Testimonials

  • Dr. Wayne Dyer

    Anthony's story is nothing short of a Miracle. When I visited him in the hospital there was very little hope for his survival, let alone recovery. I felt compelled to be there with him. As he lay in a coma I somehow knew deep within me that I was participating in a miracle. Today, with the publication of "Second Life, Second Chance", I now know what propelled me to the hospital that day. Anthony's story can be yours as well, and you needn't face a life threatening challenge to have your own Second Chance. I salute you Anthony. Love,

  • John Kumpf

    Executive Director (Retired in 2010), Ontario Brain Injury Association, (OBIA)

    Anthony Aquan-Assee is an extremely powerful and knowledgeable presenter who packages an inspirational message in knowledge and humor.  I would highly recommend him to those seeking an uplifting presentation.

  • Toni Kerkove

    Executive Officer 1 Iowa Department Of Transportation, USA Motorcycle Administrator

    Anthony Aquan-Assee is an inspiration to his audience. His courage and determination to overcome all odds as told during his presentation was overwhelming. Even though his story is one of seriousness, he is able to add humour and offer hope for others who may be facing similar obstacles. I would highly recommend Anthony for your next speaking engagement.

  • Mary Jane Burke

    Marin County Superintendent of Schools San Rafael California USA

    Anthony, thank you so much for your wonderful presentation at our Back to School program. Your inspiring story was a perfect way to begin the new school year for our teachers. Thank you for getting the year off to a great start!

  • Dr. Robert Chen

    MD FRCPC (Anaesth) Anaesthetist Trauma Team Leader, St. Michael's Hospital University of Toronto

    Mr. Aquan-Assee is truly unique. I could not have imagined a better 'lecture' on brain injury and brain injury rehab! In one session, my medical students gained an insight and appreciation of TBI and trauma survival that would be hard to offer any other way. It was a privilege to have him address my students.

  • Monika Huminuik

    Executive Director Manitoba Brain Injury Association

    I would like to thank Anthony Aquan-Assee for his wonderful presentation at our conference. As stated by one of the participants, "A motivational speaker like Anthony is an important component of a conference such as this." His positive outlook has inspired a number of participants. His story has influenced them in a positive way by giving them a renewed faith in themselves and hope for the future.

  • Rolf B. Gainer

    Ph.D., Diplomate, ABDA Vice President, Rehabilitation Institutes of America

    Mr. Aquan-Assee is a very compelling speaker. He is extremely articulate and well organized. His message regarding his recovery from a devastating brain injury is both clear and powerful. In my opinion, Mr. Aquan-Assee is a speaker with an unusual ability to convey his personal story in a way which is motivating and empowering. He is a rare individual who has the capacity to use his personal story of overcoming adversity to assist others in achieving their life goals. Not only is Mr. Aquan-Assee an individual who has achieved an exceptional level of recovery; he is an excellent motivational speaker with an important story to tell and an effective method of communicating to all listeners.

  • 2012 – Rebecca Spirito-Dalgin

    Ph.D. , CRC, Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Counseling Program, University of Scranton, PA, USA

    Anthony’s presentation was extremely powerful and was one of humor, honesty, and inspiration.
    I recommend him highly and think that his message (presentation and book) should be heard by everyone, but especially those in the helping professions.

    September, 2012

  • 2012 – University of Scranton Graduate Student

    PA, USA

    TBI: to most, this acronym stands for traumatic brain injury. However, to me, it stands for something else – to be inspired. When I got the privilege of reading Anthony Aquan-Assee’s book, “Starting Over: A Survivor’s Guide,” that is exactly what I was: inspired.

    September, 2012

  • Dr. Peter Rumney

    M.D. F.R.C.P.C, Physician Director NeuroRehabilitation Program Bloorview MacMillan Children's Centre

    Mr. Aquan-Assee is a powerful speaker. He is eloquent, and personable in his presentation style and engaging in his sense of humour. He is a walking testament to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of personal adversity.

