Speaker in Toronto, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding areas


Looking for an engaging speaker for your next meeting, wellness event or professional development session? I offer in-person presentations throughout southern Ontario and virtual presentations anywhere there’s an internet connection. From banquet halls and boardrooms to classrooms and community centres, I’ve presented to audiences young and old, big and small.

My talks combine humorous storytelling, practical advice and oodles of doodles on topics such as resilience, mental health, gratitude and the importance of giving back. I’m also happy to customize a talk to your group’s specific needs!


Whether you’re looking for a 20-minute motivational talk, an hour-long skills-building workshop or a half-day interactive program, I’d love to help make your next event awesome. Below, you’ll find details about a few of my more popular talks.


More Than a Coin Flip: How to boost your resilience during turbulent times

Obstacles come in all shapes and sizes. But it’s not how big a problem is that matters, it’s how you choose to face it. Drawing on my personal experience surviving a very aggressive cancer, this presentation shares some of the lessons I learned about dealing with any of life’s curve balls, providing audience members with practical tools to help them with whatever challenges they might face at work, school or in their personal lives. Check out the pre-recorded version of the presentation below.


Channel your everyday awesome

Our everyday actions can make a positive impact in the world. Using humour and storytelling, this motivational talk is designed to get employees, volunteers and students fired up about making a difference. Whether you’re kicking off a charitable campaign, celebrating your supporters or looking to energize your team to realize its potential, Channel Your Everyday Awesome is a fun and engaging presentation sure to inspire.


118 Reasons: What almost dying taught me about appreciating the little things

To keep myself motivated after I was diagnosed with cancer, I made a list of 118 things that made life so worth fighting for. Nowhere on it were things like a fancy house, fast car, fat bank account or any other of the material measures of success our society puts so much emphasis on. Instead, the list overflowed with simple pleasures, amazing experiences and the people I care about. In this fun and inspirational talk, I talk about the things that really matter in life and how the road to happiness isn’t paved in possessions.

funny Stories, Good Advice

Lessons learned from life’s awesome and absurd moments

Whether chasing a thief through alleyways in Africa, eating fish heads in the mountains of Taiwan or nearly swallowing a severed human toe in the Yukon, I’ve learned a lot from my many misadventures. In this series of light-hearted, hour-long talks, I share a selection of hilarious stories from my past and the life lessons I learned from them. Each talk wraps up with a lively discussion, where I invite audience members to reminisce and share their own insights and stories. Book me for your next special event, or make me a regular part of your activity calendar with a slew of themed presentations to choose from.


“Thank you again for speaking at our volunteer appreciation event. You had the audience captivated and engaged throughout your speech. Your presence truly made the event!” — Carly Watson, Canadian Blood Services

“During Martin’s presentation, the audience was transfixed, and it was clear he had connected with them in a profound way.” — Chris Hussey, Spoke Newspaper

“Thanks so much for coming to share your stories! The residents enjoyed getting a good laugh out of the crazy adventures you’ve been through. It also reminded them of many adventures they have experienced in their own lives. It put smiles on their faces.” — Brenda Dunbar, Parkwood Manor, Waterloo

“Thanks so much for giving us your time; your words were very powerful and we had a great discussion in class afterwards.” — Christa Bauer, teacher, Ottawa, Ontario