You Shine the Brightest When You Lighten Up

Comedian Susan Stewart blends the wit and wisdom she’s known for with powerful messages about not taking life too seriously – especially in times of adversity and uncertainty. In her stand-up comedy style, Susan shares ways to see the lighter side of life leaving everyone more uplifted and inspired to meet their challenges with a positive outlook, and of course, a sense of humour.

Professionally speaking, Susan has taken a winding road. After earning a Theatre Arts degree from the University of Waterloo, Susan moved to Toronto to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. Three years into her comedy career, Susan began battling depression and anxiety which eventually led her to quit performing. When Susan got back on her feet, she wanted to know “how the other half lived” and get a “real job” which led her to working in a Human Resources department in the Ontario Government.

A year into her new HR career, Susan was asked to create and deliver a comical presentation about wellness for an upcoming staff professional development conference. Susan’s presentation was a smash-hit and as they say, the rest is history. Susan eventually left her HR career to return to the stage full-time and use her comedic powers for good, rather than evil.

For the past decade, Susan has been entertaining and inspiring people to not take things too seriously to lower stress and nurture strong mental health.

Susan is the author of Reaching The Laugh Resort: Why The Journey To Remembering Who You (Really) Are Is Worth The Jet Lag, Your New Lenses Are Ready For Pick Up: A Guide To Seeing The Lighter Side Of Life, and You Gotta Laugh: Wit And Wisdom About Not Taking Life (Or Yourself) Too Seriously.


"Susan was a keynote speaker at a two day employee development conference for McMaster University. Susan was an incredibly thought provoking and hilarious speaker whose stories and experiences were incredibly easy to relate to. If you are looking for a top notch keynote speaker who is easy to work with and will have your audience in stitches, look no further than Susan.”

Kyle Armstrong
McMaster University

“It’s not often that a speaker engages her audience as Susan did and left them wanting more. There were many laughs and ah-ha moments. Our audience left our event relaxed and better prepared to manage challenges, as a result.

Diana Zanin
DBM Canada
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