Joe Roberts

Inspirational Keynote Speaker

Joe Roberts

Joe Roberts (aka The Skidrow CEO) is an award-winning Inspirational Keynote Speaker armed with unwavering determination and 20+ years of speaking experience. His mission has been, is, and always will be to instigate a ripple effect of positive change everywhere he goes by reminding people of their unlimited potential.

Undefeated by addiction, homelessness and poverty, Joe learned to take responsibility for the countless changes in his life. Based on his lived experience and his remarkable achievements, organizations now seek his insight and proven strategies.

Since 1989, Joe has acquired two college diplomas, became the CEO of one of Vancouver’s leading multimedia companies and achieved more success than he could have ever imagined before he was 35 years old. Before becoming an inspirational speaker he was recognized by MacLean’s Magazine as one of “10 Canadians who have made a difference,” won the BC Courage To Come Back Award and received The Ontario Premier’s Award for Business.

When Joe was homeless in Vancouver he made a promise if his life was spared, he would pay it forward.  He did just that in the form of triumphantly pushing a shopping cart a staggering 9,064 kilometers across Canada in the name of youth homelessness prevention. This very act birthed a national awareness campaign called The Push for Change, inspiring fellow Canadians to create ripple effects of transformation in the lives of at-risk youth throughout the country. 

Since 1989, Joe has acquired two college diplomas, became the CEO of one of Vancouver’s leading multimedia companies and achieved more success than he could have ever imagined before he was 35 years old. Before becoming an inspirational speaker he was recognized by MacLean’s Magazine as one of “10 Canadians who have made a difference,” won the BC Courage To Come Back Award and received The Ontario Premier’s Award for Business.

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”.

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  1. From Skidrow to CEO

    Every one of us is confronted by adversity, challenge and change.We face it in our families, health, finances and at work. We all get our share of the tough stuff!

    In this keynote, Joe demonstrates how anyone anywhere can overcome perceived limitations and live their dreams. 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.

    Participants will leave with tools they can use immediately to reframe life’s challenges and “think differently” about how they can push for change in their own lives.

    Joe’s is a treasured Canadian whose life story embodies the resiliency of the human spirit. His deeply inspiring and masterful delivery combined with high energy and self deprecating humour will have you shed a tear while making you laugh ‘til it hurts.

    In the keynote you will learn:

    • How to stay inspired and motivated despite the world around you
    • Why people disengage and how to connect to “purpose”
    • The courage to be vulnerable – weak is strong
    • How failures become your assets
    • The legacy of mentorship
  2. The Push for Change

    The notion of walking across Canada pushing a shopping cart initially seemed impossible. But after four years of planning, 17 months and 9064 KM of walking, The Push for Change was successful.

    In this Keynote Joe takes you through the planning stages, the brutal 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 to Vancouver.  Joe will share the extraordinary experiences of walking 24km every day in the rain, snow or shine.  He will discuss meeting icons like Walter Gretzky and Pinball Clemons, inspiring over 100,000 students during 453 community events to even having a private meeting with the Prime Minster Justin Trudeau.

    In the keynote you will learn:

    • The Power of Possibility Mindset
    • How to build resiliency one step at a time
    • How to overcoming mental and physical roadblocks
    • How to create inspired engagement strategies
    • How to tackle large “bucket list” items
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
Great work! Professional as always. Feedback for the other Doctors and Professionals was very positive. Thanks for your hard work.
Dr. Ray Baker
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

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