Tom Higgins

Tom Higgins

Calgary, Alberta
Leadership and Accountability Expert
Tom Higgins is a Leadership and Accountability and overcoming adversity expert & a former Head Coach & VP of Operations of Calgary Stampeder Football Club. He also lead the Edmonton Eskimos to a Grey Cup. Tom Higgins speaks on how our attitude or mental state is the causation of ensuring success, while his presentations are motivating, informative, heartfelt, humorous & applicable to all industries.
  • Change Management
  • Employee Management
  • Health & Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health
  • Peak Performance
  • Personal Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Business Management
  • Conference
  • Funny & Comedy
  • Guest Panelist & Guided Q&A
  • Inspirational
  • Lifestyle & Health
  • Motivation
  • Olympians & Olympics


Tom Higgins is a keynote speaker on the topics of leadership, overcoming adversity, health & wellness and excellence. Before joining the CFL, Tom was an All-Conference and All-American team captain in both football and wrestling at North Carolina State University.

As former General Manager and Coach of the Edmonton Eskimos Football Club, Tom Higgins led Edmonton to two straight Grey Cup appearances and three first-place finishes in the CFL West Division and a 2003 Grey cup. Higgins was also recognized with the 2003 CFL Coach of the Year Award for the first time in his career. He is also the Former Head Coach and Vice-President of Operations of the Calgary Stampeder Football Club.

During his time spent with the Stampeders, Tom Higgins led the club to three consecutive playoff appearances. After an amazing turnaround season for the organization in 2005, Higgins was honoured with the CFL Coach of the Year Award for the second time in his career. Tom Higgins most recently spent one and a half CFL seasons with the Montreal Alouettes. In 2014 the club experienced the single biggest turnaround in CFL history when the team began at 1-7 and went 8-2 for a final regular-season record of 9-9. After winning the Eastern Conference Semi-Final the Alouettes advanced to the Eastern Conference Final.

Higgins was also the Director of officiating for the CFL for six seasons. While with the league office, created the Command Centre for instant replay and developed a coaching system to help on-field officials. Tom Higgins is now spending time developing young players as the Founder and current Director of the Canadian Football Academy.

Tom Higgins will illustrate the art and science of “coming out on top” in work situations and in home life. He is deeply committed to practicing this winning philosophy in his personal life and practicing entrepreneurial thinking in everything he does. His demeanour and his stature exhibit nothing but complete confidence, personal physical and mental fitness and abiding faith in humanity.

Tom’s presentations are motivating, informative and applicable to all industries. He speaks on how our attitude or mental state is causation of ensuring success. Tom Higgins’ presentations are heartfelt and reference his experience as a coach and leader to captivate the audience with large amounts of humour.  Above all, Tom always researches each organization and event to customize his presentation based on the desired learning outcomes and your audience.



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Tom Higgins Topic Presentations

championship thinking. prepare - evaluate - succeed

  • Keynote Presentation
  • What attitude and mental state does it take to affirm and ensure success? Tom will highlight key moments in his personal life and CFL career to offer practical insights that are deeply rooted in his winning formula of; Preparation and Evaluation for personal and organizational success. Championship Thinking is a thought-provoking presentation that encourages participants to question everything they do and how they do it. As a coach, Tom learned that everything must be evaluated in order to improve: every game, every player, every play, every move. Tom will use his coaching formula to offer strategic advice on what it takes to succeed. It will distinguish the ordinary from the extraordinary defining success. This presentation will illustrate the art and science of “coming out on top” in work situations and in home life.

success and failure - failure is the path to success

  • Keynote Presentation
  • During his career and personal life, Tom Higgins has come across many different individuals and personalities. He has witnessed many different winning and losing attitudes. Before Tom became successful as a player and coach, Tom experienced many setbacks. He understands that achieving greatness comes with many costs and sacrifices. He also understands the much-needed balance of a positive attitude and a short memory, to learn to deal with any failures or changes that inhibit success. Tom will share his path to success which has been littered with challenges and failures, and reveal why failure is critical to ultimate success.

