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Scott Kress

Mountaineer & Leadership Expert

Summiting Mount Everest is a notable accomplishment at any time. But in May of 2008, an Olympics in China brought military blockades, arrests, deportations and chaos to Everest. Scott Kress witnessed first hand how teamwork, the ability to embrace change and leadership were critical in overcoming unexpected obstacles.

Oakville, Ontario, Canada


Learning In Thin Air
In Scott’s gripping presentation, you will discover how the many skills used in climbing may be applied to summit your own personal mountains in business and in life. Through inspiring personal stories of triumph, challenge, determination and even failure, Scott shows audiences that we are all climbers of our own mountains. By rising to the challenge of change and continuous improvement, he demonstrates how lessons of life in the mountains are directly applicable to any organization’s challenges.

The Climb of a Lifetime
Getting to the summit of Mount Everest was the realization of a lifelong dream for Scott Kress, but it almost never happened. In quick successions his father was diagnosed and died of cancer and then Scott was diagnosed with skin cancer. He could no longer ignore the fragility of life and vowed to make the most of what time he has on this planet. Let Scott’s story be your catalyst to change.

Conquering Everest
At 8850m Everest is the tallest mountain on earth and one of the most sought after mountaineering goals. Your team will have a chance to embark on a simulated ascent of this extraordinary mountain. Participants will work together to form as a team, to create a vision of success and to make critical decisions that will lead them to the top.


Lakehead University | Alumni Achievement Award

  • In terms of pure entertainment the presentation was well worth the money we paid. Scott’s stories kept us riveted. It was not only what he was saying but it also had a slight physical effect with many of those in attendance. We really did “feel” what Scott was talking to us about…listening, hearing AND seeing it…his presentation completely touched on a few senses! ... The way Scott Kress delivers his presentation is really first class. He does remind me of the “guy next door” - your friend next door - that has a blockbuster not so next door story for you!

    - National Director, Sales & Strategic Relationships, First National Financial
  • He worked in some of the business specific language he and I discussed ahead of time which made it relevant for the audience. He was entertaining, but most of all gave many key points on leadership, managing stress and goal setting...verbally, people unilaterally said there was something in it for them, and each one had the idea of it being different to each person – many great messages.

    - Senior Manager, Commercial Relations & Contracts, Johnson & Johnson
  • Scott is an excellent speaker and because his adventures are riveting. But beyond that he was able to consistently tie back the lessons he learned on the mountains to relevant business concepts relating to personal growth, leadership and team building. I would highly recommend Scott as a speaker in almost any business environment.

    - Executive Director, AceTech Ontario
  • Scott grabbed our attention from the start and kept it. He is a captivating speaker, and his stories and photos were breathtaking. Especially great was the way he wove in various lessons, models and strategies that were easily applicable to everyone in the audience.

    - Town of Caledon
  • Scott was absolutely wonderful. His presentation was timed just right, and he covered some of the most important factors for successful teamwork, as well as factors that have caused failure. The audience was very engaged and asked many questions.

    - Toronto District School Board
  • We were looking on ending a long meeting day with a reenergizing presentation, Scott delivered. With very short notice Scott put together an inspiring presentation that supported our learning and meeting objectives perfectly. He customized his presentation to mesh extremely well with our own message within the Toyota Canada Certified Vendor Program. Feedback from all who attended was exceptional. Overall a good investment.

    - National Manager Accessory Development and Marketing, Toyota Canada

Summary Profile

Scott Kress has been engaging audiences for years. In each presentation he seeks to entertain, to inspire and to educate. Scotts is an author and leadership consultant, helping organizations turn their teams and leaders into passionate achievers. What sets Scott apart from other leadership and team performance speakers is his ability to scale mountains.

Scott is the 51st Canadian to summit Mount Everest and most recently while standing atop Mount Vinson in Antarctica he became the 18th Canadian to climb the seven summits; the highest point on all seven continents. As a team and leadership consultant and trainer what sets Scott apart from other adventure based speakers is his ability to directly connect his story and learning with your organizational, team, and leadership challenges.  Scott teaches Leadership and High Performance team courses at some of the leading MBA and EMBA programs in Canada and the UK.

So when Scott engages his audiences with audacious tales of an ascent of Mount Everest climb where arrests and deportations were frequent, and seamlessly ties that into reaching ones professional and personal goals, you can’t help but listen. And you can’t help but learn as Scott demonstrates that the tools he uses to find success in the mountains are the same tools that each member of the audience can start to use in their workplace.

Scott’s presentations are high-energy, engaging and passionate but most importantly they are relevant to the challenges faced by organizations and their teams today.