  • Bernard Gluckstein

    Q.C., Personal Injury Lawyer Gluckstein & Associates

    Anthony's presentation had an impact on the audience. His delivery was dynamic, his presentation was inspirational and the story of his recovery after a serious brain injury was motivating and at the same time humorous. It is a pleasure to know him and an honour to be associated with him.

  • Claude Tremblay

    General Manager Community Health Services, Canadian Red Cross

    I highly recommend Anthony's book, and would consider Anthony a must have speaker for any conference organizer. Attendees will be provided with an inspirational discussion on human courage and perseverance. For any other guest speakers, I would recommend that they not present after Anthony as they are sure to find him a tough act to follow.

  • Nicole Ireland

    Acting Director of Communications, UNICEF Canada

    Anthony Aquan-Assee is a compelling and articulate speaker who has been a tremendous asset in helping St. Michael's Hospital raise awareness about traumatic brain injury. His frank speaking style as he talks about his miraculous recovery from severe traumatic injury has had an enormous impact on diverse audiences, including media, donors, hospital staff, physicians and the general public. If you are looking for a personable speaker with an inspirational story to tell, I would highly recommend Mr. Aquan-Assee.

  • Colleen Boyce

    Executive Director Neurologic Rehabilitation Instititute of Ontario (NRIO)

    Anthony Aquan-Assee inspires all who listen to him. He has the ability to keep the audience attentive at all times. He has such incredible compassion and understanding and is so humble following the tragedy that changed his life. I would highly recommend Mr. Aquan-Assee as a speaker.

  • 2011 – Rami Shami

    Coordinator of Recruitment and Training Heart House Hospice

    Anthony is a very inspirational individual. His presentation style and engaging demeanor is a pleasure to experience. Using humour and wonderful storytelling, Anthony holds his audience captive as he delivers a courageous and inspirational message. I would recommend his talk to all ages and backgrounds.
    A wonderful speaker. Thank you!

     

  • Kim Gillies

    Regional Manager, Lawlor Therapy Support Services

    I would highly recommend Anthony as a guest speaker, not only for topics related to brain injuries but more importantly, for any topic on motivation, the drive to succeed and overcoming insurmountable obstacles.

  • Kim Moore

    Nurse Clinician, Joseph Brant Hospital

    Anthony inspires all that listen to him. His talk was very motivational and inspirational.

  • Jim Tucker

    Chair of the Ontario Chapter of NAFA – National Association of Fleet Administrators

    I found your presentation inspirational and it has given me motivation to establish my goals and work toward them.

  • Claudia Zanchetta

    RN, MN, APN, CNN(c), CNCC(c) Advanced Practice Nurse - Neurosurgery University Health Network - Toronto Western, Krembil Neuroscience Symposium

    Your talk received great feedback and really added alot to our conference.

  • Kristi Presse

    Teacher, Ecole Secondiare Le Caron Penetanguishene, Ontario

    Anthony was charismatic and genuine. My students were engrossed in every aspect of his presentation. His willingness to share and show vulnerability shows what true strength he embodies. He was organized, articulate, compassionate, and engaging. His presentation was educational, humorous, honest, and inspirational. But most of all, his story is compelling, captivating, and truly empowering.

  • 2013 – Hedy Chandler

    Executive Director Community Head Injury Resource Services of Toronto (CHIRS)

    I have heard so many speakers during my 27 years at CHIRS and I was so very moved by Anthony’s presentation to our group at the CHIRS Club. Anthony speaks with enthusiasm, honesty and from his heart. I highly encourage others to have Anthony speak to students and groups.

  • 2015 – Corey Knecht

    Sergeant At Arms Oshawa Toastmasters Club

    Anthony delivered an awe-striking performance for us. I would readily recommend him to any party looking for a speaker with a motivational message.

