Warren Macdonald

Return on Resilience | The Perception Choice | Adventurer | Double Above the Knee Amputee

Helping You Shift your Perception on Change

How do you build resilience in times of extraordinary change?

We start by asking ourselves, “How am I seeing this?”

Once we realize that we can reframe our challenges, that we can literally “change the way we see”, everything changes.

With THE PERCEPTION CHOICE you have the power to select your future

You might be looking for a motivational speaker, but what you really need is a transformational speaker

Warren Macdonald works with innovative, forward thinking organizations and associations looking
to foster a shift in perception.

Challenging times call for a powerful message. A message of hope and inspiration filled with the perspective, lessons and tools required when we are faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Warren Macdonald knows what it means to face adversity, to wake up to a whole new reality. In 1997 he lost both legs above the knee in a horrific backcountry accident; spending two days trapped beneath a one ton boulder.

Just ten months later, he climbed Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain using a modified wheelchair and the seat of his pants.

Warren Macdonald understands the finance and insurance industry. He understands the changes and impact of those changes taking pace within your sector.

He understands your sales team and associates are the best of the best, that they are truly elites in the world of sales. He also understands they don’t need to hear another “same old, same old” motivational or inspirational speaker. That they need to hear from someone who can help them create a vision for the future, a vision bigger and better than they dreamt possible.

Warren has four primary topics or themes that will be customized to meet your event goals.

  • The Power of Perception
  • Return on Resilience
  • The Challenge of Change
  • One Step Beyond

* Please note, these are just guidelines. Every presentation is going to be different; typically a blend of the above topics.

*** VIRTUAL***

And yes, Warren is an espeakers certified Virtual Presenter!

“Warren, you were warmly embraced with a standing ovation before you even reached the stage! Your message of perception and determination deeply touched the entire audience. It has renewed and reenergized our sales force to reach for new heights. We are so excited to have you work with us again. Climb on!”
Laura Rodrigues – Director, Corporate and Employee Events / RBC Insurance

“Warren delivered an important message in an engaging way that really connected with our audience. He made an outstanding contribution in being the catalyst for our people to reflect on and take control of their own circumstances, and had a material impact on the success of our conference.”
Margaret Willis European Head of Wealth Management / HSBC Bank

“I can’t believe 3 months have passed since you spoke at our Convention. I want to personally thank you once again for helping make our 2009 conference in Palm Desert a huge success. In case you couldn’t tell by the standing ovation from our 1400 attendees, they too found great value in your message and ranked you as one of our best speakers ever. Not bad considering we’ve had over 60 speakers in the last twenty years.”
Susan Tumback, CMP – Senior Event Management Specialist / Sun Life Financial

Warren was awesome, it was an absolute pleasure working with him. He was extremely easy to work with and was flexible with any small changes made. He was perfect for this event and incorporated the conference theme of ‘Discover What You’re Made Of’ throughout his entire presentation. Warren joined our group for their Awards Dinner after his session which was a highlight for everyone as they got to spend some quality time with Warren. I would recommend Warren to any group looking for a top motivational and inspirational speaker.”
Tara Davoren – Director/ Event Manager Imagine Experiences (for Vow Financial)

Over the past 32 years, we have hired hundreds of speakers around the globe; many considered to be best of the best. Personally, for me, Warren’s Story is beyond compare. But it is in meeting this man, and how every time I see him or speak to him, he has an attitude that is always positive and exciting. I would place Warren in the Top 10 in the World for Motivational speaking, and we have had Presidents, Mayors, actors, activists, political and religious leaders, and everyone in between.”
Rob Thorsteinson President / Cascadia Motivation Inc


Here is a small handful of clients that Warren has worked with in the financial services industry. He also also worked with numerous Fortune 500 firms and spoken around the world.

  • RBC Insurance
  • HSBC
  • Sun Life Financial
  • Transamerica
  • Motability Finance Limited
  • Intersecurities Inc.
  • Canada Life
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
  • Imagine Experiences (for Vow Financial)

Few of the Non Financial Firms

  • Deloitte
  • RLG International
  • Wolseley Canada
  • General Dynamics
  • 1-800-Got-Junk?
  • Keller Williams Realty
  • Business Clubs of America
  • Pepsi
  • PWC
  • Shell
  • Suncor
  • Smuckers
Travels From: Canada
City: Canmore, Alberta
$20,001 to $30,000


Warren Macdonald’s Story

Warren Macdonald’s inspirational survival story began in April 1997 with his accident on North Queensland’s (Australia) Hinchinbrook Island. Climbing to the Island’s tallest peak, he became trapped beneath a one-ton boulder in a freak rock fall. Two days later he was rescued, only to undergo the amputation of both legs at mid-thigh.

