Vik Maraj

Vik Maraj

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Edmonton, Alberta

The Science behind 21st Century Organizations Leadership | Change & Workplace Culture Expert

Vik Maraj is an original thinker; a speaker with the real-time battle-tested experience that comes with becoming a trusted advisor to some of the world’s most influential leaders. Vik has coached and consulted CEOs of the Fortune 500 in addition to the Premiers, Presidents, and Prime Ministers of countries. He has worked with Pro-Athletes, celebrities, and even an astronaut. He's been a driving-force behind the growth of leading global companies, facilitated billion-dollar collaborations, restored projects and organizations on the brink of failure, and volunteered well over 10,000 hours of his time to coach local and global not-for-profit leaders and citizens to effectively address hunger, sex-trafficking, war, poverty, climate, colonialism, and other critical issues to humanity.
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VIK MARAJ BIOGRAPHY

Vik Maraj stands as a global thought leader specializing in navigating extreme change. Working closely as a consultant and coach, Vik has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with leaders from some of the world’s most preeminent organizations, guiding them through periods of exponential growth, seismic market shifts, and even the brink of failure. These experiences have granted Vik profound insights into the consistent patterns of knee-jerk leadership reactions, blame games, team tension, and the use of scripted and inauthentic communication. Vik’s extensive real-world experience translates into presentations that resonate deeply, provoking ‘laughter of recognition’ and offering clear paths out of disruptive change and the never-ending maze of conventional leadership strategies.

Vik Maraj is a master in cultivating leaders and their teams to navigate disruptive change and breakthrough ineffective group and corporate dynamics. Like any adept master, Vik recognizes the opportunities and competitive advantages hidden within these ‘crucible moments’ that every organization will inevitably face. With a background as the former president of an international education company, a designer and trainer of the RCMP’s hostage negotiation curriculum, and a consultant and advisor to Central European governments fighting for democracy, Vik understands the pressure to evolve or face obsolescence, to perform under tremendous adversity, and the critical nature of delivering high-stakes outcomes.

Vik Maraj possesses a wealth of firsthand experiences and profound insights into human performance that are unparalleled. He has orchestrated transformative shifts across various spheres, impacting local and international governments, boards, corporations, not-for-profits, rural communities, municipalities, and NGOs, including the United Nations. The breadth of Vik’s work is unmatched. Noteworthy achievements include his pivotal role in reviving a multi-billion-dollar international environmental collaboration, empowering Canada’s First Nation women to eradicate food poverty in the Arctic and collaborating with leaders in a rural community to overhaul historical mindsets, resulting in a staggering decrease from 18 teens in the criminal justice system to zero.

What makes Vik Maraj sought-after is his remarkable talent for simplifying the seemingly complex realms of leadership, team dynamics, and disruptive change into simple and digestible parts. In a world where speakers can rehash existing ideas with catchy new labels, Vik stands out with original, thought-provoking content. He doesn’t rely on rebranded theories or impractical motivational rhetoric. Instead, Vik offers audiences a unique experience: complete understanding, insightful revelations that provoke laughter at the situation and oneself, and epiphanies that permanently enhance problem-solving and liberate them from challenges that may have haunted them for years. It isn’t uncommon for someone to say, over a decade after they were with Vik Maraj “That one concept changed my life.”

By leveraging staggering facts, authentic and gripping stories, and unparalleled audience interactions, Vik Maraj consistently delivers extraordinary value to organizations worldwide. Vik’s coaching and collaborations have spanned all seven continents, working with leaders and organizations from globally recognized entities such as lululemon, Google, Deutsche Telekom, Schindler, the United Nations, Linet, IKEA, United Way, Doctors Without Borders, Eastman, Curaprox, Accace, the World Wildlife Fund, Singularity University, and numerous others.

With Vik, you receive a fusion of hard-earned experience from the school of hard knocks, coupled with potent and unconventional models for leadership and navigating disruptive change that have proven their worth over time. As a scientist, consultant, humanitarian, high-stakes negotiator, entrepreneur, and coach, Vik Maraj has faced and successfully navigated the very challenges your organization seeks insights on. The possibilities Vik could unveil in a few hours have the potential to leave a lasting impact for a lifetime.

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Vik Maraj Topic Presentations

Leading and Mastering Disruptive Change

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  • The era of Change Management is coming to an end. The world has transformed; change is no longer an event but a constant in business and life. Attempting to ‘manage’ change is as futile as controlling the weather.

