Mark Black, Heart and Double-Lung Transplant Recipient

Heart and Double-Lung Transplant Recipient, Motivational Speaker 

Mark Black, Heart and Double-Lung Transplant Recipient
Mark Black, Heart and Double-Lung Transplant Recipient

Travels From: Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Free Range: $5000 – 6500


Mark Black is a Heart and Double-Lung Transplant Recipient – turned – 4-Time Marathon Runner, Author, Coach and Motivational Speaker.

Born with a life-threatening heart defect, Mark underwent two open-heart surgeries before the age of one. His parents were told to expect more surgeries before he started school. Mark was not expected to live a long life.

He battled his condition and it’s limitations successfully for twenty-two years before having to face the biggest challenge of his life. Mark’s doctor informed him that his heart was failing badly and that without a rare and dangerous heart and double-lung transplant, he would not likely see his 25th birthday.

In October 2001, Mark moved thousands of kilometres from home and was put on the transplant waiting list. After just four months on the list, Mark’s condition grew worse and he was placed in the hospital where he lived on the precipice of life and death, for 6 months.

Finally, by the grace of God, on September 7th, 2002, after almost a year on the list, Mark received a second chance at life: a life-saving Heart & Double-Lung Transplant.

Since receiving his second chance at life Mark hasn’t wasted a moment. After meeting the love of his life, Marise, the two married, and they have 3 healthy children. Mark has travelled the globe speaking to more than 150,000 people.

Mark lives in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada where he spends as much time as possible with the most important people in his life; his wife Marise and their three children Emma, Matteo, and Caleb.

Mark Black, "Live Life from the Heart
Mark Black, “Live Life from the Heart”



The Resilience Road Map

  • What if life and work are supposed to be hard?
  • What if living a meaningful life was never meant to be easy? AND
  • What if, whether you realize it or not, that’s actually a good thing?

If your people are struggling to cope with the fast page of change, the Resilience RoadMap is the program you need.

In this presentation Mark provides the strategic framework your organization needs to develop Radical Resilience in your people. This program will help you:

  • Decrease employee absenteeism
  • Eliminate excuses and whining
  • Increase productivity
  • Improve morale
  • Enhance company culture

The Resilience RoadMap provides your company with the strategic framework your organization needs to help your employees develop Radical Resilience.
(This presentation can be used as opening or closing keynote, breakout session, or as half-day or full-day in-house training.)

“You often hear of people who have stories to tell and can deliver a message however I must say Mark had the package. Mark’s message is profound and I’d recommend every organization to have Mark in to speak to their people.” Royal Bank of Canada

Live Today

Do people in your organization struggle with stress, worry or anxiety? Are you losing productivity and are people wasting time and energy because they are focused on the great “unknown”? Live Today will fix that!

Live Today is simple but powerful formula for helping your people to accept their current situation and focus on their most precious resources – time and energy – on the things that move the needle.

  • Get your people focused on what moves the needle
  • Develop productive intensity
  • Increase productivity
  • Deliver the catalyst to creativity and initiative

Live Today provides your people with a fresh perspective on challenges and perceived problems.
(This presentation can be used as opening or closing keynote, breakout session, or as half-day or full-day in-house training.)

“I have been with this company since the beginning more than thirty years ago. We have had many good speakers over the years. Mark Black was among the best.” – John White, President, Winmar

Go Big

Your organization has a vision for where you are headed, but the future has many unknowns and the stakes are high.

To realize your goals, you need to have everyone on board but how do you get everyone from the front line to the head office to truly believe it can happen? Book Mark Black.

In “Go Big” Mark will use his life story of battling life-threatening disease, surviving a Heart & Double-Lung Transplant, to become a 4-time marathon runner, to your people see that they are limited more by their own beliefs than external circumstances. This program is perfect for you if you want to:

  • Learn how to stretch individual and organizational vision
  • Re-frame perceived obstacles and challenges
  • Map out a defined plan for your success
  • Learn how to handle doubters and naysayers

“The passion and energy with which Mark speaks about the challenges he’s faced and how he can touch an audience when doing so, are remarkable. Mark’s message is profound. I’d recommend any organization who want to remind their people the importance of attitude and thinking in meeting goals and conquering challenges, to have Mark in to speak to their people.”  The Cooperators


“Mark’s message really resonated. He was able to apply his methodology to our organization so that our employees could walk away with a toolkit to help them manage change more effectively.

