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Andrew Haley


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Paralympic Swimmer & Cancer Survivor

Andrew Haley is a champion at all levels! As a child, Andrew had cancer twice and each time was given a 35% chance to pull through. Although he lost part of his right leg, he never lost his fight. Despite the long odds he fought and won and has used that same fight all his life. Andrew truly believes that anything is possible and shows audiences that with a lot of hard work and determination you can own your destiny.

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Mastering Your Mindset for Peak Performance

Top performers have learned to adapt their mindsets to prepare and execute on all levels and especially in high pressure situations. There is an extra level of dedication and commitment to qualify for the Olympics and beat out the nation’s top athletes. There is an even higher level required to make it to the podium.

Preparation, taking constructive criticism, accountability, determination, dedication, process management and strategic goal setting all played a key role in Andrew Haley’s success. Andrew’s high performance mindset was constantly evolving so he could commit to days and nights in and out of the pool. Over time, his elite mindset became a natural process of his everyday work. Repetition and focus enabled him to master himself and his craft which led to his Hall of Fame swimming career and multiple Gold Medals and World Records.

Our minds are the key to unlocking our abilities and unleashing us to our full potential. The road to Gold is not for everyone and is not an easy feat, however we can all learn from the mental state of mind an athlete curates and maintains to bring them to each step on a path to reach the top.

This talk shows your team that no matter the circumstances we can be prepared and ready for action. You will learn to banish self-doubt and fear and tap into that extra level needed at work or at home. You will learn to create a mindset that can take you to new heights, set realistic and achievable goals to achieve dreams, meet expectations, and realize there are no limits to your capabilities.

In this tailored presentation, we will explore:

  • How positivity is always a choice
  • We are always better as part of a T.E.A.M. with support
  • Leading oneself to understand your “why” to find your purpose in everything you do
  • Preventing burnout through managing your time, healthy living, and relationships effectively
  • Trusting the process and remaining confident in the systems
  • Manage change and make small tweaks when required on the fly
  • Setting realistic short-term goals that paint the larger picture for dreams and success
  • Being accountable to yourself in a positive way, to align your habits, daily routine to include what it takes to get you where you need to be
  • Self-acknowledgment and celebration of your success while enjoying the benefits of achieving new heights
  • New approaches that will set you on your own “Personal Excellence” journey


Don’t Resist: Resilience Restoration

We all seem to be managing more with less these days with so much uncertainty around us. We have less time to do things and face daily challenges in our personal and work lives that sometimes we lose focus, hope, or process in the face of adversity. One thing that all athletes, leaders, and top performers have in common is an incredible sense of self-awareness that helps in controlling themselves to effectively manage setbacks. The ability to recognize challenging situations that can come up from afar, prepares these individuals to be more resilient, agile and creates a foundation to bounce back with certainty in hardships.

It has become mission critical for us to be able to lead ourselves and our peers through a compassionate lens. Through a compassionate approach, we can keep an open mind to new perspectives, new opportunities and can support each other to maintain strong relationships. We are all called upon to be leaders in one shape or form throughout our lives. We are also all forced to go through hardships in our lives while managing change and challenges that come in so many different forms.

Andrew Haley is a two-time cancer survivor that has overcome insurmountable odds to become a Hall of Fame, Paralympic Champion swimmer. Having lived through many chemotherapy treatments that didn’t react well to light, Andrew developed a framework to increase his resilience – one that got him out of the dark and to the top of the podium. He has been able to apply the same principals to not only lead teams, drive himself to new heights but to create success in the business world.

