Mark Tewksbury

Speaker, Celebrity


Mark Tewksbury

Olympic Gold Medalist | Chef de Mission, 2012 Summer Olympic Game | Humanitarian

Mark Tewksbury is a true icon—recognized for his achievements in sport, public speaking, and humanitarianism.  A sought after personality, Mark has spent decades sharing his life experience with audiences around the world.  He is a charismatic storyteller whose presentations impart energy, insight, and valuable lessons.

Mark first came to prominence as the star athlete who burst out of the water  to gold medal victory at the Barcelona Olympics, and who also boasts silver and bronze Olympic medals to his credit. He has even graced the cover of Time magazine, and been inducted into the Canadian Sports, Canadian Olympic, and International Swimming Halls of Fame.

While sporting achievements contributed to his early success, Mark’s remarkable life post-Olympics has truly defined him. Along with his international speaking career, Mark has hosted television shows, authored three books, and performed workshops around the world.  He has been the Master of Ceremonies for the Dalai Lama’s Canadian appearances; was invited by the Government of France to address human rights at the United Nations in New York City; and was the Chef de Mission for the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team competing in London.

Mark sits on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Canada; is the National Ambassador for CANFAR’s Legacy Group; and is a global leader on LGBT sport issues.  He is the co-founder of Great Traits, a professional development company focused on achievement, leadership, and legacy.

For his ethical leadership and active humanitarianism, Mark has received Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Calgary.

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Human Rights and Diversity: Straight Talk from a Gay Jock

Mark Tewksbury is a recognized as a leader of social change. Author of three books, including Inside Out: Straight Talk from a Gay Jock, Mark is one of the few openly gay Olympic champions in the world. Not someone afraid to speak out,  Mark co-founded OATH with other leading athletes and advocates to take a difficult but necessary step to hold the International Olympic Committee accountable to its own ideals.

In 2006, Mark was the president of the first World Outgames held in Montreal, and was recognized as one of OUT Magazine’s top 100 people. In 2007, he was named by Foundation Emergence as the person of the year for his fight against homophobia, and in 2008, he was asked by the Government of France to speak on LGBT issues at the United Nations in NYC. He was also an ambassador for the historic Pride House at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in 2010, ensuring the LGBT community had a presence for the first time at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Most recently, Mark lent his Olympic gold medal to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights to be displayed as part of the “2015 Year of Sport” exhibit.

For his ethical leadership and active humanitarianism, Mark has received Honorary Doctorate of Laws degrees from the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Calgary.

In this candid talk, Mark draws on his personal experiences as someone who was once in the margins to someone who made the headlines and by doing so, broke down barriers for not just gay athletes, but for all those who feel unable to be their authentic selves in today’s society. Speaking on the importance of human rights, diversity, and inclusion, Mark brings his hard-fought wisdom and insights to this important topic.

Great Traits

Mark Tewksbury joins forces with Debbie Muir to offer their “Great Traits” program. Great Traits engages people to be champions in their own lives. Connecting individuals, teams and organizations to the fundamentals of achievers, leaders and legacy, Great Traits drives people to reach their best results. Through various products and services, Great Traits offer unique solutions to achieve quality, repeat success and make a positive impact while doing it. Please enquire for more information.

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Conference Speakers

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Motivational Speakers

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