Joe Roberts
The "Skid Row CEO" - Leadership, Overcoming Adversity, Change Expert
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Vancouver, British Columbia
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Joe Roberts is an author, CEO and internationally sought after professional speaker, an inspirational example of overcoming adversity and managing change. Joe Roberts has experienced both catastrophic failure and extraordinary success and he teaches audiences how to overcome the roadblocks that get in the way of high performance.

Expertise in

  • Change Management
  • Employee Management
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health & Mental Wellness
  • Peak Performance & Productivity
  • Personal Development & Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Business Growth & Strategy
  • Business Management

Speaker Types

  • Community Development
  • Conference Keynote
  • Corporate Entertainment & Entertainers
  • Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy
  • Education & Teachers
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Funny & Comedy

JOE ROBERTS BIOGRAPHY

Joe Roberts, is an expert on resiliency and change. Having experienced both catastrophic failure and extraordinary success Joe Roberts teaches how to overcome the roadblocks that get in the way of high performance. Joe Roberts helps companies and individuals redefine what’s truly possible by confronting limiting mindsets. Participants at Joe Roberts’ events leave inspired and moved to action.

What is most amazing about Joe Roberts is that in 1989 he was living on the streets of Vancouver as a homeless skid row addict. Through perseverance, determination, and his resilient human spirit, Joe pulled himself out of darkness and despair, to become a highly respected business and community leader. 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, professional associations, and organizations internationally.

Joe Roberts is also the Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Push for Change Foundation, a charity advocating for youth homelessness prevention.  Joe walked 9064KM across Canada from May 1, 20,16 until September 29, 2017, pushing a shopping cart to raise money and awareness about youth homelessness. Joe’s message is relatable, humorous, honest, raw and unforgettable.  He tackles the stigma associated with mental health and addiction in a straight forward authentic way and shares the tools needed to build resiliency in any situation.

Since 1989, Joe Roberts has acquired two college diplomas, became the CEO of one of Vancouver’s leading multimedia companies, walked across Canada and achieved more success than he could ever have imagined.  Joe has been recognized by MacLean’s Magazine as one of “10 Canadians who make a difference,” won the BC Courage to Come Back Award, received The Ontario Premier’s Award for Business, was given an Honorary Doctorate from Laurentian University and was recognized by the Senate of Canada with their Canada 150 Medal.  Recently Joe Roberts was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) from The Governor-General of Canada.

From Skidrow to CEO – How to build resiliency one step at a time Seeing Possibility not Probability – Mental Health and Addiction A Push for Change – How to lead, inspire, and engage on purpose

  • Every one of us is confronted by adversity, challenge and change. We face it with our families, work, health, and finances.

    Success in the face of adversity and change depends on our level of resiliency.

    Joe teaches how to build the resiliency needed to overcome life’s challenges and embrace change.

    Using a research-based behavioural change model, participants will evaluate their current state of resiliency and learn how to crush unproductive habits while developing a high-performance mindset. Participants leave with tools they can use immediately to create their own inspired results. Joe is a treasured Canadian whose life story embodies the resiliency of the human spirit. His message is inspiring, energetic, humorous, honest, raw, and unforgettable.

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Seeing Possibility not Probability

  • Mental Health and Addiction impacts every one of us.

    We all face adversity, challenge and change. But not everyone has the resiliency needed to survive life’s toughest days.

    How do we talk openly about addiction and mental health?

    How do we collapse judgement through transparency?

    How do we help others face their problems head on?

    In this keynote, Joe shares his story of redemption from a life long struggle with addiction and mental illness.

    Joe’s is a treasured Canadian whose life story embodies the resiliency of the human spirit. His message is inspiring, energetic, humorous, honest, raw and unforgettable.

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How to lead, inspire, and engage on purpose

  • Apathy. Disengagement. Underperformance. How do we inspire and engage people with purpose driven leadership to embrace change?

    Joe Roberts is a social change champion! In 1989 he was homeless living under a bridge, 12 years later he was a celebrated CEO. Joe made a promise when he was on the street to “pay it forward” and in 2017 he finished a 9064km charity walk across Canada. Joe teaches resiliency and inspires difference makers to lead with their “why”.

