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Rod Black

One of Canada's most recognized and distinguished sportscasters.

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Rod Black: One of Canada's most recognized and distinguished sportscasters. Rod Black is a believer in leadership that comes from within and properly nourished can become contagious. An award winning broadcaster who believes that clear, concise , & creative communication is critical on the path to success, Black has been able to tap into some of the greatest coaches & leaders through his three decades in the television industry.

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Rod Black's knowledge, versatility and enthusiasm have earned him a reputation as one of Canada's most recognized and distinguished sportscasters.

In his 35 years as a sports journalist, Black has been involved with a variety of different events and competitions, fitting into each role with ease. Black's extensive sports resume includes play-by-play announcing on TSN for CFL football, Blue Jays Baseball, NHL hockey, PGA Tour golf, World Championship boxing, ATP and WTA tennis, International figure skating as well as hosting duties on TSN for the Toronto Raptors, the NBA Finals, the CFL Draft, the Masters, the World Hockey Championship, the Canadian Open, the Queen's Plate, and of course the Summer and Winter Olympics.

Black called Canada's lone gold medal at the London 2012 Summer Olympics and pulled double duty at the Vancouver Games in 2010 by calling both figure skating and short track speed skating where Canada won a number of medals. He's also covered the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta and was CTV's prime time host for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

A consummate professional who displays passion and excitement in all that he does, Black received the 2005 Sports Media Canada award for Most Outstanding Broadcaster.

Rod has also hosted a weekly radio show "Live from Gretzky's" - syndicated on a number of sports radio stations around North America including XM Satellite Radio.

Inducted into the media wing of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Black's broadcasting abilities aren't limited to the sports world. The adaptable broadcaster is the former co-host of Canada AM - Canada's most-watched national morning show. The six-time Gemini Award nominee for Canada's Best Sportscaster is also the host/narrator of a variety of prime time specials and the honorary spokesperson for Plan Canada for which he received the Queen's medallion and the Diamond Jubilee medal for volunteerism.

Rod has also hosted an annual celebrity slo-pitch game and golf tournament in his native Winnipeg, which through the years has raised thousands of dollars in bursaries for high school students pursuing post secondary education. He also donates his time to help a number of other Canadian charities - the Special Olympics, Kids Help Phone, Sick Kids Hospital, Children's Aid Society, the Cancer Society, United Way, Ronald McDonald House, Right to Play and the Heart and Stroke Association.

A highly acclaimed guest speaker, Rod has a unique ability to connect with any audience through experience, inspiration and humor. He has been an emcee at charity functions in every part of Canada including the Bell Celebrity Gala in Toronto - the biggest event of it's kind in the country.

Still an avid golfer, baseball and hockey player, Black tours annually with the NHL legends raising money for a variety of local charities across Canada.

"I'm the luckiest guy in the world", says Rod. "I live, work and play in the toy department of life. Best of all, I understand that even though sport is only about games - sport is also about life lessons. Learning to win, learning to fail but mostly learning about yourself and realizing that anything is truly possible."
Believing. Achieving. Succeeding.

Rod Black is a true Believer. Not only in goal setting but goal getting.

A Believer in leadership that comes from within and properly nourished can become contagious. An award winning professional broadcaster who believes that clear, concise , and creative communication is critical on the path to success, Black has been able to tap into some of the greatest coaches and leaders through his three decades in the television industry.

Whether it's in the wide world of sports or in the ever changing landscape of business, Black's classic, candid and warm hearted storytelling approach is a perfect fit for any corporate or team building event.

Unlike most keynote speakers, Rod does not take a cookie cutter approach to his presentations preferring to personalize each session, masterfully weaving stories and anecdotes that are designed to take each member of the audience on a compassionate journey of self-realization, growth and belief.

"What is effective leadership? Who is the best captain or coach for a team? Why do some lead and others follow? How can you learn to lead? "

These are all questions that Rod can provide answers to in an enlightening, entertaining and informative engagement that is sure to have everyone talking and mostly thinking.

His unwavering ability to engage an audience is why he's been able to assist a number of high profile North American companies in their leadership and team building seminars drawing rave reviews.

"I'm brought in as a free agent," Rod says. "I'm not a teacher, nor a preacher. I'm simply a storyteller, an observationalist and a coach. I love what I do and I love to help people out through communication. It's not rocket science but to me this is the kind of stuff that puts wheels in motion and helps produce positive change. I get as much out of these sessions as the audience does."

Championships and gold medals have been won and lost he says through simple communication and leadership pivots. Major business transactions and corporate strategies have floundered or flourished all because of a sudden turning point in motivation or momentum.

You don't have to be a psychologist or a psychic to figure this stuff out. You just have to be prepared to open your mind, your heart and your ears. Watch and listen. Rod Black will tell you that he's been there and seen that anything is possible. Call upon him. Trust him. He's a Believer.