PROGRAMS

We often tell students to do “the right thing” and so they should, but Mark has discovered the path to achieving anything of meaning is also to “do the hard thing.”  We live in a world where convenience and ease are valued more highly than determination and grit. When students believe that better means easier they risk missing out on some of the best parts of life.

In this thought-provoking and inspiring program; Mark shares how the best things in his life came out of what initially seemed like terrible situations. Students learn practical strategies for reframing their challenges and embracing their flaws to become the best version of themselves.


Key Take-Aways:

  • Your results are created by your decisions. If you don’t like your results; change your decisions.
  • The more we avoid our challenges, the bigger and scarier they become. The best way to deal with your problems is to face them head on.
  • Action creates results: it is great to dream and to have a positive attitude, but unless you DO something, nothing will change.
  • The most successful people are also the most determined: If you never quit, you won’t always win, but you will never truly lose.

Duration: 50-65mins  Suitable for: Grades 7-12

Teens are more anxious and stressed than ever before. 34% of high school students now indicate a moderate to serious level of psychological distress. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in people aged 15-24, it doesn’t have to be.

Even while working as a “motivational speaker” Mark struggled with anxiety disorder and depressive episodes for years. He has experienced how it feels, and he wants to help. Mark is not a therapist or psychiatrist. He is just someone who has been there and found a way out.

In this powerful presentation, Mark incorporates humour and humility to open an authentic and encouraging dialogue and provide a safe space for students dealing with depression and other mental health struggles. Students will learn practical strategies to cope and learn it is okay to ask for help.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Permission to talk: students will be encouraged to talk to people they trust about how they feel
  • Acceptance: teens need to feel accepted. Mark helps students accept themselves for who they are
  • How to get help: Posting the crisis / suicide hotline number is not enough. Mark provides students with a number of resources and ways to get help after the presentation.

Duration: 50-65mins  Suitable for: Grades 9-12 & University/College audiences

Too often we patronize teens with meaningless motivational messages. “You can do ANYTHING” is a phrase most teens have heard in some form or another, they immediately tune out, because they know… it’s not true! That is unfortunate because what IS true is that they can do a lot more than they think.

In this honest and real presentation, Mark shares real motivation tips that WORK. Leaving behind the empty platitudes, Mark gets to the core of how peak performers stay motivated and what teens can do to ensure that they set themselves up for success.

Using his powerful personal example, Mark shows students that if he can run 26.2 miles with someone else’s heart and lungs, they can achieve what they want to achieve – provided they are willing to do what it takes.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Focus: You can’t do everything, but you can do something pretty amazing if you focus
  • Vision: If you don’t know what you want, there is little chance you will get it.
  • Planning: Goals aren’t realized overnight. They usually take years of dedicated effort. What is your action plan for success?
  • Handling Failure: The question is not IF you will fail, but when. Are you ready?
  • GrIt: If you will do whatever it takes for as long as it takes, you will find success

Duration: 50-65mins  Suitable for: Grades 7-12 & University/College audiences

It’s no secret that bullying is a HUGE problem in schools today. The statistics are staggering. The CDC quotes suicide as the 3rd leading cause of death among teens and victims or bullying are between 2 and 9 times more likely to commit suicide than their peers. Scary stuff. So what do we do?

Mark has an engaging and powerful, personal bullying story. At 4’11″ Mark was a victim of serious bullying as a student and found a way to overcome his bullies to succeed. He relates to students because he’s been there. But more importantly, Mark doesn’t just share a personal story of overcoming bullying, but he actually provides a SOLUTION.

Mark’s bullying prevention program takes a two-tiered approach to the issue of bullying, focusing on empowering victims and engaging bystanders. Too much attention and resources are focused on the problem (‘the bully’) instead of on the solution (empowering the victims and student leaders who should support them). Issues addressed in this presentation include:

Key Take-Aways:

  • How to not be a victim: You can influence a bully’s decisions by how you react
  • Develop authentic self-esteem: The most powerful position you can ever be in is when you truly do not care what anyone else thinks of you
  • What bullies can do: Learn to see bullying behaviour in yourself so that you can stop
  • What bystanders can do: If you can create a school culture where no one accepts bullying behaviour, you will never have a problem with bullying again.

Duration: 50-65mins  Suitable for: Grades 7-12

Mark has had the opportunity to meet many people who have had to face death, he has had to face death himself. Through that experience Mark learned that at the end of our lives, we won’t care how much money we’ve made nearly as much as we’ll care about how much of a difference we’ve made.