Since Mark spoke to us, I have heard from our management team about how powerful Mark’s content was for their people. Walking around the office, I see many people have printed the Resilience Roadmap and posted it. He provided exactly what we wanted our people to hear and walk away with.”
Kevin McKellar
Exxon Mobil – Empowerment Advisor

“Mark’s message is a powerful one…. he not only gives a good talk, but he lives it every day…. Highly recommended!!!”
Richard Chartrand, CFP
Sunlife Financial – Regional Manager

“You knocked it out of the park Mark! You could hear a pin drop…all 1,600 + attendees were waiting on your every word…truly inspiring! Thanks so much for being such an important part of our day!!”
Cindy Comeau
C3 Leadership, Live2Lead Conference Director

“Mark’s presentations is a MUST see!”
Mario Comeau
Correctional Services Canada

“It was amazing! An awesome course with awesome information you can use to relate to everyday. ”
Andrew Mawhinney
NB Power

“I have been to a lot of these types of training sessions during my career, but this one really stood out. Mark has an inspiring life story which allows him to effectively preach what he practiced. The session was relevant and valuable.

Mark challenged us to dig deep and to go as far as to question our purpose in life, but in a safe, positive and constructive way. I’m sure Mark has inspired a lot of people to live fuller lives, and you can count me among them.”
Marc-Andre Chamberlain
Correctional Services Canada – Senior Human Resources Advisor

“Mark’s talk at our event was excellent!! Sometimes “motivational speakers” do little more than entertain. Mark entertained, but he also provided tangible strategies and concepts that people could APPLY immediately which is even more valuable.”
Dan Fougere
AstraZeneca, Regional Manager

“In my executive leadership role with the American Red Cross, I have attended many conferences and heard many, many speakers. I can honestly say that Mark Black was among the best. Mark had clearly done his homework on our association.”
Darrin Greenlee
Association of Donor Recruitment Professionals, Past President

“Our teams have faced challenges throughout this year similar to teams in other businesses. Changes in workload, tasks and structure in general can often overload people and it was important to allow our staff an opportunity to change their perspective.

I find I am able to refer to Mark’s words in my interactions with my team and by doing so, it helps us all to step back and look at things with a different perspective.”
Shelley Russworm
The Cooperators, Supervisor Underwriting Operations

“When I reflect on Mark’s presentation, the first thing that comes to mind is how much I felt both connected and inspired by his words. I left there feeling reinforced and ready to make positive changes in my life!”
Pamela Galley
International Association of Admin Professionals

“I want to say Thank You for your resilience roadmap program that you delivered at the annual year end faculty retreat. I have to tell you that I have attended past retreats, and I have never seen the team so upbeat, so positive, and so engaged. Your presentation style and the strategies you shared, created an environment of positivity, encouragement, and energetic collaboration. It was exactly what the team needed.”
Stephanie Howes
BC Institute of Technology – Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences

“Mark provided three simple but important concepts/tools to use in my life and to share with my family, friends and colleagues. He tied his personal story with solid psychological concepts in an easy to understand way. His combination of motivation with humor was very relatable.”
Greg Murphy
Cape Breton Paramedics’ Conference

“Mark’s presentation inspires productivity, leadership, and self-esteem. His presentation has given me tools to cope with difficult situations and renew my own outlook on the future.”
Amy MacAdam
Canada Revenue Agency

“Mark’s personal story tugged at our heart strings and at the same time inspired us to live our lives to the fullest. If you are looking to compliment your agenda then consider having Mark at your next conference.”
Wayne Daley
Advocis, Durham Region