Erin Thorp

Erin Thorp

Calgary, Alberta
Compassionate Leadership, Team Communications & Corporate Culture Expert
Erin Thorp is an empathic keynote speaker, writer, & coach for leaders who struggle with conflict, communication, and performance during high-stress times. Erin Thorp is known for supporting leaders in navigating difficult conversations, building powerful teams, and communicating with empathy so they can lead confidently.
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Erin Thorp is an empathic keynote speaker, author, and coach for professionals struggling with conflict, communication, and performance during high-stress times. She is a dynamic, relatable, and engaging speaker inspiring leaders to navigate difficult conversations, build powerful teams, and make an impact using empathy. With 20 years working in a male-dominated engineering and construction industry, leading teams and delivering projects, Erin Thorp noticed that her colleagues were highly skilled and cared deeply about their work, but most were incapable of fully holding their own emotions and therefore unable to hold the emotions of others.

Early in her career, people told Erin, “You’re too emotional! You gotta be tough and get a game face.” After years of unsuccessful attempts to ‘fix’ and ‘get rid of’ her emotions, Erin Thorp decided to get curious about what these emotions might be trying to tell her. She found that her leadership superpower was her emotions. In fact, it was her empathy that served as a powerful and effective tool to lead high-performing teams. Emotional intelligence and technical excellence aren’t mutually exclusive — both skills are imperative to becoming a confident, compassionate leader a team will eagerly follow.

Erin Thorp has a Civil Engineering Degree from the University of Calgary and is an Associate Certified Coach through Integral Coaching Canada. Her first book, Inside Out Empathy, was published in 2017. Erin presents keynotes that touch on the fact that there are currently five generations in our workforce from various socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds working together towards common goals. To build high-performance teams, ones that leverage diversity and foster a sense of belonging, we need to embrace our least-talked-about superpower — empathy.

As an engineer turned speaker, Erin gets it. She brings jam-packed sessions with actionable strategies, hilarious stories, and relatable anecdotes to come back to long after the discussion ends. Below you’ll find five topics Erin would love to bring to your group. These are starting points, and every talk is fully customizable for your audience. Erin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary and is an Associate Certified Coach through Integral Coaching Canada. She currently lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with her husband and their three children — where they aren’t afraid to talk about their feelings.



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Erin Thorp Topic Presentations

leading with empathy

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  • Empathy is a workplace value, yet empathy is the competitive edge most leaders are missing. Empathy is the ability to connect with your workforce — emotionally, cognitively, and behaviorally — without trying to fix, blame or minimize anyone’s experience. Individuals, teams, and workplace cultures value empathy, leaders’ demonstrated skills are not measuring up.

    Leadership demands empathy in a variety of situations and we must practice it when emotions are high, pressure is mounting, and stress is palpable. It’s in these very moments that our abilities determine our impact as a leader.


building better teams

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  • The workforce is changing and our workplaces aren’t keeping pace. Our teams are faced with more challenges than ever — 5 generations in the workforce, hybrid work conditions, complex technology demands, doing more with less — which requires a different approach when it comes to leadership.

    Using empathy, leaders can bridge the gap between workforce experience and cultures so our teams can deliver results while building meaningful relationships. Inclusive, empathic leaders, increase diversity and create supportive, engaging workplaces.

tackling tough conversations with confidence

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  • Conversations about missed deadlines, low quality of work, misunderstandings, expectations, asking for what you need, giving feedback — basically any conversation that might be uncomfortable or awkward — cost companies and teams millions of dollars every year in lost production, turnover, and employee disengagement.

    Are you a leader who uses email or text instead of phone or face-to-face communication for tough conversations — the ones where there might be conflict or tough news to deliver — and you’re finding it’s not effective? The message gets misinterpreted, things get blown out of proportion, feelings get hurt, and relationships are damaged.

    You’ve read the books, attended training — and yet nothing sticks. In the heat of the moment, when you need your skills most — your mind blanks. You’ve got nothing. Looking back after the call, you realize just how many things went wrong. Erin brings a session that is jam-packed with actionable tips to be able to put all of that knowledge into practice so that you have the skills and abilities to tackle tough conversations with confidence and ease.

authenticity and success for purposeful work

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  • It’s not that your people dislike working — it’s that they want meaningful work and growth. Your people have ambition for more than just a paycheck. Authentic success is totally possible when we know ourselves well enough to be brave and show up as our real selves instead of adjusting to fit in. As leaders, it’s important to create an inclusive environment where people feel seen and accepted.

the art of meaningful feedback

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  • Most leaders don’t understand the true purpose behind feedback and most team members cringe when someone says, “I have some feedback for you.” They see it more as a pass/fail test than an invitation to a conversation where deeper meaning and understanding are waiting to be discovered.

