Lee Smart & Lindsay Leese Pitchcraft, Second City Alumni admin
Who We Are & Who We Do It For
SmartLeese Creative has been tickling minds since 1999. Our mission is to inspire people to think and laugh by creating opportunities for people to connect and learn through fun, shared experiences. Lee Smart and Lindsay Leese are partners in both life and work, with complimentary talents that prove two heads are better than one. We’ve created talk shows, recognition events, Improvisation workshops and shows, game shows, videos, live comedic sketches, surprise character interactions, brainstorm sessions and Keynote presentations for hundreds of creative corporate events. Our clients include Sun Life Financial, Alchemy Systems, Metrolinx, Deutsche Bank, Hoffmann-LaRoche, Northbridge Insurance, AC Delco, 3M and we are proud to partner with Second City Works. We aim to make organizers look good and keep audiences engaged. Our personal touch and hands on approach means we provide a direct connection with our clients every step of the way – from the first conversation to the last laugh.
Lindsay Leese, PitchCraft
Lindsay is the Leese of SmartLeese Creative, and the principal of PitchCraft Presentation Skills Training. Her career has been centered on communication and storytelling from the get-go. Lindsay is a graduate of Studio 58, The National Theatre School of Canada and a Second City alumni having performed on Toronto’s Second City stage from 1985 to 1991. Throughout her career she’s had one foot in the world of theatre, TV, film and comedy, and the other in the business world. Based in Toronto since 1982, Lindsay is a presentation coach, improv emissary, corporate facilitator, speaker, actor, stage director, and producer.
She is the Founder and Director of the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund and spent 20 years producing its live and televised award show “Cream Of Comedy”. Lindsay is also a current member of the Ontario Film Review Board. To learn more about Lindsay Leese click here to view her professional acting resume, reel and photos.
Lee is the Smart in SmartLeese Creative. He is a comedian, improviser, actor, writer, facilitator, host and an alumnus of the famed Second City comedy theatre. With a career spanning more than two decades, Lee is a multiple nominee and winner of the Canadian Comedy Award, as well as the Gemini Award for Best Comedy Writing for television.
In addition to hosting, facilitating and delivering dynamic creative projects with SmartLeese, Lee lends his talents to multiple film, television, voice and commercial projects. Lee can currently be heard improvising on the Canadian Comedy Award nominated sci-fi podcast Illusionoid.
Click here to learn more about Lee’s performing career.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
“Thank you so much for your fantastic contribution to our GCG conference in May. The feedback has all been positive with regards to your sessions, and many people walked away equipped with some great new skills, which they were really happy about! It was a pleasure to work with you both throughout. Your positivity and upbeat natures certainly are contagious! I also really appreciated your ‘can do’ attitudes; it was really a lovely treat to work with such nice people. Wishing you many more successful improv sessions in the future.”
Director | Client Engagement Marketing Deutsche Bank AG
“The show was a great success with all, and I especially loved the videos. You did such a great job on delivering. Thank you for keeping your cool, even down to the last wire. It was really, really great working with you both. THANK YOU!”
“WOW what a great day! Hats off to Lindsay and Lee for putting on such an exceptional afternoon. I have spent time talking with most of the team tonight and I speak for everyone when I say how much we enjoyed this session. Some of the things that stuck out from today are, keeping us always active and participating, keeping a positive energy flow, drawing in all the participants and most of all we just loved how you would take time after each exercise to stress the value and how we could draw that back to our everyday work lives. Well doneand thank you!! It was a real pleasure to attend your session!!”
National Practice Lead, Learning Content,
Customer Facing Solutions
“This morning, leadership held the results meeting for the Allstream National Sales Conference. In addition to recognizing many people for their great work, there was a contest for Best Workshop as rated by workshop attendees. There were about 100 workshops delivered, and guess who ranked #1? Your workshop- ‘Client Service: No Script? No problem!’
Your professionalism and flexibility around holding concurrent workshops was much appreciated by the management team. Thank you very much Lindsay & Lee for delivering true value as seen through the eyes of the client!”
“Lindsay & Lee, I know I speak for our entire team when I say that you guys were awesome. Your performances definitely helped make our presentation a memorable one; and the impression on the client was incredible. Thank you again – you guys are awesome!”
