With Jack Canfield
With Sir Richard Branson
With the Général Rick Hillier
With Michael Fergusson
Choosing to make a difference…
artin decided to pursue his dream of becoming a professional speaker and author in the fields of inspirational leadership and human potential after a brush with death while captain of the Canadian university men’s hockey team at the 2001 Universiade in Zakopane, Poland. After his throat was slashed by a skate, he escaped with his life by just a few millimetres.
To this day, Martin is one of the only professional speakers in Canada to have had the gumption – or been crazy enough – to enter the industry right out of university, without a penny to his name, and with no credibility or experience, to quickly establish himself as one of the most sought-after experts of his generation.
RECOGNITIONS AND DESIGNATIONS
Award for audience’s favourite speaker during the 3rd International Conference on Sales and Marketing in Tehran, Iran, 2013
Leadership and Communications Award, Toastmasters International, 2012. This is the highest distinction given by Toastmasters International to a non-member. Martin was given the award for body of his work and the impact it has had on audiences.
Peter Legg Philanthropic Award, 2011. Martin was honoured by the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers as recognition to a member for the body of his philanthropic involvement.
Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, 2009. This designation is the highest given by the National Speakers Association. Only 10% of professional speakers hold this designation. Martin is only the third francophone in the world to receive it.
Uncontested champion of the “I’m holding you by the goatee” tournament which takes place in a variety of locations whenever his kids want to giggle like mad.