Robert Hawke

Comedian, Author and Cancer Survivor

Robert Hawke is a speaker, comedian and cancer survivor. He uses his 20 years of comedic experience and the lessons he learned in his battle with cancer to uplift and entertain audiences across the country. Rob comes alive onstage. He inspires audiences to care, to take risks and to work outside of their comfort zones to create extraordinary results in their lives and their work.

While Rob was facing life threatening challenges as a cancer patient, the entire focus of his life changed and he was inspired to bring his formidable skills as a comedian and content creator to help people live more courageous and authentic lives. His storytelling and comedic skills were honed while working for the world renowned Second City Comedy Troupe. He has shared in a Canadian Comedy Award and Gemini Award Nomination for Best Writing in a Comedy Series.

His keynotes Laugh It Off: Harnessing Humour At Work and The Excellence Principle: When We Feel Good We’re Better At Everything are the culmination of his most impactful work to date. Hawke’s presentations inspire, entertain and give audiences immediately usable tips and tools that make their lives and work better.

A pioneer in the world of using humour to teach and create change, Robert has created educational content for University of Toronto Medical School and worked as a Wellness Educator for the University Health Network. His audiences have included national associations, governments, financial experts, medical professionals of all kinds, cancer patients and their families.

Some of Rob’s clients include The Ontario Hospital Association, Sun Life Financial, Excellence Canada, The University of Toronto Medical School and PharmacyU to name a few.

He wrote the books Kicking Cancer’s Ass: A Lighthearted Guide To The Fight Of Your Life and Doing Happiness: Uncovering The Hidden Benefits Of Feeling Good. He lives in Peterborough with his terrific wife and ridiculously small dog.

If you want your group to laugh, learn and be turned-on-to-contribute then Rob is your speaker. Check out Rob’s speaker demo to see for yourself!

Topic Presentations

This original keynote will teach your team how to use humour to reduce their level of stress, improve their mental health and increase their productivity. Using the core values of improvisation and over 20 years of experience as a comedian, Robert Hawke will show your team how to use laughter as their secret weapon at work.  


What you will Learn 

The science behind the healing power of laughter. 

How the concept of “Yes and” can change your life. 

How to use humour as a tool for increased resilience in the workplace 

Rob’s hilarious “laugh while you learn” presentations will have your team on their feet learning valuable stress reducing, productivity increasing and gut busting strategies. 

What if there was a tool that could help you and your team improve your performance at work immediately? 

 After had surgery for cancer, I was depressed, angry and unable to cope. had to learn resilience techniques that would help me FAST. 

I discovered that when we feel good we are a better version of ourselves. We are more resilient, more intelligent and more creative! 
In this hilarious, interactive keynote, I will teach your group:

  • How to be tap into more resources in a moment. 

  • How to create their own “Excellence routine” to help improve their performance every day. 

  • How to access the best version of themselves instantly before any important challenge. 

  • How to use Feeling Good is a tool for productivity, creativity and resilience. 


I can teach your group how to improve their results by feeling good first and give them immediately usable tips and tools that will help them enhance their performance right now and in the future. 

Connecting With Patients is an original, interactive keynote that teaches medical professionals how to increase their level of engagement with their patients in a way that helps them have more impact, improves their level of Patient Centred Care and helps them find more fulfillment in their work. 

What You Will Learn
How to use the profound power of listening.
The best question a medical professional can ask.
The “recipe” for a significant patient interaction.
How to create better relationships with patients. (Demonstrated on stage and practiced in dyads.)
Proof that you have a much more impact than you think.
On behalf of the people you serve: Thank You! 


At the end of the presentation, participants will have developed clearly defined skills and know the specific steps to create more meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships with their patients. 

Let’s face it, all of us must interact with P@ssed Off People at some point in our lives. Dealing with P.O.P.s can make people feel anxious and powerless. It doesn’t have to be that way. Ithis hilarious keynote, developed by Robert Hawke and Stuart Ellis Myers, your group will learn useful strategies to help them deal with POP’s. 

What you will learn 

How to identify times when you are dealing with a POP. 

The science of why POP’s are like cavemen! 

How you can diffuse tension in real time. 

Ways to improve your interaction and build the relationship for the future. 

How to deflect negative emotions so you stay safe. 


Best of all, Rob makes this stuff FUN!  

Please note: The title can be changed to Navigating Your Relationships With Tough Clients if that is more appropriate for your group. 

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Doing Happiness: Uncovering The Hidden Benefits of Feeling Good

Doing Happiness reveals the simple but profound techniques that are scientifically proven to help you be happier every day. You’ll also learn how to make your work easier, improve your health and enrich your relationships.

Kicking Cancer’s Ass: A Light Hearted Guide to the Fight of Your Life

Kicking Cancer’s Ass is written for anyone going through cancer. It contains valuable strategies, information and insights to help with one of life’s greatest challenges.

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