In this fully customized, highly engaging, and emotional keynote, audiences will learn:

  • The Andrew Haley Story: from Cancer to the Podium
  • What common 4 attributes top performers share to enhance their resilience
  • How team support is the biggest asset to overcome challenges and driving a resilient team for performance
  • An Olympic approach to setting and conquering goals
  • Reinventing ourselves when required to create a fresh path
  • Come out of a crisis stronger through adapting to what we can control vs what we cannot control
  • How to increase personal control and thrive when things aren’t going your way


Surface Pressure: Leading in Turbulent Times

The Olympic Games mark the pinnacle of many elite athletes’ careers. But with the promise of glory comes tremendous pressure. Between keeping a positive mindset, strict safety protocols, the media, and the rapid spread of Omicron, Team Canada still needs to perform at its peak on the international stage. It takes a certain person to manage themselves, support their teams and perform at their best under pressure. Many athletes will rise to the occasion and thrive while others will fall short of expectations. So, what can business leaders learn from our Olympians?

Just as a coach leads athletes to the podium, business leaders guide their teams to deliver when the stakes are high. Andrew developed a 7-step plan that helped him achieve world-class results. There was a single moment where Andrew was able to tap into a new level under pressure to become a Champion. Andrew will share his experience with High-Performance sports to teach how pressure can create more energy if your mindset is focused. He will teach how preparation, hard work, and giving everything you do, to be the best, play a key role in creating confidence in high-pressure situations with the purpose, the solutions, and the outcomes in focus.

In this presentation, Andrew will teach:

  • How Leaders will learn how to channel pressure to make it work for them
  • Using pressure to your advantage
  • Take a breath! Know when to step back, listen and analyze without action
  • Mastermind with your team to audit and come up with different solutions
  • Prepare, practice, test, and measure
  • Reflect, debrief, and be accountable for what went right and what could have gone better
  • Creating next time situations through an agile mindset to predict and prevent similar situations
  • Making ‘process’ a natural reaction through a new mindset

Audience reviews:

  • Andrew spoke with passion and enthusiasm about his childhood, battles with cancer, triumphs in the pool, and how he gives 110% living his life based not around the circumstances presented, but how he can react to them.
    he established a rapport with audience members young and old through his candid demeanour. Some were inspired by his athletic accomplishments, others by his drive and dedication. All agreed that he had an exceptional story to tell, and were thankful he shared it with us.

    - YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo
  • Your message of determination in the face of adversity was extremely impactful to me. The line I was most significantly left with was - 'tough times do not last, tough people do.' Your talk encouraged me to take a step back and really assess what I hold to be meaningful, and, most importantly, to list out goals that I have until now only seen as unachievable. You have proven that any height is reachable.

    - Attendee, Healthcare Supply Chain Network Conference
  • Andrew is a great speaker with a terrific message on courage and determination. He kept the audience engaged with his humor and upbeat message. I highly recommend him!

    - Andrew is a great speaker with a terrific message on courage and determination. He kept the audience engaged with his humor and upbeat message. I highly recommend him!
  • Andrew was simply amazing and a pleasure to work with. Someone who truly has a passion for sport, life, family and people. We had a very diverse audience and Andrew was a very down to earth speaker who everyone could easily connect to. I have heard several top speakers speak and he is up there with the best. I received lots of positive feedback.

    - Recreation Coordinator, Sports Services, City of Brampton
  • I have received feedback from many of our guests and they have indicated that your speech was incredibly motivational. I heard on more than one occasion you have inspired them to either improve their physical activities or elements of their family life.

    - Manulife Financial
  • Our entire team enjoyed working with you. You have a wonderful stage presence and a great story to tell. You were very well received by our attendees. It is always a great sign when the delegates are talking about the opening keynote speaker during the closing session.

    - Senior Vice President, World Congress

Speaker Biography

Andrew Haley is a two-time cancer survivor that has overcome insurmountable odds to become a Hall of Fame, Paralympic Champion swimmer, and peak performance expert.

By sharing his lessons of mindset and resilience from on top of the podium, Andrew has worked with companies such as HSBC, RBC, Salesforce, Airbnb, Danfoss, and Amazon to accelerate the creation of a high-performance mindset for their employee’s personal and professional life.

In his always customized and inspirational performances, Andrew enables his audiences to be the best they can be by achieving peak performance, mastering what is in the realm of their control, and developing world-class resilience.