Randy Kolibaba

Leadership, Employee engagement, Change Management, PTSD and Mindful living Expert

A critically acclaimed speaker and Best-Selling author, Randy accurately and seamlessly weaves information he’s trying to convey into gripping true stories from his own experience.  Many have referred to his presentations as informative and both inspirational and truly life altering.

Randy is a results-driven former high-ranking and highly decorated Commissioned Officer within Canada’s national police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).  Whether it’s as a senior commander of  the RCMP tasked with responding to large scale man made or natural disasters, or to leading large multi-discipline policing units including one of the RCMP’s Emergency Response Teams  (Special Weapons and Tactics team), Randy has been formally recognized twice, once by the Government of Canada and secondly by Her Majesty the Queen of England for distinguished service to Canada.

Randy provided policing services to First Nations people for almost two decades in Saskatchewan and British Columbia. While in Saskatchewan, after researching and then developing the first provincially approved Alternative Justice Program for the First Nations people of Saskatchewan, he was nationally recognized for outstanding policing and service delivery to the First Nations peoples.

Randy has a long and proven record as being a master of leadership when dealing with organizations in crisis. Randy was selected to oversee Canada’s largest ever United Nations civilian policing mission in war torn Kosovo, Yugoslavia (UNMIK).  Regardless of the harsh and often extremely dangerous working and living conditions in Kosovo, not only was he responsible for all of the Canadian policing interests in Eastern Europe, but he was also asked by the United Nations to research and then oversee the subsequent creation of the United Nations International Border Police Service. His combined area of responsibility totaled a staff of 307 Canadian and International police personnel.

Internationally recognized for his Leadership, Diplomacy, Project management, and Employee engagement and development, Randy also has proven success in efficiency, growth and profitability in diversified areas of service delivery, not only within the umbrella of Public Safety, but also including senior management within the Health Care Industry and the “Not-for-profit” sector.

In a time when the organizational culture within the RCMP actually frowned upon members with stress related illnesses, Randy was diagnosed with Chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after returning from his United Nations Mission in war torn Kosovo, Yugoslavia, having witnessed first hand the atrocities of genocide. As a senior officer in command of a large municipal policing detachment servicing over 60,000 people, Randy successfully and pro-actively dealt with PTSD. He has now spoken to audiences in person and on Radio and TV talk shows in Canada and the United States.  He has been asked to write guest articles on PTSD for Global National News and a number of other personal wellness magazines.  Randy’s first book “The Lies Behind the Truth”, which openly discussed his diagnosis of PTSD, is now featured in the office libraries of a number of health care providers within the Okanagan region of British Columbia as resource material for their patients suffering from PTSD.

In Feb of 2015, Randy was diagnosed with a life-threatening auto-immune disease and given only days to live by four different doctors. After having a Near Death Experience while laying in a Trauma Room of the Intensive Care Unit at the Kelowna General Hospital, not only did he survive his illness, but he has gone on to write about his journey of self-exploration in his second book, “Is this the life you Imagined: What if you were wrong?” a Best-Selling book in the Self-Help genre in the area of perseverance and motivation.

Areas of Expertise:

Leadership

  • Employee Engagement and Development
  • Personal wellness – Mindful living
  • PTSD
  • Project Management
  • First Nations Policing
  • Change Management
  • Team Leadership
  • Performance Improvement

Topic Presentations

Leadership is easy when everything is going well…however, it takes vision, flexibility, and undogged determination along with morale courage to lead organizations in times of crisis or major change. Many very talented leaders struggle because they don’t maximize their greatest resource, their employees.  Randy walks his audience through a number of highly emotional and politically charged situations where he took organizations from their basic inception and in complete chaos to becoming highly functional entities, for which he has been recognized Nationally and Internationally for their success.

When many talented and gifted leaders struggle when faced with adversity, this talk will explore proven methodologies, techniques and the role of leadership in defining and supporting collective habits of execution to achieve desired outcomes.

Having returned home after overseeing Canada’s largest ever United Nations civilian policing mission in war torn Kosovo, Yugoslavia, where he investigated the horrors of genocide first hand, Randy was a broken man inside and just never realized it.  Randy suffered for almost two years with internal turmoil, including self medicating with alcohol to cope with the reoccurring nightmares and debilitating anxiety, all of which he hid from his family and employer.

This presentation is a moving and inspirational account of Randy’s diagnosis of Chronic PTSD and how it affected not only his personal life, but also his professional life.  The over arching message in this presentation is “You don’t have to suffer in silence”. Randy has addressed audiences all over Canada and the United States, provided written guest articles in national publications, and had a number of interviews on both television and radio talk shows.  Randy’s first book “The Lies Behind the Truth”, which is sold in 55 countries around the world, is also included in libraries of a number of Health Care professionals, for their patients suffering from PTSD.