    Managing change keeps you reactive, trying to cope, adapt, and survive. Mastering change places you as the author and driver. The main shortfall in failed change initiatives is a lack of buy-in. Countless hours are spent crafting the ‘perfect’ messages. Internal teams or consultants are hired to steer change projects, create timelines, and persuade people. Despite these efforts, the return on investment (ROI) is weak. How come?

    This groundbreaking presentation will clarify the pitfalls and the uncommon approaches for mastering disruptive change. This presentation is especially pertinent for leaders facing a merger or acquisition, restructuring, rapid organizational growth, market shifts, new leadership, or technological disruptions.

    Following this practical session, leaders will gain:

    • A simple yet potent 3-part model to comprehend the core drivers of systems change and human acceptance.
    • Insight into effective communication that bypasses fear, resignation, and skepticism.
    • Strategies for painting a picture of the future without echoing the unfulfilled promises of past leaders.

History-making Teams: Aligning Smart People Who Don’t Think Alike

Instigating A Cultural Transformation: When Making Better Versions of Yesterday No Longer Cuts It

Testimonials

Vik is top notch and a visionary scientific talent. He has a masterful mind and provides brilliant insights into human behavior, change management, restructuring, reorganizing, priorities, goal setting, discovering hidden talents, gaining perspective, and tapping into leadership skills to get things done…

Dean Pickering

Business Development Manager
Bellamy Software – MicroAge

Vik challenged everyone in the room to take a look at education in a new light…[students] knowing more and more about less and less…I have the feeling that Mr. Maraj will be a name we hear more about in the future. He took 5000 of us to the cutting edge of education and invited us to do the same in our classrooms.

John McGettigan

Saskatoon Teachers Association

His talk centered on the idea that we need to be game-changing. He used the metaphor of a child learning to walk to make his point, saying that we need to “start trying to walk, and stop trying not to fall” if we want to be successful. His talk was full of great one-liners…He was a great speaker, and was the right choice to lead off the day.

Mack Male

Critic
TEDx Edmonton

I recommend this… to anyone ready to find the root causes holding them back in life or work, to dig deep and address why, then develop a practical plan to move forward and make it happen…

S. Posadziejewski

Chief Information Officer

I would recommend this for all those seeking a new path to finding personal happiness. Vik Maraj…did a marvelous job at guiding our group to new levels of awareness of our blind spots.

Mark Anielski

Economist and Author
The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth

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Are you looking to hire Vik Maraj for your event? Vik Maraj Edmonton, Alberta is a dynamic and engaging speaker that offers audiences researched content paired with expertise and a dynamic speaking ability. Vik Maraj is also a Canadian corporate consultant and coach and facilitates workshops and training sessions for a corporate audience. Vik Maraj 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 Vik Maraj 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 Vik Maraj 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, Vik Maraj 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 Vik Maraj from Edmonton, Alberta offers organizations a fresh perspective to assist the people of the organization. No matter if it is a government, association, or business crowd, Vik Maraj is a perfect speaker for your event. Through unique practical insights for trending topics and years experience speaking to different organizations, Vik Maraj 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 Vik Maraj 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 Vik Maraj's presentations and speeches, with measurable results set to shift the people of the organization and core direction of the company. Book Vik Maraj speaker for your annual general meeting, conference, summit, or convention in Canada.

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Vik Maraj 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 Vik Maraj 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 Vik Maraj to check availability or confirm the pricing and associated costs to hire a great speaker like Vik Maraj for your event. As Vik Maraj'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 Vik Maraj 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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When SBC receives a request to book Vik Maraj we provide you with their speaker fees, travel costs and check their schedules. We work closely with the host organization's event planning team and the speaker to handle the logistics and to relay or negotiate associated costs. Our talented team members then will work with our talent directly or their agent/manager/assistant to confirm the Canadian speaker fee and travel expenses, so that event planning teams can receive an official quote for the speaker appearing at the event. Speaker fees and travel costs vary per speaker and our role is to contact Vik Maraj about your event, after we have connected with the event organizers to learn all the event details and/or conference program. Each booking request is unique since session durations and audience sizes can vary which may affect the speaker's fees. If you are looking to hire Vik Maraj, we recommend filling out the booking request form so a booking agent from Speakers Bureau Canada can get in touch with our talent to help you coordinate with your team to engage the speaker for a successful event.

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