Candace Carnahan

Candace Carnahan

Workplace Safety Advocate, Culture Change Agent, Inspirational Speaker

Candace Carnahan

Lauded as one of the “Faces of the Future” by MacLean’s magazine, Candace Carnahan uses her unique life lessons to inspire us to dismantle the roadblocks that hinder efficiency, while celebrating the attitudes and behaviors that promote success – whether personal or professional.

With irrepressible energy, she taps into her own experiences to inspire audiences to realize their full potential. Candace shares her belief that having the Courage to Care through standing up for others is a transformational concept – “If You See Something; Say Something”

The impetus behind Carnahan’s contagious enthusiasm was a devastating workplace incident in which she lost her lower left leg at the vulnerable age of 21.  It was an incident that might also have taken her life, but most important to Carnahan – it was preventable.  As she grew aware that “tomorrow” is a guarantee for no one, she adapted quickly – mentally and physically – to mobilize herself from a potentially paralyzing situation.

Within 10 months of learning to walk with an artificial leg, Carnahan began her new journey of experience and chronicled her life’s lessons as she backpacked and traveled the world. During that time, she immersed herself in a variety of cultures and gained perspective by doing so.  Candace began to appreciate firsthand that the potential for evoking positive change in our own lives and in the lives of others on a day to day basis was not only possible, but well within reach.

Returning from her travels, Candace was transformed and felt compelled to share her story of triumph-over-tragedy, in an effort to eliminate preventable workplace injuries through her knowledge that the first step in not getting hurt is knowing that you can be.  Over the years   Carnahan has compiled what she considers to be some of life’s most simple but meaningful lessons, which are instrumental to her effectiveness as a speaker.

Deemed the ‘Prophetess of Safety’, Carnahan has shared her message with over 350,000 people worldwide and continues to expand her message to audiences across the globe.  Candace is featured in awareness campaigns across North America, Australia, and Europe.

Carnahan’s journey has given her a passionate voice that speaks to a wide variety of audiences and platforms. Her contagious energy promises to awaken audiences to embrace their inner strengths and power. Her personal story lends a wide range of philosophies, ideas, incentives – and humor – to audiences who are sure to be inspired to understand and achieve what they want out of life – all the while, gaining a better appreciation of the many gifts they already have.

  1. It Could Happen to You

    Candace shares her personal account of the loss of her left leg below the knee to an unguarded conveyor belt system to address the details that contributed to her incident in an effort to prevent it from happening to you.

    With her ever present sense of humour and passion for her message, she emphasizes that when an injury occurs the cause is rarely just one. Demonstrating that we all have numerous opportunities on a daily basis to display the “Courage to Care” – if you See Something, Say Something.

    Candace recalls the details of her incident, as well as the many contributing factors, i.e. poor leadership, lack of training, unsafe work culture, leading up to it. However, Candace places great emphasis her own role and responsibility in what happened in an effort to encourage people to “own” their right to a safe workplace. The absence of Candace’s left foot is an ever-present reminder to her and her audiences that pointing fingers and placing blame does not make your limbs grow back.

    Candace holds strong in the belief that safety isn’t 9-5, but an attitude that we carry with us through out lives. She explores how we as individuals can begin fostering positive behaviour within our day-to-day lives that can effectively contribute to injury elimination in our workplaces and beyond.

  2. The First Step

    Candace has learned what she believes to a crucial life lesson the hard way; that “the first step in not getting hurt is knowing that you can be”. She believes that avoiding needless injuries through day to day life and activities can be achieved just by simply realizing that the potential for injury exists.

    Candace challenges the “invincibility factor” – what she believes to be the most troubling hazard facing working youth is the belief that injuries won’t happen to them. In her one hour presentation, Candace speaks about her typical life as a university student, working summers to pay for school in the fall, and how one step in the wrong direction changed the course of her life, forever.

    Candace’s energy and enthusiasm is contagious, and through her many stories, sends a message far beyond that of workplace health and safety. Candace encourages her audience to use their education, knowledge, experience, and awareness to expand on the importance of safety within their day to day lives. Candace inspires her audiences to ‘stand up for safety’ (both figuratively and literally) and to ‘say something’ when they ‘see something’.

  3. Half-Price Pedicures

    Half-price pedicures is a departure from the presentations Candace is most-well known for.

    A humourous and uplifting discussion that focuses on the power of positivity and possibility, this inspirational account, recalls several pivotal moments throughout Candace’s recovery and beyond from a workplace incident that most certainly set the tone for the path she has been traveling on since losing a limb.

    Candace demonstrates the roles that hope and positivity have played in her life, and celebrates the little things in life that can lead to big changes. The Yellow Chair is a story that Candace shares with honesty and humour that will offer inspiration to all to never underestimate the power we have to speak or act in small ways are life changing, to themselves and to others, in enormous, unforgettable ways.

Candace delivers a message with such positive passion and enthusiasm that we could not help but be both affected and motivated. Candace was a definite factor in the success of the conference, and for that we are grateful.
Tom Parkinson
President and CEO,
 Hydro One
Candace spoke at our manufacturing facility to 600 + employees and had a tremendous & immediate impact on each and every person. She clearly passes on the message we want to improve safety in our plants in a way that very few can.
Scott Gray
Site HS&E Leader, Procter & Gamble, Brockville
Many speakers can educate audiences through a deep understanding of workplace health and safety, but few can strike the same emotional chord through retellings of personal tragedy and triumph as Candace can. Simply put, she is in a class of her own.
Gerard Adams
President & CEO, WorkSafeNB

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