Mark Black

Mark Black

Moncton, New Brunswick
Resiliency, Breakthrough & Productivity Expert
Mark Black is a heart and double-lung transplant recipient, 4-Time marathon runner, author, coach, and speaker. Breakthrough adversity to thrive through change coach, born with a life-threatening heart defect, he made history as the first and only man to run a marathon with someone else's heart. Mark Black presents at corporations, associations, and educational institutions, and his story of courage and perseverance inspires people to live their lives with passion and purpose.
  • Change Management
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Employee Management
  • Health & Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health
  • Peak Performance
  • Personal Growth
  • Business Management
  • Academia
  • Agriculture & Farming
  • All Staff Meeting
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Associations & Unions
  • Award Galas & After Dinner
  • Awareness Days
  • Bilingual & French


Mark Black (CSP) Break Through adversity to thrive through change. Known as a heartful motivational speaker, Mark Black helps clients to stop making excuses and focus on getting results and thrive through challenging times.

Mark was born with a life-threatening heart defect and underwent two open-heart surgeries before age one. Mark battled his condition and its limitations for twenty-two years successfully, but at 23 yrs old, Mark Black suddenly faced the most significant life challenge. His doctor informed him that his heart was failing badly and that without a rare and dangerous heart and double-lung transplant, he would not likely see his 25th birthday.

In October 2001, Mark Black moved thousands of kilometres from home and was on the transplant waiting list. After just four months on the list, Mark’s condition worsened, and he was placed in the hospital where he lived, waiting for a miracle, for six months. Finally, by the grace of God, on September 7th, 2002, after almost a year on the list, Mark Black received a second chance at life as a heart and doublelung transplant recipient. He continues to take medication to prevent the rejection of the organs. The average lifespan of someone with his transplant is 5-10 years.

It has been 20 years since Mark’s transplant. Since receiving his second chance at life, Mark Black has now impacted the lives of more than 100,000 in more than 350 presentations across North America with his unique story and powerful life lessons that help his audience members live life with passion and purpose. Mark is a time marathon runner and author best selling author.  He is the only man in history to run a marathon with someone else’s heart and lungs.

Mark Black conveys how we live in an age of perpetual change. He warns that those who try to avoid change will become obsolete. The power of innovation and adaptability now dominate markets and industries. The organizations that will thrive in the next decade are those focused on seeking the numerous opportunities these times will create rather than looking back toward a time when things were simpler.

Using his powerful experience dealing with the continual threat of death, Mark Black delivers life-changing insights into how to cope effectively with the adversity of change and turn it into a catalyst for innovation and growth. Mark Black will help your organization to stop wasting time trying to bring back the “good old days” and focus on fostering a new way of looking at change.

He lives the strategies and principles he teaches through the formula’s from his most recent book, ‘The Resilient Roadmap 7 Guideposts for Charting Your Course in a Chaotic World’.  Mark Black is filled with passion and purpose for his work precisely because he doesn’t know how much more time he’ll be afforded to do it. He celebrates the life of his wife and 3 children who would not exist without the transplant and the selfless family of his donor who gave him a second chance at life.



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Mark Black Topic Presentations

live today

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • Do people in your organization struggle with stress, worry or anxiety? Are you losing productivity and are people wasting time and energy because they are focused on the great “unknown”? Live Today will fix that! Live Today is a simple but powerful formula for helping your people to accept their current situation and focus on their most precious resources – time and energy – on the things that move the needle. Live Today provides your people with a fresh perspective on challenges and perceived problems. This presentation can be used as an opening or closing keynote, breakout session, or as half-day or full-day in-house training.

go big

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • Your organization has a vision for where you are headed, but the future has many unknowns and the stakes are high. To realize your goals, you need to have everyone on board but how do you get everyone from the front line to the head office to truly believe it can happen? In “Go Big” Mark will use his life story of battling a life-threatening disease, surviving a :”Heart & Double-Lung Transplant”, to become a 4-time marathon runner, to your people see that they are limited more by their own beliefs than external circumstances.

the resilience road map

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • Mark provides the following programs to help you create results. Mark will tailor a customized presentation to address your desired learning outcomes and your event theme.

    If your people are struggling to cope with the fast pace of change, the “Resilience RoadMap” is the program you need. In this presentation, Mark provides the strategic framework your organization needs to develop Radical Resilience in your people.

