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The most effective leaders in society are those rare individuals who can inspire their audience with a passion that can only come from personal experience. As the President and CEO of an extremely successful multimedia company, Joe Roberts has faced and overcome key business challenges, which confront every modern organization.

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, boards of trade and professional associates internationally.

Joe is a college graduate with two business diplomas from Loyalist College in Ontario, where he won the coveted Laurie H. Cameron Memorial Award for academic excellence. After which he began his professional career making cold-calls in the gritty world of photocopier sales. He quickly found himself promoted into a leadership and management position with a major audio-visual company.

With a track record of proven business success, Joe formed his own multimedia company, Mindware. In less than four years, he led his company to a phenomenal 800% increase in business, and made his first million before he was 35.

What is most amazing about this young man however is that in 1989 he was living on the streets of Vancouver as a homeless skid row derelict. Through perseverance, determination and his resilient human spirit, Joe pulled himself out of the darkness and despair, to become a highly respected business and community leader of today.

Drawing on the tremendous courage and determination necessary for his dramatic personal transformation, Joe now uses his amazing story, insightful humor and solid business experience to inspire individuals and organizations to achieve their own remarkable goals!


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Presentations

  • From Skidrow to CEO

    Have you ever wondered about the families touched by recovery?
    Seldom do we get to see the real impact recovery can have.
    In this keynote, Joe shares his story of redemption, a story that
    relates to the work you do every day. He teaches how anyone can
    transform and overcome perceived limitations and live their dreams
    with the right help and guidance.

    As you walk with Joe through the tough streets of East Vancouver in
    the 1980’s you will experience the depths and degradation of a
    former homeless drug addict, to the heights and triumph of a
    successful entrepreneur and philanthropist. You will see and feel
    how your work and policy made this happen and continues to do
    so in the lives of others.

    Joe’s story is a perfect fit for events that need a real story to
    emphasize the importance of the recovery investment.
    What better way to honour your guests with a story that relates
    on so many levels?

    Participants will leave with:

    • A feeling of being honoured and thanked for their individual contributions
    • A deep sense of gratitude
    • A real life example of how lives are touched when we invest in recovery
    • Seeing the possibility in those we serve
    • The importance of the work ahead of us
  • The Push for Change - How to create engagement with impact

    Learn the psychological tools needed to overcome great obstacles and stay focused, and understand that connecting to your PURPOSE is the key to achieving big things in life and the power to create engagement with others that share your collective vision.

    To help Canada’s children before it’s too late, Joe Roberts teamed up with Dr. Sean Richardson and developed The Push for Change initiative that will have Joe Roberts push a shopping cart (the symbol of homelessness) over 9000 kilometers across Canada.

    In the summer of 2012 Joe did a training trek and walked from Calgary to Vancouver, a distance of 1071km’s. Joe completed the last kilometer in the downtown eastside with the support of family, friends, sponsors and supporters.

    In this keynote, you will learn the ideas and design for creating legacy in your life and community. The phrase ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE resonates as you are taken behind the scenes and shown exactly how Joe and Sean created this national project.

    The Push for Change is a campaign designed to create awareness about Canada’s at risk children while raising money to support programs that reach underserved children who are at risk of becoming destitute due to circumstances out of their control, preventing them from ending up alone and homeless.

From Skidrow to CEO

Have you ever wondered about the families touched by recovery?
Seldom do we get to see the real impact recovery can have.
In this keynote, Joe shares his story of redemption, a story that
relates to the work you do every day. He teaches how anyone can
transform and overcome perceived limitations and live their dreams
with the right help and guidance.

As you walk with Joe through the tough streets of East Vancouver in
the 1980’s you will experience the depths and degradation of a
former homeless drug addict, to the heights and triumph of a
successful entrepreneur and philanthropist. You will see and feel
how your work and policy made this happen and continues to do
so in the lives of others.

