Bean Gill

Bean Gill

Edmonton, Alberta
Inclusion Warrior, Paralysis Recovery Pioneer, Change Maker, Rejecting Impossible
Benveet "Bean" Gill is an Inclusion Warrior, Paralysis Recovery Pioneer, and Change Maker who defies the odds. In 2012, she faced a sudden spinal injury while on vacation, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Determined not to succumb to despair, Bean chose to persevere. Today, she takes laborious steps with a walker, a testament to her unwavering strength.
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Benveet “Bean” Gill’s story serves up a dose of reality like you’ve never heard before.

In her 20s, Bean Gill was working as an X-ray technologist in a cardiac catheterization lab. But, in 2012, when she turned 30, everything changed. She left an abusive relationship, her dad left her family and, during a trip to Las Vegas, a virus paralyzed her from the waist down. While relaxing in a hotel room with close friends, she felt a sudden, stabbing pain in her spine.

Multiple neurologists told Gill a virus was likely to blame, and she would regain full use of her legs within weeks. After several months of no progress, Bean was forced to come to grips with her new reality. A once athletic young woman who enjoyed modeling, kickboxing, and weightlifting, she struggled with betrayal by her own body. She couldn’t roll over, sit up, or get out of bed without help. She was forced to find her way through an inaccessible society, all the while living with paralysis and learning how to love herself – disability and all.

Bean Gill took her health into her own hands, seeking out the answers and help she needed to confront her challenges head-on. Eventually, Gill found her confidence again. She worked to regain movement in her legs and pushed herself to try sports she never would have attempted before being paralyzed. If it wasn’t for the worst year of her life, Gill wouldn’t be who she is today.

Bean’s sudden onset paralysis opened her eyes to the many injustices, inequalities, and challenges that are a part of life for those with disabilities. She went from dealing with a new identity of life in a wheelchair to using her situation as a platform to help others.

In 2017, Bean Gill co-founded ReYu Paralysis Recovery Center – a non-profit she started with her Neuro-Exercise Specialist and zero capital. The wellness center exists to inspire, motivate, and promote recovery with increased function for individuals with spinal cord injuries and associated neurological disorders.

Being a woman of color who also has a visible disability, Bean Gill is an example of unwavering strength and resilience. By confronting adversity and sharing her story, Bean Gill breaks down barriers and changes stigmas surrounding people with disabilities.

Gill’s work has earned her local and national recognition, including the Top 40 Under 40, RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award, and Global’s Woman of Vision Award. Bean is the reigning Miss Wheelchair Canada and was recognized by Mattel as one of Canada’s top 60 inspiring women as part of Barbie’s 60th Anniversary.



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Bean Gill Topic Presentations

rejecting impossible - standing strong when life gets flipped upside down

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  • In her presentation “Rejecting Impossible: Standing Strong When Life Gets Flipped Upside Down,” Benveet “Bean” Gill invites you into her world of resilience and recovery. Audiences learn how she navigated change and stood up to adversity, even when it seemed impossible.

    Bean Gill shares powerful insights that extend beyond neurorecovery and apply to any industry for sales, leadership, and change management, offering a fresh perspective on personal and professional excellence in any field.

    Gill’s journey of facing the impossible and her quest to understand “What do you stand for?” is transformative and genuinely unforgettable.

    She shares vital questions that will guide anyone through disruption while challenging conventional ideas of momentum and setbacks.

    Bean inspires her audiences to reject the impossible and find their motivation. This presentation offers a powerful, emotional journey filled with deep wisdom and practical takeaways.

    Key Points:

    • Learn to navigate change effectively, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.
    • Gain insights into building resilience and strength in all aspects of life, from business to personal growth.
    • Discover the power of understanding your core values and leveraging them to overcome obstacles.

modeling diversity - the transformational impact of unrelenting inclusion

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  • Bean Gill shares what it was like to grow up in a strict Indian family and a culture that had rigid religious rules. Heavily bullied as a child, her sudden disability was a catalyst that forced her to face trauma head on.  Bean took her health into her own hands, got the answers and help she needed, and bravely embraced an ‘attitude of gratitude’.

    Her vast experience, strong background in human connection and positive thinking strategies makes her perfect for organizations who seek ways to help employees overcome adversity, improve self-awareness, limit self-doubt, and inspire individuals to embrace change within themselves and their communities.  She delivers fun, upbeat engaging presentations which leave the audience feeling rejuvenated and ready to change their world.

    “I want to rid the world of the stigma surrounding people with disabilities and will continue to speak about racism and discrimination. By educating others we can release bias, anger and hatred.”


The audience was inspired and captivated by the passion and conviction of Bean Gill’s message and story. She left the team talking about her long after the event.

John Wong

Head of Internal Events

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Known as a popular key note speaker in Canada, Bean Gill creates life changing experiences for the participants with practical insights and strategic advice they can implement right after the session. Working with a one our leading expert speaker like Bean Gill from Edmonton, Alberta offers organizations a fresh perspective to assist the people of the organization. No matter if it is a government, association, or business crowd, Bean Gill is a perfect speaker for your event. Through unique practical insights for trending topics and years experience speaking to different organizations, Bean Gill focuses on changing individuals to make better decisions at work and their lives. No matter if you are holding an in person or virtual event, having an influential speaker such as Bean Gill will engage, motivate, and activate the audience to make a change in their lives and inspire action for results to meet organizational goals. Your workforce will benefit from Bean Gill’s presentations and speeches, with measurable results set to shift the people of the organization and core direction of the company. Book Bean Gill speaker for your annual general meeting, conference, summit, or convention in Canada.

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