Warren Macdonald

Speaker, World Class Adventurer and double amputee

"You are an inspiration to anyone who hears your story." Oprah Winfrey

Warren Macdonald's life's boundaries were redefined in April 1997 with his accident on North Queensland's (Australia) Hinchinbrook Island. Climbing to the Islands tallest peak, he 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.

Just ten months later, he climbed Tasmania's Cradle Mountain using a modified wheelchair and the seat of his pants.

In February 2003, he became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa's tallest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro (19,222ft), and more recently, in a spectacular effort requiring more than 2800 pull-ups over 4 days, created history once again in an ascent of America's tallest cliff face, 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.

Warren'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 documenting the epic four-week journey to Federation Peak, Australia most challenging mountain summit, "The Second Step" 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 has appeared on numerous news and current affairs programs, including "Larry King Live" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and has written articles for "CNN World Edition" (WWW), "Australian Geographic", "Speaking of Impact" & "Professional Speaker".

He lives in British Columbia with his partner Margo Talbot.

As a keynote speaker, Warren Macdonald help you live larger than you've ever dreamt possible…

We've all heard it a million times: "change is constant."

We all know it, but what we need is for someone to help us understand what this truly means, and to show us how to deal with it in a meaningful and purposeful way.

Warren Macdonald recognizes change as a process, not an end result. His motivational presentations are about the way we see the world, embracing change, managing transition, finding and creating opportunity and, as a result, living "larger" than we dreamt possible.

There's good reason why he has been invited to motivate sales professionals. Warren knows how to deliver and specializes in motivation for the following groups:

Associations – Keynote Speaker Programs
Corporate – Keynote Speaker Programs
Healthcare – Keynote Speaker Programs

Through his own journey and adventures, Warren has proven that impossible goals can be realized and with his own newfound sense of perspective, he provides not only thought-provoking insights but also key strategies that are critical to success in life.

His programs include:

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine

Take a lesson from someone who has seen his world change on a scale few could imagine… Waking from the operation that claimed both legs, Warren woke to a whole new world, a whole new reality. Navigating a new world takes courage, that’s for sure, but our number one tool in creating our future is PERCEPTION. We need a vision for the kind of world we want to live in. Make no mistake, the world changed in October 2008; it will never be the same again. You can react to that statement with fear, or apathy, or straight out denial, or you can respond from a place of possibility. We have an opportunity now to create something new; something better. But we need to see it first.

Warren Macdonald can help us form that vision for a better world. In this keynote presentation, Warren shares the lessons and tools he’s used to create a remarkable life from what many would have considered a "game over" scenario. Outcomes include:

  • The resilience and ability to adapt to the new economy
  • A sense of responsibility leading to ownership and engagement
  • Excitement and hope instead of fear for the future

The Challenge of Change

What if you could give your people:

  • The ability to recognize and breakthrough mental barriers to change
  • Tools to turn change and challenge into catalysts for both business and personal growth
  • A powerful shift in thinking that will put challenges into perspective
  • A mindset that seeks solutions and look for opportunities

Wouldn't that change everything?

Challenging times call for a powerful message. A message of hope and inspiration filled with the perspective, lessons and tools required when we are faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Warren Macdonald knows what it means to face adversity, to wake up to a whole new reality. In 1997 he lost both legs above the knee in a horrific backcountry accident; spending two days trapped beneath a one ton boulder

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 looking to foster "out of the box" thinking; the kind of thinking that led Warren to become the first double above-knee amputee to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest peak (19,222ft); the kind of thinking that empowers potential.

A powerful catalyst for change, Warren's presentation challenges the status quo by telling audiences what they need hear, not what they necessarily want to hear…

One Step Beyond: Setting And Reaching Impossible Goals

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
  • Beyond perceived limitations

This presentation is designed to provide you with three outcomes:

  • Reinforced understanding of the power of purpose i.e.: when we have purpose, we have an edge…
  • The ability to see obstacles as stepping stones towards our goals
  • A clear understanding of the importance of preparation in reaching your goals

Warren's bestselling book, "A Test of Will" is the subject of the "Trapped under a Boulder" episode of Discovery's "I Shouldn't Be Alive" series. His documentary film "The Second Step" has been acclaimed worldwide, screening on National Geographic Television and winning eight international awards.

Warren has appeared on "Larry King Live", "The Oprah Winfrey Show", and "The Hour" with George Stroumboulopoulos. He has written articles for "CNN World Edition" (WWW), "Australian Geographic", "Speaking of Impact" and "Professional Speaker".

Warren's mission is to help you change the way you see the world, and your place in it.

In the clients' words:

Life is a gift every day that most of us squander, we worry and we find reasons NOT to do things. Warren tells us that how we view the world is what it becomes. I liked that clarity, because that is exactly how I feel … now I need to set myself some bigger goals! Why don't you too?  –Kevin Dee is CEO of Canadian IT Staffing Company.

"Our SHE (Safety, Health & Environment) Committee have asked me to pass on our thanks for an extremely thought provoking and entertaining session. Feedback we received from our employees was that they found your presentation inspirational, motivating and captivating. You truly have the gift of the gab. Here's hoping you have many more opportunities to share your story with others." Ariane Delessert, ExxonMobil

"I would recommend him highly to anyone seeking a speaker who will engage an audience with an inspiring, humorously delivered message about how much any individual can accomplish, despite setbacks and obstacles, if they act with determination, perseverance, and a positive attitude. Warren demonstrates those qualities in spades, and an hour with him is an hour well spent." –Bob Russell, Assistant Commissioner, Atlantic Region, Canada Revenue Agency, Vice-Chair, Nova Scotia Federal Council

"The relevance, clarity and poignancy of your presentation and subsequent conversations with our people has helped us refocus on the tasks we have to complete and bought the team closer together." –Stephen Peacock, GM, Motability Finance Limited (UK)

Travels from: British Columbia