What people are saying about Mike’s talks…


“Mike, I was privileged to be able to hear your presentation yesterday at our office, and I’m thankful that I had the opportunity. Your humility and gratefulness are a powerful testimony to the importance of having a positive attitude to overcome obstacles.

I appreciated your candor and honesty, and the humour you incorporated to lighten up what was a touching and sobering story. Also, you were able to tie in your lessons learned with great practical ways that we can integrate better practices into our operations at Tolko. I think many of our employees were impacted by your presentation, and thanks again for sharing your story.”
– Steve White, CPA, CA, Treasury & Risk Analysis, Tolko Industries Ltd.
Corporate Activation, Vernon BC, October 2018


“Mike, thanks for a fantastic presentation that set the tone for a tremendous week. Yours is an amazing story, and you presented it beautifully. Our members were inspired and fired up, and we cannot thank you enough.”
– David Goldstein BSJ/LLB, Chief Operating Officer, U SPORTS
U SPORTS AGM & Conference, Vancouver BC, June 2018


“I was, and remain, incredibly moved by [Mike’s] story, and I know that our guests were too. Mike, Thank you for being so open and for sharing something so deeply personal with us. I can’t imagine how it feels to tell your story and to re-live all the memories each time you do so. You are doing such important work to help raise awareness and to help other people.”
– Stephanie Mallalieu, go2HR Tourism
Occupational Health & Safety Summit, Kelowna BC, Nov 2017


“Delegates have shared their experience at the conference engaging on the theme of disruption was inspiring, educational, and very appreciated.   We have received such positive feedback and praise for your exceptional conference presentation.  Your captivating insights, professionalism, and enthusiasm to share your experience was noted by many.  We appreciated your preparedness and ease with which we worked to coordinate your session.  Several delegates commented that they sourced relevant and applicable takeaways from your breakout session. Thank you for contributing your insights to positively shape our conference delegates’ experience.”
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Shannon Hall, Events Coordinator, Coaching Association of Canada
Canadian Sports Leadership Conference, Calgary AB, Nov 2017


“Mike presented his experience of spinal cord injury and recovery to a group of military veterans suffering from PTSD, as part of a treatment program.  Both staff and participants were moved by his immense courage, humility, and hard-won wisdom.  The veterans face many of the same life-wrenching losses that Mike has been through – unimaginable grief, physical injury and chronic pain, and the daily challenges of living with limitations.  They were profoundly inspired by Mike’s grit and determination to find and live “the other story” – one of exciting purpose and joy, rather than despair. Mike’s strength of will and remarkable gratitude inspired all – staff and veterans – to see our own struggles in a new light.”
– Mary Grayson, MC, CCC – Touchstone Counselling
Operational Stress Recovery Program, Vernon BC, Oct 2017


“I feel like I’ve been given a second chance at life. Since my accident, it has become my purpose to help others. Public speaking has given me an avenue to make an impact on an individual and societal level. I am grateful for every moment I have with my audience and hope that I inspire them to take positive action in their lives.
– Mike Shaw