Bob Wilkie

Bob Wilkie

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Calgary, Alberta

NHL Hockey Player - Mental Health & Peak Performance Expert

After enduring years of mental health challenges as a result of a tragedy, Bob shares the importance for all of us to double down on our commitment to improving our mental wellness every day to be able to move through and recover from such experiences. Bob speaks about the path he took to restore his own mental health after a very tragic bus accident that took the lives of four of his teammates. He shares how he built his resilience by being willing to reach out for help. By openingly sharing his challenges, including alcohol and drug abuse and getting the help he needed, he was able to overcome the shame, guilt and stigma around his own mental health issues and heal them. Bob is a successful entrepreneur who offers "Game Changing" Programs to the Sports and Corporate world through his company; I GOT MIND.

BOB WILKIE BIOGRAPHY

Growing up playing hockey and eventually reaching his dream of playing in the NHL, the culture of the sport ingrained unhealthy habits and characteristics in Bob Wilkie. He experienced many unhealthy power differentials with coaches and bullying by his teammates. As a result, he began to shut down his emotions and became untrusting about his living environment.

In 1986 Bob Wilkie was projected to be drafted in the first round of the NHL amateur draft. Bob Wilkie was traded at the beginning of the season to the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL. Later that year, the team suffered a tragic bus accident which claimed the lives of four of his teammates. Bob Wilkie watched one of his teammates take his last dying breath. All of this happened under the guidance of convicted child molester Graham James.

Bob Wilkie was drafted later that year, 41st overall, to the Detroit Red Wings. In 1989 while still a member of the Broncos, he was a part of the Memorial Cup Winning team closing a significant chapter in his life. Bob’s trauma led him through a complicated professional career. Bob Wilkie struggled with alcoholism, depression, anxiety attacks and suicidal tendencies. Nevertheless, Bob Wilkie played professionally for ten years and, was a part of two major championships, overcame two back surgeries, all while suffering in silence.

When Bob retired from the sport, he had to reinvent himself. Bob grew up in an entrepreneurial home and began his own business while living in Hershey, Pennsylvania. But unfortunately, he lost his first business to his inexperience and had to declare bankruptcy, he and his wife lost a son, and his battle with his mental health continued. As a young father, Bob Wilkie realized that he needed to find help and began his search to relieve the pain he was living in. His journey allowed him to work with some of the greatest minds in mental health and personal growth. Bob Wilkie began his journey of helping others when he started I Got Mind in 2008.

Since then, Bob Wilkie has shared his story with thousands of individuals around the World. Bob Wilkie’s keynotes are thought-provoking and emotional. Bob connects to his audience through his story. Bob has overcome many obstacles and continues to be a risk-taker. Everyone who attends one of Bob’s keynotes is touched emotionally by his ability to be vulnerable. The keynotes are motivational because of Bob’s message to keep moving forward regardless of the challenges that life may throw at you.

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Calgary NEXT

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Calgary NEXT with Bob Willkie

Bob Wilkie Topic Presentations

it's lonely at the top

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  • This presentation takes attendees through the journey of becoming. As individuals strive to live the life they want, many things can happen to them that they are not skilled to deal with. It is an emotional journey that all in attendance relate to. The story talks in detail about the mental health issues that can stem when we try to separate ourselves from the rest to achieve our goals and dreams. Success does not have to cost us our well-being, if we learn the proper skills the climb to the top can be our greatest journey.

getting mental wealthy

drop your pack

fear and motivation

attitude is everything

your culture is your brand

wellness = performance

team dynamics

Testimonials

Bob was a pleasure to hear from and engage with, and his passion for improving mental wellness certainly came across during the presentation. You can tell he cares. I appreciated the helpful, simple tips.

Chamber of Commerce Hanna Alberta

Thank you, Bob and I Got Mind, for the exceptional presentation regarding life’s burdens and our ability or inability to manage them. The weight of the burdens we carry and how as individuals, we deal with them is something that is far too often overlooked by many. The impact of this presentation on our group was evident from the moment Bob began to speak – very powerful stuff!

Scott

City of Calgary Engineers

Bob’s presentation It’s Lonely at The Top was very impactful and relevant. Becoming a judge is an arduous journey, and Bob’s story related to all of our judges. The pressures of being at the top can take a toll, and Bob’s vulnerability has opened discussions with our group that has proven to be very helpful to all.

Chair
Alberta Judges Education

I wanted to give our group something special as we kicked off our annual planning conference. Bob’s keynote on Fear and Motivation was more impacting than I had hoped for. We found ourselves talking more about that during our planning session that planning. Thanks, Bob for opening the doors of communication for our group.

Chair
Investors Group Alberta

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A stalwart promoting mental wellness & performance through social and emotional learning in business, education, and sport: I Got Mind

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The Full Show: More reaction to Habs’ controversial draft selection, Safety and utility of trucks & Understanding trauma to help athletes

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Books

Sudden Death: The Incredible Saga of the Swift Current Broncos
Sudden Death: The Incredible Saga of the Swift Current Broncos
On December 30, 1986, the Swift Current Broncos' bus crashed in horrible weather conditions, and four players died. In 1989 they won the Memorial Cup. In 1996 former Broncos coach Graham James was charged with sexual assault. This book tells the stories of some of the people involved in these...

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