Inspirational Leadership Speaker

I never intended to become a speaker, in fact my first speech was a complete failure. I’ll tell you that story later, but it’s funny the way life can throw you a curve ball when you least expect it.  But, I’m so grateful I get to do what I do, which is to inspire, and equip people to reach new heights.   I speak primarily on leadership and personal excellence. They’re two topics I’m very passionate about and I love helping people find that higher gear.

I believe presentations should be more than someone talking while everyone else listens. I believe presentations should be an experience; one that engages the senses, challenges the mind, and ignites the heart.  I work hard at creating this type of environment wherever I go.  I always try to customize my presentations to meet your organization’s specific needs. Below you will find my most requested topics as well as some video footage from me on stage.


James Live on Stage

Most Requested Presentations


Nine Minutes on Monday (Leadership)

Transform your Managers in Only 9-Minutes a Week!
Nine Minutes on Monday is the simple system that helps busy managers raise productivity, boost morale, and increase employee engagement. By combining practical training in management best practices with a simple system of execution, your managers will never neglect the people side of your business again. No matter how busy your managers are, Nine Minutes on Monday will ensure your staff are motivated, inspired, and equipped to bring their best to work each day.
This presentation is available in keynote, or half-day workshop.
For more information on 9 Minutes click here.


Reaching New Heights (Personal Excellence)

This session is a motivating presentation in which James shares life lessons from expeditions around the world combined with the recent research from the fields of social psychology, and motivational theory. Using adventure as a metaphor for one’s life, James helps audience members see the importance of facing their fears, taking risks, persevering in tough times, embracing change and the necessity of a good team. With stunning images and compelling tales, James will customize this presentation to your organization’s current journey and will challenge the audience to quit settling for average, whether in life or business, and outline the steps for reaching new heights.
This presentation is available as a keynote.
For more information on Reaching New Heights click here.


Challenging The Status Quo (Leadership)

Challenging The Status Quo is a motivating keynote presentation designed to inspire your leaders to higher levels of performance. The question we want to answer is how do we bring out the best in great people? In this motivating session you will learn how to inspire and equip your staff for greater levels of productivity, while unlocking your own hidden potential which lies within you. Leaders who exemplify these practices inspire greater productivity; increase morale; reduce employee turnover; and create an atmosphere of trust while bringing out the best in their people.

This presentation is available as a keynote.

For more information on Challenging The Status Quo click here.


General Information

Choosing the right speaker or trainer is crucial to the success of your event. The coffee can be great, and the facilities state of the art, but if the speaker misses the mark, it tarnishes the entire event. I’ve planned my fair share of events and conferences and I know some of the challenges in finding the right speaker. I have created this page to assist you in gathering information about me.

What you can expect
Here is what you can expect when you work with me:

  1. Prompt – Prompt replies to your phone calls and email messages.
  2. Integrity – If I am not the right speaker for you, I will be the first to tell you. There is no point in coming to speak at your event if I am not the best one to help you.
  3. Care – Personal phone consultations before your event so I can tailor my presentation for your audience and culture.
  4. Hassle free – I am simple and easy to work with. You have enough on your plate already, you don’t need a speaker with high needs to chew up more of your precious time. I am here to help.
  5. On time – I will be early to set up for the event, and will finish on time ensuring that your event stays on track.
  6. Fun – I promise to be fun to work with and always strive to over-deliver.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are James' A/V requirements?

James needs the following: A wireless lavalier microphone or headset, a projector for his computer, and a sound connection for his laptop. In workshop settings he also needs a flip chart and markers.

What is James' fee?

James’ fee depends on a couple of things but it normally falls within the range of $10,000-$15,000 plus business class travel. It’s best to speak with him directly so he can accurately give you a price for your specific event.

Will James do a keynote and a breakout session at the same conference?

Yes, James does this when his schedule allows.

Does James customize his presentations?

Yes, James always tweaks his messages to speak directly to your group. Audiences constantly remark on how well he knows their language and culture.

How far out do we need to book?

If you want to be sure to secure James for your date it’s best to book early. Some organizations book him a year in advance. However if James has the date available, he only needs one week notice.

Is it possible to get James to sign books for our participants?

Yes, for sure. James is more than happy to help out in any way.

Can we record James' presentation?

Yes, that’s fine as long as you are not using it for resale. Simply let James know what you want to do.

More Testimonials

We have had other well known mountain oriented speakers and although they had good messages, their impact did not last beyond the day. James was able to not only tell an interesting story that was instantly engaging, he was able to cleverly deliver key messages that will assist our leaders and show positive impacts on their people and their careers.
Robin O’Hearn – Delta Hotels

“The best leadership seminar I have attended!
Lisa Hamonic – Indian Affairs and Northern Communities

“One of the most practical workshops I have been to. I can hardly wait to get started on the follow-up.”
Jill – Manager Workers Compensation Board

“Great Inspiring stories to give any leader a true sense of just how much impact they can make on their team and organization. Love the 12-week follow-up.”
Johanna – HR Manager Town of Canmore

“Truly inspirational, James has a way of captivating his audience through the many stories that he has to share.”Carla – Guest Activities Manager Delta Hotels

“Awesome speaker – Jamie held the rooms interest at all times.”
Audra Schalk Manager Healthcare and Employee Benefits Manitoba

“I loved it. It was very engaging. This will be a seminar that I will never forget.”
Cherie Gebhardt – Manager Assiniboine Credit Union

“Excellent presentation, Whether a new manager or a manager of 30 years…a benefit to all.”
Norm Brennand Indian Affairs and Northern Communities

“One of the most practical workshops I have been to. I can hardly wait to get started on the follow-up.”
Jill Haws Millard Health

“Loved the innovative approach of a 12-week follow-up.”
Shairose Lalji WCB Alberta

“Very engaging and enjoyable. I will be actively putting much of this into practice! Love that there is a follow-up component!”
Gina Savoie WCB Alberta

“Good practical information combined with inspiring stories. A day well spent!”
Ambrose Sun Millard Health

“Very good course, very practical, lots of challenges for me. Looking forward to the practical application.”
Calvin Haws WCB Albert

“A great presentation engages the senses, challenges the mind, and ignites the heart.”

James Robbins

Inspire, Equip, Ignite.