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Master of Ceremony

Nova Browning Rutherford

Nova masterfully weaves life lessons she’s gathered from her career in Hollywood to deliver instantly relatable presentations. She helps to spark a renewed sense of confidence and empowerment over one’s own life. Audiences walk away with a fresh appreciation for their past, a bold affirmation of their power to transform their current experience, and effective tools to manifest dreams into future success. On stage Nova shares stories that offer penetrating insights into the human condition. Her presentations are authentic, compassionate, and tell-it-like-it-is, while at the same time offering a touch of humour. Nova is a speaker who shares a dialogue with her audience. Her presentations are often accompanied by longer Q&A’s with audiences put to ease, and eager to engage in a deeper conversation around the topic at hand.

Nova is a fixture on the internationally syndicated talk show CTV’s “The Social”, and has been profiled in outlets like Huffington Post, The GlobeandMail, The Walrus, Chatelaine, CBC and CTV.

Professionally, Nova spent over a decade working behind the scenes in Hollywood in marketing and promotions. Tales of the music business pique the interest of pop culture junkies, while her witty quips, heartfelt anecdotes and candid vulnerability drive every point home. Nova masterfully weaves the life lessons she has gathered from her interactions with celebrities and the downtrodden alike to deliver instantly relatable workshops, motivational talks, and results driven coaching sessions.

Participants walk away with a fresh appreciation for their past, bold affirmation of their power to transform their current experience and effective tools to manifest dreams in the future. Nova has presented to audiences such as the United Nations Association, YWCA, NAACP, COCA, Oprah Winfrey Network, University of Toronto, City of Toronto, Toronto District School Board, Dufferin-Peel School Board, Historica Canada and many others.


"High achieving women are prone to suffering from the "Imposter Syndrome", adrenal fatigue and burnout while paying an 'emotional tax' in their respective industries. Gone are the days of feeling guilty for 'putting yourself first' thanks to mountains of evidence based research proving the benefits of social connection, restorative rest, pleasure and ecotherapy. In short, your girls-nights-out are good for you! Prioritizing self-care and exploring mindfulness are crucial tools that improve workplace culture, ones personal development, and ultimately, professional achievement. I am excited to offer practical, tangible tools and gentle reminders so these brilliant women have the internal fuel needed to soar!"  – Nova Browning Rutherford