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Joe Roberts

From Skid Row to CEO

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Bio

Joe Roberts is not only an author, CEO and internationally sought after professional motivational speaker, but also an inspirational example of overcoming adversity, managing change and resliency.

Having experienced both catastrophic failure and extraordinary success, Roberts engages audiences on how to overcome the roadblocks that get in the way of high performance. Joe Roberts helps companies and individuals redefine what’s truly possible by confronting limiting mindsets. Attendees at Joe Roberts’ events leave inspired and moved to action.

What is most amazing about Joe Roberts is that in 1989 he was living on the streets of Vancouver as a homeless skid row addict. Through perseverance, determination, and his resilient human spirit, Joe pulled himself out of darkness and despair, to become a highly respected business and community leader. 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, professional associations, and organizations internationally.

Joe Roberts is also the Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Push for Change Foundation, a charity advocating for youth homelessness prevention. Joe walked 9064KM across Canada from May 1, 2016 until September 29, 2017, pushing a shopping cart to raise money and awareness about youth homelessness. Joe’s message is relatable, humorous, honest, raw and unforgettable. He tackles the stigma associated with mental health and addiction in a straight forward authentic way and shares the tools needed to build resiliency in any situation.

Since 1989, Joe Roberts has acquired two college diplomas, became the CEO of one of Vancouver’s leading multimedia companies, walked across Canada and achieved more success than he could ever have imagined. Joe has been recognized by MacLean’s Magazine as one of “10 Canadians who make a difference,” won the BC Courage to Come Back Award, received The Ontario Premier’s Award for Business, was given an Honorary Doctorate from Laurentian University and was recognized by the Senate of Canada with their Canada 150 Medal. Recently Joe Roberts was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) from The Governor-General of Canada.

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  • Business Management & Strategy
  • CEOs & Business Leaders
  • Change | Change Mgmt.
  • Employee Engagement
  • Inspiring Stories
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health Speakers
  • Most Requested Speakers
  • Most Requested Virtual Speakers
  • Motivational Speakers
  • Performance & Productivity
  • Resiliency
  • Team-Work & Collaboration
  • TED Speakers
  • Virtual Presentations
  • Workplace Safety

IN-PERSON or VIRTUAL KEYNOTES:

Signature Motivational Keynote:

From Skid Row to CEO
How to build resiliency one step at a time +

Every one of us is confronted by adversity, challenge and change. We face it with our families, work, health, and finances.

Success in the face of adversity and change depends on our level of resiliency.

In this keynote, Joe teaches how to build the resiliency needed to overcome life’s challenges and embrace change.

Using a research based behavioural change model, participants will evaluate their current state of resiliency and learn how to crush unproductive habits while developing a high-performance mindset. Participants leave with tools they can use immediately to create their own inspired results. Joe’s is a treasured Canadian whose life story embodies the resiliency of the human spirit. His message is inspiring, energetic, humorous, honest, raw and unforgettable.

In the keynote you will learn:

  • How to build resiliency despite the world around you
  • Applying the A.I.R. Model for behavioural change
  • Why failure is predictable and normal
  • Seeing possibility – how to reframe a limiting mindset
  • How to convert failures into assets
  • The 3 most important things to know about engaging people --

Mental Health & Addiction Keynote:

Seeing Possibility NOT Probablity +

Mental Health and Addiction impacts every one of us.

We all face adversity, challenge and change. But not everyone has the resiliency needed to survive life’s toughest days.

How do we talk openly about addiction and mental health?

How do we collapse judgement through transparency?

How do we help others face their problems head on?

In this keynote, Joe shares his story of redemption from a life long struggle with addiction and mental illness.

Joe’s is a treasured Canadian whose life story embodies the resiliency of the human spirit. His message is inspiring, energetic, humorous, honest, raw and unforgettable.

In the keynote you will learn:

  • How to Support the Person – Challenge the Behaviour
  • Empathy Centred Leadership Tools”
  • How to Conduct “Tough Stuff” Conversations
  • Vulnerability – Strength from Weakness
  • How To Meet People Where They Are --

Change Management Keynote 

The Push For Change
How to lead, inspire, and engage on purpose +

Apathy. Disengagement. Underperformance. How do we inspire and engage people with purpose driven leadership to embrace change?

Joe Roberts is a social change champion! In 1989 he was homeless living under a bridge, 12 years later he was a celebrated CEO. Joe made a promise when he was on the street to “pay it forward” and in 2017 he finished a 9064km charity walk across Canada. Joe teaches resiliency and inspires difference makers to lead with their “why”.

In this keynote Joe takes you on an epic adventure from the planning stages, the aggressive pre-trek training schedule, and the campaign logistics up to the launch day. On May 1st 2016 Joe and Team Push for Change hit the road traversing the entire Trans Canada Highway from St John’s, NL to Vancouver, BC. Joe will share the extraordinary experiences of walking 24km every day, rain, snow or shine. Meeting icons like Walter Gretzky and Michael “Pinball” Clemons, inspiring over 100,000 students during 457 community events ending with a private meeting with the Prime Minster of Canada.

In the keynote you will learn:

  • Resiliency Tools needed for the long game
  • How to reframe setbacks while staying committed
  • How to inspire Employee and Community Engagement
  • How to harness purpose driven leadership
  • How to lead teams towards Social Change.--

Safety Keynote

Staying Alive - Street Smart Safety – It’s all about the little things +

Understanding WHY human beings make mistakes and unsafe decisions is one step closer to building safer work environments and communities.

What role does mental health and addiction play in safety?

How do we connect personal purpose to safer behaviour?

Why do we think the rules “are for everyone else but me”?

In this keynote, Joe teaches why we do dumb things and the consequence we pay. Walk with Joe as he takes you back to his first poor choice and how that lead to a journey filled with degradation and despair. Dangerous step after poor choice landed him on the streets of East Vancouver in the 1980’s homeless and broken.

The story does not end there, fortunately. Choosing in 1991 to walk a different way, Joe shares how right decisions and safe, healthy actions lead to success and leadership. Joe’s is a treasured Canadian whose life story embodies the resiliency of the human spirit. His deeply inspiring and masterful delivery combined with high energy and self deprecating humor will have you shed a tear while making you laugh ‘til it hurts.

In this session you will learn:

  • Why the little things matter so much
  • Mental health and safety
  • How mentorship and leadership changes lives
  • The importance of paying it forward
  • The importance of advocating for prevention
  • How the right example is our greatest weapon  -- 

Joe Roberts is represented by K&M Productions. To inquire about Joe Roberts' speaking schedule & booking Joe Roberts contact us.

What Clients are Saying

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

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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

Thanks Joe and Marie for being apart of Aecon Utilities 16th Annual JHSC Summit. I have received only positive feedback from your story. You inspired all of us to believe in the power of possibilities. Thank you.

–EHS Director Aecon Utilities (2024)

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

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.

–Scotiabank

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

–Industry Canada

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