Anthony McLean

Anthony McLean

Mental Health | Inclusivity | Education

With a background in theatre, Anthony McLean delivers lively presentations on mental health, diversity and inclusion, and education. He has delivered hundreds of inspiring talks across the world, rocking the stage at conferences, colleges, and corporate events. As a respected voice in his field, McLean has been featured in The Globe and Mail and on CBC News and Breakfast Television. Delivering research-backed tools and actionable strategies, McLean always leaves audiences inspired to bring their best every day.

McLean works actively in the film and television industry. He hosted the CBC Television show The X and was featured in the documentary films Colour Me, SOAR, and Rising Above. He also has a passion for inspiring educators, crediting teachers for making the biggest different in his life and inspiring him to be his best. McLean is currently writing his first book, Fire Up Your Mental Health.


Diversity: The Secret Power Behind High Performing Teams

The diversity in our workplace should reflect the diversity in our world. But systemic racism and barriers to career advancement have left the BIPOC community underrepresented in significant ways. In this lively and interactive presentation, Anthony McLean challenges participants to think critically about systemic racism, unconscious bias, and other hindrances to creating an inclusive workplace culture. Finally, he offers actionable strategies to hire, promote, and protect under-represented people groups within our organizations.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn how to move from being “non-racist” to becoming “anti-racist.”
  • Understand the impact anti-Black racism has on career advancement.
  • Harness the power of being an ally to the BIPOC community.

Fire Up Your Mental Health!

We all get lackadaisical when it comes to prioritizing our mental wellness. We know we feel better when we practice self-care, but too often we don’t put it into practice. In this interactive and upbeat presentation, Anthony McLean offers effective strategies for work/life balance, practical coping skills for stress, and proven resources to avoid burnout.

Above all, McLean reminds us that mental health is a journey we take as a community. When we support each other, we break the stigma around mental health and empower those who need it the most.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the difference between everyday ups and downs, temporary mental health problems, and mental illnesses.
  • Learn healthy coping skills to deal with stress and anxiety.
  • See the role exercise, sleep, hydration, and nutrition play in mental health.
  • Empowers participants to reach out for help when they need it.

The Intersection of Mental Health and Anti-Racism

Many folks in the BIPOC community felt their emotional capacity overwhelmed after the murder of George Floyd. For Anthony McLean, who works in both mental health and anti-racism, it was a collision of his worlds. Now, he loves to explore the overlap between mental wellness and racial equity. He contends that empathy is at the heart of both DEI work and mental health awareness. Psychological safety and creating a sense of belonging are central to both pursuits. This interactive presentation helps participants bring more empathy to the work of anti-racism and mental wellness.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn how to approach mental health and DEI through the lens of empathy.
  • Understand the impact systemic racism has on mental health.
  • See how microaggressions are the “death by a thousand paper-cuts” to a sense of belonging.
  • Learn practical self-care strategies for sustainable well-being.

In Celebration of Educators

This is an encouraging, morale-boosting talk to inspire educators who give their best every day. Teachers and administrators are often overwhelmed and sometimes feel burnt out by the end of the week. It’s easy to forget that the daily interactions we have with students are sometimes the most valuable moments of our day.

In this laugh-out-loud presentation, Anthony McLean tells funny and inspiring stories about the teachers and administrators who changed his life by acknowledging his effort, encouraging his strengths, and pushing him to give his best. Every educator needs this reminder — the reward for not giving up on our students is the ability to make a difference and change the world one student at a time.