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Adam Kreek

Gold Medal Olympian & Executive Coach

Peak Performance. Shared Leadership. Managing Change. Reframing Failure. Mastering Health. These are business speaker Adam Kreek’s areas of specialty. Adam is a Management Consultant, Olympian and Executive Coach. He teaches strategies and skills of leadership, high performance and perseverance to corporate and government teams and associations globally through keynotes, workshops and online seminars.

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


Gold Medal Safety: Courage, Communication & Stress Response
How many workers died in preventable safety incidents to create a successful Olympic experience? Ten workers died preparing the Beijing Olympic facilities where Adam competed and won in 2008. Fourteen workers died to produce the Athens Olympics where he competed just four years earlier. But there is hope. The London Olympics delivered the best safety performance on record for a summer games. Not one worker died due to workplace neglect.

The insights, questions and stories shared in Adam’s keynote will help safety leaders and their organizations build and sustain Gold Medal Safety at every level of an organization.

Key Takeaways:
• Practical and effective communication and conflict resolution models for safe work environments.
• Successful responses to hazardous stress triggers.
• How to take personal responsibility for team safety.

Teamwork and Leadership in Times of Change
Strong team culture is essential to sustain success. How can we foster authentic and lasting team culture? Reunite your team under a higher goal. Embolden the professionals on your teams to lead from within. Adam combines inspiring stories with an interactive presentation to share the concept of Shared Leadership with teams across sectors.

It’s time to hit the refresh button. Empower your team to navigate current and future uncertainty with confidence. Participants will gain my best practices for managing change, and the tools that are necessary for consistent self-improvement.

Key Takeaways:
• How to embrace change by understanding the change curve.
• How to overcome disagreements.
• Communication tips for better teamwork and team leadership

Why Our Fear of Failure Fails Us
Successful teams and organizations require a healthy relationship with failure. Too much fear – or too little – signals future disaster. Managing your fear of failure effectively allows for individual authenticity and reclaimed confidence. And we need both for sustained success and performance. It’s time to reframe our fear of failure. Adam shows audiences why a healthy fear of failure is essential.

Key Takeaways:
• How to separate self-worth from past success and failure.
• Reclaim lost confidence: the action-growth connection.

Leading and Executing Your Work-Life Balance
Work-life balance is about identifying what’s most important in our lives, explicitly communicating our priorities to our colleagues and our loved ones, and setting definitive boundaries necessary to achieve and sustain our desired way of life. There is no one size fits all ‘work-life balance’; it is as unique to each of us as our shoe size. Leading and executing our personal work-life balance requires visioning, planning and the courage to stand up for our values and needs. Once achieved, work-life balance provides the freedom to live more calm and fulfilled lives.

Key Takeaways:
• Communication techniques to better convey your new work-life balance to family, friends and colleagues.
• A framework to prioritize your personalized balance between work, life and health.

Adam also offers customized presentations on peak performance and more. View a full list of his presentations here.

Platform Plus

Custom Workshops | Business Solutions for High Performing teams

Adam offers 10+ custom workshops and value-add programs including:

• Conference Wellness Program
• Strategic Mapping
• Goal Setting
• Leadership


Learn more about Adam Kreek's custom workshops & value-add programs here

  • Adam's presentation was definitely one the most successful keynote speaker session we've had for our All Staff meeting. Our main goal for these sessions is always the engagement aspect as we want our employees to connect and have good takeaways from the presentation content. Adam achieved that wonderfully as he understood our organizational culture, the gaps and tailored his presentation perfectly. The audience was fully engaged for the 1 hour and it was great to see the employees continue the discussion with Adam during the post event reception. All in all, successful event and hope to have Adam back in the future for sure!

    - Human Resources Generalist, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Adam was masterful at integrating our core themes from the day into an energized, motivating, involving presentation.  Immediately after Adam’s presentation, hundreds of team members were committed to identifying and taking bold action towards their “gold medal moment”.  Adam was the highlight of our rally!

