Warren Macdonald

Warren Macdonald

Canmore, Alberta
Disabled Mountain Climber - Leadership, Agility & Change Expert
Warren Macdonald is a disabled mountain climber and visionary keynote speaker with powerful story of survival to manage change and uncertainty. Warren is an Australian environmentalist, explorer, mountain climber, motivational speaker and writer. In April 1997, Warren Macdonald was climbing on Hinchinbrook Island in Australia when a giant boulder fell on his legs. He shares his inspirational story with corporate organizations and associations to help audiences embrace uncertainty and change.
  • Change Management
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Employee Management
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health
  • Peak Performance
  • Personal Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Business Growth
  • Business Management
  • Adventurers
  • Athletes & Sports
  • Campus & University Speakers
  • Conference
  • Education & Teachers
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Guest Panelist & Guided Q&A


Warren Macdonald works with innovative, forward-thinking organizations and associations looking to foster a shift in perception. Warren’s life’s boundaries were redefined in April 1997 with his accident on Hinchinbrook Island, Queensland, Australia. Climbing to the Island’s tallest peak, Warren became trapped beneath a one-ton slab boulder in a freak rock fall. Two days later he was rescued, only to undergo the amputation of both legs at mid-thigh. Warren shouldn’t be alive today and although went through a large transition as an abled mountain climber to becoming wheelchair bound he is an individual that was able to move through challenging times in the face of uncertainty to regain his mental strength and determination to find a way to his passion to climb mountains once again.

Macdonald not only decided that his injuries wouldn’t slow him down―he decided they would propel him to new heights. Just ten months after the incident, Warren climbed Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain and later summited both Mount Kilimanjaro and El Capitan. He is also the only above-knee amputee to make an ascent of Canada’s landmark frozen waterfall, the 600 ft. “Weeping Wall” in Alberta. Inspiring audiences to turn challenge into change, Warren’s talks foster the desire to seek opportunities and push their own limits to overcome obstacles and maximize their performance. Warren Macdonald has literally climbed over obstacles most people cannot imagine.

Warren Macdonald’s first book, A Test of Will is an Australian bestseller and the subject of the “Trapped under a Boulder” episode of the Discovery Channel series “I Shouldn’t Be Alive”. His film, “The Second Step”, documented the epic four-week journey to Federation Peak, Australia’s most challenging mountain summit. The film has been acclaimed worldwide, screening on National Geographic Television and winning eight international awards including Grand Prize at the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Warren Macdonald has appeared on numerous news and current affairs programs, including Larry King Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. He has written articles for CNN World Edition, Australian Geographic, Speaking of Impact and Professional Speaker. As a speaker, Warren’s clients include PepsiCo, Blackberry/Marketstar, HSBC, Sun Life Financial, Suncor, Novo Nordisk, among many others. In 2013, he spoke at TEDx Ajman “No Strings Attached” in the UAE.

Warren is a visionary who lives and breathes change management every day. He is routinely sought out as a keynote speaker and motivator by innovative, forward thinking organizations that require new inspiration to see the possibilities through hard work, dedication and “out of the box” thinking. A powerful catalyst for change, Warren’s life changing presentation challenges the status quo by telling audiences what they need hear at the right time to help spark new thinking to change their behaviours and their approach to their careers & lives.



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Warren Macdonald Topic Presentations

the power of perception - building a breakthrough mindset

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  • If we can’t see where it is we need to go, what are our chances of getting there? If your team or your members can’t see where you’re going, what are the chances they’ll get onboard? In navigating change and overcoming the challenges that come with it, we need to address the foundation; the root cause of why we often get stuck or disengaged, and that is, how we perceive change in the first place.

    This keynote presentation is designed to hit “reset” on how your team sees their role in your organization. Expect them to come away empowered, engaged, inspired, and ready to take action. They’ll begin to see challenges and opportunities with fresh perspectives and renewed vision.

return on resilience - bouncing back is just the beginning

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  • If COVID has taught us anything, it’s that we can never have too much resilience… As things get back to “normal”, we’ll want to continue our resilience practice to fortify ourselves against future curveballs; setting ourselves up to take advantage of opportunities that come our way post-pandemic. This keynote presentation focuses on what we can do to prepare for our challenges in advance. On how we can fortify ourselves against the curveballs and roadblocks before they happen by practicing resilience. This presentation is also designed to move your team from “I can’t” to “Bring it!” To instill the understanding that by facing our challenges; seeking them out even, we build the strength and resilience required when bigger problems come our way.

the challenge of change - finding opportunity in adversity

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  • We’ve all heard it a million times; “change is constant”, “the only certainty in life is change”, and “change or perish”. We all know it; what we need is for someone to show us how to deal with it. Warren’s “Challenge of Change” presentation will help your group realize that challenges brought on by change hold endless opportunities for innovation and personal and professional growth. That it’s the challenges we face that build the resilience we need as we’re asked to do more, with less… That it is possible to not just survive but to thrive despite adversity. You’ll learn to see change as an inevitable, ongoing process that we’re all engaged with; not just something that “happens to us”. That by changing the way we see change, changes everything… You’ll never look at adversity in the same way again.

one step beyond - setting and reaching impossible goals

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  • It’s all well and good to set seemingly impossible goals; the kind that has your team looking at you like you’re nuts. Like this time you’ve really lost it… You need them to see what you see. You need to convince them, to inspire your team to follow you. To show them what is possible when you’re prepared to go One Step Beyond… beyond ordinary, beyond conventional, and beyond perceived limitations. You can expect your team to become engaged in raising the performance bar.

next level quality of care: a patients perspective

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  • The big picture aim of this presentation is to validate the importance of the work you do; whether you’re a front line practitioner or clinician; a caregiver or caseworker or a hospital administrator. Second to that is to share an example of the results we can achieve in our quality of care when we adopt a client centred (or patient centred) approach or model. When we partner with our patients to achieve a common goal.


Over the past 32 years, we have hired hundreds of speakers around the globe; many considered to be best of the best. Personally, for me, Warren’s Story is beyond compare. But it is in meeting this man, and how every time I see him or speak to him, he has an attitude that is always positive and exciting. I would place Warren in the Top 10 in the World for Motivational speaking, and we have had Presidents, Mayors, actors, activists, political and religious leaders, and everyone in between.

Rob Thorsteinson

Cascadia Motivation Inc.

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Warren Macdonald keynote speaker is an expert presenter and has a wide range of experience speaking to a wide variety of audiences and organizations. Warren Macdonald delivers keynotes, workshops & training sessions. They may also host or emcee events. Hire Warren Macdonald from Canmore, Alberta 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. 

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Are you looking to hire Warren Macdonald for your event? Warren Macdonald Canmore, Alberta is a dynamic and engaging speaker that offers audiences researched content paired with expertise and a dynamic speaking ability. Warren Macdonald is also a Canadian corporate consultant and coach and facilitates workshops and training sessions for a corporate audience. Warren Macdonald 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 Warren Macdonald 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 Warren Macdonald 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, Warren Macdonald 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 Warren Macdonald from Canmore, Alberta offers organizations a fresh perspective to assist the people of the organization. No matter if it is a government, association, or business crowd, Warren Macdonald is a perfect speaker for your event. Through unique practical insights for trending topics and years experience speaking to different organizations, Warren Macdonald 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 Warren Macdonald 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 Warren Macdonald’s presentations and speeches, with measurable results set to shift the people of the organization and core direction of the company. Book Warren Macdonald speaker for your annual general meeting, conference, summit, or convention in Canada.

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