    Today we have five generations working together, a variety of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, and genders all working together towards a common goal. To create a truly diverse workforce, we need a new way to manage our team’s performance and provide ongoing performance-related feedback to develop and inspire our teams.

positive feedback and recognition

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  • Have you ever asked yourself why you need to praise your team for doing their job?  Do you wonder how to motivate the team so they go above and beyond? Do you find yourself thinking what is it actually going to take to engage your team? If you have ever contemplated these questions, you’re are not alone.

    Recognition is one form of feedback that leaders feel the most comfortable giving, and do the least often.  With the human brain being hard-wired to look for what’s not working, catching people doing things well requires intention and practice.  In this 60-minute keynote discover the research behind recognition and why it is so powerful, how much positive feedback is enough and 3 simple practices you can implement immediately to boost morale and increase engagement.

burnout-proof your life

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  • The hybrid workplace has its benefits. On the flip side, one of the biggest downsides is working all the time. It’s hard to disconnect from work when the lines of family and work are blurry.

    Success and ambition are fantastic fuel sources for getting ahead — but at what cost? Busyness is often celebrated, and the price we pay is burnout. Today it’s entirely within our control to make meaningful contributions without forfeiting our health, our family, or our hobbies. Let Erin show you how!


We were lucky enough to engage Erin to speak about Empathic Leadership at our 2020 IWD Event. Erin’s passion for Empathy and Leadership was infectious, and that, combined with her authenticity, made her message relatable, relevant and impactful. We all left the session inspired and wanted more, leading to a return engagement to follow up on tips and tricks to add empathy into the workplace. Given the global events that soon after unfolded, the the timing and message of her speech resonated even more with the audience and helped us all put empathy into practice at work and home as the pandemic took hold of the world.

Trisha Gibson

SVP, Strategy & Business Development
AltaGas Ltd

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Erin Thorp keynote speaker is an expert presenter and has a wide range of experience speaking to a wide variety of audiences and organizations. Erin Thorp delivers keynotes, workshops & training sessions. They may also host or emcee events. Hire Erin Thorp from Calgary, Alberta for your event to inspire the audience to take action and make change in their work and their lives. Your workplace will benefit from our keynote speaker and their keynote talks and speeches will shift the mindsets or behaviours for the audience members in Canada. 

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Are you looking to hire Erin Thorp for your event? Erin Thorp Calgary, Alberta is a dynamic and engaging speaker that offers audiences researched content paired with expertise and a dynamic speaking ability. Erin Thorp is also a Canadian corporate consultant and coach and facilitates workshops and training sessions for a corporate audience. Erin Thorp is an expert keynote presenter and speaks on wide variety of topics. Hiring a great speaker for your event is important and working with a thought leader like Erin Thorp from Speakers Canada’s roster will engage audiences into the content of the presentation to bring awareness and a fresh perspective for their approach to their work and their lives. Book Erin Thorp to educate, motivate and activate the audience through an interactive and entertaining presentation at corporate meetings and gatherings.

Known as a popular key note speaker in Canada, Erin Thorp creates life changing experiences for the participants with practical insights and strategic advice they can implement right after the session. Working with a one our leading expert speaker like Erin Thorp from Calgary, Alberta offers organizations a fresh perspective to assist the people of the organization. No matter if it is a government, association, or business crowd, Erin Thorp is a perfect speaker for your event. Through unique practical insights for trending topics and years experience speaking to different organizations, Erin Thorp focuses on changing individuals to make better decisions at work and their lives. No matter if you are holding an in person or virtual event, having an influential speaker such as Erin Thorp will engage, motivate, and activate the audience to make a change in their lives and inspire action for results to meet organizational goals. Your workforce will benefit from Erin Thorp’s presentations and speeches, with measurable results set to shift the people of the organization and core direction of the company. Book Erin Thorp speaker for your annual general meeting, conference, summit, or convention in Canada.

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Erin Thorp is an expert professional key note speaker with a lot of experience speaking and delivering engaging talks to organizations and audiences in Canada. Each of Speaker Bureau Canada’s talent have different ways to assess their fees, and Erin Thorp speaker fee ranges depending on the size of the audience, event format (in person or virtual), event location, and if the organization booking them is a non profit, association, government department/government agency or business/corporation. The speakers we work with are flexible with their fees, and it is important for us to learn more about your event before we approach them, as it is our role to work for you, and to help you find a speaker within budget. 

Please contact Speakers Bureau of Canada and provide us with your event details so that we can contact Erin Thorp to check availability or confirm the pricing and associated costs to hire a great speaker like Erin Thorp for your event. As Erin Thorp's agent and as a Canadian top speaker bureau and talent agency for speakers, we are able to propose each event opportunity from each host organization’s behalf to try to help you get in touch with Erin Thorp and confirm them for your in person or online meeting/event. We can also provide and advise on the booking process and potentially negotiate their fee. Speakers Canada is a client focused speaker agency, and we work for you in finding good speakers for your team meetings and booking processes.

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