    In this keynote Joe takes you on an epic adventure from the planning stages, the aggressive pre-trek training schedule, and the campaign logistics up to the launch day. On May 1st 2016 Joe and Team Push for Change hit the road traversing the entire Trans Canada Highway from St John’s, NL to Vancouver, BC. Joe will share the extraordinary experiences of walking 24km every day, rain, snow or shine. Meeting icons like Walter Gretzky and Michael “Pinball” Clemons, inspiring over 100,000 students during 457 community events ending with a private meeting with the Prime Minster of Canada.

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Transforming Emotions - How to Respond to Difficult Emotions During Stress, Challenge, and Change - Workshops – In Person or Virtual

  • How are you & your teams responding to stress, fear & uncertainty when facing significant change or challenge?

    How is anxiety affecting the performance & morale of your team & your business?

    When confronted with significant changes, uncertainties about future, and the stress of difficulty or challenge, it is natural and predictable to experience a roller coaster of emotions from fear and anxiety to shock and resistance. But when emotions are not dealt with, they go below the surface, stay in the body and undermine people’s performance and health.

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Energy Health Management - How to Respond to Stress and Change - Workshops – In Person or Virtual

  • How are you coping with stress & responding to ups and downs in your energy? How is it affecting your performance and the performance of your team and your business?

    Joe Roberts brings you the latest from Dr. Sean Richardson’s doctoral research on overtraining, burnout & energy management to show you how to develop discipline around recovery and build resilient mindsets and behaviors to boost productivity and stress-proof your life.

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The Brain Science Behind Achievement - A System for Achieving your Biggest Goals

  • When it comes to personal and professional development, we know that people are always happy to pick up new skills when they can, but what about an experience that gives you power to go after your most audacious goals?

    In this workshop Joe teaches the system and brain science that he used to walk 9064 km across Canada during The Push for Change campaign. Getting big things done in your life demands the courage to confront one or more big personal roadblocks.  This can present a significant challenge outside your comfort zone.

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Dealing with the Tough Stuff - COVID-19 Conversations are the Toughest!

  • Tough conversations, specifically about COVID-19, center more on anxieties and emotion than facts.

    Dealing With the Tough Stuff can show you how not only to survive the tough conversations, but to thrive within them, leading to more productive performance and compliance discussions and substantially better places to live and work.

    Recent research shows feedback discussions are the least enjoyed management task second only to “firing someone”. (Source: Gallup)  So how have we got to this point? How has having a direct, real and necessary conversation with staff, community stakeholders or politicians become so hard? In a nutshell, we have been shown processes without considering the human element in the discussion.

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Push for Change - Building Resiliency and Mental Toughness

  • (re•sil•ience): The ability to become strong, healthy, or successful after something bad happens / an ability to recover from or adjust easily to change.

    Learn from someone who earned a PhD in resiliency; from getting off the streets, building business success to walking across Canada!

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Strength through Vulnerability - Dealing with Mental Health and Addiction

  • “The only way to survive addiction and mental health is to have the courage to get transparent and vulnerable.” Joe Roberts

    Vulnerable leaders inspire, are more authentic, and build bonds that lead to increased performance. It turns out that the popular perception of vulnerability is a myth.

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Human Roadblocks - What’s stopping you?

  • We all face adversity, challenge and change. Each one of us has our share of the tough stuff!

    Delve into the psychological and situational roadblocks that get us stuck. Whether you are trying to lose 20 lbs or have huge aspiration for that next level of success, roadblocks are a reality we all face.

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The A.I.R. Model - The Science behind High Performance

  • Success is in the A.I.R. we breathe.

    Learn the formula used by elite coaches, pro level athletes, and successful business leaders.

    Lucky enough to have been coached and mentored by Dr. Sean Richardson, an elite sports psychologist, Joe was able to walk 9064km across Canada using a powerful human behaviour model designed by Sean.

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Difference Makers - Employee and Community Engagement

  • Canadian statistics state that only 27% of employees are fully engaged!

    Learn how to inspire team members to get off the bench while creating community impact. The Push for Change walk across Canada was an engagement success because people were inspired to become change makers.

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Street Smart Selling - It’s not just a clever title.