  • Dr. Andrew J. Baker

    MD, FRCPC Medical Director, Trauma/Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit St. Michael's Hospital

    Anthony's book is a remarkable account of a journey of physical, mental and emotional strength. I keep it close at hand to remind me of the rewards of daily determination in the face of overwhelming challenges. Anthony's story is an inspiration to all of us.

  • Dr. Lee Errett

    MD, FRCSC, FRCS Chief, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, St. Michael's Hospital

    Anthony's book chronicles an incredible journey that illustrates a triumph of human spirit over what appeared to be insurmountable odds. Modern medicine plays a supporting role in this saga. The real stars are Anthony's family, friends and of course he, himself. This story sounds like it could be a movie but it is real and could give hope to countless numbers of people left in dire circumstances. We always need the glass half full.

  • Randy Anzil

    Teacher, Bloorlea Middle School, Toronto District School Board

    I read all of Anthony's book last night (a first for me). I enjoyed it immensely!

  • Derrick Sweet

    Chairman of the Healthy Wealthy and Wise Corporation, Creator of the Wealth Creation Program and author of the highly acclaimed 'Get the Most Out of Life'

    I could not put this book down. Rarely have I read a book with so much drama and suspense. Anthony's story is amazing! The theme of his book is on hope and the lesson you'll learn is on perseverance and determination! This book is a must read for anyone who seeks the high octane inspiration necessary to take them to the heights of their dreams!

  • Tracy MacIsaac

    Corporate Communications, St. Michael's Hospital

    Once I started to read his book - Second Life, Second Chance! - I couldn't put it down. His determination and perseverance is an inspiration to others.

  • Lisa Klinger

    School of Occupational Therapy, The University of Western Ontario

    Second Life, Second Chance! is an inspiring book. Mr. Aquan-Assee's account of his recovery following a serious motorcycle accident vividly describes the challenges he faced following a serious brain injury. The book is a must-read for anyone who has had a brain injury and for his or her loved ones. It provides hope and direction. The story is equally relevant for anyone who may be struggling with personal challenges of any kind, as the strategies that Mr. Aquan-Assee used to overcome his brain injury are universally applicable.

  • Lisa Risewick

    Legal Assistant

    Anthony's story is truly an amazing one! His story has opened my eyes to the fact that anything is possible and to never give up hope. He is an inspiration for us all.

  • Coleen Hagadone

    I found your book to be inspirational.Thank you for the hope and encouragement I received from your story.

  • Patricia Gallant

    Your book was one of the most heart whelming, spell binding, tear jerking, but most of all informative books I have ever read. I want to thank you for writing your book and giving me insight.

  • D. Birnie

    Reading Anthony's story reinforced my hopes that nothing is impossible and giving up is not an option. Thank-you Anthony and God Bless!

  • 2015 – Deanna Chisholm-Tullio

    March of Dimes Canada, Regional Independent Living Manager

    Anthony's presentation left a great impact on our audience and
    served as a reminder of one's journey through brain injury recovery and rehabilitation.
    His passion and message to always challenge yourself to achieve your goals was also inspiring.

  • 2015 – Michelle McDonald, Executive Director

    Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST)

    Anthony’s presentation at the Brain Injury Society of Toronto’s Speaker Forum was very engaging and an inspiration to all of our attendees (survivors, families, caregivers, healthcare professionals and students).  He speaks from the heart and we thank him for sharing and inspiring others with his courageous journey.

    Michelle McDonald
    Executive Director
    Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST)
    October, 2015

  • 2015 – Meri Perra, Communications and Support Coordinator

    Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST)

    Anthony is a very engaging speaker - he kept the room’s attention for the whole talk and we hope to have him back!

    Meri Perra
    Communications and Support Coordinator 
    Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST)
    October, 2015

  • 2016 – Barb Butler, Brain Injury Canada Co-President

    Brain Injury Canada

    Anthony was the Keynote speaker at the Brain Injury Canada Conference in Toronto, 2016. His energy was a perfect way to start the conference. Anthony’s enthusiasm and ability to engage the audience added greatly to the conference.

