Why Hire Deri

Embrace the Unusual

Are you looking for a keynote speaker with edge, fun, and relevance who is a consummate professional and has been around long enough to know how to make your event a success (and make you look good, too)? Then, I’m your speaker!

I have been in the professional speaking/events industry for over 25 years. I have a personal story that is compelling, while also being filled with hope and possibility!

My keynotes are customized for you, your audience, and your events while being based in solid and current research and grounded in practicality and simplicity.

I am the Resilience Rebel because I have a background that allows me to take chances, to be daring, to look for resources that are not mainstream – or if they are, I present them in a completely unique and memorable way. The rebellious part of me reflects my passion to provide ideas and solutions for human beings to live lives that are filled with possibility!

Watch Deri in Action

Here are a few clips from keynote experience across diverse audiences!

Deri’s Bio (long version)

Deri Latimer, BMgt (HR), CSP

Deri Latimer is an expert in positive possibilities for people! A TEDx Speaker, Author, and Organizational Consultant, Deri combines a business degree with over 25 years of experience engaging audiences across every sector. Turning personal tragedy into purposeful action, she transforms research in neuroscience, positive psychology, and human performance to deliver a message that is charged with simplicity and practical application. Deri inspires us all to create happy, healthy, humane places for people to work and live!

Deri holds the designation of CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) – held by fewer than 15% of speakers globally. She was nominated for induction into the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame, for which ‘excellence on the platform’ is a requirement. A lifelong knowledge seeker, Deri adds extra value to client experiences with certification in emotional intelligence, psychometric assessment, and neuro-linguistic programming. Deri’s client resources, including three books ‘Wake Up to Your Habits’, ‘What’s Your Story? You Decide’, and ‘Not Crazy, Just Human’, provide a rich resource of strategies and tools to shift your emotions, adjust your thinking, and positively impact your results!

Wife of one, mother of two, friend to many, in her time off, you can find Deri at her cottage painting random items and displaying them in her yard! If the hair didn’t cause people to wonder about her, the sparkly mannequins in the yard certainly do!

Deri’s Bio (short version)

Deri Latimer, BMgt (HR), CSP

A TEDx Speaker, Author and Organizational Consultant, Deri’s message is based in research and grounded in practicality. Combining the wisdom from neuroscience and positive psychology with the experience of living in a complex world, Deri inspires us all to create happy and healthy places for people to work and live!

Deri’s Intro (pro version)

A TEDx Speaker, Author and Organizational Consultant, Deri’s message is based in research and grounded in practicality. Combining the wisdom from neuroscience and positive psychology with the experience of living in a complex world, Deri inspires us all to create happy and healthy places for people to work and live!

Deri’s Intro (fun version)

Wife of one, mother of two, friend to many, Deri is energized by keynoting events and sharing a message of resilience and possibility! Having spoken internationally for audiences large and small, her most memorable keynote included wearing spandex tights, a crop top, and bare feet; and featured a doppelganger and a musician to share the stage!

AV Requirements

In person:

  • Screen
  • LCD Projector for PC Laptop
  • Power at Stage for Laptop
  • Sound Connection at Stage for Music Clips (to be played from Laptop during keynote)
  • Space for Laptop on Centre Stage (I use this as a Monitor)


  • I have a well-equipped studio and a technician that will be on site with me
  • I prefer to work on the Zoom platform. If you prefer another platform, I will work with you to create the best experience that the platform allows.

What Clients Say...

“Deri, you are the best! Not a dull moment and the time went too fast!”
Linda Borbridge, Manager, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
“I’m often asked to recommend a professional speaker who will captivate and motivate, and without hesitation Deri Latimer comes to mind. Deri has a reputation for a no-nonsense, energetic, synergistic approach. Her cutting-edge sessions are the perfect combination of science and inspiration and will have you moving into a new groove.”
Dr. Lewena Bayer, CEO, Civility Experts Inc.
“Deri is the personification of quality, style, and enthusiasm in her message. She delivered a message with our group that heightened their awareness and ability to share success. My hope is that you too will seek her out as a keynote, connector, and catalyst for change.”
Joseph Bork, Program Director, St. Mary’s University
“I am usually the type to sit in the crowd, quietly take it all in, and take notes, notes that end up in a binder, often never to be seen once I return to work. Deri was engaging, fun and as real as they get. I was so moved by her session that I shocked myself by approaching her after the session to chat. During the session I didn’t need to take notes because her concepts hit home and stuck with me. I have already taken her advice and acted on her tips and tools to be more positive. Her positivity is contagious and her message is one that everyone should take time to listen to.”
Amy Normal, VP, Corporate Services, Said Business School, University of Oxford
“I had the privilege of hearing Deri keynote at our conference. She captivates, motivates, and positively engages an audience with her unique combination of wisdom about neuroscience and positive behaviors that can be life changing when put into action. I would recommend her without any reservation for those seeking a speaker who can move an audience – from associates on a manufacturing floor to members of an executive leadership team – into action. Her takeaways are designed for positive impact. Prepare to laugh, to be curious, to be hungry for more time to listen to Deri.”
Vickie Maris, Host, Agile Digital Business
“Deri, your seminar truly resonated with our team. You took the time to learn about our roles, our challenges and opportunities and created an inspiring and motivating seminar just for us and made an impact with every person there. Having your book to use as a tool in our day-to-day has also been very valuable and has enhanced the results we got out of the time with you. We all hope that we will see you again at the next conference!”
Chantelle Arsenault, GBA, Great West Life Assurance Company of Canada
“It was an absolute pleasure to have Deri speak at our AGM. Deri brought an amazing level of passion and energy as she engaged our members with her talk on growth mindset. If you are looking for a speaker to connect with your audience, I would highly recommend that you reach out to Deri. Thank you, Deri – we were lucky to have you!”
Rob Chester, Director Information Security, Wawanesa Insurance
“A wonderfully authentic speaker with an infectious positive energy, Deri takes the crowd back to the roots of inspiration by sparking something within the humanity of the people in the room. Her fantastic sense of humor and knowledgeable way of integrating experiential learning opportunities into an inspirational message makes her a speaker not to miss!”
Ashley Collette, Social Work Officer, Canadian Armed Forces
“I forgot to take notes because I was taking it all in and feeling change take hold…”
Derek Rumboldt-Delouche, Director, Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada
“That was fantastic! That was the most energized I have ever felt leaving a conference!!”
Barb Spurway, Principal Consultant, Protegra
“I cannot exaggerate how positively our Forum delegates reacted to your presentation. You set the perfect tone for the entire conference and left a lasting impression on our delegates and CPA staff alike.”
Sarah Marshall, President, Canadian Physiotherapy Association
“You changed people.”
Michelle Kletke, Human Resources Manager, TNG, Jim Pattison Group