Ken Larson

Ken Larson

Calgary, Alberta
Certified Executive Coach, Business Strategy, Leadership, Productivity and Performance Expert
Ken Larson is a high-performance executive coaching, strategic thinking, execution planning, leadership, team development & overall business growth expert. Ken Larson walks his talk, lives by his core values & overall philosophy toward life, and has delivered successful executive coaching experiences & growth to organizations.
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  • Funny & Comedy
  • Inspirational
  • Motivation


Ken Larson has owned and operated Champion Performance Systems since 1996 and is considered an expert in high-performance executive coaching, strategic thinking, execution planning, executive leadership & team development, and overall business growth.

He delivers high-impact keynote presentations on human high performance, strategic thinking/execution planning, leadership, authentic living, and inspiration. Ken Larson’s mission is to inspire the Champion in all of us through sharing his energy, experience, and enthusiasm. His purpose, or Ikigai, is… “To Ignite”.

Before founding Champion Performance Systems, Ken Larson was the Athletic Director for the top college athletic program in Canada (now Mount Royal University). He is a former member of the University of Victoria Vikings as part of their seven (7) National Championships in a row in the early 1980s.

Ken Larson was also a member of the Canadian Men’s National Basketball Team (1981-84), playing for well-known Coach Jack Donohue. At the time, the Canadian Team was ranked 4th in the world – the highest Canada has ever been ranked.

According to Ken Larson, it isn’t what Coach Donohue did to him, but what he did for him that has allowed him to coach over 300 (and counting) leaders in the last 25+ years, and what also laid the foundation for his most successful keynote, Inspirationship™.

Ken has delivered successful executive coaching experiences and growth to organizations with topline revenues ranging from millions to billions. Ken Larson has his own executive coach, personal trainer, and health coach. This team has helped and inspired him to seek the very best for himself and others.

As a lifelong learner, Ken Larson is always learning from his experiences, his colleagues, and his clients. His goal is to read a minimum of 50 books a year. He is currently working on one of his own. He walks his talk and lives by his core values and overall philosophy toward life.



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Ken Larson Topic Presentations

motivation is dead

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  • Ken Larson doesn’t believe in motivation anymore. There is nothing that he, or anyone for that matter, can say or do that will motivate anyone with any sort of lasting results. Your people already have their own motivation within themselves, it’s just a matter of bringing it out.

    Frankly, most people are downright tired of motivation tactics and seek much more. That’s why it is the responsibility of every person within your organization to inspire themselves first, and then to infect everyone else around them with the same.

    Inspiration is not a play on words. It is an entirely different concept and paradigm than the common practices of most organizations in the world today. High-performing organizations understand and foster this. It all starts with the individual. If your people aren’t actively choosing to inspire themselves, then they are, by default, relying on someone or something else to motivate them.

    That is a recipe for disaster in any organizational setting. Inspired people inspire others. Teams of inspired individuals inspire the organization. Inspired organizations rise above their competitors and customers are willingly drawn to them.

inspiring self and others

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  • Leaders cannot give away what they do not possess. How does one inspire others if one is not first inspired? Applying the simple steps toward self-generating inspiration is the first step to creating a contagiously inspirational culture.

    The daily inspiration of others begins with daily inspiration for self. It’s as much of a mindset as it is a set of skills and activities. Once on track, the aspiring self-inspiring person begins to infect others through their renewed energy and enthusiasm.

    Truly connecting with the organization’s cause and purpose puts people in a position to connect with others in a caring fashion. Watch the virus spread rapidly! Self-inspiring individuals affect and create self-inspiring teams, which in turn, create self-inspiring organizations.

    Organizations that constantly battle with motivational challenges stand to gain amazing amounts of positive culture shift once the inspirational paradigm is embraced, adopted applied and fostered.

the inspiration paradigm

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  • The motivational paradigm is truly outdated, based on doing things TO people, short-term results, and calling upon people’s fear of failure to motivate them to perform. As a result, people work as the course of least resistance. The inspiration paradigm is virtually the opposite.

    It’s based on doing things FOR people, long-term engagement and productivity, and calling upon people’s inner strength and wisdom. For these people, work becomes meaningful, and as a result, they become more productive and happier. Sound good? The interesting part about the inspiration paradigm is that we all have it already – it’s inside us.

