“The world was always my stage, and I smiled on the outside while I cried on the inside. I have learned that silence is the enemy of recovery, and that my voice is my greatest tool.”

Allan Kehler

Empowering People to Live | Stress Management Facilitator | Addictions & Mental Health in the Workplace Expert

Allan Kehler is a highly sought-after keynote speaker who empowers his audience to live opposed to merely exist. As a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS), he has conducted hundreds of presentations while gaining national attention for his engaging style and captivating approach.

Allan has experienced first-hand the lifelong effects of mental illness and substance abuse. These experiences taught him valuable life lessons that have guided Allan on a path of success. Allan’s commitment and understandings to the lifelong process of recovery enables him to equip audiences with invaluable tools. He shares how one university professor changed his life through a simple process, and reassures his audience that nobody needs to be fixed. Rather, the value of being seen and heard is immeasurable.

Allan has spent years working as an addictions counselor, clinical case manager, and instructor at several colleges. His writing has been published in many national magazines, and his books can be found in treatment centers, classrooms, and workplaces across Canada. Allan has been featured on several television and radio programs including Global, CBC French National, OMNI TV, and various print media including newspapers and magazines.

Allan currently lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with his beautiful wife, four boys, two dogs, and cat. His genuine appreciation and passion for the First Nations culture has led to his current position as an instructor at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies.

Topic Presentations

Stress and personal challenges can be detrimental to a workplace environment. When an individual is struggling, it affects their mood, productivity and work attendance. This, in turn, affects the workplace as a whole by creating stress and tension between co-workers, and lowering overall team morale.

Do you have the ability to effectively recognize when an employee or co-worker is experiencing personal hardships? Do you possess the tools to approach someone who is displaying signs of stress? Communication and the ability to be proactive is key. The workplace needs to be a positive place, where employees can perform at their highest ability without the negative impact of a stressful environment.

Our voice is our greatest tool, but where is the incentive to disclose personal challenges if one fears that they will be met with judgement? No individual needs to be fixed, but the value of being seen and heard is immeasurable. Having the tools to respond and proactively address these situations when they arise is essential, and the positive ripple effect can be seen in the workplace as a whole.

Allan’s captivating message brings people out from the shadows and into the light. He challenges individuals to take an honest look at what lies beneath their pain, and provides the tools to persevere through personal hardships, knowing there is light on the other side. Allan motivates individuals to take responsibility for their own journey, and empowers people to live opposed to merely exist.

The workplace can be a safe and supportive environment, conducive to helping each individual recognize his or her own importance, without affecting others in a negative way. Happy and healthy employees who are willing to take on new challenges will lead to a productive and thriving work environment.

Learner Outcomes:


  • Explore the correlation between mental illness, stress, and substance abuse

  • Identify key signs of addictions and mental illness

  • Observe the relationship between stress and performance

  • Provide support and expertise with respect to managing people who are experiencing personal challenges

  • Implement strategies to manage stress in the workplace

  • Receive specific tools to live as opposed to exist.

One in five adolescents report having a mental illness or substance abuse problem. However, a recent Canadian survey revealed that 93 percent of teachers did not feel that they were adequately trained to deal with mental health problems in the classroom. Do you feel that you can effectively recognize and address these prevalent issues in your classroom?

Countless students are in pain, and many are uncertain how to manage this pain. As a result, some turn to substance abuse, self-harm, or even suicide. A smile can appear on the outside while they are crying on the inside. For years, this was Allan. Through personal and professional experiences, Allan provides insight into what drives an individual to engage in destructive behaviours. He identifies key signs, reviews tools of intervention, and shares countless handouts and activities that serve as invaluable tools in his own classrooms.

Allan shares how one university professor changed his life through a simple process, and reassures his audience that nobody needs to be fixed. Rather, the value of being seen and heard is immeasurable. Allan provides various strategies that can transform a classroom into a safe, healthy, and supportive environment.

We live in a fast-paced society with a seemingly endless list of demands. Countless individuals struggle to find a balance between work and their personal lives. For many, work has been reported to be their main source of stress. High levels of stress affect an individual’s mood, productivity and work attendance. This, in turn, affects the workplace as a whole by creating stress and tension between co-workers, and lowering overall team morale.

Life will naturally bring us challenges and stress - the key is moving forward so that it doesn't impact other areas of our lives. Through a holistic approach, Allan challenges individuals to regain control of the self while detaching from unhealthy behaviours. He inspires individuals to persevere through their personal challenges rather than avoid or escape them. This is YOUR journey, and Allan empowers you return to the journey that they were meant to lead.

Allan believes that both the home and workplace can be transformed into a healthy, supportive, and safe environment that encourages individuals to acknowledge their challenges, and move forward in a healthy way.

