Joelle Tomlinson

Joelle Tomlinson

Calgary, Alberta
Leadership, Storytelling, Resilience Expert - Overcoming Adversity & Using the Power of Storytelling
Joelle Tomilson, a distinguished news anchor with over a decade of expertise in broadcast journalism, boasts an impressive track record of journalistic accomplishments. Her unparalleled skill set combines the art of storytelling with a magnetic on-camera presence, enabling her to seize audiences' attention and deliver impactful messages. Now, Joelle stands ready to share her wealth of knowledge to elevate your events to new heights. Her experience makes her the ideal collaborator for hosting engaging events, moderating thought-provoking panels, and providing expert coaching in the realm of public speaking. With Joelle's guidance, your endeavours will shine, as she infuses every moment with authenticity and ensures your stories resonate deeply, creating a lasting impact that lingers with your audience long after the event concludes.
  • Change Management
  • Communications
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Employee Management
  • Health & Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health
  • Peak Performance
  • Business Growth
  • Business Management
  • Academia
  • Agriculture & Farming
  • All Staff Meeting
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Associations & Unions
  • Award Galas & After Dinner
  • Awareness Days
  • Campus & University Speakers


Joelle Tomlinson is an accomplished and versatile journalist, known for her passion, professionalism, and captivating storytelling. Born and raised in Saskatoon, she developed a deep interest in journalism from an early age. Joelle pursued her higher education at TMU University in Toronto, where she further honed her skills and graduated on the Dean’s List with a Journalism degree.

With a career spanning over a decade, Joelle has made a significant impact in the field of broadcast journalism. She was the anchor and producer of CTV Morning Live in Calgary from 2017 to 2023, becoming a familiar face in households across the city. During this time she was the only female Black Morning News Anchor in Western Canada. She was awarded the “Emerging Leader” award in 2017 from the Western Association of Broadcasting and was nominated for an RTDNA award for involvement with the Calgary Stampede Parade coverage in 2022. Her engaging presence and informative reporting made her a trusted source of news and information for viewers.

Throughout her career, Joelle has covered a wide range of stories from the anchor desk, from local community events to major national and international news. Her ability to connect with people and bring their stories to life is what made her a viewer favourite in Western Canada. Beyond her professional achievements, Joelle is known for her warm and approachable demeanour. She values the connections she forms with the people she encounters, and her genuine interest in their stories is evident in her interviews.

In addition to her reporting, Joelle has been actively involved in community initiatives, recognizing the importance of giving back and making a positive impact. She is particularly passionate about mental health and addiction initiatives, after losing her own brother to the fentanyl crisis in Canada. She is also committed to giving underrepresented communities a voice and is a strong believer in representation in every sector.

Joelle Tomlinson’s unwavering commitment to journalistic excellence, combined with her passion for storytelling and community engagement, make her a standout figure in the world of broadcast journalism, hosting, moderating and emceeing.







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Joelle Tomlinson on the challenges of being a bi-racial women in media.

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Joelle Tomlinson Topic Presentations

elevate your event with professional host joelle tomlinson

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  • Looking for an emcee who can transform your event into an unforgettable experience? Look no further than Joelle Tomlinson. With a diverse portfolio that spans charity galas, leadership conventions, and grand award shows, Joelle brings a unique blend of professionalism, wit, and dynamism to every occasion. Her expertise in hosting ensures a seamless flow throughout your event, captivating your audience from start to finish.

    Joelle’s approach is tailored to meet the specific needs of your event, ensuring that each segment transitions smoothly and every message resonates deeply with the audience. Her ability to engage and entertain, while maintaining the highest standards of professionalism, makes her the ideal choice for any gathering. Joelle Tomlinson elevates your event with her exceptional hosting skills. Together, we’ll craft an engaging and memorable experience that leaves a lasting impression on your guests.

mastering the art of influence: strategic networking, personal branding, and confidence for career advancement

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  • Unlock the full potential of your professional persona with guidance from Joelle Tomlinson, a seasoned expert in communication and public speaking. This dynamic presentation is designed to empower professionals at all levels to master the art of pitching, strategic networking, and personal branding. Joelle’s comprehensive approach will help you refine your delivery, develop compelling narratives, and enhance your presence and charisma, ensuring you leave a lasting impact in every professional interaction.

    Dive deep into the nuances of building a powerful personal brand that resonates with your core values and professional goals. Learn the secrets of strategic networking that opens doors to opportunities and fosters meaningful connections. Joelle will also share invaluable tips on pitching yourself effectively, ensuring your ideas and contributions are recognized and valued.

