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John’s public speaking story begins in the mid-1990s when he stepped onto the stage of Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club in Ottawa, Ontario. He was only 20 years old, but he was getting BIG laughs from the patrons in just his second New Talent Night appearance. His love for performing in front of a crowd was born.
In early 2015, John visited a Toastmasters club and gave his ice-breaker (first speech project) on the night that he joined. In the fall, he competed in his first contest, won 3 rounds and competed in the District finals after just 6 months in the