Students are bombarded with media messages that tell them that image matters more than impact; success is better than significance and ease is preferable to excellence. Mark wants to help you sell your students on the truth that the best way to live a successful life is to be focused on what matters most.

Using a full range of emotions, Mark takes your students on a rollercoaster ride in this friendly, but in-your-face presentation, that will challenge your students to raise their game and live a life of service and significance.

Key Take-Aways:

  • How to make a positive difference in their lives, school and community
  • To eliminate excuses and entitlement
  • How to take responsibility for their attitudes and their actions
  • Why their mindset and motives matter

Duration: 50-65mins  Suitable for: Grades 7-12 & University/College audiences

Students have great ideas! Unfortunately, they often aren’t able to execute on their vision because they lack the resources. Through his professional and volunteer work, Mark has helped raise over $150,000 in sponsorship money for various events and initiatives. In this idea session, Mark will help your student council and anyone other interested audiences, generate an effective strategy to find sponsors to fund their project.

Mark has been able to find sponsors to provide: money to massage therapy; and oranges to office spaces.

If you book this program along with your assembly, Mark may even help you generate a plan to find a sponsor to cover the cost of bringing him in to work with your students!

Key Takeaways:

  • Discover where to find potential sponsors and how to approach them
  • Learn how to discover win-win relationships with sponsors to make them want to come on board
  • The do’s and don’ts for effectively asking for what you want

Duration: 50-65mins  Suitable for: Grades 9-12 & University/College audiences

We often tell students to do “the right thing” and so they should, but Mark has discovered the path to achieving anything of meaning is also to “do the hard thing.”  We live in a world where convenience and ease are valued more highly than determination and grit. When students believe that better means easier they risk missing out on some of the best parts of life.

In this thought-provoking and inspiring program; Mark shares how the best things in his life came out of what initially seemed like terrible situations. Students learn practical strategies for reframing their challenges and embracing their flaws to become the best version of themselves.


Key Take-Aways:

  • Your results are created by your decisions. If you don’t like your results; change your decisions.
  • The more we avoid our challenges, the bigger and scarier they become. The best way to deal with your problems is to face them head on.
  • Action creates results: it is great to dream and to have a positive attitude, but unless you DO something, nothing will change.
  • The most successful people are also the most determined: If you never quit, you won’t always win, but you will never truly lose.

Duration: 50-65mins  Suitable for: Grades 7-12

Teens are more anxious and stressed than ever before. 34% of high school students now indicate a moderate to serious level of psychological distress. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in people aged 15-24, it doesn’t have to be.

Even while working as a “motivational speaker” Mark struggled with anxiety disorder and depressive episodes for years. He has experienced how it feels, and he wants to help. Mark is not a therapist or psychiatrist. He is just someone who has been there and found a way out.

In this powerful presentation, Mark incorporates humour and humility to open an authentic and encouraging dialogue and provide a safe space for students dealing with depression and other mental health struggles. Students will learn practical strategies to cope and learn it is okay to ask for help.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Permission to talk: students will be encouraged to talk to people they trust about how they feel
  • Acceptance: teens need to feel accepted. Mark helps students accept themselves for who they are
  • How to get help: Posting the crisis / suicide hotline number is not enough. Mark provides students with a number of resources and ways to get help after the presentation.

Duration: 50-65mins  Suitable for: Grades 9-12 & University/College audiences

Too often we patronize teens with meaningless motivational messages. “You can do ANYTHING” is a phrase most teens have heard in some form or another, they immediately tune out, because they know… it’s not true! That is unfortunate because what IS true is that they can do a lot more than they think.

In this honest and real presentation, Mark shares real motivation tips that WORK. Leaving behind the empty platitudes, Mark gets to the core of how peak performers stay motivated and what teens can do to ensure that they set themselves up for success.

Using his powerful personal example, Mark shows students that if he can run 26.2 miles with someone else’s heart and lungs, they can achieve what they want to achieve – provided they are willing to do what it takes.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Focus: You can’t do everything, but you can do something pretty amazing if you focus
  • Vision: If you don’t know what you want, there is little chance you will get it.
  • Planning: Goals aren’t realized overnight. They usually take years of dedicated effort. What is your action plan for success?
  • Handling Failure: The question is not IF you will fail, but when. Are you ready?
  • GrIt: If you will do whatever it takes for as long as it takes, you will find success

Duration: 50-65mins  Suitable for: Grades 7-12 & University/College audiences

It’s no secret that bullying is a HUGE problem in schools today. The statistics are staggering. The CDC quotes suicide as the 3rd leading cause of death among teens and victims or bullying are between 2 and 9 times more likely to commit suicide than their peers. Scary stuff. So what do we do?