    Whether you’re aiming for career advancement, seeking to elevate your professional profile, or simply looking to communicate with more confidence, this presentation offers the tools and insights needed to achieve your objectives. Embark on this transformative journey with Joelle Tomlinson and unlock a new level of professional excellence and influence.


voices unheard: championing mental health advocacy in our communities

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  • Joelle Tomlinson leverages her personal tragedy, losing her brother to the fentanyl crisis, to fuel her advocacy for mental health, making her mission deeply personal and professional. In this presentation, she shines a light on the hidden battles of mental health and substance abuse, advocating for a societal transformation towards empathy, understanding, and tangible support. Through her experienced eye as a renowned journalist and mental health advocate, she brings forward powerful stories that highlight the urgent need for open dialogue on mental health, tackling the stigma that often silences these crucial conversations, and proposing innovative solutions to break down these barriers.

    Her message, imbued with hope and resilience, calls for a united effort among individuals, communities, and professionals to cultivate supportive environments for those facing mental health challenges. Tomlinson emphasizes the significance of education, early intervention, and amplifying marginalized voices as key drivers of change. Through empathy, compassion and a collective action, Joelle shines light on the needed changes for a future where mental wellness is accessible to all. Tomlinson’s insightful and heartfelt discourse on advocating for mental health, fostering community support, safe spaces and normalizing mental health discussions to break down stigmas and barriers related to mental health.

identity at the intersection: embracing diversity for collective unity and mental well-being

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  • Joelle Tomlinson’s journey as an adopted woman of color from Saskatoon, who has navigated complex layers of identity, serves as a powerful foundation for her presentation on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I). Tomlinson shares her insights on the critical need for acknowledging and valuing diverse perspectives, especially in settings that have traditionally been shaped by systematic barriers, patriarchy, stereotypes and discriminatory narratives. With a focus on the profound influence of identity for those with a diverse background, many individuals who experience oppression, face significant challenges with their identity which also has a profound impact on their mental health.

    This presentations advocates for the creation of inclusive spaces where every voice is valued, stressing that mental health thrives in environments where individuals feel seen, heard, and respected. Drawing from her personal experience and professional background, Tomlinson highlights actionable strategies for fostering diversity and inclusivity, underscoring the importance of empathy, awareness, and dialogue in challenging biases and stereotypes. Through unity, safe spaces and authenticity, Joelle helps the audience to better understand themselves and others through embracing the human experience, accepting one another and the challenges they face to foster unity and togetherness.

    Incorporating mental health into the discourse on ED&I, her presentation emphasizes the interconnectedness of recognizing each unique identity with nurturing mental well-being. It’s a compelling call to action, urging individuals and organizations to embrace the full diversity of human experience as a cornerstone for collective progress and the promotion of mental health. Tomlinson’s narrative is a testament to the transformative power of inclusive practices that celebrate diversity while advocating for the mental wellness of every community member.

beyond bloodlines: the transformative power of open adoption on identity and family dynamics

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  • Drawing from her own deeply personal experience with open adoption, Joelle Tomlinson offers a profound exploration into its impact on identity formation and family dynamics. Her journey, marked by a unique blend of love, understanding, and complex relationships between her birth and adoptive families, provides a compelling narrative on the nuances of open adoption. She delves into how this form of adoption not only shapes individual identities but also redefines the concept of family, emphasizing themes of belonging, love, and the evolving nature of familial bonds in today’s society.

    Tomlinson blends her personal stories with lessons she has learned through her journey, offering a broader perspective on the societal implications of open adoption. She illuminates the diverse ways families are created and the deep connections that can form, regardless of biological ties. Her discussion highlights the importance of open communication, mutual respect, and the shared love that forms the foundation of these relationships. By sharing her story, Tomlinson not only educates but also inspires, advocating for a more inclusive understanding of what it means to be a family in the 21st century.

leading with authenticity: the new age leader

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  • Joelle Tomlinson’s rise within the demanding field of journalism, as a woman of color, offers invaluable insights into navigating the intricate landscape of leadership, particularly for those from underrepresented communities. Her journey underscores the significance of authenticity, resilience, and the strategic cultivation of personal and professional networks as pivotal elements for overcoming industry challenges and making impactful contributions. Through her narrative, Tomlinson elucidates the essence of building a personal brand rooted in integrity and inclusivity, highlighting how these qualities not only enhance the respect of team members but also inspire greater productivity and a cohesive path forward in leading oneself and others.

    In her expanded discourse, Tomlinson delves into the transformative influence of servant leadership and leading by example, principles that reinforce the foundation for effective team management and organizational achievement. She articulates the critical role of forging personal relationships and establishing deep connections with team members, fostering an environment of trust, mutual respect, and collective ambition. By sharing her experiences and the lessons drawn from them, Tomlinson offers a blueprint for inspiring teams, encouraging innovation, and embracing the diversity of thought and experience, thereby paving the way for a new era of leadership characterized by empathy, empowerment, and excellence.

resilience reimagined: navigating life's storms with strength and grace

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  • Joelle Tomlinson’s life and career embody the essence of resilience in the face of adversity. Her narrative weaves together the challenges of navigating the media landscape as a pioneering female Black journalist, the profound personal loss of her brother to the fentanyl crisis, and the complex journey of identity and belonging through open adoption. Each aspect of her life has been a testament to the power of resilience and the capacity for change.