Account Director| Big Image
“Lindsay is an incredible coach. She helped me lay out my content, hone in on my message, find language that was simple and poignant, and polish my on-stage presentation skills. Every hour spent with her was extremely valuable. I have tried to work with many other presentation coaches over the years, and Lindsay trumps them all. She understood my particular needs and helped me achieve my goal. She was able to provide guidance as well as constructive criticism in a way that made it easy to build a powerful presentation. I received an evaluation of 9.5/10 from the participants on my first presentation right after working with Lindsay. I credit Lindsay 100% for my speaking success.”
President | Frame of Mind Coaching
“You helped make the most memorable business session in years! “
Assistant Vice President Sales Force Operations | Sun Life Financial
“I’ve done many presentation classes and this one really stood out for me. It was smart and enjoyable and really hit the mark. The exercises were fun and provided valuable skills that helped everyone, regardless of their level, find a way to take their presentation skills to the next level. It provided everyone with valuable insights and real-world helpful tools to improve the impact of their presentations. Lindsay understands how to tailor the stage presentation skills of an actor to what makes sense and would be helpful to us as communicators within the context of new business pitches. It was exactly what I’d hoped for.”
Associate Managing Director & SVP
“Working with Lindsay has been a very valuable exercise for our organization. From the initial contact, Lindsay was able to quickly understand our unique business need and recommend an intervention that would work for us. Lindsay connected with each of the participants for the workshop on a 1:1 basis, immediately established her credibility as an expert in presentation and personal effectiveness, and created an environment that allowed them to be open to new experiences and challenges. The results of the workshop are immediately apparent and we shall be very happy to continue to work with Lindsay in the future.”
Business Transformation Executive, Director Organizational Effectiveness | CGI
“Thank you Lee and Lindsay for a fantastic session yesterday. Not only was it energizing and fun, it gave me concrete, relevant and easy-to-implement tools to bring these concepts back to the office. I believe we can use our learnings to make a palpable shift in our team, and role-model it for others in the business as well.”
Senior Manager Learning & Development and Employment Practices
“Thank you so much for working with me. I have never received the level of positive feedback that I did after my talk, nor have I felt as relaxed. To a person who said my presentations in the past were thoughtful, but this time they said my delivery was the best they had ever seen from me. Even my toughest critic said I knocked it out of the park.”
Senior VP Sales
“Thank you for sharing your natural gifts and learned expertise during the workshop. Your passion and Jedi-Master human connection skills were obvious and I’m extremely grateful to have spent a few hours with you – Please keep doing what you do!”
A fun fresh look at having open, engaging and collaborative conversations at work.
EHS Coordinator | Alchemy Systems
Action packed, fun filled, with a great message.
Corporate EHS Manager | Alchemy Systems
Great Speakers! Would like for them to come to my company and speak to my front line supervisor.
Great interactive presenters with great tips and tools to take back to the office!
Would love to have them come to our company!!
Food Safety Manager
Very engaging and presented good tools to help improve cooperation and collaboration!
Love love LOVE!!! Please bring them back next year!!!
Fun and useful!
Safety & Training Manager
Loved the interaction, the humor and overall communication lessons.
Innovation Centre Building Manager
Really great presentation. THANK YOU for drawing such clear connections between the fun and the point to be gleaned.
Executive Corporate Trainer
Learned some nice communications tidbits to share with my team in a fun & ENGAGING way!
Corporate Compliance Manager
Seriously one of the very best sessions I’ve ever attended at a professional conference! Super engaging and on point for the theme of the week. Thanks so much for the intentional planning and execution of keynotes that really support the message.
Quality Assurance Manager
Cant wait to go back and start this!
Sr. HR Officer
I thoroughly enjoyed this session. I liked the hands on activities and how they made the information relative to interacting with front line workers.
Really could take so much away from the way they got their topic and information across. Excellent material and interaction!
Ajinomoto Windsor Inc.
Engaging way to make you rethink what you already know about communication and engagement. Well done, Smartleese, Inc!
Awesome presenters; very engaging; very professional.
Senior Training and Development Coordinator
SmartLeese Creative & PitchCraft, Toronto ON Canada