Speaker Profiles

Silken Laumann

Silken Laumann


Unsinkable and Unsinkable Youth

Four-time Olympian Silken Laumann is one of Canada’s most inspiration leaders, a speaker, a best-selling author, and a youth and mental health advocate. Silken’s Olympic story is legendary and motivational. As reigning world champion, Silken fought back from a devastating rowing accident to win a bronze medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. In her best-selling memoir, Unsinkable, Silken shines a spotlight on all the obstacles she has encountered and overcome. Silken speaks candidly about her athletic success and triumph over physical adversity, but also the intense personal challenges of her past and the fierce determination she applies to living a bold and successful life today. Silken is the founder of Unsinkable, a multi-media registered charity that humanizes the way people access and experience mental health support by using a practical evidence based and non-clinical approach to support individuals on their mental health journey. Unsinkable uses storytelling to help people bridge the gap between struggling with their mental health and taking steps towards mental well-being. As a digital-first community, Unsinkable delivers four high impact support programs, that meet youth and adults where they are at on their own mental health journey.

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