The life of visionary and activist Spencer West has been marked by both obstacles and triumphs. After losing both legs from the pelvis down at the age of five, he entered a world that might have easily defeated him. Instead, he tackled challenge after challenge, learning to navigate a world set against those with disabilities. His many accomplishments, including summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, and the lessons learned along the way, led him to discover the techniques business leaders, professionals, educators, and young people can use to redefine possible in their own lives and careers.
As a globally renowned speaker, West infuses his talks with humour and humility. His words and actions have encouraged millions to stand up, face challenges, and embrace change, all while instilling hope and empowering leaders to motivate others to create positive change. West’s audiences have included Virgin Atlantic, KPMG, Staples, Microsoft, Ministry of Education, SickKids Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs, and more. He has also shared the stage with luminaries and performers such as former US Vice President Al Gore, Mia Farrow, Martin Luther King III, Jennifer Hudson, and Natalie Portman.
West is the author of the bestselling book Standing Tall: My Journey and star of the 2012 documentary film Redefine Possible: The Story of Spencer West, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. He is also known for his character role, The Window Washer, on Murdoch Mysteries, and as a social media influencer with more than 4 million TikTok followers. West is often featured in the media, including ABC News, BuzzFeed, 60 Minutes, CTV, BBC News, TMZ, CNN, Forbes, The Globe and Mail, CBS This Morning, and Bloomberg.