Michael Landsberg

TV Personality, Mental Health Speaker, Founder of #sicknotweak
Toronto, Ontario

What Michael is Passionate About

Darkness and Hope:  Depression, Sports, and Me  

Michael Landsberg was the charismatic and outspoken host of TSN’s Off the Record—and from watching his show, you’d never guess that he has been battling mental illness and depression for most of his life. Lifting the stigma from this topic, Landsberg delivers a powerful and personal keynote on the dangerously misunderstood issues of depression and mental health. Landsberg shares the story of his own battle with mental illness, as well as the unexplored stories of some of the world’s most recognizable sports figures, to show us that recovery, strength and hope are possible in some of our darkest times. 

Why You Need Michael

One of the best-known personalities in Canadian broadcasting, Landsberg has been with TSN since the network’s inception. He hosted Off the Record from its debut in 1997 to its finale in 2015 and is currently the co-host of TSN’s First Up. Twice nominated for the Gemini Award for Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast, Landsberg was the Whistler Host for Olympic Daytime on CTV during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. During the London 2012 Olympic Games, he anchored TSN’s Olympic Daytime.

On stage, Landsberg is a candid and funny host who doesn’t shy away from taboos. He speaks openly about his personal battle with depression, and considers breaking the stigma around mental illness his life’s most important calling.

Michael is an ambassador for Bell Let’s Talk, an initiative raising awareness about mental health, and the founder of #SickNotWeak, a charity that reframes mental illness as a health issue, rather than a character flaw. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Landsberg has extended his efforts with #SickNotWeak to create Isolation Nation: a digital program dedicated to mitigating the dangerous effects of social isolation on mental health. Now he wants to bring the message of hope to associations and companies across the country with Isolation Nation Two-Point-Oh!

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Why You Will Love Michael

Being in my 40s and dealing with this the last 4 yrs, I didn’t think to look at my 80+ year old mom and wonder if she was dealing with the same things. Now I will be having those important and needed conversations with her, especially during this crazy COVID pandemic time we are living in.

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Mosey and Mosey

Michael was excellent! So much better to hear a speaker that has experinced depression than someone who talks from book knowledge. Great information, especially for those with no insight to mental health, what to look for and how to address it. It was the best keynote I have heard in a very long time. Relatable, engaging and real.

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Workers Compensation Board of PEI

We were beyond thrilled with Michael! He was an incredible speaker and had such an impact on our community. He was engaging, down to earth, humorous, and inspirational. The school where he presented had very positive feedback, and the attendees at our sold-out gala were so impressed. He spent time speaking with our guests, our sponsors, and our youth. Thanks again!

Sophia Neal
Bluewater Health Foundation

Michael was so good! I was feeling off and could not pin down what was wrong with me. After listening to, I thought maybe I was feeling a little depressed and anxious. So I decided to look into RBC Mental Health site and sought help. Thank you for this. I didn’t know that I needed it.

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