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“Jamie has been an important addition to our Xchange Canada conference series over the years. His presentations have been a breath of fresh air. ­They're innovative, practical and extremely relevant to our audiences. He consistently brings tremendous value to our events and gets top marks from our participants, which is why we keep bringing him back year after year. I’d highly recommend him to any group or conference looking for an injection of fun, energy and insight on leadership.”

Julian Lee, President
Technoplanet Productions Inc




Boost the energy and value of your next event with a leadership experience!

Looking for a great keynote speaker to add great value and energy to your conference, client appreciation event or group meeting?


Join the thousands of people who have enjoyed a memorable, engaging experience while taking critical steps to grow their leadership (and their careers). As a professional speaker, I combine my light-hearted approach to presentations and leadership workshops with a healthy dose of practical application.

My roll-up-your-sleeves approach has participants “doing” (and learning) a lot. I also use an effective blend of storytelling, humour and down-to-business exercises to inspire and motivate change (no stuffiness factor here).

The professional keynotes and leadership workshops vary from brief energizers to the more extensive components of The Accelerated Leader Program™. Each speaking engagement addresses relevant challenges faced by new and emerging leaders and the senior leaders that manage them.

Prefer to see me in action first?

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather test-drive a car before I purchase it. If you’re the same, I’d invite you to get a feel for my speaking style by viewing the short video sample below.

Keynotes and Leadership Workshops:

Coaching For Great WorkDo More Great Work Breakaway: Four Secrets to Breakthrough Leadership

Coaching For Great Work:

Real-world, results-oriented coaching skills for the time-strapped manager

Coaching for Great WorkNow more than ever, managers are responsible for keeping those around them focused on the work that really matters, resilient to what comes and performing at their very best. You can’t afford less.

Coaching effectively doesn’t have to be a “black-art,” require years of training, the perfect personality type or as much time as you think. Indeed, when you have a proven, straight-forward, paint-by-numbers system you can capture the bulk of the value coaching has to offer very quickly and easily.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

1. Learn the four barriers that keep coaching’s value out of reach. Unaddressed, these barriers leave most HR coaching initiatives as simply “a nice idea that didn’t stand a chance.”

2. Take away the ten best coaching questions. Not just any questions, but questions designed to get to the heart of the matter, generate fresh possibilities and spark anyone into action quickly and easily.

3. Practice a coaching structure you can use in 10 minutes or less. Yes, you heard right, 10 minutes or less. Who has the time for regular, long, in-depth discussions; you’ve got a business to run.

This interactive session is available in 1-2hr formats.

Do More Great Work:

Stop working so hard and getting bogged down in the busywork

Man at deskInstead I invite you and your team to get excited again about what's possible and doing work that's more meaningful, strategic and useful. I call this Great Work and am willing to bet you and your team can't get enough of it.

Too often the seeds of our Great Work go overlooked and squandered. We keep our heads down and pound out work as fast as we can. We get buried in the day-to-day and the stuff we’re brilliant at and passionate about gets done ‘when I have time’ (which is rarely, if ever).

It doesn’t have to be that way.

In this session, here’s what we’ll cover (1-2hr version):

1. Gain insight into what your Great Work really is. Without clarity, we naturally default to the tide around us – the urgent, the other’s agenda - or frankly we just keep doing what we’ve always done, it’s easier.

2. Discover the surprisingly simple way to categorize your work and what your mix of them is. Knowing this gives you the framework to make conscious choices and create time and space for Great Work.

3. Identify the biggest obstacles to producing Great Work. The two biggest ones are sneaky, under the radar and will trip you up daily. You’ll see why, and learn what to do about it.

Optional ½ day team version also includes:

4. Identify an immediate Great Work project you’re jazzed about; one that’s strategic and relevant to the organization. This isn’t a project to start ‘someday’ when your inbox is empty, but now.

5. Get out of the idea rut. Most idea generation stops just when the great stuff is about to show up. Discover how to quickly mine the idea-gold and amp up your project when most would settle for average.