    Barb Butler, Brain Injury Canada Co-President

Dr. Wayne Dyer

Anthony's story is nothing short of a Miracle. When I visited him in the hospital there was very little hope for his survival, let alone recovery. I felt compelled to be there with him. As he lay in a coma I somehow knew deep within me that I was participating in a miracle. Today, with the publication of "Second Life, Second Chance", I now know what propelled me to the hospital that day. Anthony's story can be yours as well, and you needn't face a life threatening challenge to have your own Second Chance. I salute you Anthony. Love,

John Kumpf

Executive Director (Retired in 2010), Ontario Brain Injury Association, (OBIA)

Anthony Aquan-Assee is an extremely powerful and knowledgeable presenter who packages an inspirational message in knowledge and humor.  I would highly recommend him to those seeking an uplifting presentation.

Toni Kerkove

Executive Officer 1 Iowa Department Of Transportation, USA Motorcycle Administrator

Anthony Aquan-Assee is an inspiration to his audience. His courage and determination to overcome all odds as told during his presentation was overwhelming. Even though his story is one of seriousness, he is able to add humour and offer hope for others who may be facing similar obstacles. I would highly recommend Anthony for your next speaking engagement.

Mary Jane Burke

Marin County Superintendent of Schools San Rafael California USA

Anthony, thank you so much for your wonderful presentation at our Back to School program. Your inspiring story was a perfect way to begin the new school year for our teachers. Thank you for getting the year off to a great start!

Dr. Robert Chen

MD FRCPC (Anaesth) Anaesthetist Trauma Team Leader, St. Michael's Hospital University of Toronto

Mr. Aquan-Assee is truly unique. I could not have imagined a better 'lecture' on brain injury and brain injury rehab! In one session, my medical students gained an insight and appreciation of TBI and trauma survival that would be hard to offer any other way. It was a privilege to have him address my students.

Monika Huminuik

Executive Director Manitoba Brain Injury Association

I would like to thank Anthony Aquan-Assee for his wonderful presentation at our conference. As stated by one of the participants, "A motivational speaker like Anthony is an important component of a conference such as this." His positive outlook has inspired a number of participants. His story has influenced them in a positive way by giving them a renewed faith in themselves and hope for the future.

Rolf B. Gainer

Ph.D., Diplomate, ABDA Vice President, Rehabilitation Institutes of America

Mr. Aquan-Assee is a very compelling speaker. He is extremely articulate and well organized. His message regarding his recovery from a devastating brain injury is both clear and powerful. In my opinion, Mr. Aquan-Assee is a speaker with an unusual ability to convey his personal story in a way which is motivating and empowering. He is a rare individual who has the capacity to use his personal story of overcoming adversity to assist others in achieving their life goals. Not only is Mr. Aquan-Assee an individual who has achieved an exceptional level of recovery; he is an excellent motivational speaker with an important story to tell and an effective method of communicating to all listeners.

2012 – Rebecca Spirito-Dalgin

Ph.D. , CRC, Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Counseling Program, University of Scranton, PA, USA

Anthony’s presentation was extremely powerful and was one of humor, honesty, and inspiration.
I recommend him highly and think that his message (presentation and book) should be heard by everyone, but especially those in the helping professions.

September, 2012

2012 – University of Scranton Graduate Student

PA, USA

TBI: to most, this acronym stands for traumatic brain injury. However, to me, it stands for something else – to be inspired. When I got the privilege of reading Anthony Aquan-Assee’s book, “Starting Over: A Survivor’s Guide,” that is exactly what I was: inspired.

September, 2012

Dr. Peter Rumney

M.D. F.R.C.P.C, Physician Director NeuroRehabilitation Program Bloorview MacMillan Children's Centre

Mr. Aquan-Assee is a powerful speaker. He is eloquent, and personable in his presentation style and engaging in his sense of humour. He is a walking testament to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of personal adversity.