Mark has an engaging and powerful, personal bullying story. At 4’11″ Mark was a victim of serious bullying as a student and found a way to overcome his bullies to succeed. He relates to students because he’s been there. But more importantly, Mark doesn’t just share a personal story of overcoming bullying, but he actually provides a SOLUTION.

Mark’s bullying prevention program takes a two-tiered approach to the issue of bullying, focusing on empowering victims and engaging bystanders. Too much attention and resources are focused on the problem (‘the bully’) instead of on the solution (empowering the victims and student leaders who should support them). Issues addressed in this presentation include:

Key Take-Aways:

  • How to not be a victim: You can influence a bully’s decisions by how you react
  • Develop authentic self-esteem: The most powerful position you can ever be in is when you truly do not care what anyone else thinks of you
  • What bullies can do: Learn to see bullying behaviour in yourself so that you can stop
  • What bystanders can do: If you can create a school culture where no one accepts bullying behaviour, you will never have a problem with bullying again.

Duration: 50-65mins  Suitable for: Grades 7-12

Mark has had the opportunity to meet many people who have had to face death, he has had to face death himself. Through that experience Mark learned that at the end of our lives, we won’t care how much money we’ve made nearly as much as we’ll care about how much of a difference we’ve made.


Students are bombarded with media messages that tell them that image matters more than impact; success is better than significance and ease is preferable to excellence. Mark wants to help you sell your students on the truth that the best way to live a successful life is to be focused on what matters most.

Using a full range of emotions, Mark takes your students on a rollercoaster ride in this friendly, but in-your-face presentation, that will challenge your students to raise their game and live a life of service and significance.

Key Take-Aways:

  • How to make a positive difference in their lives, school and community
  • To eliminate excuses and entitlement
  • How to take responsibility for their attitudes and their actions
  • Why their mindset and motives matter

Duration: 50-65mins  Suitable for: Grades 7-12 & University/College audiences

Students have great ideas! Unfortunately, they often aren’t able to execute on their vision because they lack the resources. Through his professional and volunteer work, Mark has helped raise over $150,000 in sponsorship money for various events and initiatives. In this idea session, Mark will help your student council and anyone other interested audiences, generate an effective strategy to find sponsors to fund their project.

Mark has been able to find sponsors to provide: money to massage therapy; and oranges to office spaces.

If you book this program along with your assembly, Mark may even help you generate a plan to find a sponsor to cover the cost of bringing him in to work with your students!

Key Takeaways:

  • Discover where to find potential sponsors and how to approach them
  • Learn how to discover win-win relationships with sponsors to make them want to come on board
  • The do’s and don’ts for effectively asking for what you want

Duration: 50-65mins  Suitable for: Grades 9-12 & University/College audiences

PROGRAMS

We often tell students to do “the right thing” and so they should, but Mark has discovered the path to achieving anything of meaning is also to “do the hard thing.”  We live in a world where convenience and ease are valued more highly than determination and grit. When students believe that better means easier they risk missing out on some of the best parts of life.

In this thought-provoking and inspiring program; Mark shares how the best things in his life came out of what initially seemed like terrible situations. Students learn practical strategies for reframing their challenges and embracing their flaws to become the best version of themselves.


Key Take-Aways:

  • Your results are created by your decisions. If you don’t like your results; change your decisions.
  • The more we avoid our challenges, the bigger and scarier they become. The best way to deal with your problems is to face them head on.
  • Action creates results: it is great to dream and to have a positive attitude, but unless you DO something, nothing will change.
  • The most successful people are also the most determined: If you never quit, you won’t always win, but you will never truly lose.

Duration: 50-65mins  Suitable for: Grades 7-12

Teens are more anxious and stressed than ever before. 34% of high school students now indicate a moderate to serious level of psychological distress. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in people aged 15-24, it doesn’t have to be.

Even while working as a “motivational speaker” Mark struggled with anxiety disorder and depressive episodes for years. He has experienced how it feels, and he wants to help. Mark is not a therapist or psychiatrist. He is just someone who has been there and found a way out.

