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Joe Roberts

From Skid Row to CEO


Speaker Joe Roberts is an inspirational example of overcoming adversity and managing change. In 1989 he was living under a bridge as a homeless skid row street person. Today he is an author, CEO and internationally sought after professional speaker who motivates and inspires audiences worldwide. +

As a speaker Joe Roberts delivers his keynote messages at conferences, conventions and special events, teaching people how to profit from adversity and how anyone can tap into the unconquerable power of the human spirit and rise above.

The most effective leaders in society are those rare individuals who can inspire their audience with a passion that can only come from personal experience. As the President and CEO of an extremely successful multimedia company, Joe Roberts has faced and overcome key business challenges, which confront every modern organization.

Joe’s business solutions have made millions of dollars for his clients, across a variety of business sectors. It is from this experience that Joe draws when addressing Fortune 500 companies, boards of trade and professional associates internationally.

Former CEO of the multimedia development company Mindware Design Communications, where in less than four years, Joe led the company through an 800% increase in business, Joe made his first million dollars before he turned 35, and was named one of Business in Vancouver’s 40 Under 40 Outstanding Business People and one of Maclean’s 10 Canadians Who Make a Difference. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Ontario Premier Awards for business excellence.

Joe has appeared on many TV shows, news programs, radio talk shows and has been featured in major publications such as The Toronto Star, The National Post and Canadian Business.

In his book, 7 Secrets to Profit from Adversity, Joe maps out exactly how to profit from hard times. His presentation of these principles with an exciting combination of inspiration, entertainment, and education is what makes Joe Roberts' programs so unique and effective. As a result, he has become an internationally known and respected speaker on Managing Adversity and Change, Visionary Goal Setting and Professional Selling.

Joe Roberts has established his professional speaking career working with major clients in both Canada and the United States. He has become a favourite at business conventions and corporate meeting events, captivating tens of thousands of people and receiving rave reviews! --

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Ever find yourself walking down the street minding your own business and life "life's you"?! Every one of us is confronted by adversity, challenge and change. We face it in our families, our health, with children, and our finances. All of us get our share of the tough stuff.  +

In this keynote, Joe teaches how anyone anywhere can overcome perceived limitations and live their dreams. As you walk with Joe through the tough streets of East Vancouver in the 1980's you will experience the depths and degradation of a former hopeless, homeless drug addict, to the heights and triumph of a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist. Joe's unique style of inspiration combined with his legendary dark humour will have you shed a tear while making you laugh 'til it hurts.

One hour with Joe leaves an impression that lasts a lifetime where you will learn:

  • How to turn every obstacle into an asset;
  • How to reframe and give perspective to life’s challenges;
  • How to create a “YES I CAN” attitude;
  • How to stay inspired and motivated despite the world outside;
  • How to build your competitive advantage  --

The Push For Change
How to Create Engagement with Impact

In this keynote, you will learn the ideas and design for creating legacy in your life and community. The phrase ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE resonates as you are taken behind the scenes and shown exactly how Joe and Sean created this national project.

Becoming a Hero in the Age of Celebrities
How to create abundance using integrity-based leadership

What are the common dominators of great leaders past and present? How do we summon courage, determination, perseverance and faith? In this session, Joe takes you on a journey revealing the secrets to a successful and meaningful life.  +

Find your core values and passions. Learn how to turn work into play. Tap into your unlimited energy by aligning your soul and spirit. Create priorities by building balance at home, work and play.

In this program you will learn:

  • How to find real meaning at work and in life;
  • How to enrich your personal and professional lives;
  • How to leave a legacy for generations to come;
  • Get everything you want by helping others get what they want;
  • How to lead by example to build customers for life  --

Street Smart Selling

Learn what Joe learned living on the streets which he translated into sales mastery that landed him on the cover of magazines. Joe teaches what you need to know to be successful in your sales career. Participants will leave with tools that can be applied immediately to shorten sales cycles, eliminate wasted time, and make fewer calls while building customers for life.

Joe Roberts is represented by K&M Productions. For more information, fees, Joe Roberts' speaking schedule & booking Joe Roberts contact us.


We were looking for a motivational story that could connect with our delegates. We got that and a whole lot more! Your energy, humour and honesty resonated with our group. There were moments when you could hear a pin drop. The feedback we have received has been incredibly positive. Our delegates left viewing life from a new perspective. Well done Joe! Highly recommend you to anyone planning an event!

–Canadian Association of Petroleum Producing Accountants


We were looking for a motivational story that could connect with our delegates. We got that and a whole lot more! Your energy, humour and honesty resonated with our group. There were moments when you could hear a pin drop. The feedback we have received has been incredibly positive. Our delegates left viewing life from a new perspective. Well done Joe! Highly recommend you to anyone planning an event!

–Canadian Association of Petroleum Producing Accountants

Your message was inspiring and motivating. The "buzz" from our participants continued through the entire weekend. You clearly knocked it out of the park and provided us exactly what we were looking for as a conference kickoff!

–Canadian Independent Adjusters' Association

You took us all on a journey that left us inspired, motivated and refreshed.

–Ken King, President & CEO, Calgary Flames Enterprise

Financial advisors, customer service officers, administrative staff and management, all of whom could relate to your message. You added additional impact by customizing your talk for our group.

–TD Canada Trust

Your outstanding communication skills have empowered each and every one of us today. I recommend your services to any organization who needs to inspire its employees.

–University of British Columbia

Joe Roberts' inspiring story is one of determination, courage and overcoming adversity that reminds us of the power of believing that anything is possible. It is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and what you can achieve when you set your mind to it.

–Rick Hansen, Canada's Man in Motion

Currently, our organization is faced with a competitive market place and many uncertainties. Your 'Yes I Can' attitude demonstrated to our branch managers that it is possible to put our minds to task and overcome these challenges.


Joe, thank you, once again, for your help in making our day a success!

–Industry Canada


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