Scott Kress

Scott Kress

Toronto, Ontario
Accomplished Mountaineer - Change, Team Building & Leadership Expert
Scott Kress is a seasoned mountaineer and visionary leadership expert, who boasts achievements such as being the 51st Canadian to conquer Mount Everest and the 17th to complete the Seven Summits challenge. Seamlessly merging his mountaineering triumphs with groundbreaking leadership insights, Scott's career spans three decades of crafting dynamic training programs that fuse cutting-edge leadership theories with experiential learning. As President of Summit Team Building, he tailors solutions for Fortune 500 companies and imparts wisdom to prestigious institutions like the Rotman School of Management. Recipient of multiple teaching awards, including "Professor of the Year," Scott continues to inspire growth and transformative change, leaving an indelible mark on individuals and teams alike.
  • Change Management
  • Employee Management
  • Leadership
  • Peak Performance
  • Personal Growth
  • Teamwork
  • Business Management
  • Adventurers
  • All Staff Meeting
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Athletes & Sports
  • Board Meetings & Strategic Advisory
  • Celebrity
  • Community Engagement Events
  • Conference


Scott Kress is a distinguished leadership and team development trainer, author, and keynote speaker who has dedicated his career to assisting individuals and organizations in reaching their peak performance. With a remarkable background as an accomplished mountaineer, Scott seamlessly combines cutting-edge leadership theory with experiential training to craft some of the most impactful and effective development programs available today. Over nearly three decades, Scott has left an indelible mark on Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, and individuals seeking to excel in leadership and teamwork.

Serving as the President of Summit Team Building, Scott Kress has been instrumental in creating highly successful development initiatives for a multitude of Fortune 500 companies. His commitment to designing tailored programs that address each client’s unique needs underscores his dedication to delivering tangible results. Leveraging his mountaineering experiences to draw parallels to leadership and teamwork, Scott has emerged as a sought-after speaker and authority in the field. His workshops, seminars, and training sessions inspire participants to push their boundaries and achieve exceptional outcomes.

Scott Kress’ expertise is rooted in a strong educational foundation. Armed with two undergraduate degrees and a Masters in Leadership and Training, he comprehensively understands both theoretical and practical aspects. This academic prowess, combined with his hands-on involvement in mountaineering and leadership, positions Scott as a versatile and well-rounded professional, capable of bridging theory and real-world application.

Scott’s skill set and expertise encompass critical aspects of his roles as a speaker and leadership consultant. His ability to design tailored programs that foster teamwork, enhance communication, manage change, and promote leadership development distinguishes him. His dynamic background spanning education, training, mountaineering, and adventure equips him to deliver engaging presentations and workshops that resonate with diverse audiences. His knack for conquering mountains is emblematic of his guidance in navigating corporate challenges.

Scott Kress boasts a slew of notable achievements in mountaineering and leadership. As the 51st Canadian to summit Mount Everest, he embodies determination and resilience in the face of daunting obstacles. Moreover, by achieving the Seven Summits challenge, and conquering the highest peaks on all seven continents, he solidified his status as the 17th Canadian to accomplish this feat. Scott’s prowess in teaching, evident through several teaching awards including “Professor of the Year,” underscores his profound influence both in mountaineering and corporate education.

Beyond his professional commitments, Scott Kress’ adventurous spirit is woven into his personal life. His enthusiasm for mountaineering seamlessly intertwines with his mission to help others ascend their figurative summits. Scott’s relatable demeanour and authenticity shine through his dedication to empowering individuals and teams. When not crafting innovative training programs or leading climbing expeditions, he enjoys embracing new challenges, exploring different cultures, and engaging in outdoor pursuits that mirror his commitment to growth and exploration.

Scott Kress’ multifaceted journey from mountaineering triumphs to leadership and team development expertise defines his impactful career. The fusion of his academic knowledge, practical experience, and unique perspective cultivated through nearly 30 years of climbing expeditions positions him as an exemplary figure in corporate training and motivational speaking. Through his insights, mentorship, and unwavering passion, Scott empowers individuals and organizations to ascend to new heights of achievement and success.






Scott Kress, Learning in Thin Air

Scott Kress Topic Presentations

achieve the outrageous

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  • Are you striving to achieve something truly outrageous? Seeking to conquer the extraordinary? Learn from someone who has been there and done that.  Gain insights from a proven trailblazer.

    Embark on a transformative journey with Scott Kress, a master of conquering the extraordinary. As a leadership and team building expert, former Executive MBA and EMBA Professor, and a seasoned adventurer, Scott has achieved the unimaginable. He proudly holds the titles of the 51st Canadian to summit Mount Everest and the 18th to conquer the highest peak on all 7 continents.

    Scott’s unwavering pursuit of audacious goals led him and his partners on an unsupported ski expedition spanning 960km from Antarctica’s coast to the South Pole – an epic feat of resilience and determination. Through his riveting keynote, “Achieve the Outrageous,” Scott shares the gripping story of this 44-day odyssey, interwoven with invaluable insights applicable to both personal and professional aspirations. Discover how to embrace challenges, foster continuous growth, and turn the outrageous into the achievable.

everest - learning in thin air

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  • In Scott’s compelling presentation, you’ll explore how the skills honed in climbing can be harnessed to conquer your personal challenges in both business and life. Through captivating anecdotes of triumph, resilience, determination, and embracing setbacks, Scott underscores that we are all navigating our unique ascent. By embracing change and constant growth, he illustrates how mountain lessons seamlessly translate to organizational hurdles. Scott’s insights empower audiences to rise above, embodying the essence of climbing’s wisdom for any endeavour.

conquering everest

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  • Experience the ultimate fusion of motivation and teamwork in this dynamic program that seamlessly blends the energy of a motivational keynote with the excitement of team building.

    Standing tall at 8,850 meters, Mount Everest reigns as the world’s loftiest peak and an iconic mountaineering ambition. Now, your team can embark on a simulated expedition to conquer this extraordinary mountain. Through collaborative challenges, participants will unite as a cohesive team, craft a collective vision of triumph, and navigate pivotal choices that propel them to the summit.

    Unleash your team’s potential by immersing them in this highly interactive experience. Together, you’ll scale the heights of teamwork and leadership, mirroring the journey to Everest’s peak. This program offers a unique blend of inspiration and camaraderie, equipping your team with the skills to conquer challenges and reach new pinnacles of success.


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Adventurer, team-building trainer and motivational speaker, Scott Kress, is an Everest veteran who’s climbed the highest peak on each of the seven continents. His most recent adventure: An unsupported, unassisted 960-km ski to the South Pole.

Success at the 10th Annual Canadian Water Summit

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The morning plenary sessions were followed by a keynote speaker, Scott Kress from Summit Team Building, over lunch. He spoke tothe power of partnerships and teams through the lens of his many exciting journeys around the world, like climbing Mount Everest.



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Learning in Thin Air
Learning in Thin Air
"Learning in Thin Air" by Scott Kress is a captivating exploration of leadership, resilience, and personal growth, inspired by his gripping journey as the 51st Canadian to summit Mount Everest. Through riveting anecdotes and profound insights, Kress reveals how the challenges of extreme...
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