  • Learn what Joe learned living on the streets which he translated into sales mastery.

    Participants will leave with tools that can be applied immediately to shorten sales cycles, eliminate wasted time, and make fewer calls while building customers for life.

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From Skidrow to CEO – How to Hit Presidents Club

  • How do you teach sales people to be “hungry”?

    How do you keep them motivated and target driven?

    How can you squeeze more out of each player’s performance?

    Every one of us is confronted by adversity, challenge and change in our profession. Tough markets, ugly competitors, shrinking margins and a hundred other excuses!

    Ultimately it’s what’s between our ears that determines success or failure.

    In this keynote, Joe teaches how anyone anywhere can hit “presidents club” by overcoming their perceived limitations. Joe’s mastery in selling came from an unlikely place. In the 1980’s he lived on the tough streets of East Vancouver where his “gift of the gab” was his only weapon for survival. Joe will take you from the depths and degradation of a former homeless drug addict, to the heights and triumph of a successful career in sales and beyond.

    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.

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Staying Alive – Street Smart Safety “It’s about the little things”

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

    What role does mental health and addiction play in safety?

    How do we connect personal purpose to safer behaviour?

    Why do we think the rules “are for everyone else but me”?

    In this keynote, Joe teaches why we do dumb things and the consequence we pay. Walk with Joe 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 is a treasured Canadian whose life story embodies the resiliency of the human spirit. His deeply inspiring and masterful delivery combined with high energy and self deprecating humor will have you shed a tear while making you laugh ‘til it hurts.

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50 years in the making we were looking for a motivational story that could connect with our delegates. We got that and a whole lot more! Your energy, humour and honesty resonated with our group. There were moments when you could hear a pin drop. The feedback we have received has been incredibly positive. Our delegates left viewing life from a new perspective. Well done Joe! Highly recommend you to anyone planning an event.

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producing Accountants

When we were selecting our speaker to tour the country with us we needed someone who could speak with authenticity to our group. We needed someone that understood the nuances of sales and could deliver not just a talk but tangible value and tools our reps could take to the streets to generate new business. From Victoria to Halifax you blew audience after audience away. As an entrepreneur I LOVE your story and so did each participant at DLC University.

President and CEO

Dominion Lending Centres

Your presentation was absolutely thought provoking, powerful and very moving. It was very motivational for the group to hear what happens when “things go right.” I heard personally from numerous officers in attendance that they were emotionally impacted by your message and so very proud to be a police officer.

J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes

Commissioner

Ontario Provincial Police

Joe’s ability to connect with hearts and hold the attention of the audience is outstanding. A great example of the power of choice, while honouring the medical field. A very compelling and inspiring close to the conference.

Director of HR

Fraser Health Authority

I want to personally thank you for the excellent work you did on our recent 11 city cross Canada road tour with Primerica. Finding the perfect speaker for our annual tour is never easy. Rarely do we find individuals whose personal life experience has the power to motivate and move people like your story did. The way you delivered with consistency night after night and the impact you had on each room was reflected in the high level of engagement and feedback that we are still receiving. Your message was perfect for our sales group and I want to thank you for inspiring, educating and empowering all of us.

Vice President Strategic Accounts

AGF

I want to thank you and Marie on behalf of Canada. I can’t express how inspired and proud I am of the example you have set to make our country a safer place for young Canadians.

Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister

Canada

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Joe Roberts CAN DELIVER CUSTOMIZED PRESENTATIONS WITHIN THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF EXPERTISE & TOPIC THEMES

Expertise in

  • Change Management
  • Employee Management
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health & Mental Wellness
  • Peak Performance & Productivity
  • Personal Development & Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Team Building & Teamwork
  • Business Growth & Strategy
  • Business Management

Speaker Types

  • Community Development
  • Conference Keynote
  • Corporate Entertainment & Entertainers
  • Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy
  • Education & Teachers
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Funny & Comedy
  • Guest Panelist & Guided Q&A
  • Health and Safety
  • Healthcare
  • Inspirational
  • Lifestyle & Health
  • Motivation
  • Psychological Safety
  • Remote Workers & Virtual Team Building
  • Staff Appreciation & Employee Recognition
  • TED & TEDx
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