The Skid Row CEO
Undefeated by addiction, homelessness and poverty, Joe learned to take responsibility for the countless changes in his life. Based on his real-life experiences and the remarkable achievements he has made, worldwide organizations now seek his insight and proven strategies.
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 featured 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 Managing Adversity and Change, Visionary Goal Setting and Professional Selling.
Joe Roberts 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 and receiving rave reviews!
When motivational speaker Joe Roberts speaks, no one leaves unaffected as he proves, beyond a doubt, that setbacks can be our greatest assets. Overcoming impossible situations and successfully moving forward is Joe’s area of expertise and the proof that he is “the real deal” can be found in the remarkable achievements that followed his life on the streets.
What People are Saying…
“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 and 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. It’s not often I can sit through the presentation several times in a row, but I found city after city your story was a pleasure to listen to.”
–President and CEO, Dominion Lending Centres
“A truly inspiring story – great speaker.”
–Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga Hospital
“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. Our theme this year was ‘Collaborating and Connecting’ and his presentation ‘Hit it out of the park’ for us! He also brings great insight on leadership and has a whole learning program that he does around that as well.”
–Conference Chair, Credit Union Managers Association of Manitoba
“Joe’s presentation to the WBN was utterly captivating – his tenacity, wisdom and humour was truly inspiring. Joe is an outstanding motivator and a highly entertaining and engaging speaker.”
–President, Women’s Business Network of Peterborough