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Joe Roberts

The Skid Row CEO - Inspiration, Performance, Results

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Joe Roberts: The Skid Row CEO - Inspiration, Performance, Results

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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 bum. Today he is an author, CEO and internationally sought after professional speaker who motivates and inspires audiences worldwide.

Transform your people with the secrets Joe used to overcome poverty, addiction, and homelessness, which have led him to wealth, success and happiness.

Today, Joe delivers his keynote messages at conferences, conventions and special events, teaching people how to Profit from Adversity. 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 feature 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 has established his professional speaking career working with major clients in both Canada and the United States. He has become a favorite at business conventions and corporate meeting events, captivating tens of thousands of people and receiving rave

From Skidrow to CEO - "There's more to you than you can see"

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 mentorship changes lives
  • The importance of paying it forward
  • How to stay inspired and motivated despite the world outside

The Push for Change - How to create engagement with impact

Learn the psychological tools needed to overcome great obstacles and stay focused, and understand that
connecting to your PURPOSE is the key to achieving big things in life and the power to create
engagement with others that share your collective vision.

To help Canada's children before it's too late, Joe Roberts teamed up with Dr. Sean Richardson and
developed The Push for Change initiative that will have Joe Roberts push a shopping cart (the symbol of
homelessness) over 9000 kilometers across Canada.

In the summer of 2012 Joe did a training trek and walked from Calgary to Vancouver, a distance of
1071km's. Joe completed the last kilometer in the downtown eastside with the support of family, friends,
sponsors and supporters.

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.

The Push for Change is a campaign designed to create awareness about Canada's at risk children while
raising money to support programs that reach underserved children who are at risk of becoming destitute
due to circumstances out of their control, preventing them from ending up alone and homeless.

Safety – Dealing with the tough stuff.  Why do we do what we know will hurt us?

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

Why is the “safe” message always unpopular?
What are the human roadblocks that lead to shortcuts and consequences?
Why do we think the rules “are for everyone else but me”?

In this keynote, Joe teaches why we do the dumb things we do and shares the dire consequences. Walk
with him 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 unique style of inspiration combined with his legendary dark humour will have you shed a tear while
making you laugh ‘til it hurts. His issue of recovery from substance abuse also resonates with large
numbers in the health and safety field.

In this session you will learn:
  • The payofffor breaking the rules – its cool acting dumb!
  • Why advocating for prevention is the only way
  • How the right example is our greatest weapon
  • Why is doing it the hard way counter intuitive to human nature?
  • How mentorship and leadership changes lives
  • The importance of paying it forward
"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".
Shabir Amarshi - Branch Manager, TD Canada Trust

"Your 'Yes I Can' attitude demonstrated to our branch managers that it is possible to put our minds to task and overcome these challenges".
Skip Bates - Scotiabank

"Joe, thank you, once again, for your help in making our day a success!  Your presentation was a valuable part of the agenda".
Deirdre Liebrandt - Industry Canada

"You took us all on a journey that left us inspired, motivated and refreshed".
Ken King - President & CEO, Calgary Flames Enterprise

"I want to congratulate you on the success of the very informative and productive training program you presented the American Officers at the United States Consulate General".
Hugo Lorens - Consul General, United States of America

"Your energy, enthusiasm and no nonsense approach to the science of selling is exactly what our team needs to take this company to the next level".
Elmer Ventura - President, Bionic CCTV
Freedom 55
TD Bank
Scotia Bank
Payroll Loans
David Ash
Vancouver Board of Trade
Calgary Chamber of Commerce
College of Surgeons and Physicians
Industry Canada
Calgary Flames
Canadian Society for Marketing Professionals
Commonwealth Trust
Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce
Tri City Chamber of Commerce
New Media BC
The Alternative Board
Vancouver Gyro Club
Hodsman Financial
Home life Benchmark
Police Leadership Conference
The Justice Institute
Focus Conferences
Unites States Consulate General
United Way
Salvation Army
Union Gospel Mission
Premier Gordon Campbell
BC Health Minister
Boys and Girls Clubs
City in Focus
North Shore Air Cadets
From Grief to Action
Parents Forever
Vancouver Adolescent Recovery Centre
Green Grass Productions

Burnaby Youth Custody Services
Pacific Academy
Elgin Park Secondary School
Keith Lynn Alternative Secondary
Kwayhquitlum MS
Port Moody Secondary
Seycove Secondary
Fraser House – Mission Secondary Schools
Fraser Valley Adventist