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Joe Roberts


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Skidrow CEO & Leadership Development Expert

Joe Roberts aka The Skidrow CEO is an expert on resiliency and change. Having experienced both catastrophic failure and extraordinary success Joe teaches audiences how to overcome the roadblocks that get in the way of high performance. Through perseverance, determination and his resilient human spirit, Joe pulled himself out of homelessness as a skid row addict, to become a highly respected business and community leader. His presentations help organizations and individuals redefine what’s truly possible by confronting limiting mindsets.

Keynote Speeches

Virtual Keynotes & Webinars
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From Skidrow to CEO: How to build resiliency one step at a time

Every one of us is confronted by adversity, challenge, and change. We face it with our families, work, health, and finances. In this keynote, Joe teaches how to build the resiliency needed to overcome life’s challenges and embrace change. This presentation is inspiring, energetic, humorous, honest, raw and unforgettable. 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. 

Key Takeaways:
• How to build resiliency despite the world around you
• Applying the A.I.R. Model for behavioural change
• Seeing possibility – how to reframe a limiting mindset


A Push for Change – How to lead, inspire and engage on purpose

Joe Roberts is a social change champion. When he was on the street, Joe made a promise to “pay it forward” and in 2017 he finished a 9064km charity walk across Canada. 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. Joe will share the extraordinary experiences of walking 24km every day, rain, snow or shine. Meeting icons and inspiring over 100,000 students during 457 community events ending with a private meeting with the Prime Minster of Canada. Joe’s presentation based on his successful initiative teaches resiliency and inspires difference makers to lead with their “why”.

Key Takeaways:
• Resiliency Tools needed for the long game
• How to inspire Employee and Community Engagement
• How to harness purpose-driven leadership


Mental Health & Addiction – Seeing Possibility not Probability

Mental Health and Addiction impacts every one of us. 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. Everyone leaves with tools they can use immediately to build resiliency and create their own inspired results.

Key Takeaways:
• How to Support the Person – Challenge the Behaviour
• Empathy Centred Leadership Tools
• How to Conduct “Tough Stuff” Conversations


Staying Alive - Street Smart Safety – It’s all about the little things

Understanding WHY human beings make mistakes and unsafe decisions is one step closer to building safer work environments and communities. Walk with Joe as he takes you back to his first poor choice and how that leads to a journey filled with degradation and despair. Dangerous step after poor choice landed him on the streets of East Vancouver in the 1980’s homeless and broken. Choosing in 1991 to walk a different way, Joe shares how right decisions and safe, healthy actions lead to success and leadership. 

Key Takeaways
• Why the little things matter so much
• The importance of advocating for prevention

Joe also offers customized presentations on resiliency, sales and more. View a full list of his presentations here.

Joe also offers customized presentations on resiliency, sales and more. View a full list of his presentations here.

Platform Plus Presentations

Unique formats and ways to connect with audiences.
The A.I.R. Model | The Science behind High Performance
Success is in the A.I.R. we breathe. Learn the formula used by elite coaches, pro level athletes, and successful business leaders. Lucky enough to have been coached and mentored by Dr. Sean Richardson, an elite sports psychologist, Joe was able to walk 9064km across Canada using a powerful human behaviour model designed by Sean.

Audience reviews:

  • Joe’s story captivated the whole audience for the full 80 minutes 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 to Joe prior to his presentation 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
  • 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.

    - Canadian Association of Petroleum Producing Accountants
  • 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
  • The Skidrow to CEO message fit so well with our program and what we set out to accomplish. Joe’s understanding of the audience was obvious. He perfectly tailored his story to touch the hearts of all us in the room. His delivery was fluid, punctual and inspiring. He also demonstrated incredible skill in tying his story to our story.

    - President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity
  • 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

Speaker Biography

Since 1989 when he was living on the streets of Vancouver as a homeless skid row addict, Joe has acquired two college diplomas, become the CEO of one of Vancouver’s leading multimedia companies, walked across Canada and achieved more success than he could ever have imagined. 

As a highly sought after motivational speaker, he has delivered powerful messages over the last two decades on resiliency, accountability, and change to over 1,000,000 people!

Joe’s message is relatable, humorous, honest, raw and unforgettable.  Discover the unlimited possibility that lies inside all of us through Joe’s compelling presentations and workshops.  A dynamic speaker, Joe always take the extra step to understand your conference objectives and uses his personal experience to deliver solutions in an inspiring and positive way.  His passion will move you to action! 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.