Keynote Speaker  Award Winning Marketer CEO of Candybox

“customers have evolved their digital purchase habits overnight, but few companies have kept up.
It’s time to make a move.” 

Darrell Keezer

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Keynotes presented Across North America

a pro at spreading knowledge


Inducted into the Sheridan business hall of fame

from graduate to hall of famer 

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Awards for being pretty awesome

regular on the Globe & Mail’s Growth 500 list & Top 10 Great Places to Work in Canada

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Keynote speaker, two-time author, award-winning entrepreneur, founder of Candybox Marketing which has won the top 500 growing companies in Canada three years in a row. 

Darrell takes the stage at over 50 keynote-speaking events across North America each year where he teaches businesses how to build digital marketing strategies that actually work.

As the winner of the Top 10 Great Places to Work in Canada (2022) along with the Fastest Growing Companies in Canada, Darrell is now presenting his latest tell-all keynote for business leaders: Flipping the Script on AI at your Workplace

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Never accused of being boring

In his entertaining yet thought-provoking style, Darrell commands the stage with keynotes that are packed with life lessons taken from his own experience building Canada’s premier digital marketing agency. Learn from his wins, losses, and strategic mindset. Darrell leaves his audiences inspired to rise to any occasion on their journey to building a better digital presence for their brand.

AI is equal parts opportunity & loss, excitement & fear, success & failure. What side are you on?

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, AI is no longer a buzzword; changing how we run our businesses has become the most significant technology disruption since the birth of the internet. So, what’s your plan?

You don’t need to be a tech wizard to benefit from AI; Darrell will provide tangible, real-life examples of how AI can boost your business today. Learn how to change the trajectory of your business with a few strategic ideas and embrace the future with confidence. Join us for an insightful, fun, and interactive perspective on AI that focuses on growing your business.

Darrell Keezer, the CEO of Candybox Marketing, will share how he reshaped the conversation in his own company around AI, moving from the risk of becoming obsolete to driving record-breaking revenues in three months. This keynote is not about pontificating a distant AI future; it’s about harnessing AI’s potential today.

The way consumers + businesses buy is unrecognizable from 10 years ago. We’ve accelerated our digital adoption by 10 years during the pandemic, but has your business kept up with the times? From generating sales to creating brand equity, it’s time your business builds a growth strategy that actually works. In this keynote, Darrell shares how companies are leap frogging their competition with great ideas and flawless execution. 

Ideal For: Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, Sales Representative, Independent Agents, Marketing Managers, Sales Managers. 

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The pandemic plunged our companies into a mixture of remote + hybrid work that is here to stay. Although most companies have embraced this environment, few have adapted to managing a remote team effectively

Darrell Keezer believes that companies can use remote work as a competitive advantage, but you need to transform your culture, communication, feedback and KPI’s to new models of management. In this tell-all Keynote presentation, Darrell will show practical examples of how he grows his agency ~40% every year while still working 40 hours a week. 

Ideal for: C-Suite Level + Business Owners 

We are one of the most digitally connected societies in the world, yet sales people are struggling to get through the noise. Darrell Keezer built one of the fastest growing companies in Canada out of a walk-in closet with his cellphone and some good ideas. Learn how to reach your customers by combining the latest digital tools with foundational sales principles that have never changed. It’s time to flip the script on ignored voicemails, endless zoom meetings and unanswered emails. It’s time to pick up your freakin phone and get results. 

Ideal for: Sales Professionals, Sales Managers, Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Marketing Managers, Executive Leaders. 


The one who changed the way we think about digital marketing

In a candid conversation with The Edge Magazine, Darrell gets real about hitting the target in digital marketing. Starting with the success of Candybox, Darrell shares his journey of growing his business from a one-person start-up to one of the fastest-growing companies in Canada. 


In today’s day and age, we have an unruly fear of picking up the phone to chat with potential clients, employer’s, you name it – all thanks to the overwhelming fear of sounding unconfident to a stranger. In pick up your freakin phone, Darrell discusses the grit and resilience he had built to turn potential leads into clients by simply developing meaningful relationships with them. A huge part of the reason for his success? Simply doing something that his competition had not been – picking up his phone and generating relationships that built revenue.

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Darrell’s straight-talking, boots-on-the-ground approach will inspire you to take a closer look at the way you do business and Pick Up Your Freakin’ Phone.