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Andrew Haley

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.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Resilience in action – Upping your game when it matters the most. No Limits!
In life we all face challenges. That is a certainty. What happens though when the mountain we have to climb seems a bit too high? How do we react to such a tough situation? Being able to adapt, adjust, and be flexible to what life may throw your way is a start. This keynote is designed to educate audiences on the tools of resilience. Andrew explores motivational mindsets as they relate to personal success. What mountain do you need to climb? Challenges test us but they also bring out the best in us and you will see that with a positive attitude and help with those around there are NO LIMITS!

Performance Mindset | Owning the Podium: The Champion Within
Sport, like life, is unpredictable so we have to be ready for anything. Training the mind to accept change and unnecessary distractions is a learning process. Andrew shares how he has been able to ‘train the brain’ for optimal performance. Anyone can bring their A-game each and every day. Andrew will share the 7 step process he used that helped him prepare to compete and win on the world class. A process that anyone can relate to if they are Committed to WIN. This talk shows your team that no matter the circumstances we can be prepared and ready for action. Andrew explores how mental toughness can be learned characteristic that can be built up over time. He will also go over a 7 step process that made success that much easier. 

Peak Performance | Turning Pressure into Performance
Pressure can get to the best of us at times when performance is on the line. How we deal with pressure can often mean the difference between success and failure. In business, knowledge, and experience are our most valuable assets, but sometimes we can get stuck in 2nd gear, always trying to get ahead. During Andrews swimming career he’s had his share of ups and downs. Learning from each situation to put it together when it matters the most defines success and failure. Andrew will share my emotional story of fighting the cancer demon (twice) along with the 7-step process for success he’s used in his swimming career and personal life. In the end, your audience will be better equipped to overcome that pressure to be the best ever.

Healthcare | The Other Side of The Bed: A Patients Perspective
In this presentation, Andrew Haley shares what it was like as a young kid fighting for his childhood and his identity. What was it like as a young kid dealing with the optimism around the life ahead of him only to have it derailed by illness? The hurt, the pain, other kids on his floor passing away … it still seems so real to him. Andrew shares personal anecdotes focused on the shining light for him: the excellent care he received from both the doctors and nurses. This moving account of his journey sheds light on how it would not have been possible without the actions of his great caregivers. His uplifting message shows them how much they matter each and every day.


Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame
Swim Canada | Circle of Excellence

  • 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

Summary Profile

Andrew’s real and inspiring views cover three decades of real-life in-the-trenches sport and personal experience. He appreciates and shares with his audience that being a champion and turning pressure into performance is a moment-to-moment choice and is able to relate and inspire each listener that success is more than title, tenure or position. Excellence is for everyone, everyday. It’s how we should live our life.

In his presentations, Andrew’s fusion of real-life stories and his conversational techniques connect with his audience at an intimate, intense and individual level. Andrew is a former world class World Record setting Paralympic swimmer having won, among other competitions, gold medals at the 1998 World Championships and the 2000 Paralympic games. He has served as his swim team’s captain and is a recognized leader in Paralympic sport. He is also a successful businessman who works for the Toronto Blue Jays. He continues to work with the best and brightest in the performance excellence field.

Andrew also finds time to give back to his community. He is involved with the charity RIGHT TO PLAY and also visits schools in Ontario and his native Nova Scotia. In addition he volunteers his time working with AthletesCAN, a national group that supports athletes. He looks forward to partnering with you in the future. Some companies that have partnered with Andrew include: HSBC, Re/Max, Manulife, Teva Pharmaceuticals, National Bank, Sun Life, Ontario Ministry of Energy, Childhood Cancer Society, Xerox Canada, Four Seasons Hotel, and various conference to name a few.