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Joe Roberts

Bestselling Author & Leadership Development Expert

Joe Roberts is an inspirational example of overcoming adversity and managing change. In 1989 he was living under a bridge as a homeless skid row addict. Today he is an author, CEO and internationally sought after professional speaker who motivates and inspires audiences worldwide.

Barrie, Ontario, Canada


From Skidrow to CEO: There’s more to you than you can see
Joe teaches 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 and philanthropist. Joe’s unique style of inspiration combined with his legendary dark humour will have you shed a tear while making you laugh ’til it hurts.

The Push for Change: How to create engagement with impact
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.

Becoming a Hero in the Age of Celebrities
In this session, Joe takes you on a journey revealing the secrets to a successful and meaningful life. Find your core values and passions. Learn how to turn work into play. Tap into your unlimited energy by aligning your soul and spirit. Create priorities by building balance at home, work and play.

Street Smart Selling
Learn what Joe learned living on the streets which he translated into sales mastery that landed him on the cover of magazines. Joe teaches what you need to know to be successful in your sales career. Participants will leave with tools that can be applied immediately to shorten sales cycles, eliminate wasted time, and make fewer calls while building customers for life.

  • Currently, our organization is faced with a competitive market place and many uncertainties. Your ‘Yes I Can’ attitude demonstrated to our branch managers that it is possible to put our minds to task and overcome these challenges.

    - Scotiabank
  • Your outstanding communication skills have empowered each and every one of us today. I recommend your services to any organization who needs to inspire its employees.

    - University of British Columbia
  • Never have I ever seen a room of people so touched by someone's story while also being so inspired to take that first step to face their challenges and create their own comeback story. I was in awe the entire time.

    - Chairperson, UBC Social Enterprise Conference
  • Everyone left feeling inspired and motivated. Feedback from everyone was extremely positive. Your real life experience and touching story gave them proof that their efforts are making a difference.

    - Payroll Loans
  • Joe’s personal style brought energy, enthusiasm and change to our people. His material was inspirational, thought provoking and professionally delivered.

    - Conti Computer Systems
  • “Dynamic and entertaining. Quite a feat considering his accident on the drive to the venue. His gift of a copy of his book to everyone was much appreciated.

    - GE Commercial Finance

Summary Profile

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. Former CEO of the multimedia development company Mindware Design Communications, where in less than four years Joe led the company through an 800% increase in business.

Joe made his first million dollars before he turned 35, and was named one of Business in Vancouver’s 40 Under 40 Outstanding Business People and one of Maclean’s 10 Canadians Who Make a Difference. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Ontario Premier Awards for business excellence. Joe has appeared on many TV shows, news programs, radio talk shows and has been feature in major publications such as The Toronto Star, The National Post and Canadian Business. In his book, “7 Secrets to Profit from Adversity”, Joe maps out exactly how to profit from hard times. His presentation of these principles with an exciting combination of inspiration, entertainment, and education is what makes Joe Roberts’ programs so unique and effective. As a result, he has become an internationally known and respected speaker on Professional Selling, Small Business Growth, Customer Service and Internet Marketing.

Joe has established his professional speaking career working with major clients in both Canada and the United States. He has become a favourite at business conventions and corporate meeting events, captivating tens of thousands of people. Now as a partner in a leading edge leadership development company, Joe is committed to helping  people breakthrough the most difficult behavioural barriers to success.