    The trick is to understand it, access it, and apply it consistently.

ken larson's custom presentation topics

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    • High-performance executive coaching
    • Strategic planning and Execution
    • Accountability
    • Team development
    • Productivity
    • Life-work balance
    • Stress management
    • Change management
    • Business growth
    • Leadership development and Accountability
    • Communication


Ken seemed to identify with the group right away and find a common ground that made it easy for myself and others to get a hold of the problems and complications in our lives and find motivation – no, INSPIRATION – to do something better for ourselves, mentally and physically, as well as in our work and personal lives.

Restructuring and Government Efficiency - Province of Alberta

He not only changed the perception of stress to a positive one, but his energy also inspired everyone to challenge life’s stressful situations by using his techniques. I was impressed by how Ken customized his presentation so that it was relative to the stress faced in our industry and the deadline-driven atmosphere that the production accountant faces every day.

Canadian Association of Petroleum Production Accounting

Ken’s presentation rekindled the spirit of “NOW!” in me, and reminded me of the importance of a personal vision (clarity!), setting priorities (focus!), and knowing who and what inspires me. I loved the “INSPIRATION”!

Corporate Human Resources - Province of Alberta

Employees continue to ask when Ken is coming back. I even had a senior staff suggest to a more junior employee, who is struggling with confidence and presentation skills, that they think about working with Ken as a mentor and coach. We will definitely have Ken back to do more.

PrimeWest Energy

He was very instrumental in helping me to get on a better path, and I started to make some life-altering changes that have led me to a point two years later, where I am the happiest that I have ever been.

Dome Britannia Properties Inc.

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Ken Larson keynote speaker is an expert presenter and has a wide range of experience speaking to a wide variety of audiences and organizations. Ken Larson delivers keynotes, workshops & training sessions. They may also host or emcee events. Hire Ken Larson from Calgary, Alberta for your event to inspire the audience to take action and make change in their work and their lives. Your workplace will benefit from our keynote speaker and their keynote talks and speeches will shift the mindsets or behaviours for the audience members in Canada. 

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Are you looking to hire Ken Larson for your event? Ken Larson Calgary, Alberta is a dynamic and engaging speaker that offers audiences researched content paired with expertise and a dynamic speaking ability. Ken Larson is also a Canadian corporate consultant and coach and facilitates workshops and training sessions for a corporate audience. Ken Larson is an expert keynote presenter and speaks on wide variety of topics. Hiring a great speaker for your event is important and working with a thought leader like Ken Larson from Speakers Canada’s roster will engage audiences into the content of the presentation to bring awareness and a fresh perspective for their approach to their work and their lives. Book Ken Larson to educate, motivate and activate the audience through an interactive and entertaining presentation at corporate meetings and gatherings.

Known as a popular key note speaker in Canada, Ken Larson creates life changing experiences for the participants with practical insights and strategic advice they can implement right after the session. Working with a one our leading expert speaker like Ken Larson from Calgary, Alberta offers organizations a fresh perspective to assist the people of the organization. No matter if it is a government, association, or business crowd, Ken Larson is a perfect speaker for your event. Through unique practical insights for trending topics and years experience speaking to different organizations, Ken Larson focuses on changing individuals to make better decisions at work and their lives. No matter if you are holding an in person or virtual event, having an influential speaker such as Ken Larson will engage, motivate, and activate the audience to make a change in their lives and inspire action for results to meet organizational goals. Your workforce will benefit from Ken Larson’s presentations and speeches, with measurable results set to shift the people of the organization and core direction of the company. Book Ken Larson speaker for your annual general meeting, conference, summit, or convention in Canada.

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Ken Larson is an expert professional key note speaker with a lot of experience speaking and delivering engaging talks to organizations and audiences in Canada. Each of Speaker Bureau Canada’s talent have different ways to assess their fees, and Ken Larson speaker fee ranges depending on the size of the audience, event format (in person or virtual), event location, and if the organization booking them is a non profit, association, government department/government agency or business/corporation. The speakers we work with are flexible with their fees, and it is important for us to learn more about your event before we approach them, as it is our role to work for you, and to help you find a speaker within budget. 

Please contact Speakers Bureau of Canada and provide us with your event details so that we can contact Ken Larson to check availability or confirm the pricing and associated costs to hire a great speaker like Ken Larson for your event. As Ken Larson's agent and as a Canadian top speaker bureau and talent agency for speakers, we are able to propose each event opportunity from each host organization’s behalf to try to help you get in touch with Ken Larson and confirm them for your in person or online meeting/event. We can also provide and advise on the booking process and potentially negotiate their fee. Speakers Canada is a client focused speaker agency, and we work for you in finding good speakers for your team meetings and booking processes.

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