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Stephan Maighan

Inspiration & Transformation Expert

Stephan Maighan’s drive and ‘zero-excuse’ attitude helped him overcome the odds of his youth and master adapting to change.  Today he’s a successful entrepreneur, has led successful sales teams and shares how to take charge of your life and your personal leadership. 

Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Impact and Influence: The Art Of Leadership
Is leadership an innate competency or can people develop to become leaders? This presentation is designed for team leaders: Stephan’s goal is to impart a framework for spearheading teams, which includes strategies for growing one’s influence and impact.    

Designed to help your leaders and staff increase their influence and effectively translate their efforts into results, this presentation focuses on practical solutions to create and sustain professional relationships to ensure collaboration, performance, and productivity in the workplace. Stephan’s drive and ‘zero-excuse’ attitude have made him a successful team leader at the helm of many of North America’s most successful sales teams.

Key Takeaways:
• How to be a mentally-strong yet human leader, one with heart and courage.
• Unique ways to show your valuing staff to boost engagement & foster leadership.
• Creating and sustaining professional relationships to foster cooperation and job satisfaction
• Developing skills around active listening, charisma and personality.

Motivation: Upping Your Game
This keynote motivates and challenges participants to reach their full potential in both their personal and professional lives.  Designed for employees, entrepreneurs, and managers, Stephan explores the importance of a positive outlook and accountability at work and at home. What would our personal and professional lives look like if we were able to up our game and perform to our fullest? The answer to this question and many others are given in this signature keynote presentation, along with the tools and strategies needed to mobilize employees and inspire a winning attitude. Participant interaction and personal narratives from Stephan drive this acclaimed keynote.

Change Management: Thriving Through Change
The world is always changing, learn how to react and how to seize the opportunity! It can be difficult to implement organizational change. Employees that are unable or unwilling to make transitions and adopt new methods can pose a serious challenge. So how do employees tackle change? Whether it is before or after the organizational change, this conference keynote will impart the practical strategies and tools needed to respond quickly to change in order to reap the benefits. 

Sales: Selling Redefined
This interactive keynote addresses new sales realities and will teach participants new sales concepts and strategies that are effective in terms of achieving sales goals and developing new business. Stephan Maighan has built and managed many large and successful teams in business-to-business sales (B2B) and business-to-consumer sales (B2C) across Canada. Throughout his sales career, Stephan has known how to set himself apart. Hard work and excellent results helped position him within the elite of his field. His drive and ‘zero-excuse’ attitude have made him a successful team leader at the helm of many of North America’s most successful sales teams.

Teambuilding: All for One
Competitive markets make team collaboration essential. Organizations need teams that comprise employees with shared objectives and who are also willing to surmount shared obstacles. A corporate culture of collaboration and teamwork is, therefore, an essential building block for any organization. This keynote is designed to show your staff how to translate individual human talent and competencies into an effective team strategy. Effective teams who know how to maximize each member’s skills into results are teams that will succeed far more than individuals who work in silos.

Platform Plus

Facilitator, Moderator & Event Host
In a neutral, non-threatening and mutually respectful environment, Stephan facilitates collaboration and effectiveness during your employee and management meetings. By creating the necessary conditions, Stephan ensures that everyone is able to participate equally and in a respectful manner. Current group atmosphere, key players, points of discussion, topics to avoid, and professional context are all taken into account before Stephan facilitates an employee or business meeting. Extensive preparation is key to playing a successful role in the meetings and to helping participants explore all stakes, challenges, and solutions.

  • Your business keynote presentation was without a doubt one of the best (I dare say the best) we have ever heard at the plant, and believe me, we have heard many over the years.In my 34 years of service with IBM, I had never seen a speaker receive a standing ovation at our corporate event, and here our staff and the management team gave you 3 in the same day, at each of your 3 speeches. 

    - Assistant to the Bromont Manufacturing Director, IBM
  • Your speech went beyond my own expectations and those of the management team. The audience remained attentive for the duration of the meeting, which is quite the feat within our corporation. We received a lot of positive feedback and a few of the managers told me that it was the best speech they had heard in five years.

