(Note: This is Mark’s  biography. It’s a bit long but it tells the whole story. This is not intended to be used as an introduction when Mark is speaking. If you are looking for how to introduce Mark at your event, we can provide you an introduction. Mark also has a video introduction that can be easily played before he speaks).

Mark Black is The Guy Who Get’s Teens Thinking™ . A Heart & Double-Lung Transplant Recipient, 4-Time Marathon Runner, and author of “Live Life from the Heart”, Mark has been working with teens for over a decade.

As a former teacher, Mark understands teens in a unique way, having worked with them in a variety of settings. Unlike many adults, Mark has a special love for teens and a firm belief that most teens are engaged, productive, citizens. It is probably this love that teens connect with when Mark speaks to them.

Mark’s compelling & powerful story of surviving against impossible odds, has been featured at hundreds of high schools, colleges and leadership conferences. Mark has been the featured keynote speaker at state conferences for Future Farmers of America (FFA), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), and Business Professionals of America (BPA). He has appeared twice at Count Me In Canada’s largest student leadership event, that last year was live streamed to more than 2 Million People worldwide.

Mark has been featured on national media outlets and had his story featured in print, on radio and television including CBS and ABC, and was a featured author in Chicken Soup for the Canadian Soul. His powerful message is simple “don’t live every day like it’s your last day, just be ALIVE every day.”

Mark is also an in-demand speaker in the corporate world, having spoken for: SunLife Financial, Amway, The Red Cross, and dozens of other world-leading organizations.

Mark lives on the east coast of Canada near where he was born, with his beautiful wife and their have two wonderful children.

Mark is a faithful Catholic and is happy to incorporate his faith in his message where appropriate.  If you are a Catholic education institution looking for a speaker for your event, you can book Mark through CMG Booking, The Catholic Speakers Bureau.