    In this compelling presentation, Joelle Tomlinson intertwines her professional challenges, the profound loss of her brother, and her personal journey through adoption to showcase the essence of resilience. She offers invaluable insights on grief, dealing with loss and overcoming adversity in the face of both professional and personal challenges.

    This presentation guides the audience through the strength found in facing personal tragedy and the transformative power of self-discovery during uncertain times. Tomlinson presents practical strategies for fostering courage, embracing vulnerability, and harnessing a resilient mindset. Her narrative is designed to inspire attendees, illustrating how adversity can deepen our understanding of strength and empower us to drive positive change in our own lives and the wider community.

harmonizing high performance: navigating work-life balance for health and wellness

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  • In today’s fast-paced professional environment, achieving a harmonious balance between work demands and personal well-being is more crucial than ever. Joelle Tomlinson draws upon her extensive experience in high-stress journalism roles to explore the intersection of stress, high pressures, work-life balance, health, and wellness. Her presentation delves into practical strategies for maintaining productivity without compromising mental and physical well-being, emphasizing the importance of self-care as a cornerstone of professional success. Tomlinson shares insights on setting healthy boundaries, managing stress effectively, and the role of physical activity and mindfulness in enhancing overall life satisfaction.

    Tomlinson’s approach to work-life balance is holistic, considering the myriad ways in which our professional lives intersect with our personal health and wellness. She offers guidance on cultivating a mindset that values rest and rejuvenation as much as productivity, showcasing how prioritizing self-care can lead to more sustainable success and fulfillment. Through personal anecdotes and evidence-based practices, Tomlinson provides attendees with the tools to build resilience, foster a positive work environment, and achieve a healthier, more balanced approach to their careers and lives.


narratives that resonate: unleashing the power of storytelling across contexts

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  • Storytelling stands as a universal language that transcends the boundaries of journalism, reaching into the heart of human experience to inspire, inform, and transform. Joelle Tomlinson’s presentation delves into the art and science behind effective storytelling, showcasing its unparalleled ability to engage and influence across diverse platforms. Drawing from her extensive background in broadcast journalism and personal encounters, Tomlinson illustrates how the principles of storytelling can be adeptly applied beyond media, from corporate communication to educational settings, and even in personal development.

    She highlights innovative storytelling techniques that captivate audiences, evoke empathy, and drive action, emphasizing the role of narrative in shaping perceptions and changing behaviors. Through a series of compelling examples, Tomlinson demonstrates how storytelling can be a powerful tool for advocacy, teaching, and leadership, providing actionable insights for harnessing its potential to craft messages that resonate deeply and leave a lasting impact. This presentation not only celebrates the art of storytelling but also equips participants with the skills to tell their own stories in ways that inspire change and foster connection.


shifting the lens: empowering women in leadership

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  • Joelle Tomlinson, with her notable achievements in broadcast journalism and a life story deeply rooted in diversity, offers profound insights into overcoming systemic obstacles in the media industry. As the first female Black Morning News Anchor in Western Canada, her experiences provide a detailed exploration of the adversities and victories encountered by women in media.

    This presentation delves into the narratives of women in business, highlighting the difficult discussions, biases, and stereotypes Tomlinson has navigated throughout her career. It underscores the significant impact of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I) initiatives in forging inclusive spaces where women, especially women of color, are acknowledged and their achievements celebrated. Tomlinson proposes a forward-thinking approach that not only recognizes but also champions the distinct contributions of women, aiming to elevate workplace dynamics, acknowledge individual talents, and enriching workplace culture and the broader human experience.


Joelle Tomlinson travels from Calgary, Alberta & delivers customized and tailored keynote speeches, presentations, workshops and training sessions. on the topics enlisted below. These services are designed for a variety of audiences, industries, and event types and event formats.


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Articles & Media

'You're isolated': Black representation still lacking in many workplaces, including Canadian media

CTV News

Following the violent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020, some would say the world has changed in many ways. However, in some industries, including Canadian media, there is still a lack of diversity.

Joelle Tomlinson shares story of losing brother to fentanyl

CBC News

Fentanyl has dominated recent headlines for both its potency and tendency to take lives. In February, it became Joelle Tomlinson's story. The Saskatoon Global News reporter lost her brother, Stefan, to the drug. "He was partying and he ... [took] what he thought was an OxyContin tablet,"...

Thoght-provoking books chosen & shared by Joelle Tomlinson


I love a book that can make me pause. A sentence that makes me sit up and ponder exactly how that collection of seemingly innocent words made me feel. A novel idea that makes me question my own knowledge, bias, or interpretation of some event. As a journalist, I practice cutting through information...


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