    - HR Director, Bombardier Aerospace
  • Your message was undeniably compelling and certainly motivated the entire team of soldiers and leaders…Your positive energy is contagious and your stage presence, engaging. Participants felt inspired to be better workers, but they also felt compelled to be better people

    - The Department of National Defence, Canadian Armed Forces
  • We very much appreciated the fact that you adapted the content of your keynote to the challenges and reality of our industry—it made your presentation resonate with the audience. Our members gave excellent reviews in their evaluations, in turn making this event a success. As the organizer for this event, I was grateful for your professionalism, which I noted from our initial contact. 

    - Regional Coordinator, Canadian Payroll Association
  • We appreciate the fact that you adapted the content of your talk and provided a tailored event for our conference. You were able to find the right words and appropriate anecdotes to engage our actuaries from across the country. Your energy was great, as was your stage presence. On the whole, this was an inspiring talk!

    - Vice-President –Pricing and Underwriting, intact Insurance

Summary Profile

“It’s not what happens, but what you do about it that matters.”

Stephan Maighan delivers keynote presentations that engage his audience, using humour and interactive exercises as hallmark techniques to get participants on the edge of their seats. His style is touching, captivating and compelling with effective strategies to improve your adaptability quotient to create lasting, unparalleled results.

His personal experiences inform his central themes including:

Growing and Adapting:
Stephan, an only child, became the “man of the house” at 7 years old; after his abusive father left and after his mother became paralyzed due to a stroke. ‘When my mother came out from her coma, and during the entire year that followed, she had no idea who I was.’
Dare to attempt the impossible:
At 21 years old, Stephan, who was broke and couldn’t speak English, drove across Canada to move to Vancouver where he became the top door-to-door sales leader in the country.
Take charge of your life:
“It’s not what has happened to you that matters—it’s what you make of it.” Stephan is the author of Devenez maître de votre vie OR Take Charge of Your Life.   His presentations seek to transform the attitude of individuals in order to get them where they really want to be. 

Stephan had very little coping strategies to deal with certain challenges and setbacks: racism, his father’s abandonment, his mother’s stroke and the sense that he didn’t quite have a home. Today, Stephan would say that his reactions to these events were anything but exemplary. Rather than taking a positive outlook, and instead of choosing courage and determination, the way his mother would have, Stephan isolated himself and chose to rebel against authority.

Drawing on his experience, Stephan effectively illustrates the impact that one’s attitude can have on the final outcome when faced with change and uncertainty. He then makes parallels between his professional and personal experiences to help participants remember the importance of being adaptable in the workplace. He reminds participants that challenges at work and at home should not translate into a negative outlook.

As he built his life, he became a successful business leader and entrepreneur. Stephan Maighan is the co-founder of  a company that imports and wholesales baby, kids and wellness products to over 600 retail stores across North-America including Indigo, Best-Buy and Well.ca. He is also the founder of a training and consulting company for leaders, managers, employees and entrepreneurs.

His human approach to leadership and his zero-excuse attitude have attracted international attention and have earned him invitations to meet with leaders and organizations from: Stanley, Costco, Bombardier, Nikon, Nespresso, Price-Waterhouse-Cooper to IBM. His list of current clients also includes several Government agencies, the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence.

He also had the honor of sharing his ideas at the ESSEC Business School in Paris, the Military Symposium on Cybersecurity, the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among others.

Since 2011, he has accepted the role of spokesperson for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and contributes actively to the Foundation’s activities nationwide.

In 2018, her Excellency the Right Honorable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, awarded him the «Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers», an official honour created by the Crown to celebrate and recognize the exceptional volunteer achievements and the wide range of voluntary contributions of some Canadians. This medal honors their passion, dedication and commitment both in Canada and abroad.

As a sought-after keynote speaker, Stephan Maighan is invited to speak around the globe at over 75 events per year. Many have also heard him on 104.9 FM while he was hosting his weekly radio show called “Attitude Matters”.