Joe’s story is a perfect fit for events that need a real story to
emphasize the importance of the recovery investment.
What better way to honour your guests with a story that relates
on so many levels?

Participants will leave with:

  • A feeling of being honoured and thanked for their individual contributions
  • A deep sense of gratitude
  • A real life example of how lives are touched when we invest in recovery
  • Seeing the possibility in those we serve
  • The importance of the work ahead of us

The Push for Change - How to create engagement with impact

Learn the psychological tools needed to overcome great obstacles and stay focused, and understand that connecting to your PURPOSE is the key to achieving big things in life and the power to create engagement with others that share your collective vision.

To help Canada’s children before it’s too late, Joe Roberts teamed up with Dr. Sean Richardson and developed The Push for Change initiative that will have Joe Roberts push a shopping cart (the symbol of homelessness) over 9000 kilometers across Canada.

In the summer of 2012 Joe did a training trek and walked from Calgary to Vancouver, a distance of 1071km’s. Joe completed the last kilometer in the downtown eastside with the support of family, friends, sponsors and supporters.

In this keynote, you will learn the ideas and design for creating legacy in your life and community. The phrase ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE resonates as you are taken behind the scenes and shown exactly how Joe and Sean created this national project.

The Push for Change is a campaign designed to create awareness about Canada’s at risk children while raising money to support programs that reach underserved children who are at risk of becoming destitute due to circumstances out of their control, preventing them from ending up alone and homeless.

Testimonials

  • We wanted them leaving feeling great about being in real-estate sales. You did this very well! With a combined 250 years of sales experience in the room I was wondering how you were going to connect and bring something new to our team of seasoned professionals. Not only was the sales training on point, it was exactly what we wanted to reinforce. SELL VALUE! You managed to break down and give our group real tools they could apply immediately to help them do their jobs.

    Joe Roberts Rick Dubord, President Homelife Realty
  • 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.

    Joe Roberts Gary Mauris, President and CEO Dominion Lending Centres
  • This year you raised the bar at our annual Recruits Conference! Your story of transformation was riveting. How you overcame living on the streets of Vancouver to becoming a multi‐million dollar sales professional is amazing. In fact, David, one of our top managing directors from Ottawa said that you should be speaking at Million Dollar Round Table, and he is no push over!

    Joe Roberts Sean Karow, Desjardins Financial
  • You did such a FANTASTIC JOB on Wed with Ontario Independent Adjusters Association. Ian said everyone was talking that afternoon about how much they enjoyed you. Thanks Joe!

    Joe Roberts Marie Gallagher, FCIP, CRM, President CIAA
  • Your message was inspiring and motivating. The "buzz" from our participants continued through the entire weekend. You clearly knocked it out of the park and provided us exactly what we were looking for as a kickoff

    Joe Roberts Pat Battle, Canadian Independent Adjusters' Association
  • Joe did an excellent job in closing out our conference; our CUMAM members were very impressed with his story and would definitely recommend him as a conference speaker. He also brings great insight on leadership and has a whole learning program that he does around that as well.

    Joe Roberts Tim Klassen, Executive VP and ACEO, Credit Union Managers Association of Manitoba
  • 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

    Joe Roberts Brad Garner, Production/Revenue Accountant, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producing Accountants
  • Choosing a Keynote Speaker for any event is a challenge and we face this challenge every year in relation to our Annual Conference. This year we were looking for a closing speaker for our annual event that would inspire delegates. CSAE’s Education Committee had many choices but decided to have Joe Roberts (aka The Skid Row CEO) be our closing keynote speaker. Joe’s remarkable story from the streets of Vancouver to corporate success resonated with our group and left an impact that will not be forgotten. With so many changes facing our members today we wanted a speaker that would put things in perspective and help convey the message that anyone can overcome perceived limitations and live their dreams. Great job Joe!

    Joe Roberts Michael Anderson, CAE, President & CEO, Canadian Society of Association Executives

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