    Tom will deliver a powerful presentation outlining how that failure is an opportunity to learn, grow and adapt through failure. Failure is a learning experience, and it is in rebuilding and trying another time, that we become more effective, accountable and successful. Tom will convey practical solutions on how to become positively dissatisfied with failure and how to use it as motivation to set and achieve higher goals.

championship teams

  • Keynote Presentation
  • The football field is no different than the boardroom, a place where teamwork, collaboration, planning and execution are critical to the success of the organization.  Tom will take you through the development of teamwork and how leaders can create team synergy. Tom will explain the importance of creating a team that is focused on a common goal to gain commitment from all team members and to increase productivity and results. Tom will then teach how to evaluate the process and the organizational effectiveness of individuals and leaders within the team. Tom will explain the importance of positive reinforcement for all team members to drive accountability, individual performance and team focus.

you only go around once

  • Keynote Presentation
  • Is it possible to have health and wellness inside a demanding schedule? Tom discusses prioritizing health and wellness inside a busy schedule in dealing with home and work challenges as they come, without procrastination. Tom offers audiences practical and inspirational insights on how to act now to make sure that health becomes a priority to manage balance at home or at work. This presentation is focused on increasing relationships with our employers, employees, our families, our friends and ourselves.

integrity - how to have integrity in the face of adversity

  • Keynote Presentation
  • The single most important ingredient in a successful individual/organization is integrity. Tom’s speech can help develop and strengthen this essential ingredient. Covering many different storylines and antidotes, Tom draws on his experiences and reveals how integrity can stand strong in the face of adversity. Tom will explain how a common goal of those who achieve is how they decide to handle adversity and how integrity plays a major factor in whether an individual or team succeeds or not. He will inspire audience members to become better team players or leaders through accountability and by being able to handle constructive criticism. He will teach them to grow and adapt by developing a constant improvement attitude and making integrity a priority for themselves and their goals. Adversity presents an opportunity for individuals and teams to become stronger, adapt to new heights and gain more confidence for future goals and aspirations.


p.p.e. safety - preparation, protect and evaluate your safety initiatives

  • Keynote Presentation
  • This presentation focuses on how preparation and communication are can reduce unsafe situations and behaviours on the job. Tom’s coaching methods on the field had to evaluate different situations going on with individual players, and policies on how to maintain the health of his players. Health is first. An unhealthy team member can cost the team and negatively impact goals and results. In order to reach a goal, or achieve success, leaders must be aware of every situation that might affect team performance. Leaders must continuously evaluate each employee and their compliance with policy and a common goal. Prepare, Protect, and Evaluate your leadership, teams and organizational goals to become safer on the job and reduce workplace incidents. Tom will help leaders and teams become more accountable and committed to safety goals and expectations.


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How to book Tom Higgins for an event?

Tom Higgins keynote speaker is an expert presenter and has a wide range of experience speaking to a wide variety of audiences and organizations. Tom Higgins delivers keynotes, workshops & training sessions. They may also host or emcee events. Hire Tom Higgins 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 Tom Higgins for your event? Tom Higgins Calgary, Alberta is a dynamic and engaging speaker that offers audiences researched content paired with expertise and a dynamic speaking ability. Tom Higgins is also a Canadian corporate consultant and coach and facilitates workshops and training sessions for a corporate audience. Tom Higgins 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 Tom Higgins 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 Tom Higgins 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, Tom Higgins 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 Tom Higgins 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, Tom Higgins is a perfect speaker for your event. Through unique practical insights for trending topics and years experience speaking to different organizations, Tom Higgins 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 Tom Higgins 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 Tom Higgins’s presentations and speeches, with measurable results set to shift the people of the organization and core direction of the company. Book Tom Higgins speaker for your annual general meeting, conference, summit, or convention in Canada.

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Tom Higgins 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 Tom Higgins 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. 

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