Susan Stewart

Susan Stewart

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The Lighter Side of Work and Life Comedian & Author

A speaker who will give your group the lift they need, Susan helps people see the lighter side of life to lower stress, nurture strong mental health, and be resilient in the face of adversity and uncertainty.

Professionally, there have been a few “plot twists” along the way. After earning a Theatre Arts degree from the University of Waterloo, Susan moved to Toronto to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. A few years into her comedy career, Susan started to battle depression and anxiety which eventually led her to quit the “biz”. When Susan got back on her feet, she wanted to get a “real job” and see how the other half lived. Thanks to a whole lot of serendipity and a wee bit of nepotism, Susan landed a job in a Human Resources office in the Ontario Government.

About a year into her HR career, Susan was asked to create and deliver a comical presentation about wellness at an upcoming professional development conference.  Susan’s presentation was a smash-hit and before she knew it, she was touring around the Ontario Government delivering her comical presentation about mental health at other events and conferences. In 2008, Susan took the leap of faith and left her HR career to deliver comical presentations about seeing the lighter side of life full time.

For the past 12 years, Susan has been touring around North America making audiences laugh and sharing ways to meet the challenges of work and life with a positive outlook, and of course, a sense of humour.

Susan is the author of Reaching The Laugh Resort: Why The Journey To Remembering Who You (Really) Are Is Worth The Jet LagYour New Lenses Are Ready For Pick Up: A Guide To Seeing The Lighter Side Of Life, and You Gotta Laugh: Wit And Wisdom About Not Taking Life (Or Yourself) Too Seriously.

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Speaking topics

A Bit More Than A Rough Patch: What a comedian learned about taking mental health seriously

After enduring a mental health crisis in 2023, Susan shares her story to reduce stigma, normalize experiences such as depression and anxiety, and help people see the humour in the hard parts of our lives.

YOU GOTTA LAUGH: Healing Stress With Humour

Packed full of laughs about how work and life has changed thanks to the pandemic, Susan shares ways to see the lighter side of life during difficult times

YOU GOTTA LAUGH: Building Resiliency With Humour

If resiliency is about getting back up after life knocks you down, then let’s get some UPWARD spiral thinking going! While giving your group the gift of laughter, Susan will reveal the UP-SIDE of stress, adversity, and change.

What Makes People Laugh, Can Help You See The Lighter Side Of Life

As the “golden rule” of comedy is to talk about the truth, Susan shares 5 important truths about life and how remembering those truths can create resiliency in times of adversity and uncertainty.

YOUR NEW LENSES ARE READY FOR PICK UP: Seeing The Lighter Side Of Life In Challenging Times

With the humour she is best known for, Susan offers some powerful shifts in perspective that will help your group be resilient in the face of adversity and uncertainty.

*a version of this program that focuses solely on the topic of change is also available

YOU GOTTA LAUGH: What A Comedian Has Learned About Mental Health

With lots of humour and vulnerability, Susan shares how depression and anxiety once led her to quit stand-up comedy and what she learned along her journey back to the stage. Your group will learn how humour (and 5 other habits) nurtures strong mental health and prevents burnout.

THE LAST LAUGH

This program is 100% pure PG-rated corporate-friendly stand-up comedy and a perfect ending for your event! Packed full of laughs, Susan will make your event stand out from all the rest and send your group off feeling energized and uplifted!

Video clips

Event/Conference Friendly Comedy Speaker Reel

Mental Health Keynote Comedy Show

Susan Stewart: Nothing Stays the Same

Susan Stewart: Negative Fortune Telling

Susan Stewart: Don't Take People Too Seriously

Susan Stewart: Everything is Progress

Speaker testimonials

Susan shared about a subject that many find very difficult to talk about and she did so with humour. Her natural storytelling ability and the ease with which she connected to the audience by being vulnerable and real was truly amazing. Susan is also really funny! The feedback I have received from the team has been great – they loved Susan and the talk! Something that really amazed me was how comfortable the team was asking questions of Susan about her experience and what she would recommend to help others who may be struggling. That to me reiterates just how well she not only connected with the audience, made a heavy subject easier to discuss but also just how relevant the topic was.

Erin Christopher, Town Of Newmarket

Susan’s upbeat, laughter-filled presentation ended the conference on a high note…

Occupational Health Nurses Association

We had about 180+ attendees and although their cameras were off, the chat was going crazy! Susan was hilarious, engaging, and most importantly relatable. In a time of uncertainty we really have to make it a choice to be happy and Susan really made it easy that day.

PepsiCo Foods Canada

I could see everyone laughing and throwing their heads back! Someone at the end of Susan’s program wrote “I feel lighter”. There were so many positive messages of gratitude and appreciation of Susan’s message shared in the chat.

Doctors Of BC

Susan was on fire! I wish we had been able to unmute people so she could hear the laughter and those sounds that people make when they relate to you and resonate with what you’re saying.

Queen’s University

Susan hit the mark on every single joke! I know the members needed to sit back and laugh, and Susan definitely made that happen!

Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation

…a first-class presenter who made us all laugh our heads off while allowing us to learn how not to take ourselves too seriously. Susan is the perfect package!

Ottawa Catholic School Board

The feedback is rolling in and our entire global team absolutely loved the session! Not only were they able to take a break from their normal day to day and laugh a little, they were able to benefit from Susan’s wisdom/insights related to mental health and burnout.

Dell Technologies

Susan is an incredibly thought-provoking and hilarious speaker whose ideas and messages are incredibly easy to relate to. If you are looking for a top-notch speaker who is easy to work with and will make a profound impact on your group, look no further than Susan.

McMaster University

We were blown away at the inspired messages Susan delivered. The depth of Susan’s presentation coupled with helpful tools to navigate challenges were a wonderful takeaway.

Resorts Of Ontario

Susan’s energy is infectious! Susan does a really great job of breaking down big concepts into small nuggets that you can use to help you in your daily life. Susan will make you laugh from your belly and has a way of warming your heart and seeing the lighter side of life.

Ontario Hospital Association

There are very few individuals who can capture an audience, entertain, motivate and offer hope. Her words illustrated vivid imagery that the audience related to on a personal level and will be talking and laughing about for months to come.

Peel District Catholic School Board

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