Producer and Co-host, Sickboy Podcast
TV & Documentary Host
Rethinking how we look at illness & opportunity
Jeremie is an award winning actor, producer and host of popular original Canadian media, including film, television and podcasts. He lives with a genetic lung disease called Cystic Fibrosis.
Jeremie was born and raised on the East Coast of Canada. After discovering his passion for performance through competitive improv, he was accepted into the acting program at Ryerson Theatre School. Soon after, Jeremie began his career as a professional actor. He hosted the Gemini and Canadian Screen Award winning CBC children’s television series “ARTZOOKA!” and the National Film Board of Canada’s educational documentary series “Space School”.
In the culmination of Jeremie’s affinity for laughter and education, Sickboy Podcast was founded. Listed as one of iTunes Best Of 2015, Sickboy Podcast is produced and hosted by Jeremie and his two best friends Taylor MacGillivary and Brian Stever. Together they explore conversations with a wide range of guests, talking and laughing about the experiences of living with terminal or chronic illness. Sickboy Podcast aims to tear down the walls of stigma and find levity in an otherwise dark situation.
Jeremie is a brilliant speaker, his keynotes having been described as “simply the most thought-provoking, powerful talk I’ve ever witnessed.” CBC released an acclaimed documentary on Sickboy in October 2017, just weeks before Jeremie gave a rousing standing ovation for his talk at TEDxToronto.
Jeremie is currently based out of Halifax Nova Scotia where he lives with his wife Bryde and their oversized muffin of a dog, Bigby.
For most of us the definition of success is accomplishing our goals. But often times these achievements in life are not possible without the support of others. In his keynote, Jeremie breaks down the importance of building community when striving for success and how vulnerability plays a vital role in building the trust needed to strengthen the foundation of support we need when trying to realize our goals.
Despite our differences, one thing we all have in common is death. One day or another it’s going to get each of us. Jeremie has been forced to meditate on that reality and it’s had a profound effect on how he approaches life. In this keynote, Jeremie candidly and openly share his story about growing up with Cystic Fibrosis and how he found laughter to be key in his ability to shift his perspective from living a life as someone who is dying from a fatal disease to someone who has been given the gift of a shortened life expectancy in order to make the most of the short time. Yet, as he sees it, his time on this earth really isn’t that much shorter than yours… so why don’t we all try living life this way
Sitting down with hundreds of show guests for over an hour each and having conversations about their health issues and their most uncomfortable realities has taught Jeremie a huge and invaluable lesson – By allowing himself to become uncomfortable, it’s made him a better person,a more compassionate, empathetic person and a stronger leader.When something makes us uncomfortable we do everything we can to avoid it. But what if we faced it head on? What would we learn? How would we shift? Discomfort provides us with opportunity. Opportunity to learn. Opportunity to empathise. Opportunity to cultivate change.Opportunity to grow.