Spencer West

Spencer West

Double Amputee | Motivational Speaker for Social Change

After losing both legs from the pelvis down at the age of five, Spencer West 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 global speaker, West infuses his talks with humour and humility, offering take-home tips and life lessons on how to find opportunity in every challenge, while instilling hope and empowering leaders to motivate others to create positive change. He has shared the stage with luminaries such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Prince Harry, former US vice-president Al Gore, Dr. Jane Goodall, Rick Hansen, Mia Farrow, Martin Luther King III, Jennifer Hudson, and Natalie Portman, to name a few.

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. He is also often featured in the media, including on 60 Minutes, ABC News, BBC, CNN, CTV and TMZ. The life lessons West has learned on his personal journey speak profoundly to global audiences facing their own challenges.


Leveraging Talent with Different Abilities

Join Spencer West in this interactive fireside chat where he will discuss why and how you should leverage talent with different abilities.

Spencer West’s life has been marked by both obstacles and triumph. 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 in a world set against those with disabilities.

From climbing the workforce ladder to summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, Spencer shares his insights on how including talent who live with disabilities can have a positive impact on your employees and customers.

Redefine Possible: Lessons for Tackling Mountains in the Corporate World and Life

Spencer West invites audiences to experience the transformation that can occur when we “redefine possible”. With his trademark humour and humility, West spins a spellbinding story of the challenges he faced after losing his legs from the pelvis down at age five, and the journey of discovery that ultimately enabled him to summit Mount Kilimanjaro using his hands and wheelchair.

West applies the insights gleaned from a lifetime of overcoming obstacles to help others identify their own roadblocks and push past them. His inspiring message and tangible life lessons motivate audiences to believe they can tackle any goal, whether personal or professional.

No Can’t, No Won’t, Only How! Overcoming Obstacles to Make a Difference

Spencer West lost his legs from the pelvis down when he was just five years old and faced overwhelming physical and emotional challenges. Rather than give up or turning inward, West learned that by connecting with others and working to make the world a better place he could transform his life.

Alternating between walking on his hands and using his wheelchair, West has accomplished a list of feats, including building schools in poverty-stricken villages in Kenya and India, and walking 186 miles from Edmonton to Calgary in Alberta, Canada. One of West’s biggest achievements was climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for a global clean water initiative while raising awareness of the devastating drought in Africa. With inspiring stories like these, he shows audiences how they can overcome their own obstacles to follow their ambitions, and be a force for good in the world.

Leveraging Talent with Different Abilities

Join Spencer West in this interactive fireside chat where he will discuss why and how you should leverage talent with different abilities.

Spencer West’s life has been marked by both obstacles and triumph. 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 in a world set against those with disabilities.

From climbing the workforce ladder to summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, Spencer shares his insights on how including talent who live with disabilities can have a positive impact on your employees and customers.

Redefine Possible: Lessons for Tackling Mountains in the Corporate World and Life

Spencer West invites audiences to experience the transformation that can occur when we “redefine possible”. With his trademark humour and humility, West spins a spellbinding story of the challenges he faced after losing his legs from the pelvis down at age five, and the journey of discovery that ultimately enabled him to summit Mount Kilimanjaro using his hands and wheelchair.

West applies the insights gleaned from a lifetime of overcoming obstacles to help others identify their own roadblocks and push past them. His inspiring message and tangible life lessons motivate audiences to believe they can tackle any goal, whether personal or professional.

No Can’t, No Won’t, Only How! Overcoming Obstacles to Make a Difference

Spencer West lost his legs from the pelvis down when he was just five years old and faced overwhelming physical and emotional challenges. Rather than give up or turning inward, West learned that by connecting with others and working to make the world a better place he could transform his life.

Alternating between walking on his hands and using his wheelchair, West has accomplished a list of feats, including building schools in poverty-stricken villages in Kenya and India, and walking 186 miles from Edmonton to Calgary in Alberta, Canada. One of West’s biggest achievements was climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for a global clean water initiative while raising awareness of the devastating drought in Africa. With inspiring stories like these, he shows audiences how they can overcome their own obstacles to follow their ambitions, and be a force for good in the world.