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INSPIRING IN PERSON KEYNOTE AND VIRTUAL SPEECHES

Brady Leavold has quickly become one of Canada's most requested keynote speakers and has become the face of mental health in the hockey community. Brady is a retired professional hockey player who struggled immensely with mental health and substance abuse issues that stemmed from early childhood trauma. Brady eventually found himself homeless on Vancouvers notorious downtown east side and after nearly a year on the street Brady found himself in behind bars, a place he never thought he could ever be. After over a decade in addiction Brady finally found hope and the strength to finally share his truth and has been recovering out loud, inspiring tens of thousands a long the way since February of 2020.

Brady's story of struggle and hopelessness could have ended a lot differently, countless overdoses and suicide attempts could have cut his story short. When it comes to lived experience it does not get any more raw and real than the story of Brady Leavold. 3 years ago he started sharing his journey through his podcast Hockey 2 Hell And Back and eventually social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Tik Tok quickly becoming a notable influencer who has inspired  hundreds of thousands with his videos. 

After nearly a decade off the ice, Brady is now active in the coaching world, working with current NHL players and all ages in between. Brady is originally from Port Coquitlam B.C but now resides in Muskoka, Ontario with his family. Over the last 3 years Brady has shared his story on many different stages all across Canada always leaving the audience with a lasting impression, feeling inspired towards advocacy for mental health, be it their own or the wellness of others. Brady is the founder of Puck Support, igniting change in mental health and substance misuse by setting the hockey world in motion. The Puck Support Corporation is a hockey clothing line dedicated to all the hockey players who have tragically lost their lives related to mental health and or substance use. Thousands of people across North America wear Puck Support with messages like "Mental Health Over Hockey" which has ignited powerful conversations in hockey arenas, schools and work places across the globe. Brady is also the founder of The Puck Support Network, a Canadian registered Non-Profit organization that is geared towards educating and also supporting those individuals who may be battling mental health or substance use problems.

Brady's story has the power to change lives. He has worked with many organizations and notable companies. His story has been featured in some of the largest news and sporting outlets around North America and Europe. Brady's passion for helping others shines bright daily as he continues sharing his story with true vulnerability. Once you hear his story, you will never forget it.

BRADY HAS WORKED WITH

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AND MANY MORE

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

RAMON SOLINAS,

SOLINAS & ASSOCIATES
INSURANCE SERVICES INC.

"Several of my advisors have now told me that your talk was the best one they’ve seen in a long long time. You hit a home run with my group. Thank you so much for sharing and baring your soul. Vulnerability really is strength!"

James Gardiner, MSc., CATC, CSCS

Director, S&C and Student Athlete Preparedness 

Everest Academy

"In our approach to learning within the S&C and Student Athlete Preparedness Department at Everest Academy, we believe in process, having student athletes navigate their own path, with staff standing in as a road map. Having known Brady for the past couple years and the latest part of his journey, it was a no-brainer to bring him in to Everest Academy to speak with our student athletes, to share his story with a rawness and from a place of  reality and vulnerability. 

 

Our student athletes valued, accepted and related to elements of these experiences and to the openness in which Brady approached this presentation. He knocked down the walls of the typical high school presentation and delivered with truth, real emotion and his story, while respecting the listeners he had in the room. 

 

Brady spent the day with our student athletes , not only sharing his story, but listening to theirs, embracing each and every interaction and becoming a part of the fabric of our LTAD model. Process, individuality and ownership of one’s Self. 

 

This experience parlayed into a valuable take home assignment, both formal and informal, one our student athletes will take with them on their own journey, utilizing the elements that resonate with their process. 

 

We look forward to having Brady as a part Everest academy into the future.

 

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