Anthony McLean

Youth Motivational Speaker, Mental Health and Diversity Expert

Anthony McLean

With a background in theatre, Anthony McLean delivers lively presentations on mental health, diversity, bullying, and parenting. He has delivered hundreds of inspiring talks across Canada, the U.S., and Australia, and, as a respected voice in his field, appeared on CBC News, Global Toronto’s Morning Show, and Breakfast Television. Delivering research-backed tools and actionable strategies, McLean leaves his audiences inspired to bring their best every day.

McLean is also an actor who has starred in television commercials for Ford, Milk, Tim Horton’s, Sprite, Verizon Wireless, and Bell. He also hosted the CBC Television show The X and was featured in the documentary films Colour Me, SOAR, and Rising Above. In his theatre career, McLean performed in the renowned Stratford Festival where he developed a passion for Shakespeare. He also loves to freestyle rap — give him any topic in the world and he’ll make up a rap on the spot about it.

Anthony lives in the Toronto area with his wife, two kids, and an adorable cocker spaniel-poodle.

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  1. Mental Health for High Performers

    One in five people will deal with a mental illness in their lifetime. Five in five people deal with mental health every day of their lives. If athletes stretch before a game, what do executives do before a big pitch? What do students do before a big exam? Anthony McLean offers high performers practical skills to build a sustainable work-life balance. From figuring out “prime-time”, to carving out space for self-care and thinking through a personal “come back down” routine for the commute home, McLean helps athletes, executives, and students to perform at their best, for the longest, with the least amount of wear and tear.

  2. Inclusivity - Better Than Diversity

    Anthony delivers an unforgettable message about respecting differences and creating an inclusive climate in our schools and organizations. He argues that regardless of our race, religion, socio-economic background, or sexual orientation, we all want to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance at work, at school, and in the community. Anthony also challenges audience members to think critically about unconscious biases.

  3. What’s Up With Kids These Days!?

    Parenting is the hardest job in the world. And for many of us, it’s the job we do after we come home tired from our other job. Busy parents need practical tips to raise 21st-century kids. Enter Anthony McLean. A youth worker with 15-years experience, Anthony understands exactly what is going on in the minds of today’s kids. As a father of two tweens, he also understands what is going on in the minds of today’s parents! In this upbeat and interactive presentation, Anthony will cover everything from how to get reluctant teens to talk about their problems, to understanding the difference between bullying and conflict, to knowing when to coach and when to listen, to setting realistic boundaries for screen time and social media.

  4. In Celebration of Teachers

    This is an encouraging, morale-boosting talk to inspire teachers who give their best every day. Teachers and administrators are often overwhelmed with bureaucracy, curriculum, and difficult students (and even more difficult parents!), and sometimes feel burnt out by the end of the week. In the midst of a busy year, it’s easy to forget that the daily interactions we have with students are sometimes the most valuable moments of our day.

    In this laugh-out-loud presentation, Anthony McLean tells funny and inspiring stories about the teachers who changed his life by acknowledging his effort, encouraging his strengths, and pushing him to give his best. Every teacher needs this reminder — the reward for not giving up on our students is the ability to make a difference and change the world one student at a time.

  5. Creating a Culture for Kids To Thrive

    Youth who know they have a caring adult looking out for them are more likely to succeed in school and less likely to be involved in crime, drugs, and gangs. But how do we ensure that we are connecting with every child in our classroom? This presentation will give teachers and caregivers practical strategies to help students feel welcome and celebrated in our schools. Anthony McLean will challenge teachers to think through the tone of voice, body language, and approach to discipline they are using with students. Caregivers will be reminded that “the kids who need love the most will ask for it in the most unloving ways.” Overall, this is a passionate plea for teachers and caregivers to see the powerful role they play in shaping the lives of kids.

The MOST dynamic speaker I’ve yet to see! Anthony is entertaining, engaging and relatable. His message is very simple but incredibly powerful
Antonella Kalaitzis
Peel District School Board
Anthony's workshops have had a significant impact on our school. He has a profound ability to connect with people and share strategies that help to create a safe environment for all. He was equally impactful while working with parents and members from our community. I would whole-heartedly welcome him back to our school anytime.
Greg Farrell
York Region District School Board
Your presentation was brilliant. The message was clear and empowering. The students loved the audience interaction and the rapping. They said you were the most charismatic speaker they had ever heard. Our staff thoroughly enjoyed it too... a common remark was that if we could all teach like you, no student would ever miss a class! I will definitely be calling on you to return!
Carol Evans
Toronto District School Board
He absolutely understands the pressures that teenagers are facing in high schools today. He’s real and he’s authentic and kids can see that.
Jennifer Meier
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

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