    - Manager, Marketing & Communications, Bell Media
  • I have seen dozens of Olympians speak at off-sites in the last 19 years, and Adam was by far the best. He was relevant to our business, and had a fascinating story. He wasn’t spewing business dogma. He spoke to the people in the room, leaving a lasting and positive impact that traveled through our office. I have heard nothing but rave reviews from all our employees.

    - VP Marketing, General Mills
  • Thank you Adam. You were wonderful! The entire team raved about your keynote. It had all the elements we were looking for – energy, entertainment and the messaging about teamwork, leadership was spot on.  The team loved hearing from you and I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews. I thank you for being the perfect “energizer” for our team. It was a great start to our conference.

    - Manager, Internal Communications, Direct Energy Services
  • By tailoring and customizing his presentation, Adam ensured our corporate messaging remained on target. Adam's charismatic personality shines through as someone who is warm with passion and excited by life. This translated into several staff members speaking about him for days following the event; true evidence of a gold medal performance!

    - President & CEO, Concentra Financial
  • The way you were able to weave other speaker comments into your presentation, complete with photos and quotes, really brought the audience along on the journey, and provided a great reinforcement of the theme and reason for taking the time to be in the room. I've never had another speaker do this so well--you blew me away with that!

    - Event Project Manager, Incite Marketing
  • Adam was amazing and received a standing ovation at the end of his speech. Everyone should hear Adam Kreek speak at least once in their life. He is a kind, caring, genuine person with great stories and inspiring messages to share. He does it in a very motivating, engaging and entertaining way. I could not recommend Adam enough. He would be a great fit for any group, event or conference.

    - Coordinator, Student Life Programs, University of Lethbridge
  • Adam did a really exceptional job at engaging the audience in his stories, and allowing them to really see “him” (his wittiness, humour and realism). He very nicely tied in the teamwork theme as well as directly relating his message to dietetics – a somewhat difficult task for those speakers who aren’t necessarily in the health care industry.

    - Dietitians of Canada Conference

Summary Profile

Adam has taught hundreds of thousands of people at organizations including Microsoft, General Electric, Mercedes-Benz, L’Oreal, Shell, Million Dollar Round Table, YPO, TEDx, General Mills and hundreds of others. 

His infectious energy, authenticity and breadth of life experience allow him to connect effectively with audiences across sectors. Adam receives rave reviews from event organizers, executives teams and conference attendees at every event he attends. Adam conducts an extensive pre-event interview to ensure that his story speaks authentically to each unique audience. He works closely with his team to craft a message that reinforces the best organizational goals, interests and cultures.

Most importantly, Adam walks the talk. A two-time Olympian, Adam holds 60 international medals, including Olympic Gold, and multiple hall of fame inductions.  While at Stanford University, completing his degree in Geotechnical Engineering and Hydrology, Adam helped to coach the Stanford Men’s Crew from their 17th place ranking to Silver Medalists at the IRA National Championships. In 2013, Adam made the first ever attempt to row unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to America, the subject of the NBC Dateline Documentary, Capsized.

In addition to his training and speaking, Adam is a journalist with CBC Sports, writing on topics of health for peak performance, and a Champion of the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation where he shares insights to better personal, family and community health. Adam chairs the board of Cowichan Energy Alternatives, a low carbon start-up on Vancouver Island that specializes in biodiesel made from recycled vegetable oils, and community carbon credits.

Adam is a spokesperson for Whitehall Spirit Rowing Boats and Clubs, and an active volunteer with Power To Be, bettering the lives of disadvantaged and disabled youth through cutting-edge outdoor adventure programming. He is a Big Brother, with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and has visited hundreds of schools across North America, instilling in the next generation the idea that “the secret to happy living is giving.

Adam sits on the board of Seattle-based Educational Non-profit OAR Northwest; he is a former Board Member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, the BC Biofuels Network, the Island Biodiesel Coop, and Clean Air Champions.

Adam holds a degree in Geotechnical Engineering and Hydrology from Stanford University. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and three children.

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