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Perspectives on Leadership Lecture: "Live Life from the Heart" with Mark Black

"Perspectives on Leadership" Lecture

Mark Black - "Live Life From The Heart"

Tuesday, November 13th, 5:30 p.m.

Bluff's Restaurant

Leadership takes heart and courage, and Mark Black has more than his fair share of both.

Mark was born with a congenital heart defect and barely survived his first week of life. Before reaching the age of two, Mark had undergone two open heart surgeries. His parents were told by doctors that he would require more surgery before he started school.

Fortunately, Mark went 22 years before he had to face the biggest obstacle of his life; a life-saving heart and double-lung transplant which he received in September 2002. Since that time, Mark has beaten all the odds. Despite the fact that the 5 year survival rate of his transplant is just 50%, Mark doesn't just live life, he lives it from the heart.

Forever changed by receiving the gift of life, Mark has made the most of each day. Whether competing for Team Canada at the World Transplant Games, or pursuing his passion for running, Mark is always busy and always "Living Life from the Heart". Mark's most recent accomplishments include running goals that many in good health only dream about.

After completing his first marathon while enduring 70km/h winds and pouring rain, he recently completed his second marathon in 32 degrees and beat his previous time by almost 30 min!

Mark recently released his book: "Live Life from the Heart: 52 Weeks to a Life of Passion and Purpose", and has begun to travel full-time to speak to audiences about the lessons he has learned through overcoming the challenges in his life.

Join us on November 13th in the relaxed and intimate setting of Bluff's Restaurant to hear Mark's story of courage and perseverance. It will inspire you to expect more, do more, and be more.


The U of T Scarborough "Leadership Development Program", in combination with your academic work, can help you begin to develop skills and perspectives that will empower you to have a positive impact on your own life and on the lives of others. When you aspire to be better, you inspire others to do the same. As such we can all play a role as lifetime leaders and learners.

The series consists of a number of workshops, seminars and speakers. You can attend just one or two sessions, or work towards achieving different levels in the Certificate Program

Full details on the entire program are available at

For more information contact Drew Dudley at

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