Josh Cassidy

Celebrated Paralympian | World Record Holder of the Boston Marathon | Inspirational Motivator


A three-time Paralympian in wheelchair racing, Joshua is a 31-time Canadian champion in middle to long-distance events. He has held Canadian Records in multiple track and road events. He has won the London Marathon, Chicago Marathon and many more.. including the prestigious Boston Marathon, where he won and recorded the “World’s Fastest Time” of 1:18:25. He’s won medals at the Commonwealth Games, Para PanAm Games and World Championships.  Josh has beaten every active competitor in the world at least once throughout his career. 


Josh came into the world fighting Neuroblastoma, a non-congenital cancer that primarily affects children. Doctors gave the newborn a narrow chance of survival, but Joshua won miraculously. The damage done to his spinal cord left his legs partially paralyzed, but it would be the first of many challenges that he learned to overcome.  Josh’s talks aren’t focused on his disability- it’s something he conquered at an early age. He views it as the blessing that gave him the building blocks needed to overcome the unavoidable challenges in life.


Josh’s ‘successes’ have not come without many ‘failures.’ Josh openly shares his stories of heartbreak and disappointment and the challenges he overcame with determination, leading to his many achievements. Joshua’s mindset and perspective is the key to a life of success.  


Training the body and mind to be in their healthiest and most optimum state isn’t only beneficial to Olympians. Revealing how one can achieve balance and harmony in the physical, emotional, and mental realms, Josh brings to light the significance of the universal spiritual connection. He offers insights from his world travels on alternative health practices, ancient methodology, and the energy world that science is newly discovering.


In addition to speaking engagements, Josh facilitates Leadership and HR workshops focused on personal development and high performance. He takes his stories and lessons and pulls out the key insights and practices, then applies the tools for others to help them overcome the challenges they face in pursuit of their goals. 




An athlete and an artist by nature, Joshua’s life consists of creating art, music, and writing in between training sessions. He’s a graduate of Sheridan College’s esteemed Illustration program and has been working on a graphic novel he is writing and illustrating.  After transitioning from his athletic career, Josh looks forward to fully immersing himself in this world. 


Joshua is the embodiment of passion and resilience. His inspiration is the spiritual journey and striving to be the ultimate version of oneself. His work is helping others discover their limitless potential to serve others.  He will motivate you and open your mind to greater possibilities with his perspective. You will start to believe “anything is possible.”

WATCH: Josh Cassidy Speaking Reel

In unrelated news, Josh once taught Rick Mercer how to do pull ups… and put him to shame.




Finding purpose in your life’s work


Adaptability: How to use creativity to overcome adversity


Leading and Learning


Diversity and Inclusion / Leadership / Motivators / Olympic Heroes / Peak Performance / Social Change