As a high-ranking member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with over thirty-four years of policing experience, Randy has been responsible for providing policing services to First Nations People in both Saskatchewan and British Columbia for almost two decades. Randy’s presentation will focus on his work of how to bridge the communications gap to better understand the First Nations perspective in respect to their peoples and the traditional justice system, whether in isolated northern communities or large urban centers.

This presentation focuses on uniting communities and in doing so, generating better understanding and co-operation with both the First Nations People and the Non-First Nations community.

This presentation will take you and your group on a journey, a journey of self-exploration. Having been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease and given only days to live, in this presentation, as with his Best-Selling book “Is this the life you Imagined: What if you were wrong?”, Randy will share his inspirational story on the power of thought and belief and how it helped him not only overcome his illness, to the surprise of his doctors, but how he went on to write a Best Selling and critically acclaimed book that is helping countless people all over Canada and the United States.

Randy’s challenges include; being raised by an abusive alcoholic father  who routinely raped his mother, having taking a man’s life while in the line of duty as a police officer in a small rural farming community in Saskatchewan, to having been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after witnessing the atrocities of genocide while working with the UN in war-torn Kosovo, Yugoslavia. Randy demonstrates that when you take responsibility for your life and change the way you look at your life, your life will actually change. When he changed his attitude from “What’s in it for me” to “How may I serve”, he manifested incredible peace, harmony and abundance into his life. He now lives the life he was meant to live.

The hardest and often saddest reality that many people come to is they are not living the life they envisioned for themselves.  This presentation will help you understand that there are “no rewind” or “do over” buttons in life and if you think you have time to wait for that elusive “Someday” to come along…well, you don’t!

Randy was the founding and long-time serving President of the Vernon and District Land Trust Society, a “Not-for-Profit” agency in the North Okanagan region of British Columbia. The mandate of the society was to create clean, affordable and safe housing for low income seniors, veterans and families at risk.  Having started with nothing more than name recognition of the board members in 2007, when Randy eventually resigned from the Land Trust in 2018, the Society had amassed over five million dollars in land assets.  Randy has presented before local, provincial and national audiences on affordable housing.

This presentation will help your organization develop a solid and sustainable organizational foundation to generate viable funding streams.  Besides having the true desire to help others, the biggest secret to creating a viable “not-for-profit” society is to ensure that everyone on the board of directors leave their egos at the door!

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English

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Kelowna, British Columbia

The Lies behind the Truth

This moving and sometimes funny book is about learning to be the best you can be while realizing you are only competing for greatness against yourself. Society has conditioned us to believe that in order for us to enjoy success, we must always have more than the next person, to be always better than the next person…that is simply not true. Every once in a while, a person emotionally “wakes” up. When they do, the story of their lives seem to flash before them. It’s then that the never-ending questions seem to arise. Why am I here? Why have things happened the way they did in my life? Is this the best life has to offer? Why are other people so lucky and I am not? And on and on the questions go. The Lies behind the Truth is old in 55 countries around the world and is dedicated to all those people who were led to believe that the manifestation of happiness, health and abundance was not attainable. It’s also for those who have struggled to live up to the expectations of others, to who we’ve allowed to set for us, instead of charting our own destiny, our own greatness, our own happiness.

Is this the Life you Imagined: What if you were wrong?

"Featured on Amazon’s Best Sellers list in the Self Help / Motivational category, this critically acclaimed book has now been distributed world wide. In what many have shared as a deeply emotional and spiritually awakening book, it will take the reader on a journey, a journey of self exploration. Is this the life you Imagined: What if you were wrong? is written looking through three different ideological lenses to better help the reader understand the concepts being conveyed, those being a Scientific Lens, a Religious Lens and a Spiritual lens. This self-help memoir is intended to inspire. It will leave the reader with the clear understanding that life is a gift not to be wasted. It will encourage the reader to realize that there are “no do over” or “rewind” buttons in life. Randy asks a number of rhetorical questions forcing the reader to reflect on their lives. What if you were given only a few months to live, ask yourself…” Are you living the life you envisioned for yourself?”. The hardest and often saddest reality that many people come to in their lives is the life they are living is not the one they envisioned for themselves. Having been diagnosed with a life-threatening auto-immune disease in February of 2015, Randy was given only days to live. After experiencing a Near Death Experience (NDE) while in a Trauma room within the Intensive Care unit of the Kelowna General Hospital, Randy realized that he to, was not living the life he envisioned for himself. To the astonishment of the doctors, Randy’s condition virtually started to positively turn around the next day. Randy has fully recovered and has been in full remission for the past three years. This book is about over coming adversity and understanding what physical and emotional obstacles that we foster in our lives- the ones that ultimately stifle our happiness. Our lives don’t have to be in a crisis to make a life style change so that we can live the life we were meant to live. "

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