For over 25 years, professional speaker and wellness consultant Brian Campkin was like every other corporate employee…he got out of bed, grabbed a cup of coffee and went to work. He spent his free time with his family and participating in numerous physical activities like tennis, golf and a charity walking team. Work was stressful at times, but Brian kept a positive attitude and took things day by day.
All of that changed in January 2007 when a routine game of tennis set in motion a series of events that would transform him from Brian the corporate employee to Brian, “The Tin Man.” At age 46, Brian was diagnosed with heart disease and underwent emergency triple bypass surgery. His constant “glass half full” mentality was the driving force that got him and his family through the most challenging time in their lives. Brian never viewed himself as a victim and instead, even as the doctor was delivering the fateful news, he saw himself as a survivor. It was at that point that Brian realized that attitude is everything.
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Since then, Brian has used his second chance at life to engage with employees and corporations across the country about the importance of corporate wellness through speaking engagements and workshops. Employees are the heart of any corporation- and their most important asset. Because of this, they should be encouraged and motivated to take care of themselves, mind, body and spirit. Healthy employees lead to a company’s healthy bottom line. Whether he is sharing his emotional, motivating story of survival or leading a goal setting workshop, Brian’s enthusiasm and zest for life is utterly contagious. Due to his passion to always be striving for that next milestone in his life….to many Brian is known as the “Goal Guru”.
A member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and a Spokesperson for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Brian was awarded the Heart and Stroke Foundation 2010 Volunteer Excellence Award for his community involvement. He was given the unique distinction of being the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s “Expert Survivor” and regularly works with them to motivate thousands of volunteers to spread the word about the foundation’s mission