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Rick Hansen        

Man in Motion & Spinal Cord Research Advocate

Internationally revered and respected Rick Hansen showed the world that there is no obstacle that cannot be overcome.

Rick Hansen's Man in Motion World Tour captured the hearts and minds of millions of people everywhere. Faced with every obstacle from blinding snowstorms to endless mountain ranges and uncompassionate political borders, Rick gave his all, and emerged triumphant.

Rick Hansen inspires his audiences to challenge themselves and their organizations in their search to find the courage and commitment to be the best that they can be.

He believes that the consistent application of fundamental principles enables people to manage change effectively and thereby achieve their goals.

Upon completion of the Man In Motion World Tour, Rick realized that his work had just begun. In 1988, he established the Rick Hansen Foundation and today, as President and CEO, remains committed to making communities more accessible and inclusive for people with a spinal cord injury (SCI), and accelerating the search for a cure. Through Rick's leadership, the foundation has generated more than $200 million for spinal cord injury related programs and initiatives.

Understanding the significance of the support and mentorship he has received throughout his life, Rick is committed to working with young people to support the development of social responsibility and life skills. He encourages them to be the best that they can be and to believe that anything is possible if they have the courage to try.

Rick has received the Companion Order of Canada, and the Order of British Columbia; initiated National Access Awareness Week in Canada, was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame, is honorary chair for a number of provincial and national advisory councils on disabilities, and holds twelve honorary degrees from Canadian universities.


Speech Topics

Inspiring others to reach their full potential

Doing your personal best

Achieving goals through determination

Overcoming obstacles and adversity


Behind the Rick Hansen Foundation: Charity's financial stewardship ...

On the evening of May 22, 2012, a star-studded cast gathered at the Pacific Coliseum for the grand finale.

Rick Hansen's Anniversary Tour | Vancouver Sun

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1987: Rick Hansen completes his Man in Motion tour

They said it couldn't be done, but Rick Hansen defied all the odds. The long, gruelling hours. Bitter cold and oppressive humidity. The numbing pain that shot  ...

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