The profession of teaching comes with a seemingly endless list of demands. This chosen career combined with life itself will naturally bring challenges and stress, but the key is moving forward so that it doesn’t impact other areas of your life.

Drawing from various hands-on activities, Allan inspires individuals to persevere through their personal challenges rather than avoid or escape them. He challenges people to take an honest look at what lies beneath their pain, and provides the tools to heal through a holistic approach. Allan motivates people to regain control of self, and return to the journey that they were meant to lead.

When both teachers and students are able to effectively manage their stress, it creates a more conducive environment for learning to take place.

Allan’s message demonstrates how to create a safe, compassionate, and supportive environment that proactively addresses the issues of mental illness and substance abuse.

Countless employees remain silent about their personal challenges because they fear judgement, or that the disclosure of their personal struggles may prevent them from moving up the company ladder. A smile can appear on the outside while they are crying on the inside. For years, this was Allan.

There are also those who have great intentions of assisting people who are struggling with addictions or mental health issues. Sadly, many are afraid of doing or saying the wrong thing. Allan reveals how to respectfully approach employees who are displaying signs of stress, distraction or substance abuse. Participants will also be provided with specific steps to further support employees experiencing mental health or addiction issues. Through an interactive quiz, Allan ensures that all participants walk away with an increased understanding regarding these prevalent issues.

A proactive approach will lead to the reductions of risk, fewer injuries/accidents and an increased amount of employee loyalty. When relationships between the employer and employee are based on trust and respect, team morale will naturally strengthen. This will inevitably lead to a more productive and positive work environment. Allan believes that the workplace environment should be free from judgment; where compassion replaces stigma.

Learner Outcomes:


  • Develop a deeper understanding of addictions and mental illness, and the impact it has on individuals, the workplace, and society as a whole

  • Identify signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance abuse

  • Understand how to proactively approach someone displaying these signs

  • Apply techniques that will increase one’s ability to perform in the workplace

  • Receive a set of tools that will guide one towards being mentally well and balanced.

This is a workshop that combines the two keynotes and can last anywhere from 1.5 hours to a full day workshop.

Stress and personal challenges can be detrimental to a workplace environment. When an individual is struggling, it affects their mood, productivity and work attendance. This, in turn, affects the workplace by creating stress and tension between co-workers, and lowering overall team morale.
Do you have the ability to effectively recognize when an employee or co-worker is experiencing personal hardships? Do you possess the tools to approach someone who is displaying signs of stress? Communication and the ability to be proactive is key. The workplace needs to be a positive place, where employees can perform at their highest ability without the negative impact of a stressful environment.

Our voice is our greatest tool, but where is the incentive to disclose personal challenges if one fears that they will be met with judgement? No individual needs to be fixed, but the value of being seen and heard is immeasurable. Having the tools to respond and proactively address these situations when they arise is essential, and the positive ripple effect can be seen in the workplace.

Allan’s captivating message brings people out from the shadows and into the light. He challenges individuals to take an honest look at what lies beneath their pain, and provides the tools to persevere through personal hardships, knowing there is light on the other side. Allan motivates individuals to take responsibility for their own journey, and empowers people to live opposed to merely exist.

The workplace can be a safe and supportive environment, conducive to helping each individual recognize his or her own importance, without affecting others in a negative way. Happy and healthy employees who are willing to take on new challenges will lead to a productive and thriving work environment.

Learner Outcomes:


  • Explore the correlation between mental illness, stress, and substance abuse

  • Identify key signs of addictions and mental illness

  • Observe the relationship between stress and performance

  • Provide support and expertise with respect to managing people who are experiencing personal challenges

  • Implement strategies to manage stress in the workplace

  • Receive specific tools to live as opposed to exist.

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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Goodbye Stress. Hello Life!

We live in a fast-paced society with a seemingly endless list of demands. Life naturally brings its share of challenges and stress-the key is moving forward so that it doesn’t impact the other areas of your life. It has been said that the greatest challenge in life is discovering who we are. The next test is being happy with what we find. Drawing from personal and professional experiences, Allan inspires you to persevere through your personal challenges rather than avoid them. He empowers you to take an honest look at what lies beneath your stressors, and provides the tools to hear through a holistic approach. You will be inspired to stop existing and start living for you. This is YOUR journey. You will be empowered to take back control and create a life of peace and happiness no matter what surrounds you.

Stepping Out From the Shadows: A Guide to Understanding & Healing from Addictions

Are you experiencing a loss of control around your own personal substance use? Do you currently know a loved one who is struggling with addictions, self-injurious behaviors, or suicide? Do you find yourself feeling lost or helpless about the situation? Education is the greatest tool to assist in your time of need. Whether you are going through addictions personally, or have been observing a loved one struggle with addictions, this book will guide you. You will learn the tools that will allow you to take your power back, and regain control over your own life. There is always hope, and a new life awaits that is free from chaos and uncertainty.

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