My mission in life is to help people choose and live the lives they want.
- Motivational keynote speaker since 2003
- Featured in a full-length documentary film
- Appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including an hour-long interview with Dr. Oz on Oprah & Friends.
Fun fact: I did amateur stand-up comedy in Montréal.
I graduated from McGill University and spent a decade in information security sales. One day I realized I had a personal message to deliver that had the potential to impact people’s lives far more than any IT product ever could.
I was born with Congenital Heart Disease, which means that my heart formed incorrectly. On paper, the doctors classify it as “complex cardiac anatomy” and the detailed medical description continues for four paragraphs.
When I was eighteen years old, a cardiologist told me that he and his team hoped I would live to be 30 years old!
In time, I transformed this diagnosis from a death sentence into a call to action.
It took six long and difficult years to come to terms with the news that my life was more than half over. But accepting and embracing my own mortality left me a changed person. That’s when I discovered the Power of Mortality™.
I took the numerals of my 30th birthday, converted them into a barcode, and had it tattooed on my arm where it serves as a daily reminder to live in the present moment.
Then, in October of 2006, I was given the opportunity to put this philosophy to the test when I suffered a transient ischemic attack (TIA – also called “mini-stroke”) which left me hospitalized for a week. Although there were no lingering effects, I saw this experience as a wonderful “fire drill” for my life – a test that completely validated my life’s work with The Power of Mortality™.
As an award-winning motivational speaker and author, I share my Mortality Manifesto and show audiences the way to a new and vibrant outlook on life. My first book What’s Your Expiry Date? Embrace Your Mortality – Live With Vitality has received widespread acclaim and has helped thousands of people to change their lives for the better. I am also a Certified Master Coach Trainer with the Certified Coaches Federation™.
I believe very strongly in the importance of nurturing young people to become leaders for tomorrow. This conviction fuelled my four-year involvement with the In-School Mentoring program through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel. During that time, I was selected as In-School Mentor of the Year and was nominated by Big Brothers of Peel as Mississauga Volunteer of the Year. I was the founding president of the Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance.
Today, I’m 46 years old, live in Montréal and enjoy life with my two young children.