"Redefining Impossible"

- Joe Roberts
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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.

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producing Accountants

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.

President and CEO, Dominion Lending Centres

Your presentation was absolutely thought provoking, powerful and very moving. It was very motivational for the group to hear what happens when “things go right.” I heard personally from numerous officers in attendance that they were emotionally impacted by your message and so very proud to be a police officer. J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes

Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police

Joe’s ability to connect with hearts and hold the attention of the audience is outstanding. A great example of the power of choice, while honouring the medical field. A very compelling and inspiring close to the conference.

Director of HR, Fraser Health Authority

I want to personally thank you for the excellent work you did on our recent 11 city cross Canada road tour with Primerica. Finding the perfect speaker for our annual tour is never easy. Rarely do we find individuals whose personal life experience has the power to motivate and move people like your story did. The way you delivered with consistency night after night and the impact you had on each room was reflected in the high level of engagement and feedback that we are still receiving. Your message was perfect for our sales group and I want to thank you for inspiring, educating and empowering all of us.

Vice President Strategic Accounts, AGF

When he spoke to audiences in both Ottawa and Toronto on behalf of The Salvation Army, the response was immediate. Joe was able to hold the crowd captive with his own personal tale of triumph and then inspire them to donate in support of The Salvation Army, an organization that had helped him along his own personal journey.

Divisional Secretary for Public Relations and Development, The Salvation Army

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

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.

Executive VP and ACEO, Credit Union Managers Association of Manitoba

We are exceptionally pleased with having chosen you for our closing keynote address; it was a formidable task indeed. You took us on your life journey that was filled with energy, humour and moments of tears. Far more than a “motivational speech” your authenticity rang true to all and spoke to each of us at a personal and professional level.

CEO, The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Your speaking engagement was very inspiring and we have received nothing but positive feedback. Once again thank you and we look forward to working with you again.

CEO, Verico Financial

Joe’s presentation exceeded our expectations at our 2014th Leadership Conference. His story captivated the whole audience for the full 80 minutes that he presented. Sharing his personal life story resonated with each participant at some level and Joe was able to tailor it specific to our needs. In talking with Joe prior to him presenting he asked us what we needed for him to “knock it out of the park”. Suffice to say, he hit a Grand Slam!

Director HR , SaskTel

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

The Skid Row to CEO message fit so well with our program and what we set out to accomplish through the event. Joe’s understanding of audience was obvious. He perfectly tailored his story to touch the hearts of all of us in the room. His delivery was fluid, punctual and inspiring. He also demonstrated incredible skill in tying his story to our story. Since Habitat Day I have had an increasing number of people explain to me how they were touched by Joe’s story and message.

President and CEO , Habitat for Humanity

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!

VP Sales, Desjardins Financial

Your story Joe had such an impact with the people in our audience. I saw corporate donors, who don’t regularly have the chance to hear such a personal story of transformation and impact, spellbound with eyes wide open. You spoke so personally, helping the community volunteers and community agencies understand that there were 10,000 people behind your story of transformation. All United Way staff heard unsolicited feedback like that from agencies, donors, and volunteers alike. We cannot say thank-you enough for the way that you opened yourself up, built an emotional connection with our audience, and paid such careful attention to the points and messages that we needed our stakeholders to hear.

COO, Untied Way

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!

President & CEO , Canadian Society of Association Executives

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.

Canadian Independent Adjusters' Association

Joe Roberts’ inspiring story is one of determination, courage and overcoming adversity that reminds us of the “You took us all on a journey that left us inspired, motivated and refreshed. Ken King

President & CEO , Calgary Flames Enterprise

Joe was outstanding. His story resonated with the audience in a deep way. He spoke to everyone in the room and leveraged his story of resiliency and redemption in an authentic and masterful way to touch the hearts and minds of all who experienced this keynote.

Executive Director, Manitoba Association of School Business Officials

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.

President, Homelife Realty

I have over the years had the opportunity to attend and host many keynote speakers with, and for my team of real estate sales associates. I can, with confidence tell you your message was the most impactful I have experienced and led to the strongest enthusiastic feedback I have received from our group. I will be in touch to discuss future sessions I would like to conduct.

CEO, Dexter and Associates

Your message was a lot deeper than that. It was really about the positive impact our police officers are making in the community, you are living proof of that. This message will definitely be with our people well after this conference is over.

Western Canada Police Leadership Conference

WOW! What an impactful event Joe! We had one attendee tell us he had attended every event we have had at AMM for the last 13 years and told us this was the best keynote he has ever experienced. Your story of “Brilliance lost and reclaimed” spoke and resonated with our group in a deep way. You spoke to everyone in the room and leveraged your story of resiliency and redemption in an authentic and masterful way to touch the hearts and minds of all who experienced your keynote. I would highly recommend you to any meeting planner looking to produce a conference with confidence knowing their group will be not only inspired but will have a forever experience.

Association of Manitoba Municipalities

Joe provided a very powerful and memorable opening keynote to our conference. As an Association of municipal staff from across Ontario, our requirements, when it comes to speakers, are multi-faceted. Joe’s address brilliantly motivated the audience, spoke to their needs and provided inspiration for improvement, and outlined some lessons, both personal and professional, that remained as topics of conversation among our members throughout the conference and well beyond. Great speaker, great message, great results. I was very pleased and highly recommend him.

Director Education and Professional Development , AMTCO

Your moving presentation was heartfelt and well received by our audience.  The inspiration you left us with will provide the push that we need in moving forward with our plans for the City of Brandon.

Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council

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