Allan is a mental health advocate, international keynote speaker, and best-selling author of four books. His writing has been published in countless national magazines and he has been featured on several television and radio programs. He has also instructed various mental health related courses at the college level, and spent years working as an addiction counselor and clinical case manager.
Allan is one of Canada’s most sought-after speakers when it comes to the topic of mental health and wellness. He has stood on more than 500 stages and is recognized for his engaging style and captivating approach.
Having persevered through his own mental health issues and addictions, Allan speaks from a place of experience. His moving stories tug on heartstrings, inspire a new perspective, and allow people to connect with themselves and others at a deeper level. He uses humor and compassion to create a safe space where people feel seen, heard and supported.
Allan has developed a genuine appreciation and passion for learning and working with Indigenous people and communities. This has played a key role in his own recovery and these cultural teachings can be found in his presentations.
Allan currently resides in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He shares his life with his beautiful wife, four boys, four dogs, and a tank of fish.
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- MENtal Health: It’s Time to Talk
The stigma surrounding mental health is lessening, but men still face unique barriers that prevent them from seeking help. In an effort to avoid being perceived as weak or vulnerable, men have a tendency to bury their emotions deep within. Based on Allan’s most recent book, this keynote reminds us that it’s time to talk.
Friends, coworkers and family members will benefit from Allan’s message, as they can learn how to better support men who are displaying signs of distress. Get ready to be inspired to put a voice to your own challenges, and learn how to effectively talk to others about their mental health.
Audiences will participate in an interactive quiz and walk away with an increased understanding of issues including
masculinity, suicide, substance use, resilience, and wellness.
The relationship between men and mental health has been often been called a silent crisis. Allan has broken the silence. The time to talk is now.
• Recognize the importance and power of breaking down stereotypes
• Change how we view mental health in the workplace
• Provide mental health resources including how to support a loved one with mental illness
• Examine how being vulnerable and talking can enhance mental wellness
- Removing the Mask – Creating Wellness in the Workplace
For years, Allan suffered in silence as he persevered through the challenges of mental illness and addictions. In the same way, countless employees remain silent about their personal challenges. And while many individuals have great intentions of assisting others who are displaying signs of distress, many fear saying or doing the wrong thing.
Allan’s captivating message empowers individuals to remove their masks and put a voice to their needs. He reminds his audience that nobody needs to be fixed, and shares how one man was able to change his entire life through a simple process. Through a fun and interactive quiz, Allan ensures that all participants walk away with an increased understanding of issues including mental illness, resilience, and wellness.
Find out what can happen in workplaces when judgement and stigma are replaced with compassion. Reduced accidents, enhanced productivity, less turnover and heightened team morale are all possible.
- Goodbye Stress. Hello Life!
Life will naturally bring us challenges and stress – the key is moving forward so that it doesn’t impact other areas of our lives. The ability to navigate through stress and adversity relies on developing certain thoughts and behaviours.
Allan draws on his personal and professional experiences, leaving you inspired to persevere through your personal challenges rather than avoid or escape them. You will be encouraged to take an honest look at what lies beneath your stressors, and be provided the tools to heal through a holistic approach.
Participate in an interactive quiz and an entertaining game of PieFace. You will walk away from this session with wellness strategies that are applicable in both your personal and professional life.
- How One Teacher Changed My Entire Life in 10 Minutes
Countless students are in pain, and many are uncertain how to manage this pain. As a result, some individuals turn to substance abuse, self-harm, or even suicide. Sadly, many students are suffering in silence. A smile can appear on the outside while they are in pain on the inside. For years, this was Allan.
A university professor saw beneath Allan’s mask and changed his entire life through a simple process. Allan shares this approach in his message, and reassures his audience that nobody needs to be fixed, but that the value of being seen and heard is immeasurable.
Drawing from personal and professional experiences, Allan explains what drives students to engage in destructive behaviors. He identifies key signs and reveals methods of intervention. Through an interactive quiz and valuable classroom activities, teachers will be better equipped to deal with the countless challenges that our students face.
- Goodbye Stress. Hello Life! - For Educators
The profession of teaching comes with a seemingly endless list of demands. This chosen career combined with life itself will naturally bring challenges and stress, but the key is moving forward so that it doesn’t impact other areas of your life.
Allan draws on his personal and professional experiences, leaving you inspired to persevere through your challenges rather than avoid or escape them. Allan encourages you to take an honest look at what lies beneath pain, and provides the tools to heal through a holistic approach. You will once again be the student as Allan takes you through an interactive quiz, and provides you with the opportunity to participate in an entertaining game of PieFace.
You will walk away from this session with wellness strategies that are applicable in both your personal and professional life. When both teachers and students are able to effectively manage their stress, it creates a more conducive environment for learning to take place.