Our Speakers

Ed Tate


Ed Tate is an award-winning international keynote speaker, trainer, author, and former executive. Worldwide he is known as “The Speaker Who Energizes, Educates and Entertains!” To date, he has spoken professionally in 50 states, 25 countries and on five continents.

Ed won the “American Idol of Public Speaking”; becoming the 2000 World Champion of Public Speaking – Toastmasters International’s most prestigious speaking award among its 352,000+ Global members.

In 2008, Ed earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation by the National Speakers Association, It is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform skill. It is an honor bestowed on slightly more than 12% of its members.

Pat Johnson, DTM, PIP


Pat Johnson joined Toastmasters International in 1983 in rural northern Manitoba, Canada   During her 40 years of continuous learning and membership in Toastmasters, she has spoken in a long list of countries around the world as a keynote speaker and educator.

She served as District 21 Distinguished District Governor in 2001-2002;

International Director from 2004-2006 from Region 1;

International President of Toastmasters International in 2010-2011;

Learning Master Manager for the curriculum design of our Pathways program

District Host Chair for International Convention in Vancouver, BC, Canada in 2017

She is also the recipient of Toastmasters’ President’s Citation Award which is awarded for outstanding leadership and communication on a global level.

Wrote and published “A Handbook for Building and Sustaining Vibrant and Sustainable Toastmasters Programs in Corporations” in 2018 and launched this book at the International Convention in Chicago, Illinois, USA, that same year.

Region 10 Advisor for Europe and the UK in 2020-21

Region 2 Advisor for Northern California, North America in 2021-22

She is the current VP Membership of her home club, Rise & Shine #331, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Sheryl Roush, DTM


Sheryl Roush, DTM, PDG, AS, is CEO of Sparkle Presentations, Inc., originally from San
Diego, now based in Upstate New York.
First shy and stumbling through her Ice Breaker in 1987, today Sheryl is an internationally
top-rated speaker, and has presented at conferences throughout Australia, Bahamas,
Bahrain, Baja California, Canada, England, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mexico, Northern
Ireland, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Singapore, and across the US… plus virtually since 2010.

In 1993, she was the youngest woman, and 28 th overall, to earn Toastmasters elite
designation of Accredited Speaker. As of August 2022, only 90 have earned the
professional credential in 146 countries since 1981.

In 2009, she received Toastmasters Presidential Citation for her contributions to enhancing
global communication and leadership.

Sheryl is the proud author of the TI-sanctioned Heart of a Toastmaster book, which
received the “Best Anthology” from the International Book Awards, publishing true stories
by 135 members.

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Ideal for our conference theme of “Together We Grow,” you will want to experience her
energetic presentations and Toastmasters Spirit.