Shaun Proulx is one of the most versatile talents in media and entertainment with credits as a television personality and host, producer, radio host, motivational speaker, columnist, author, publisher, actor, live event host, spokesperson, life coach, and activist for the issues of mental health, animal rights, and HIV stigma. Shaun, a high school drop out with no formal training, credits his broad success to living well and by his own rules and is therefore passionate about leading a #ThoughtRevolution about the limiting ideas buy into, and busting through the false premises society teaches us.
His writing has been published in the best-selling Simple Reminders, (83-week bestseller) while his most recent interview coup was landing the #1 guest of his dreams: Oprah Winfrey joined Shaun for a twenty-minute conversation about the power of a first step. In New York City in 2016, Shaun gave a moving #ThoughtRevoltution speak at The Men & Masculinities Conference, and event whose participants included Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinhem and Sally Field.
Called “a visionary entrepreneur” by The Toronto Star (2012) and “Canada’s gay Oprah” by The Huffington Post (2014) Shaun is the poster boy for creating success by your own design.
Having failed grade ten math (before eventually dropping out of high school altogether before graduating,) Shaun has let life be his teacher, with impressive results. He spent eight years in finance, enjoying a six-figure income before age 30, at which point he realized that he wasn’t passionate about what he was doing with his time or his life.
With no set game-plan, Shaun boldly quit the safety of his established career. Armed with a heavy skill-set gleaned from his experiences in finance – including marketing, sales, people-management, business development, and what was termed on CBC’s Connect With Mark Kelly as “sheer talent and moxie” – Shaun ignored the naysayers, determined to explore his writing and performance ambitions and create a life of authentic bliss on his own terms.
Now an in-demand keynote speaker and coach, Shaun frequently shares his story and message to empower audiences at events ranging from multi-national corporate conferences to university lectures to private coaching, inspiring others to create their own #ThoughtRevolution about the true meaning of success, the real power of positivity, and how anyone can live without limits or regrets.
His continuing provocative and honest writing and videos on subjects ranging from drug use to happiness have appeared in popular national publications in Canada and the U.S, and here on ShaunProulx.com. Able to nimbly transition from medium to medium, Shaun regularly provides commentary for Canadian and American media outlets / programs ranging from SUN News Channel to CNN to eTalk.
In late September, 2013, during a live interview with the CBC’s Matt Galloway that moved and inspired countless people, Shaun publicly disclosed that he was diagnosed HIV-positive in 2005. In that interview Shaun touched listeners worldwide with a revolutionary declaration that can be watched in full here.
Shaun hosts the glittery, thoughtful, weekly SiriusXM talk show, The Shaun Proulx Show, on CanadaTalks channel 167, a hotbed of ideas, thoughtful discussion, transformational entertainment, cheeky commentary and a magnet for celebrities and thought leaders including Bo Derek, Gayle King, Jann Arden, Betty DeGeneres, Tony Robbins, Melissa Etheridge, Rosie Perez, Gabrielle Bernstein, Mastin Kipp, Panache Desai, and more.
His TV interview show aired for two seasons across Canada and the U.S. and saw Shaun in conversation with a host of stars, including Betty White, Liza Minnelli, Lady Gaga, Rosie O’Donnell, and Cindy Lauper. His foray into documentary film-making for Global TV saw him co-produce & co-write the award-winning DecAIDS: 20 Years of Fashion Cares. He is the publisher of everyone’s gay guide to the good life, TheGayGuideNetwork.com, Canada’s #1 LGBT digital magazine since 2002, and has appeared on stage as a lead in the Canadian premiere of Paul Rudnick’s The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, and on screen in Die Mutter, which premiered in 2002 at the Toronto International Film Festival.
He lives in Toronto with his Cocker Spaniel, Ella, who has him wrapped around her paw.
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