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I speak primarily on leadership and personal excellence. I always try and customize my presentations to meet your organization’s specific needs. These are my most requested topics. Some of these are keynotes while others are also available in half-day and full-day workshops.

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, half-day or full-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.


Follow Me; The Bold Call of Leadership (Leadership)

Follow Me 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.


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. Bonuses – A custom resource page, exclusively for your attendees. It will include the slides I used in my presentation, along with any bonus materials, extra handouts, and a bonus gift for everyone who attended.
  7. Fun – I promise to be fun to work with and always strive to over-deliver.


A Little Bit About Me

I have been speaking in front of audiences for over 17 years. In that time I have given over 1,000 presentations. I have been teaching, training and coaching leaders since 1995.

I am the author of Nine Minutes on Monday – The quick and easy way to go from manager to leader. (McGraw-Hill 2012) I wrote this book to give managers a simple solution to motivate and engage their staff even when things are crazy and hectic.

I created the web show Help Me Lead to help managers find creative ways to lead their staff. I am always creating video content on the topic of leadership and often use them in my presentations.

I am a story teller. I love adventure and incorporate many of my expeditions into my presentations. This helps the audience learn practical truths while being entertained at the same time.

I am a husband and father. My wife Kelly and I have been married for 19 years and have three kids. We currently live in Ponte Vedra Florida. In my free time I like hanging with the family and  planning my next adventure.


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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