Speakers

  • Closing keynote Mark Black is a Heart and Double-Lung Transplant Recipient turned 4-Time Marathon Runner. A resilience expert, coach, and author, Mark helps people
    “Break Through” their limitations and his coaching programs provide clients the tools to transform your adversity into your competitive advantage.

    Mark doesn’t just teach resilience, he embodies it. Born with a life-threatening heart defect, Mark underwent two open-heart surgeries before the age of one. He battled his condition and its limitations for twenty-two years until he was forced to deal with the biggest obstacle of his young life. His doctor informed him that his heart was failing, and without a rare and dangerous heart and doublelung transplant, he would not see his 25th birthday.

    In 2002, Mark was fortunate that a suitable donor was found. He not only survived the surgery, but less than 3 years later, Mark became the only man in history to run a marathon with someone else’s heart and lungs. Then he did it, three more times.

    Mark is a Certified Speaking Professional, a designation held by less than 1500 speakers in the world. He has inspired more than 150,000 people in more than 600 presentations and has worked with global brands including Exxon Mobil and Mercedes Benz, as well as many national and regional associations.

    Mark lives in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada where he spends as much time as possible with the most important people in his life; his wife Marise and their three children; Emma, Matteo, and Caleb.