Allan Kehler

Allan Kehler

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Resilience and Stress Management Expert & Mental Health Advocate
Allan Kehler is a Keynote Speaker, Mental Health Advocate & Best-Selling Author who shares his story to remove stigmas & stereotypes about mental health at work. He has been featured on several television and radio programs for his insights on workplace stress and mental wellness. Allan Kehler empowers his audience to create a safe, compassionate, and supportive environment while gaining national attention for his engaging style and captivating approach. He spent most of his career as an addictions counsellor, clinical case manager, and instructor at several colleges. Allan Kehler has delivered hundreds of presentations in Canada. As a result, he gained national attention for his engaging style and captivating approach to his presentations
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Allan Kehler empowers his audiences and is a highly sought-after keynote speaker. He has gained national attention for his engaging style and captivating approach. Allan is one of Canada’s leading stress, mental health, and addiction experts. He spent most of his career as an addictions counsellor, clinical case manager, and instructor at several colleges. Allan continues to help those who suffer from addictions as an addiction, mental health, and trauma therapist. Allan Kehler has delivered hundreds of presentations in Canada. As a result, he gained national attention for his engaging style and captivating presentation approach. Allan is a Ted Talk speaker and a proud Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) member.

Allan Kehler has experienced the lifelong effects of mental illness and substance abuse first-hand. These experiences taught him valuable life lessons that have guided him on a path to success. His commitment and understanding of the lifelong recovery process enable him to equip audiences with invaluable tools. In addition, he shares how one university professor changed his life through a simple process. This relationship was key to Allan Kehler’s success and recovery. Allan Kehler identifies that social circumstances are especially relevant, but individual choice leads down a positive or negative path. As a result, he understands that personal choice directly impacts the first steps to recovery and achieving health.

Allan Kehler’s message demonstrates how to create a safe, compassionate, and supportive environment to address mental illness and substance abuse in all individual and group environments. Allan Kehler delivers practical solutions to identify and develop strategies to create an accepting workplace culture and company policies. Allan Kehler also helps individuals effectively identify stress, mental health, and addictive behaviours within themselves and those around them. Most of all, he will identify “what to dos” and “what not to dos” when dealing with working and personal relationships.

Allan Kehler shares resilient true stories of life’s ups and downs. He spent years working as an addictions counsellor, clinical case manager, and instructor at several colleges. Furthermore, Allan is a best-selling author of three books, including Stepping Out from the Shadows: A Guide to Understanding & Healing from Addictions, which is being incorporated into college curricula. Because of his personal experience and expertise, numerous national magazines have published Allan’s work. He has been interviewed and featured on several television and radio programs, including Global News Network, CBC, and OMNI TV.

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




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Allan Kehler Topic Presentations

mental health: finding your voice

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  • How to stop suffering in silence and create an attitude of resilience? When it comes to mental health, there are countless barriers that prevent individuals from seeking help. This includes everything from the fear of judgement, or failure to being perceived as lesser than others or weak. Long periods of sufferring of mental health and mental illness can lead to isolation, addictions and in the worst cases suicide.

    Because of these barriers, people often believe that silence is the safer option. This, in turn, causes individuals to sacrifice their happiness, health, and future success. Silence has never been the answer. Understanding the power of your voice is the first step in finding true freedom. The freedom to self-express and the freedom to be. Having experienced these challenges first-hand, Allan shares his captivating story of resilience and hope. Through his message, your audience will learn how to share their own story, step into their vulnerability, and connect to themselves and others in a more authentic way. By finding their own voice, they will be able to inspire others to find theirs.

    This motivaitonal presentation helps identify barriers that prevent individuals form seeking help. Allan helps bring new light on how to create safe spaces and a psychologically safe working environment where leadership and teams are able to create strategies to support someone who appears to be in distress. Allan also brings new light on reducing the stigmas and stereotypes associated with mental health. Get ready to learn how to create a compassionate environment where individuals are seen, heard and supported to prevent the silence of mental health or mental illness from a prevenative approach.

goodbye stress. hello life! reclaim your power and start living for you

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  • Are you someone who wants to exist?  Or someone who wants to live?  To exist is easy.  You navigate through life on autopilot and rarely step outside of your comfort zone.  As a result, you are never able to reach your full potential. This presenstion will empower you to live. Get ready to take a break from our fast-paced society, and slow down to reflect on your own needs.

    Drawing from his own experiences, Allan will inspire you to persevere through your personal challenges rather than avoiding or escaping them. You will be encouraged to take an honest look at what lies beneath your stress and be provided with tools to heal through a holistic approach. Through an interactive quiz, various hands-on activities, and an exciting game of PieFace, you are guaranteed to walk away with an increased understanding of stress and wellness. You will be empowered to take back control and create a life of happiness no matter what surrounds you. The time has come to stop existing and start living for YOU.

    Allan will help identify the difference between existing and living while exploring stress management tools to prevent burnout for your personal and professional lives. He you rediscover yourself through an interactive component to bring new awareness for self identity and self purpose. This presentation will reveal your current state of wellness and help you focus on what is in your control to release what is out of control for your thinking habits.


life changing mental health conversations for educators & students

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  • How one teacher can change a student’s life in 10 minutes. As a student, it appeared that Allan had everything going for him. He was the president of his school, captain of sports teams, and athlete of the year. However, Allan was silently fighting an internal battle with mental illness. While attending university, a teacher finally saw beneath Allan’s mask, and changed his entire life through a simple process. Allan shares this powerful approach, and reassures educators that nobody needs to be fixed, but the value of being seen and heard is immeasurable.