Just ten months later, he climbed Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain using a modified wheelchair and the seat of his pants.

In 2003, he became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa’s tallest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro (19,222ft). Later that same year, in a spectacular effort requiring more than 2,800 pull-ups over 4 days, he climbed America’s tallest cliff face, El Capitan. Warren is also the only above knee amputee to make an ascent of Canada’s landmark frozen waterfall, the 600 ft “Weeping Wall” in Alberta.

Warren’s bestselling first book, A Test of Will is the subject of the “Trapped under a Boulder” episode of the Discovery Channel series “I Shouldn’t Be Alive”.

His film documenting the epic four-week journey to Federation Peak, Australia most challenging mountain summit, “The Second Step”, has been acclaimed worldwide, screening on National Geographic Television and winning eight international awards including Grand Prize at the prestigious “Banff Mountain Film Festival”.

Warren has appeared on numerous news and current affairs programs, including “Larry King Live”, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, and “The Hour” with George Stroumboulopoulos.

Warren works with businesses and associations looking to develop their resilience and to help foster a mindset shift towards “out of the box” thinking through his work as a Keynote Speaker.


If we can’t see where it is we need to go, what are our chances of getting there? If your team or your members can’t see where you’re going, what are the chances they’ll get onboard?

In navigating change, and overcoming the challenges that come with it, we need to address the foundation; the root cause of why we often get stuck or disengaged, and that is, how we perceive change in the first place.

Expected Outcomes

This keynote presentation is designed to hit “reset” on how your team sees their role in your organization. Expect them to come away empowered, engaged, inspired and ready to take action. They’ll begin to see challenges and opportunities with fresh perspectives and renewed vision.

Key Takeaways

An understanding of the incredible importance of mindset, and how perception is the most important factor when it comes to limiting, or improving, our performance.

Specific tools and techniques to help break through the barriers that limit us.

How to develop strategies to counter inevitable setbacks that always come when pursuing big goals.

If COVID has taught us anything, it’s that we can never have too much resilience… As things get back to “normal”, we’ll want to continue our resilience practice to fortify ourselves against future curveballs; setting ourselves up to take advantage of opportunities that come our way post pandemic.

This keynote presentation focuses on what we can do to prepare for our challenges in advance. On how we can fortify ourselves against the curveballs and roadblocks before they happen by practicing resilience.

Expected Outcomes

This keynote presentation is designed to move your team from “I can’t” to “Bring it!” To instill the understanding that by facing our challenges; seeking them out even, we build the strength and resilience required when bigger problems come our way.

Key Takeaways

An understanding of how resilience is banked, and is transferable across all areas of our lives.

Specific tools and techniques to build resilience.

Learn that “Bouncing Back” is just the beginning. By practicing resilience, we position ourselves to Bounce Forward towards our goals.

We’ve all heard it a million times; “change is constant”, “the only certainty in life is change”, “change or perish”. We all know it; what we need is for someone to show us how to deal with it. Warren’s “Challenge of Change” presentation will help your group realize that challenges brought on by change hold endless opportunities for innovation and personal and professional growth. That it’s the challenges we face that build the resilience we need as we’re asked to do more, with less . . . That it is possible to not just survive, but to thrive despite adversity.

Expected Outcomes

You’ll learn to see change as an inevitable, ongoing process that we’re all engaged with; not just something that “happens to us”. That by changing the way we see change, changes everything… You’ll never look at adversity in the same way again.

Key Takeaways

Foster the ability to recognize and breakthrough mental barriers to change.

Tools to build resilience for both business and personal growth.

A powerful shift in thinking that will put challenges into perspective.

Develop a breakthrough mindset that seeks solutions and opportunities.

It’s all well and good to set seemingly impossible goals; the kind that has your team looking at you like you’re nuts. Like this time you’ve really lost it . . . You need them to see what you see. You need to convince them, to inspire your team to follow you. To show them what is possible when you’re prepared to go One Step Beyond…

  • Beyond ordinary
  • Beyond conventional
  • Beyond perceived limitations

Expected Outcomes

You can expect your team to become engaged in raising the performance bar. Carol Gardibie sums it up best in her testimonial below.

Key Takeaways

Reinforced understanding of the power of purpose, i.e.: when we have purpose, we have an edge…

The ability to see obstacles as stepping-stones toward our goals.

A clear understanding of the importance of preparation in reaching your goals.

Areas of expertise

  • Personal Growth
  • Peak Performance
  • Health
  • Empowerment
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Leadership
  • Inspirational
  • Diversity
  • Disability
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding
  • Motivational
  • Business
  • Sports
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