Joe Roberts

Inspirational Keynote Speaker

Joe Roberts

Joe Roberts aka The Skidrow CEO is an expert on resiliency and change. Having experienced both catastrophic failure and extraordinary success Joe teaches how to overcome the roadblocks that get in the way of high performance. He helps companies and individuals redefine what’s truly possible by confronting limiting mindsets. Participants at Joes’ events leave inspired and moved to action.

What is most amazing about Joe is that in 1989 he was living on the streets of Vancouver as a homeless skid row addict. 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.

Joe’s message is relatable, humorous, honest, raw and unforgettable.  He tackles the stigma associated with mental health and addiction in a straight forward authentic way and shares the tools needed to build resiliency in any situation.

Since 1989, Joe has acquired two college diplomas, became the CEO of one of Vancouver’s leading multimedia companies, walked across Canada and achieved more success than he could ever have imagined.  Joe has been recognized by MacLean’s Magazine as one of “10 Canadians who make a difference,” won the BC Courage to Come Back Award, received The Ontario Premier’s Award for Business, was given an Honorary Doctorate from Laurentian University and was recognized by the Senate of Canada with their Canada 150 Medal.  Recently Joe was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) from The Governor General of Canada.

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, professional associations and organizations internationally.

Joe is also the Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Push for Change Foundation, a charity advocating for youth homelessness prevention.  Joe walked 9064KM across Canada from May 1, 2016 until September 29, 2017, pushing a shopping cart to raise money and awareness about youth homelessness.

Ultimately, Joe’s deep resonating “WHY” is to empower people to step into a life of infinite possibility, to understand “there is truly more to each and every one of us than what we see”.

Please contact us for more information or to book Joe Roberts for your next event.

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  1. From Skidrow to CEO

    In this keynote, Joe teaches how to build the resiliency needed to overcome life’s challenges and embrace change.

    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 hopeless, homeless drug addict, to the heights and triumph of a successful entrepreneur.

    Using a research based behavioural change model, participants will evaluate their current state of resiliency and learn how to crush unproductive habits while developing a high-performance mindset. Participants leave with tools they can use immediately to create their own inspired results.

    Joe’s is a treasured Canadian whose life story embodies the resiliency of the human spirit. His message is inspiring, energetic, humorous, honest, raw and unforgettable.

  2. The Push for Change

    The notion of walking across Canada pushing a shopping cart to inspire change seemed impossible. But after four years of planning, 17 months and 9064 KM of walking, The Push for Change was completed and delivered valuable lessons about the power of social change through community engagement.

    In this keynote Joe takes you on an epic adventure from the planning stages, the aggressive pre-trek training schedule, and the campaign logistics up to the launch day. On May 1st 2016 Joe and Team Push for Change hit the road traversing the entire Trans Canada Highway from St John’s, NL to Vancouver, BC. Joe will share the extraordinary experiences of walking 24km every day, rain, snow or shine. Meeting icons like Walter Gretzky and Michael “Pinball” Clemons, inspiring over 100,000 students during 457 community events ending with a private meeting with the Prime Minster of Canada.

    Participants will leave with tools they can use immediately to inspire employee and community engagement. They will learn how to tackle big projects and stay focused by tapping into their deeper sense of purpose driven leadership.

    Joe’s is a treasured Canadian whose message is authentic, humorous, honest, raw and unforgettable. His masterful delivery combined with high energy and self-deprecating humour will have you shed a tear while making you laugh ‘til it hurts.

  3. Seeing Possibility not Probability - Mental Health and Addiction

    In this keynote, Joe shares his story of redemption from a life long struggle with addiction and mental illness.

    In 1989 Joe was a homeless drug addict on the streets of Vancouver. With the help of family and community champions, Joe’s life transformed. 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 triumph of a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist.

    By looking through a research based behavioral change model, participants will evaluate their current state of resiliency and learn how to shift unproductive habits while developing a possibility mindset. Everyone leaves with tools they can use immediately to build resiliency and create their own inspired results.

Testimonials: 
I just want to say, Joe did an excellent job in closing out our conference; our members were very impressed with his story and would definitely recommend him as a conference speaker. Our theme this year was “Collaborating and Connecting” and his presentation “Hit it out of the park” for us! He also brings great insight on leadership and has a whole learning program that he does around that as well.
Senior VP Conference Planning
I want to congratulate you on the success of the very informative and productive training program you presented the American Officers at the United States Consulate General.
Consul General
United States of America
Joe, thank you, once again, for your help in making our day a success! Your presentation was a valuable part of the agenda.
Industry Canada
Your outstanding communication skills have empowered each and every one of us today. I recommend your services to any organization.
William S Walsh
CD, MBA, M.Ed.
Thank you for the talk you gave at our Annual General Meeting. Your presentation was very well received by our audience.
Kevan J. Ridgway
President & CEO Vancouver Coast and Mountains Tourism Region
I want to thank you and Marie on behalf of Canada. I can’t express how inspired and proud I am of the example you have set to make our country a safer place for young Canadians
Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada

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