In this powerful presentation, Mark incorporates humour and humility to open an authentic and encouraging dialogue and provide a safe space for students dealing with depression and other mental health struggles. Students will learn practical strategies to cope and learn it is okay to ask for help.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Permission to talk: students will be encouraged to talk to people they trust about how they feel
  • Acceptance: teens need to feel accepted. Mark helps students accept themselves for who they are
  • How to get help: Posting the crisis / suicide hotline number is not enough. Mark provides students with a number of resources and ways to get help after the presentation.

Duration: 50-65mins  Suitable for: Grades 9-12 & University/College audiences

Too often we patronize teens with meaningless motivational messages. “You can do ANYTHING” is a phrase most teens have heard in some form or another, they immediately tune out, because they know… it’s not true! That is unfortunate because what IS true is that they can do a lot more than they think.

In this honest and real presentation, Mark shares real motivation tips that WORK. Leaving behind the empty platitudes, Mark gets to the core of how peak performers stay motivated and what teens can do to ensure that they set themselves up for success.

Using his powerful personal example, Mark shows students that if he can run 26.2 miles with someone else’s heart and lungs, they can achieve what they want to achieve – provided they are willing to do what it takes.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Focus: You can’t do everything, but you can do something pretty amazing if you focus
  • Vision: If you don’t know what you want, there is little chance you will get it.
  • Planning: Goals aren’t realized overnight. They usually take years of dedicated effort. What is your action plan for success?
  • Handling Failure: The question is not IF you will fail, but when. Are you ready?
  • GrIt: If you will do whatever it takes for as long as it takes, you will find success

Duration: 50-65mins  Suitable for: Grades 7-12 & University/College audiences

It’s no secret that bullying is a HUGE problem in schools today. The statistics are staggering. The CDC quotes suicide as the 3rd leading cause of death among teens and victims or bullying are between 2 and 9 times more likely to commit suicide than their peers. Scary stuff. So what do we do?

Mark has an engaging and powerful, personal bullying story. At 4’11″ Mark was a victim of serious bullying as a student and found a way to overcome his bullies to succeed. He relates to students because he’s been there. But more importantly, Mark doesn’t just share a personal story of overcoming bullying, but he actually provides a SOLUTION.

Mark’s bullying prevention program takes a two-tiered approach to the issue of bullying, focusing on empowering victims and engaging bystanders. Too much attention and resources are focused on the problem (‘the bully’) instead of on the solution (empowering the victims and student leaders who should support them). Issues addressed in this presentation include:

Key Take-Aways:

  • How to not be a victim: You can influence a bully’s decisions by how you react
  • Develop authentic self-esteem: The most powerful position you can ever be in is when you truly do not care what anyone else thinks of you
  • What bullies can do: Learn to see bullying behaviour in yourself so that you can stop
  • What bystanders can do: If you can create a school culture where no one accepts bullying behaviour, you will never have a problem with bullying again.

Duration: 50-65mins  Suitable for: Grades 7-12

Mark has had the opportunity to meet many people who have had to face death, he has had to face death himself. Through that experience Mark learned that at the end of our lives, we won’t care how much money we’ve made nearly as much as we’ll care about how much of a difference we’ve made.


Students are bombarded with media messages that tell them that image matters more than impact; success is better than significance and ease is preferable to excellence. Mark wants to help you sell your students on the truth that the best way to live a successful life is to be focused on what matters most.

Using a full range of emotions, Mark takes your students on a rollercoaster ride in this friendly, but in-your-face presentation, that will challenge your students to raise their game and live a life of service and significance.

Key Take-Aways:

  • How to make a positive difference in their lives, school and community
  • To eliminate excuses and entitlement
  • How to take responsibility for their attitudes and their actions
  • Why their mindset and motives matter

Duration: 50-65mins  Suitable for: Grades 7-12 & University/College audiences

Students have great ideas! Unfortunately, they often aren’t able to execute on their vision because they lack the resources. Through his professional and volunteer work, Mark has helped raise over $150,000 in sponsorship money for various events and initiatives. In this idea session, Mark will help your student council and anyone other interested audiences, generate an effective strategy to find sponsors to fund their project.

Mark has been able to find sponsors to provide: money to massage therapy; and oranges to office spaces.

If you book this program along with your assembly, Mark may even help you generate a plan to find a sponsor to cover the cost of bringing him in to work with your students!

Key Takeaways:

  • Discover where to find potential sponsors and how to approach them
  • Learn how to discover win-win relationships with sponsors to make them want to come on board
  • The do’s and don’ts for effectively asking for what you want

Duration: 50-65mins  Suitable for: Grades 9-12 & University/College audiences