Bernard Gluckstein

Q.C., Personal Injury Lawyer Gluckstein & Associates

Anthony's presentation had an impact on the audience. His delivery was dynamic, his presentation was inspirational and the story of his recovery after a serious brain injury was motivating and at the same time humorous. It is a pleasure to know him and an honour to be associated with him.

Claude Tremblay

General Manager Community Health Services, Canadian Red Cross

I highly recommend Anthony's book, and would consider Anthony a must have speaker for any conference organizer. Attendees will be provided with an inspirational discussion on human courage and perseverance. For any other guest speakers, I would recommend that they not present after Anthony as they are sure to find him a tough act to follow.

Nicole Ireland

Acting Director of Communications, UNICEF Canada

Anthony Aquan-Assee is a compelling and articulate speaker who has been a tremendous asset in helping St. Michael's Hospital raise awareness about traumatic brain injury. His frank speaking style as he talks about his miraculous recovery from severe traumatic injury has had an enormous impact on diverse audiences, including media, donors, hospital staff, physicians and the general public. If you are looking for a personable speaker with an inspirational story to tell, I would highly recommend Mr. Aquan-Assee.

Colleen Boyce

Executive Director Neurologic Rehabilitation Instititute of Ontario (NRIO)

Anthony Aquan-Assee inspires all who listen to him. He has the ability to keep the audience attentive at all times. He has such incredible compassion and understanding and is so humble following the tragedy that changed his life. I would highly recommend Mr. Aquan-Assee as a speaker.

2011 – Rami Shami

Coordinator of Recruitment and Training Heart House Hospice

Anthony is a very inspirational individual. His presentation style and engaging demeanor is a pleasure to experience. Using humour and wonderful storytelling, Anthony holds his audience captive as he delivers a courageous and inspirational message. I would recommend his talk to all ages and backgrounds.
A wonderful speaker. Thank you!

 

Kim Gillies

Regional Manager, Lawlor Therapy Support Services

I would highly recommend Anthony as a guest speaker, not only for topics related to brain injuries but more importantly, for any topic on motivation, the drive to succeed and overcoming insurmountable obstacles.

Kim Moore

Nurse Clinician, Joseph Brant Hospital

Anthony inspires all that listen to him. His talk was very motivational and inspirational.

Jim Tucker

Chair of the Ontario Chapter of NAFA – National Association of Fleet Administrators

I found your presentation inspirational and it has given me motivation to establish my goals and work toward them.

Claudia Zanchetta

RN, MN, APN, CNN(c), CNCC(c) Advanced Practice Nurse - Neurosurgery University Health Network - Toronto Western, Krembil Neuroscience Symposium

Your talk received great feedback and really added alot to our conference.

Kristi Presse

Teacher, Ecole Secondiare Le Caron Penetanguishene, Ontario

Anthony was charismatic and genuine. My students were engrossed in every aspect of his presentation. His willingness to share and show vulnerability shows what true strength he embodies. He was organized, articulate, compassionate, and engaging. His presentation was educational, humorous, honest, and inspirational. But most of all, his story is compelling, captivating, and truly empowering.

2013 – Hedy Chandler

Executive Director Community Head Injury Resource Services of Toronto (CHIRS)

I have heard so many speakers during my 27 years at CHIRS and I was so very moved by Anthony’s presentation to our group at the CHIRS Club. Anthony speaks with enthusiasm, honesty and from his heart. I highly encourage others to have Anthony speak to students and groups.

2015 – Corey Knecht

Sergeant At Arms Oshawa Toastmasters Club

Anthony delivered an awe-striking performance for us. I would readily recommend him to any party looking for a speaker with a motivational message.