    In this presntation, the audience will become the student by participating in an interactive quiz. Participants will gain an increased understanding of topics including mental illness, self-harm, suicide, substance abuse, and wellness. As educators, we know that a student can’t succeed at an academic level if their emotional needs are not being met. Learn how to effectively talk to your students about mental health, and understand how to make them feel seen, heard, and supported. Allan shares his personal journey as a therapist working in education and as a student who sufferred from mental health and addictions. He helps identify barriers that prevewn students from seeking help or speaking up. Allan will take you on his personal journey to identify the key individuals within education and their traits to showcase the important role they played to assist him to overcome challenges with addictions and mental health to become who he is today.

    He will also share his transformative personal journey to become a school councillor to share strategies that that break down the walls between educators and students to support those at risk for their mental health. Explore why some students would engage in self harming behaviours. Shatter the stigmas assocaited with mental illness and recognize behavioiurs of students that need support that appear to be in distress. This presentation is for educators who are looking to strengthen the conversion of mental health in the classrooms, school, and community.

mental health: it's time to talk

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  • Vulnerability = Strength. The relationship between men and mental health has often been referred to as a silent crisis. In an effort to avoid being perceived as weak or vulnerable, many men have a tendency to bury their emotions deep within.

    Based on Allan’s bestselling book MENtal Health: It’s Time to Talk, this keynote features men who have persevered through their own mental health challenges. These lived experiences will provide a better understanding of topics relating to: masculinity, mental illness, addiction, sexual abuse, suicide, and ultimately wellness. Audience members, of all genders, will benefit from this timely message in various ways. Men will be able to relate to other men’s lived experiences, recognize that vulnerability is often met with compassion not judgement, and understand the freedom that comes from reaching out for help. Women will gain a new perspective on this issue and receive the confidence to reach out and connect with the men in their lives.

    This presentation is guaranteed to break the silence surrounding men and mental health, and is a powerful reminder that the time to talk is now. Allan helps audience members identifty barriers that prevent men from seeking help. He will then show the advantates of men being more vulnerable and inspire men to embrace vulnerability as their superpower. Allan also is able to share the key differences between how men react differently to mental health issues than women, and redfine what it means to be a man. This presentaiton is not only for men, as it also focuses on how all humans can be a better support for men in thier lives as they work long hours or intensive labour.


I have had the privilege of attending several seminars on Mental Health in the Workplace and found Allan’s to be, by far, the most personal, insightful, educational and informative. Allan is an engaging speaker whose passionate delivery captivates the audience and allows us to share in the emotions and experiences of individuals living with mental illness. He brought humor to an otherwise heavy topic without compromising the seriousness of the message. I left Allan’s seminar a more informed and compassionate person.

- Heather Ricketts, National Manager of Employee and Labour Relations, Sleep Country Canada

I have heard more than 100 presentations on similar topics but Allan’s approach is refreshing because it is so holistic and positive. He has a gift in reaching far beyond the facts and statistics. He talks to MY experience and MY desire to live fuller with more freedom. When Allan speaks he has a compassion for people and an innate belief that the human spirit can overcome personal challenges. He is the speaker that supervisors and employee groups need to hear when planning topics around Addictions, EFAP, and Wellness.

- Arlene Jorgenson, CEO, SK WellPoint Health Ltd.

Allan has spoken at the Saskatchewan Regional National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) twice with great success. He has also facilitated a two-day training course for basic counselling skills. Allan’s direct experience with students, as an educator at SIIT, makes him uniquely qualified to deliver information in an efficient and relatable manner that is uncommon with many facilitators. His commitment to quality show in his written material, including his books, “Stepping out from the Shadows”, and “Goodbye Stress. Hello Life!”, and in his oral presentations. Working with Allan is always smooth, and his professionalism makes him easy to hire again and again. We highly...

- Amy Wall, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, Workforce Development

Allan is an inspiration. He has a thoroughly positive outlook for someone who has faced such adversities. His presentation is upbeat and full of energy. He touches on sensitive subjects, but does so with humor, and lots of compassion and understanding.

- Gerard Rieger, Sr. H&S Advisor, Cenovus Energy

Allan and I have shared stages, and I found him to be powerful and relatable. I realized each time I wasn’t actually listening to him as a fellow speaker or advocate, but as a sufferer of an illness that leaves me sometimes feeling alone and isolated. Allan made me feel less of each. I felt empowered by his words, as I now feel empowered by his book.

Michael Landsberg, Broadcaster, Mental Health Advocate

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MENtal Health: It's Time to Talk
MENtal Health: It's Time to Talk
MENtal Health: It's Time to Talk tells the true stories of prairie men—including Chris Beaudry, former assistant coach of the Humboldt Broncos—who have persevered through various mental health challenges. Together, they put a voice to topics including masculinity, mental illness, addiction,...
Goodbye Stress. Hello Life!
Goodbye Stress. Hello Life!
Goodbye Stress. Hello Life!
Stepping Out From the Shadows: A Guide to Understanding & Healing from Addictions
Stepping Out From the Shadows: A Guide to Understanding & Healing from Addictions
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