and her team.  We have presented big challenges and they have consistently brought us great speakers. They listen to what we are looking for, come up with great ideas and work with us together as a team to make our event as special as it is.

Our organization has always experienced and benefited from the deep sense of personal commitment, dedication, and tireless effort involved with finding and booking speakers. Every year, whether it is the big name speaker or the unknown gem that will become the next big name, she facilitates the whole process efficiently and economically. These unique abilities have allowed us to deliver a successful event year after year with ease and peace of mind.

I would highly recommend Mary Ann Chartrand and the Spellbinders Group to anyone looking to plan events. Their professionalism, courtesy and amazing people make planning events enjoyable.

CAPPA Board Member
Brad Garner

WOW! What an impactful event Joe and Mary Ann.

We wanted to extend a special thank you to both of you for an outstanding job on our 2011 Association of Manitoba Municipalities conference in Brandon MB. The ripple effect is still being felt and the feedback we received was nothing but positive.

We had one attendee tell us he had attended every event we have had at AMM for the last 13 years and told us this was the best keynote he has ever experienced. Its comments like this that verify we are working with the right people when planning our events.

Mary Ann, choosing a bureau to work with can sometimes be a challenge for meeting planners but having worked with you in the past we have come to expect that special touch you bring our conference. Year after year you have consistently brought us the talent that has been a great fit, paid very close attention to our needs and most of all you listen to what we tell you and bring us perfect choices every time. Your challenge will be to outdo yourself next year.

Joe Roberts, your story of Brilliance lost and reclaimed spoke and resonated with our group in a deep way. You spoke to everyone in the room and leveraged your story of resiliency and redemption in an authentic and masterful way to touch the hearts and minds of all who experienced your keynote.

I would highly recommend both of you to any meeting planner looking to produce a conference with confidence knowing their group will be not only inspired but will have a “forever experience.”

Thanks again for hitting this out of the ball park for us!

Linda Hargrest


The Manitoba Safety Council uses their January annual conference to bring the most current keynote speakers to our membership for motivation, inspiration and ultimately education.

In 2004 we found a winning resource to help us achieve these goals ,  Mary Ann Chartrand of Spellbinders Group . Spellbinders has provided us with outstanding speakers for our conference almost every year since..

Thanks to Mary Ann who provided us with Dr. James T Reese as the keynote presenter for three of our keynotes, the 2011 conference was an overwhelming success.  Dr. Reese’s combination of side splitting humour, wit and wisdom has made this one of our most memorable events. We had the highest attendance in conference history. We were all moved when the crowd almost leapt to its feet and gave Dr. Reese a rousing standing ovation. Mary Ann was there for the entire conference, meeting our attendees,  supporting our team and her speakers.  This kind of service speaks volumes for the character of Mary Ann and Spellbinders Speakers Group.

Mary Ann cares about her clients’ success and is very choosy about the speakers she

represents. Her speakers deliver!  Her joyful enthusiasm makes it evident that she loves what she does and does what she loves.. Mary Ann took the time to find out about our organization and the direction we wanted to head in, and she found the speakers to take us there.  Her speakers have exceeded our expectations.

The keynote speakers can either make or break a conference and it’s reassuring to know that we can trust Mary Ann’s suggestions . I find the speakers that Spellbinders represents are a very distinctive group and cannot be found at every speakers bureau. These speakers and trainers are versed in the field of leadership, wellness and safety. They have developed their experiences into keynotes and training sessions that have a focused and empowering impact.

As our organizations moves ahead in planning our 2012 annual Conference, I will rely on Mary Ann for recommendations to once again bring the most progressive and remarkable speakers to our members.  We want to inspire our members to live well and work well and Spellbinders is our partner in this goal!

President & CEO Safety Services Manitoba




Working with Mary Ann has made my job so much easier. As an event planner I count on the professionalism and dedication of all my suppliers to bring the event to a high-energy conclusion! Mary Ann, through her line up of speakers, has always delivered. Each and every client who has contracted for speaking services via Mary Ann gives her a 5-star rating for service and the ability to match the right speaker with the right audience. Carmen Neufeld, Planners Plus

Spellbinders Speakers Group

My working relationship with Mary Ann Chartrand has been EXCELLENT over the last three years. Actually I don’t use anyone else. Mary Ann is down to earth, easy to talk and work with. She has always recommended appropriate speakers for our conferences based on the theme I present her. In fact, I don’t use anyone else for my keynotes speakers. Our delegates still talk about the speakers we have had Patrick Jarvis, Ken Larson, Alvin Law and Roberta Bondar through Spellbinders.

Rose Bichel
Canadian Association of Petroleum Accountants

Thank you Mary Ann for all of your help with providing speakers for the City of Penticton and Interior Health’s hearts @ work program over the past couple years. The quality of Linda Edgecombe,Martin Collis Kevin Burns, Ken Larson, Patrick Jarvis , Crystal Flaman and Mark DeVolder have been simply outstanding. Penticton Steps Out Walking Program Speakers Series has provided it’s attendees with messages that will inspire them for a very long time. It is has been a huge relief to know that when I book your speakers, I’m able to” Trust the Process” like Kevin says, and my events will be a huge success. You are a pleasure and a joy to work with, thank you for making my job so much easier and for making me look so good.

Bob Pope
City of Penticton

The event went very well, and staff loved Kevin. His presentation was a high point of the conference, with evaluations rating his presentation at 97%. Just want to add that I found working with you both very easy, professional and appreciate the well researched approach.

Judith MacDonald
Government of Alberta

Staff feedback has been extremely positive, without exception! Thank you for recommending this years speaker, his shoes will be hard to fill but when we are in a position to have another similar session, I will certainly be in touch to work with you again.

Michael Back
Prairie Valley School Division

I’m very pleased to have worked with you on this conference Mary Ann. Your services were very much appreciated and most worthy! I will be in touch for our next session to see if there is some other niche(s) we can address one year from now. You can use our department as a reference. Thanks again.

Bruce Thompson
Strathcona County

In my current role I have arranged speakers for many meetings, and I must say that the time and effort that you took with me in preparing is unparalleled. I was particularly also impressed with your customer-focus.

Mark P. Angelini, Structural Board Association