Joe Roberts’ inspiring story is one of determination, courage and overcoming adversity that reminds us of the power of believing that anything is possible. It is testament to the strength of the human spirit and what you can achieve when you set your mind to it.

Rick Hansen - Canada’s Man in Motion

From drugs, homelessness, poverty and despair the Skidrow to CEO story of Joe Roberts shows us, it is possible if we dare to dream and to act.

Philip Owen - Former Mayor of Vancouver, B.C.

Life is a challenge for all of us but for some, life’s challenges are truly monumental and one has to have great courage and faith to be an over comer. Joe Robert’s story is raw, real, frightening and triumphant.  It is a great read about a life lost and reclaimed.

Dr. Peter Legge, LL.D. (Hon), CSP, CPAE, HoF
- President  & CEO. Canada Wide Magazines

Joe, thank you for your courage and vulnerability to share the details of the dark side of your life in this book so others can have hope!  Gratefully I am glad your book doesn’t stop there but you continue to give the reader a plethora of strategies and tools to go from just plain survival to success.  All who read this book, no matter where they are today in life, will benefit greatly from your life experience and your research.  Bravo Joe!

David Sweet - Member of Parliament
for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

Your 'Yes I Can' attitude demonstrated to our branch managers that it is possible to put our minds to task and overcome these challenges.

Skip Bates - Scotiabank

You took us all on a journey that left us inspired, motivated, and refreshed.

Ken King, President & CEO - Calgary Flames Enterprise

Your speaking engagement was very inspiring and we have received nothing but positive feedback in respect to your session.

Colin Dreyer, President - Homelife Realty Services

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.

Hugo Lorens, Consul General
- The United States Embassy Consular Services

Your outstanding speaking skills have empowered each and every one of us today. I recommend your services to any organization that needs to inspire its employees.

William S. Walsh, CD, MBA, M.Ed.
- The University of British Columbia

I have heard you speak twice now and both times you successfully touched the audience in a away that only someone who has lived that story can.

Jack McGee, President
- Justice Institute of British Columbia

Your speech titled 'Becoming a Hero in the Age of Celebrities' was a great fit for our group.

David Ash, CEO - Payroll Loans

Great Work! Professional as always. Feedback from the other Doctors and Professionals was very positive. Thanks for your hard work.

Dr. Ray Baker
- The College of Physicians & Surgeons of B.C.

The Keynote Presenter must set the tone, engage the delegates and inject a special energy that sets the pace and tone for the conference. You did this an exemplary manner.

Barbara Smith - Focus Conferences

You're a wonderful speaker. Inspirational and moving. Excellent topic. I feel blessed.

Jane McKinney, Vice President
- Canadian Society for Marketing Professional Services

You connected with our audience immediately and captivated them with your passion, humor, and humility.

Ron Dumouchelle, President - United Way

Share your event objectives with Joe and then stand back and watch. You won't be disappointed. Your audience will thank you and you will be a hero.

Kevin G. Armstrong, President - The Alternative Board

It was exciting, inspirational and very motivating.

Douglas Auld, PhD, President - Loyalist College

Your standing ovation was well deserved.

Mike Novakowski, Conference Coordinator
- Justice Institute of British Columbia

Thank you for the talk you gave at our Annual General Meeting. Your presentation was very well received by our audience.

Kevin J. Ridgeway, President & CEO
- Vancouver Coast Mountains Tourism Region



Important when considering any speaker are their references.
This is Joe’s partial client list – Letters of reference available upon request.

Click here for a PDF summary of Joe Roberts Testimonials


Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce
Abbottsford Police
AGS Business Services
Alberta Pharmacist Association
Albion Fisheries
Association Municipal Clerks and treasurers Ontario
Association of Manitoba Municipalities
BC Funeral Directors
Beausolie First Nations
Brunswick Street Mission
Business Improvement association of BC
Calgary Chamber of Commerce
Calgary Flames
Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse
Canadian Independent Adjusters Association
Canadian Insurance Claims Managers Association
Canadian Society for Marketing Professionals
Cloverdale Paint
College of Surgeons and Physicians
Commonwealth Trust
Consulting Engineers of AB
Credit Counseling Society of BC
Credit Union Managers Association Manitoba
Delta Police
Diverse Voices 11
Dominion Lending Centers
Focus Conferences
Fraser Health Leadership Conference
Fraserway RV
Freedom 55
Hodsman Financial
Home life Benchmark
Human Resource Management Association Manitoba
Industry Canada
International Association of Venue Managers
John Howard Society
Loney Financial
Ministry of Community Support and Culture development
New Media BC
Ontario Addiction
Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association
Payroll Loans
Police Leadership Conference
Professional Organizers of Canada
Richmond Homeless Initiative
Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials
Scotia Bank
Squiala First Nation
TD Bank
The Alternative Board
The Justice Institute
Tri City Chamber of Commerce
Van City Credit Union
Vancouver Board of Trade
Vancouver Coast and Mountains Tourism BC
Vancouver Gyro Club
Verico Financial


BC Health Minister
Boys and Girls Clubs
City in Focus
E4C Edmonton
From Grief to Action
Green Grass Productions
Habitat for Humanity
Inn from the cold
Loyalist College
North Shore Air Cadets
Parents Forever
Premier Gordon Campbell
Salvation Army
Salvation Army
Union Gospel Mission
United Way
Vancouver Adolescent Recovery Centre


City of Delta
City of Langley
City of West Vancouver
Ministry of Children and Families
United States Consulate General
VPD Saskatchewan Victims Unit - RCMP




Apex Alternative High School
Beausoleil First Nations
Britannia Secondary School
Burnaby North Secondary School
Burnaby Youth Custody Services
Caledonia Secondary – Terrace BC
Carver Christian High School
Ecole Earl Marriott Secondary
Elgin Park Secondary School
Fraser House – Mission Secondary Schools
Fraser Valley Adventist
Hatzic Secondary
HD Stafford High School
John Oliver High School
Keith Lynn Alternative Secondary
Kelowna High School
Kwantlen Park/Tamanawis/Princess Margaret
Kwayhquitlum MS
Maple Ridge Secondary School
Moricetown First Nations
North Albion Collegiate Institute
Odyssey of the Mind
Pacific Academy
Pine Tree Secondary School
Point Grey Secondary School
Port Moody Secondary
Princess Margaret Secondary School
Queen Elizabeth Secondary
Regent Christian Academy
Sardis Secondary School
Seycove Secondary
Skeena Secondary – Terrace BC
St. Benedicts Catholic Secondary School
St John’s Academy
Stó:lō Nation – Chilliwack BC
Surrey School District
Thornhill Junior Secondary
Tupper High School
UBC Sauder - Youth Entrepreneur Conference
Youth Diversion Maple Ridge


Maclean’s Magazine – Canadian Honor Roll
Courage To Come Back Award
Ontario Premiers Award
Canadian Business
The Globe and Mail
The Vancouver Province
The Toronto Star
BC Business
Business in Vancouver’s 40 under 40 Award
Zoomer Magazine 45 over 45 Award
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Award Nominee
CTV, Shaw TV, CBC, City TV, Global TV, Now TV

Media Articles

The Vancouver Province Macleans Magazine Canadian Business
Toronto Star 40under40 Ontario Premier’s Award
Halifax Chronicle National Post The Province
The BC Courage to Comeback Award