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Jessi Cruickshank

Host of Canada's Smartest Person & The Goods; WE Charity Ambassador; Celebrity Emcee/Host

Jessi Cruickshank is one of Canada’s most beloved TV personalities and has been hailed as “one of the funniest women on TV today, period” by The Province.

Jessi grew up in Vancouver where she broke into comedy as the only girl in an all-male improv troupe alongside Seth Rogen. She soon became a household name as the face of MTV, hosting the daily comedy show MTV Live and smash hit The Hills After Show, which was syndicated in 10 countries and generated record-breaking ratings in Canada and the U.S. Her self-deprecating humour, irreverent interview style and eclectic flair for fashion quickly made her a fan favourite.

Jessi went on to host Live from E!, Jerseylicious, Olympic Morning and wrapped six seasons as the LA correspondent for Canada’s #1 entertainment show, etalk.

Jessi is one of the co-hosts of CBC’s new daytime show The Goods, and is hosting Season 3 of Canada’s Smartest Person.

She has travelled the world as a keynote speaker, has hosted WE Days across Canada and the US and is a WE Charity ambassador.

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Presentations

  • Finding Happiness in a Material World

    Jessi talks candidly about navigating a material and pop-culture obsessed world. She opens up about her own experiences working in an industry where quite often how you look is more important than how you think, where your net worth is more relevant than your self worth, and where success is measured by what you have not what you have to give. Revealing a new side of herself, Jessi will empower her young audience to discover that happiness is not about what you have in your life, but what you choose to do with it.

  • Born in an A&W

    Jessi Cruickshank was born in an A&W restaurant in Calgary, Alberta. She is now most beloved TV personalities in Canada. How on earth did she get there? In her candid, interactive and raucously funny speech, Jessi will talk about all of the choices she has made (the good ones and the not so good ones…) that got her to where she is today.

  • Making the Most of Your College Life

    Jessi will speak about how getting involved in school impacted her life and why students should strive to find a similar balance. Cruickshank started a special needs drama program at a local high school, joined the student council, played intramural sports and became involved with WE Charity (formerly Free the Children). Telling a series of wildly funny, honest and relatable anecdotes, Jessi’s uncanny ability to relate to young audiences will leave them motivated to create opportunities and make the most of their College experience.

  • The Power to Create Change

    As long time Canadian ambassador for WE Charity, Jessi speaks about her eye opening experiences leaving the comfort of her MTV studio and travelling to rural India and Kenya. She talks about the pop-culture bubble so many young people in North America get trapped in today and challenges them to pop it, to see beyond the MTV world and discover the power they hold to create positive change in their colleges, communities and in the world.

  • Host & MC

    As the host of a live daily talk show on MTV, broadcast to over 90 million homes across North America, Jessi knows how to work a room. With her signature warmth and wit, Jessi has MC’d and hosted charity fundraisers, private parties, red carpets, award shows, store openings and corporate events all across Canada and the US. Her ability to think on her toes and relate to any crowd makes any event a truly memorable one.

Finding Happiness in a Material World

Jessi talks candidly about navigating a material and pop-culture obsessed world. She opens up about her own experiences working in an industry where quite often how you look is more important than how you think, where your net worth is more relevant than your self worth, and where success is measured by what you have not what you have to give. Revealing a new side of herself, Jessi will empower her young audience to discover that happiness is not about what you have in your life, but what you choose to do with it.

Born in an A&W

Jessi Cruickshank was born in an A&W restaurant in Calgary, Alberta. She is now most beloved TV personalities in Canada. How on earth did she get there? In her candid, interactive and raucously funny speech, Jessi will talk about all of the choices she has made (the good ones and the not so good ones…) that got her to where she is today.

Making the Most of Your College Life

Jessi will speak about how getting involved in school impacted her life and why students should strive to find a similar balance. Cruickshank started a special needs drama program at a local high school, joined the student council, played intramural sports and became involved with WE Charity (formerly Free the Children). Telling a series of wildly funny, honest and relatable anecdotes, Jessi’s uncanny ability to relate to young audiences will leave them motivated to create opportunities and make the most of their College experience.

The Power to Create Change

As long time Canadian ambassador for WE Charity, Jessi speaks about her eye opening experiences leaving the comfort of her MTV studio and travelling to rural India and Kenya. She talks about the pop-culture bubble so many young people in North America get trapped in today and challenges them to pop it, to see beyond the MTV world and discover the power they hold to create positive change in their colleges, communities and in the world.

Host & MC

As the host of a live daily talk show on MTV, broadcast to over 90 million homes across North America, Jessi knows how to work a room. With her signature warmth and wit, Jessi has MC’d and hosted charity fundraisers, private parties, red carpets, award shows, store openings and corporate events all across Canada and the US. Her ability to think on her toes and relate to any crowd makes any event a truly memorable one.

Testimonials

  • Year after year at WE Day, Jessi has spoken to diverse crowds, from elementary students to adults, teachers and news media and families. Jessi always captures everyone’s attention, inspiring them with light-hearted jokes and powerful stories.

    Jessi Cruickshank Craig Kielburger, Co-Founder WE Charity, WE Day & Me to We
  • Jessi connected with everyone in the audience in such a way that is still talked about today. Passionate, funny, approachable, real and sincere are just a few words that describe her. It didn't matter if you were a student, media representative or senior level administrator, she is authentic.

    Jessi Cruickshank Lethbridge College
  • Jessi Cruickshank’s speech left a lasting impression and was a stark reminder for me about how happiness is not a function of material goods and constant novelty, but about enjoying whatever you have, even if it is very little. I hope to apply this more in my own life and transmit some of this to my own children. Matthias Kipping, Professor of Policy, York University

    Jessi Cruickshank Matthias Kipping, Professor of Policy, York University

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