    The Resilience RoadMap provides your company with the strategic framework your organization needs to help your employees develop Radical Resilience. This presentation can be used as an opening or closing keynote, breakout session, or as half-day or full-day in-house training.


I want to say Thank You for the resilience roadmap program that you delivered at the annual year-end faculty retreat. I have to tell you that I have attended past retreats, and I have never seen the team so upbeat, so positive, and so engaged. Your presentation style and the strategies you shared, created an environment of positivity, encouragement, and energetic collaboration. It was exactly what the team needed.

Stephanie Howes

Associate Dean (Interim)
School of Health Sciences - BSN program British Columbia Institute of Technology

You knocked it out of the park Mark! You could hear a pin drop…all 1,600 + attendees were waiting on your every word…truly inspiring. Thanks so much for being such an important part of our day.

Cindy Comeau

Lead Conference Director
C3 Leadership Live2

Mark provided 3 simple but important concepts/tools to use in my life and to share with my family, friends and colleagues. He tied his personal story with solid psychological concepts in an easy to understand way. His combination of motivation with humor was very relatable.

Greg Murphy

Cape Breton Paramedics’ Conference

In my executive leadership role with the American Red Cross, I have attended many conferences and heard many, many speakers. I can honestly say that Mark Black was among the best. Mark had clearly done his homework on our association.

Darrin Greenlee

Past President
Association of Donor Recruitment Professionals

Mark’s talk at our event was excellent. Sometimes motivational speakers do little more than entertain. Mark entertained, but he also provide tangible strategies and concepts that people could APPLY immediately which is even more valuable.

Dan Fougere

Regional Manager

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How to book Mark Black for an event?

Mark Black keynote speaker is an expert presenter and has a wide range of experience speaking to a wide variety of audiences and organizations. Mark Black delivers keynotes, workshops & training sessions. They may also host or emcee events. Hire Mark Black from Moncton, New Brunswick for your event to inspire the audience to take action and make change in their work and their lives. Your workplace will benefit from our keynote speaker and their keynote talks and speeches will shift the mindsets or behaviours for the audience members in Canada. 

Interested in booking Mark Black for an event?

Are you looking to hire Mark Black for your event? Mark Black Moncton, New Brunswick is a dynamic and engaging speaker that offers audiences researched content paired with expertise and a dynamic speaking ability. Mark Black is also a Canadian corporate consultant and coach and facilitates workshops and training sessions for a corporate audience. Mark Black is an expert keynote presenter and speaks on wide variety of topics. Hiring a great speaker for your event is important and working with a thought leader like Mark Black from Speakers Canada’s roster will engage audiences into the content of the presentation to bring awareness and a fresh perspective for their approach to their work and their lives. Book Mark Black to educate, motivate and activate the audience through an interactive and entertaining presentation at corporate meetings and gatherings.

Known as a popular key note speaker in Canada, Mark Black 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 Mark Black from Moncton, New Brunswick offers organizations a fresh perspective to assist the people of the organization. No matter if it is a government, association, or business crowd, Mark Black is a perfect speaker for your event. Through unique practical insights for trending topics and years experience speaking to different organizations, Mark Black 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 Mark Black 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 Mark Black’s presentations and speeches, with measurable results set to shift the people of the organization and core direction of the company. Book Mark Black speaker for your annual general meeting, conference, summit, or convention in Canada.

How much does it cost to hire Mark Black for a keynote presentation or virtual event?

Mark Black is an expert professional key note speaker with a lot of experience speaking and delivering engaging talks to organizations and audiences in Canada. Each of Speaker Bureau Canada’s talent have different ways to assess their fees, and Mark Black speaker fee ranges depending on the size of the audience, event format (in person or virtual), event location, and if the organization booking them is a non profit, association, government department/government agency or business/corporation. The speakers we work with are flexible with their fees, and it is important for us to learn more about your event before we approach them, as it is our role to work for you, and to help you find a speaker within budget. 

Please contact Speakers Bureau of Canada and provide us with your event details so that we can contact Mark Black to check availability or confirm the pricing and associated costs to hire a great speaker like Mark Black for your event. As Mark Black's agent and as a Canadian top speaker bureau and talent agency for speakers, we are able to propose each event opportunity from each host organization’s behalf to try to help you get in touch with Mark Black and confirm them for your in person or online meeting/event. We can also provide and advise on the booking process and potentially negotiate their fee. Speakers Canada is a client focused speaker agency, and we work for you in finding good speakers for your team meetings and booking processes.

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