An expert connector, Chris Farias brings his big personality and interesting view of the world to the speaker’s podium. He has delighted audiences throughout North America at public industry events, national conferences, and private corporate functions. He’s been featured as a keynote speaker, discussion panelist, and master of ceremony for large scale industry events and conferences like Marketing Magazine Conference and NAYDO (North American YMCA Development Organization) where he was given the highest rating from audience surveys two years in a row.

Chris is happy to present on a variety of topics including his famous "Let Them Eat Gayke" talk, his personal mental health journey as well as industry related topics such as building your community, and just being able to connect with your audience.

Attendees at the 2015 NAYDO Conference on YMCA Philanthropy described Chris as dynamic, funny and energetic! Chris gave very purposeful, positive and thought provoking information while keeping the audience engaged and laughing. His workshop was the best seminar of the session - so funny and so relevant!
— Mary Zoller - Operations & Conference Director, NAYDO

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Chris Farias delivered a keynote presentation to my camp staff team on the topic of belonging. As a keynote for 200 teens and young adults, he had his work cut out for him early on a Sunday morning. Chris did a fantastic job and had the staff laughing in their seats and crying with the personal and emotional stories he shared with us.
— Shawna MacLellan, Manager of Community Outreach and Day Camp, YMCA of Hamilton / Burlington / Brantford
From the moment Chris approached the stage until he exited the room, our conference participants clung to every word he shared. The message, the laughter and the energy... oh, the energy! Of the many talented speakers that I’ve had the pleasure of hearing over the years, I’ve never seen the level of humour, connection and inspired experience that Chris delivers. Your audience will thank you.
— Natalie Davison - Entrepreneur
Our Department was lucky enough to have Chris as a keynote speaker at our annual staff retreat. From the first sentence, it was obvious our staff became comfortable. He customized the keynote to our needs, proactively addressed issues he knew would be of concern, and gave us all a few good laughs. You don’t get the same old pre-packaged, reused content. It’s truly unique and is infused with his engaging personality.
— Sean Meister - Communications Coordinator at McMaster University Department of Family Medicine