Olympic Gold Medalist, Social Entrepreneur and Expert in High Performance
Adam Kreek works with organizations to build stronger teams, create and manage success while overcoming failure, and develop the necessary capacity to deal with change effectively. He offers a warm and energetic presentation environment, where peak emotions like laughter, sorrow and wonderment, combine with impactful stories and authentic audience participation. The result is memorable learning and a renewed passion for personal growth and team betterment.
In his role as a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator, delivers new and invigorating perspectives on success, achievement, health and fulfillment. The right words, offered in constructive settings, act as powerful catalysts of change.
Mental toughness. Teamwork. Leadership. Adam is a Social Entrepreneur who lives it. He runs a biodiesel company and organic food bar company, but is best known as a world-class and interactive storyteller. Adam is an Olympic Gold medalist in eight-man rowing and a death-defying ocean adventurer. Get ready to learn timeless change management and leadership strategies that will re-boot teamwork, engage performance and strengthen your personal resiliency.
Adam tailors key motivational philosophies to organizational needs in areas of Change and Risk Management, Leadership and Team development, Sales, and Health & Wellness. Adam shares his expertise and the powerful lessons of high performance and entrepreneurship with organizations and communities globally.
Growing up, Adam was a pretty average kid. He had an average family, and went to an average school. His dream was to become an accountant who would bike to and from work. This all changed when a mentor planted a seed of possibility in Adam’s consciousness “You are an Olympian, you just don’t know it yet.” What a difference a mentor makes!
During his 13 year rowing career, Adam pulled his rowing team through Olympic failure in Athens to win Gold in Beijing. He won over 60 medals, 27 in international competitions, with 43 of these being gold medal or first place performances. Following his Olympic career, Adam was named Athlete Leader of the year at the prestigious Canadian Sports Awards and was elected to the Executive Board of the Canadian Olympic Committee to direct sports policy in Canada.
Looking to build upon his Olympic success, and sharpen his entrepreneurial teeth, Adam joined three others from Seattle, Washington to plan a world’s first expedition, where they would row unsupported from Africa to North America. This required three and a half years of detailed planning and half-a-million dollars in resources. Adam led the business side of the adventure, facilitating partnerships with academic institutions, corporations, and NGOs across North America. 73 days into their row, at the edge of the Bermuda triangle, a square wave capsized their boat while Adam was inside the vessel’s small, flooding cabin. Fortunately, the crew’s exceptional safety and emergency planning ensured that all four members survived and much of their equipment and data was salvaged. The capsize is now the subject of an NBC Dateline special, scheduled to air in April 2014.
Adam’s passion for health and wellness developed through his involvement in athletics and adventure. Adam’s wife Rebecca is gluten intolerant and a passionate expert in health and sustainable living. This spawned KSE Inc’s investment and strategic involvement in: The Edge Food Energy Inc. and Jaga Silk Tea.
While a poor, struggling athlete, Adam was introduced to the concept of using vegetable oil to fuel his vehicle. Both easy on the planet and pocket book, the idea of Biodiesel instantly appealed. While at Stanford University, Adam built a biodiesel reactor in Palo Alto, California and brought it up to his hometown of Victoria, BC. Adam now Chairs the Board of Greasecycle Inc., a Vancouver Island based organization that collects and processes waste vegetable oil, and produces sustainable Biodiesel for local consumption. Also on the board of the Island Biodiesel Co-Op and the BC Biofuels Network, Adam helps small-scale biofuel producers achieve financial sustainability.
Adam holds a degree in Geotechnical Engineering and Hydrology from Stanford University. He is a loving husband and proud father who lives in Victoria, BC.