6. Start living your Great Work by creating a specific, actionable project plan that inspires the support of your team and gets you into action fast.


Four Secrets to Breakthrough Leadership

breakawayReaching for big goals and taking on brand new challenges are two of the most common situations facing Emerging Leaders. Most don’t do as well as they could because they’re limited by what they think leadership is all about.

The good news is that many of the common myths and assumptions about what it takes to lead are false. In this “interactive keynote”, I’ll bring the often exclusive view of leadership back down to earth where it belongs. I’ll also give you the essential tools and perspectives needed to break the dam on the results you and your company are capable of.

Here’s what we’ll cover during this keynote presentation/leadership workshop:

1. Tame the #1 factor that can squash peak performance. Once you understand how this works, you’ll never look at “taking chances” the same way again. Sadly, many don’t have this leadership insight. They get stuck and don’t flourish as a result.

2. Build the crucial muscle all great leaders use but 98% ignore. Although many are aware of this, its impact is usually misjudged and its potential rarely captured. It’s one of the most empowering aspects of leadership available to you. I’ll show you why.

3. Become skilled at uncovering and eliminating leadership inhibitors. As people, we’re wonderfully creative at coming up with reasons and excuses that stop us from reaching for what we really want. You’ll see how to get past these leadership barriers for good.

4. Commit to the only thing that will produce the results you want. All the strategizing, discussing, planning, pontificating and clarity are worthless without this. With the other essential secrets in hand, this element will be easier to master than ever before.

Keynote Format:

If you or your organization is serious about fostering personal leadership and creating expanded results then this keynote presentation will accelerate the process. Breakaway is delivered in my popular “roll-up-your-sleeves” keynote speaker format. Thirty, sixty and ninety minute versions are available.

Want a 1-pager with all the information you need?

If you would like to find out more about my approach, events I’ve spoken at, or what participants have said, download my keynote speaker profile pdf. It’s concise and likely has all the information you need.

Do you have any other questions, or want to inquire about my availability as a professional keynote speaker or workshop leader? Contact me at jb@footprintleadership.com or 705-357-0004 to discuss my availability and arrange a time for us to speak personally. I look forward to speaking with you.

Recent and Upcoming Speaking Engagements

I have spoken at a host of locations and events throughout Toronto, southern Ontario, eastern Ontario and Ottawa, many of them are open to the public and welcome guests.

  • Hudson’s Bay Company: Management Development Program I
  • CAMC: Canadian Association of Management Consultants – Ottawa
  • HRPNF: Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario – Niagara Falls
  • HRPYR: Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario – York Region
  • Hudson’s Bay Company: Management Development Program II
  • CMA: Certified Management Accountants of Ontario – Mid-Eastern Ontario
  • CMA: Certified Management Accountants of Ontario – Ottawa
    Annual Gala Dinner Event - Keynote
  • HRPGB: Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario - Grey Bruce
  • HRPAP: Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario – Peel
  • Professional Development Day: The Art of Leadership - Opening Keynote
  • CMA: Certified Management Accountants of Ontario - Toronto West
  • CGA: Certified General Accountants of Ontario - Toronto
  • Interiors Inc.: Leadership Retreat Keynote
  • HRPAO: Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario - Barrie
  • Toronto Talks Speaking Series - Keynote
  • CAMC: Canadian Association of Management Consultants - Toronto
  • CGA: Certified General Accountants of Ontario - Peel District
  • CGA: Certified General Accountants of Ontario – Kitchener/Waterloo
  • HRPAO: Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario – Ottawa
  • GDHRPA: The Guelph & District Human Resources Professionals Association CEO Leadership Event – Keynote
  • Chartered Accountants of Ontario: Etobicoke
  • Canadian Universities Conference: Employee Engagement Closing Keynote

I am available as a leadership speaker for keynotes and workshops throughout Toronto, southern and eastern Ontario. Contact me at jb@footprintleadership.com or 705-357-0004 to discuss my availability and arrange a time for us to speak personally. You may also be interested in finding out more about my leadership coaching and training services as well. Thank you!