Dr. Andrew J. Baker

MD, FRCPC Medical Director, Trauma/Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit St. Michael's Hospital

Anthony's book is a remarkable account of a journey of physical, mental and emotional strength. I keep it close at hand to remind me of the rewards of daily determination in the face of overwhelming challenges. Anthony's story is an inspiration to all of us.

Dr. Lee Errett

MD, FRCSC, FRCS Chief, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, St. Michael's Hospital

Anthony's book chronicles an incredible journey that illustrates a triumph of human spirit over what appeared to be insurmountable odds. Modern medicine plays a supporting role in this saga. The real stars are Anthony's family, friends and of course he, himself. This story sounds like it could be a movie but it is real and could give hope to countless numbers of people left in dire circumstances. We always need the glass half full.

Randy Anzil

Teacher, Bloorlea Middle School, Toronto District School Board

I read all of Anthony's book last night (a first for me). I enjoyed it immensely!

Derrick Sweet

Chairman of the Healthy Wealthy and Wise Corporation, Creator of the Wealth Creation Program and author of the highly acclaimed 'Get the Most Out of Life'

I could not put this book down. Rarely have I read a book with so much drama and suspense. Anthony's story is amazing! The theme of his book is on hope and the lesson you'll learn is on perseverance and determination! This book is a must read for anyone who seeks the high octane inspiration necessary to take them to the heights of their dreams!

Tracy MacIsaac

Corporate Communications, St. Michael's Hospital

Once I started to read his book - Second Life, Second Chance! - I couldn't put it down. His determination and perseverance is an inspiration to others.

Lisa Klinger

School of Occupational Therapy, The University of Western Ontario

Second Life, Second Chance! is an inspiring book. Mr. Aquan-Assee's account of his recovery following a serious motorcycle accident vividly describes the challenges he faced following a serious brain injury. The book is a must-read for anyone who has had a brain injury and for his or her loved ones. It provides hope and direction. The story is equally relevant for anyone who may be struggling with personal challenges of any kind, as the strategies that Mr. Aquan-Assee used to overcome his brain injury are universally applicable.

Lisa Risewick

Legal Assistant

Anthony's story is truly an amazing one! His story has opened my eyes to the fact that anything is possible and to never give up hope. He is an inspiration for us all.

Coleen Hagadone

I found your book to be inspirational.Thank you for the hope and encouragement I received from your story.

Patricia Gallant

Your book was one of the most heart whelming, spell binding, tear jerking, but most of all informative books I have ever read. I want to thank you for writing your book and giving me insight.

D. Birnie

Reading Anthony's story reinforced my hopes that nothing is impossible and giving up is not an option. Thank-you Anthony and God Bless!

2015 – Deanna Chisholm-Tullio

March of Dimes Canada, Regional Independent Living Manager

Anthony's presentation left a great impact on our audience and
served as a reminder of one's journey through brain injury recovery and rehabilitation.
His passion and message to always challenge yourself to achieve your goals was also inspiring.

2015 – Michelle McDonald, Executive Director

Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST)

Anthony’s presentation at the Brain Injury Society of Toronto’s Speaker Forum was very engaging and an inspiration to all of our attendees (survivors, families, caregivers, healthcare professionals and students).  He speaks from the heart and we thank him for sharing and inspiring others with his courageous journey.

Michelle McDonald
Executive Director
Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST)
October, 2015

2015 – Meri Perra, Communications and Support Coordinator

Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST)

Anthony is a very engaging speaker - he kept the room’s attention for the whole talk and we hope to have him back!

Meri Perra
Communications and Support Coordinator 
Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST)
October, 2015

2016 – Barb Butler, Brain Injury Canada Co-President

Brain Injury Canada

Anthony was the Keynote speaker at the Brain Injury Canada Conference in Toronto, 2016. His energy was a perfect way to start the conference. Anthony’s enthusiasm and ability to engage the audience added greatly to the conference.

Barb Butler, Brain Injury Canada Co-President