Benoit Huot

Benoit Huot

Montreal, Quebec
Olympic Gold Medalist - Leadership, Adversity, Teamwork and Disability Inclusion Expert
Paralympic swimmer, Benoit Huot's biggest dream is to help others look beyond their own boundaries and motivate anyone who aims to realize their dreams by sharing his passion for life. Although born with a disability, Paralympic keynote speaker, Benoit Huot is ranked third in Canada overall in the medal count, winning over 20 medals at the games. Benoit Huot is one of Canada's most decorated Paralympic athletes that has been able to turn his disability into his greatest ability. He took up the sport at age eight at the Seahorse Swim Club in Longueuil, QC, Canada. He began swimming competitively at age 10.
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At his fifth Paralympic Games in 2016, Benoit Huot made Canadian swimming history, surpassing Stephanie Dixon and tying Michael Edgson for second all-time with 20 Paralympic swimming medals (Tim McIsaac holds the record at 28). Huot’s highlight in Rio was a bronze medal in the 400-m freestyle in a personal best time which brought him to the magical 20-medal barrier. In 2018, he was Canada’s Assistant Chef de Mission at the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia. Started MBA studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.

His best Paralympic Games were in Athens in 2004 with five gold medals and one silver. Four years earlier at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, he collected three gold medals and three silver. In 2008 at the Paralympic Games in Beijing, Huot won four bronze medals. Most recently, he won a medal of each colour at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. In London, Huot was named Team Canada’s flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony in recognition of his achievements..

Benoit Huot completed a self-described crazy year in 2014 with a gold medal in the 200-m IM at the Pan Pacific Para-swimming Championships. He added a silver minutes later in the 100-m backstroke. The performances came on the heels of some bad news for Huot who had several of his Paralympic Games medals stolen from his home. The medals were later replaced. In 2015, Benoit Huot raced at two major events. At the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games he earned a gold and four silver and also read the Athlete’s Oath in the Opening Ceremony; and at the 2015 IPC World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland he won two silver and a bronze.

Benoit Huot has 20 Paralympic medals over five Games (nine gold, five silver and six bronze, Canada’s flag bearer at London 2012 Closing Ceremony, 31 medals at the IPC World Championships, Four Commonwealth Games medals, 12 Parapan American Games medals and Broke more than 60 world records in his category. In 2011 he was inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame  In 2014, Huot wrote his final exam at the Université du Québec à Montreal to complete his degree in marketing, communications and administration.

In 2016 he was presented with the Order of Canada in recognition of his sporting achievements and his work as a Para sports ambassador. (, 02 Jan 2017). Also in 2016, he received the President’s Award from Swimming Canada. ( He was named Male Para swimmer of the Year for 2013 and 2015 by Swimming Canada. ( He retired from competitive swimming in January 2019. “It was the greatest of honours to represent our country and I’m proud to have been able to fulfil all my competitive dreams. Sport is the most amazing school of life and I had the privilege of being its student for the past 25 years.”. Benoit Huot continues his career as a motivational keynote speaker and Paralympic broadcaster and is a Right to Play advocate as one of Canada’s top Paralympic Multi-medallist swimmers.




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Benoit Huot reflects on his phenomenal career

Benoit Huot Topic Presentations

surpass your limits

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  • Dream big they say? Too often we forget about our dreams and they can be pushed aside as we become complacent in our roles in our careers. Have you tested your abilities to understand what you can achieve and do your current achievements align with your dreams? This presentation helps identify blind spots we all can develop and how to know your full potential when completing any task. It brings you new understandings of what might be holding you back and how to break through the barriers to become more self aware. Benoit Huot brings you to understand the importance of finding your purpose to create an indisputable focus that tests your limits to grow your capabilities.

achieve excellence while facing adversity

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  • This presentation is centralized around the themes of adversity and anxiety. Benoit Huot speaks on how to manage living with anxiety, acceptance, how to get up, and optimizing performance. It brings to light the importance of healthy habits for maximum productivity and how one can manage themselves and their mindset determination through change.

living in difference

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  • Themes are centralized around inclusion, diversity, and accessibility. In this presentation demonstrates how Benoit Huot’s disability does not hold him back, and he speaks about how to live and embrace your differences around us not letting differences define a person. It shows those who employed with a disability should celebrate their accomplishments yet continue to dream bigger to achieve more. It also provides insights on the important of inclusive and accessible workplaces to help employers with inclusive strategy to access an untapped workforce.


A HUGE thank you to you!! The team greatly appreciated your presentation, your sharing and your sincerity. We’ve been getting nothing but good feedback since yesterday. It was a pleasure to have had the chance to share this experience with you. We wish you all the best in your career and life. Have a nice day!

Pascale Dumais

Assistant Director - Branch Management Services

I wanted to thank you once again for the excellent presentation at the CTC Internal Audit event yesterday. Your speech was very inspiring and there were lots of positive vibes in the room when you were there with us. My colleagues said that they got goosebumps while listening to your story. I liked the way you very successfully linked your sporting life to the planning, execution, and reporting phases of our Internal Audit life. Many thanks again for sharing your story with us and touching the lives of Canadian Tire Corporation’s Internal Audit team with your presence.


Benoit Huot was a consummate professional and did a wonderful job. He received a score of 92% overall satisfaction and did a fantastic job. I would recommend him for many reasons, he is upbeat, relatable, interesting, and above all professional.


Merci pour ta présentation vendredi dernier, c’était vraiment fantastique. Nous avons vraiment tous adoré! Est-ce qu’il serait possible d’avoir une copie de ta présentation ou des photos avec les médailles et mots clés? J’aimerais les mettre sur mon mur de motivation pour mon équipe en terminant avec ta citation « keep having fun », une expression que j’utilise souvent dans le sens « play hard, work hard!

Steven Dupont


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