Kevin Rempel

Paralympian, World Champion, Entrepreneur and Author

Kevin Rempel

Kevin Rempel is a 2013 World Champion and 2014 Sochi Paralympic bronze medalist in sledge hockey who has an incredible story of overcoming a tremendous amount of adversity.

Paralyzed after a motocross crash in 2006, Kevin had to face unsurmountable odds while learning to walk again at the age of 23. Adding to this, Kevin had to deal with his father, Gerry, who also was living in a wheelchair. While deer hunting, Gerry fell from a tree leaving him a complete paraplegic one year from retirement.  Unfortunately, Gerry couldn’t deal with living with his circumstances and took his own life in July 2007.

That following year, “Remps” as he likes to be called by his friends, found sledge hockey and set his sights on making Team Canada and playing in the Paralympics. Since then he has travelled the world, inspired thousands of people, and has been featured around the world in media such as CBC, TSN, and BBC Sport.

Today, Kevin is focused on helping grow the sport of sledge hockey through his teambuilding program, The Sledge Hockey Experience, and passionately taking the stage, either live or virtually, inspiring audiences with The Hero Mindset Keynote and coaching leaders using The Resilience Toolbox.

Kevin is an author of the book “Still Standing: When You Have Every Reason to Give Up, Keep Going”, and an expert in change management, mental health, and resilience.

Please contact us to book Kevin Rempel for your next event!

    Topics 
  1. The Hero Mindset: How to Drive Results and Embrace Change

    Strong individuals and organizations thrive by not placing blame on other people, their surroundings, or external circumstances. They thrive recognizing the importance to choose the right mindset as they develop resilience when facing uncertainty.

    Choose to adopt The Hero Mindset.

    The Hero Mindset is about recognizing Hero Moments, Hero Decisions, and Hero Actions where you choose to step up, make key crucial decisions, and take action in spite of fear. By doing so you become a hero to yourself, to each other, to your customers, and to your community.

    Today’s world accelerates change fatigue and mental energy drains from high performing teams. Reigniting passion while also maintaining a healthy work/life balance starts with recognizing what to focus on and how to take personal responsibility.

    This program ideal for organizations facing challenges from a shift in the economy, organizational restructuring, launching or reinforcing strategic initiatives, and who are looking to reignite their employee’s passion towards a focused common vision.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    • How to leverage adversity as a driving force in your future success
    • How to unlock the mindset to drive results and embrace change
    • A three-step formula to achieve daily, lasting results
    • Practical tools and solutions to stay mentally well during the most difficult of times

    TARGET AUDIENCE

    This program is ideal for organizations who are seeking ways to support employees during a time of disruption, who are going through significant change, acclimatizing to a new normal, working from home, and looking to build resilience during difficult times.

  2. Boundaries and Burnout: How to Take Control!

    Employees today are at a great risk of burnout while working remotely. Learning how to set and maintain personal boundaries is still a new skill for many to develop that can leave managers and supervisors struggling to understand why people have a hard time saying “no”, while running the risk of losing team members who simply do not have the tools or strategies in place to take control.

    In this program, Kevin takes you through strategies to help identify where poor time management skills can be hindering self-care practices, what psychological barriers can be avoided to help initiate open conversations amongst managers and supervisors, as well as what to do to help further avoid, and if necessary, recover from burnout.

    Participants will take part in highly interactive brainstorming sessions, identifying problematic areas, working together to create solutions, all while helping organizations gain further insights to understand where their employees are struggling and need help the most, and discover tools to manage these aspects proactively.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    • How to set and maintain personal boundaries
    • How to separate work life from professional life
    • How to communicate personal/professional boundaries while maintaining personal/professional responsibilities
    • How to avoid and recover from burnout

    TARGET AUDIENCE

    This program is ideal for leaders and people managers who support high performing teams who are at risk of burnout, teams facing increased workloads due to organizational restructuring, rapidly changing demands of remote work, and organizations who are seeking a deeper understanding of employee’s needs to help support wellness initiatives.

     

  3. Rebound 2021: How to Stay Focused and Grow Virtually

    Organizations who adapt quickly, recognize that in order to continue to grow in a virtual environment, teams must revisit and maintain key success strategies that fueled pre-pandemic growth, and continue expanding ideas that foster collaboration in networking, sales, and support to strengthen team cohesion and drive results.

    In this program, Kevin takes you through the lessons that he and his team learned from the 2012 season where Sledge Team Canada won every game, except the Gold medal game in the World Championships, to then rebound the following year and claim Gold in the 2013 World Championships.

    Participants will engage in exercises including forward focused reflection, brainstorm opportunities to retain and enhance their customer relationships, as well as leverage their internal and external network to stay connected, be more effective and resilient in navigating a virtual world.

    This program is ideal for teams facing ongoing organizational challenges and who are looking to grow and reignite their employee’s passion towards a focused common vision.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    • How to reconnect with company values and reignite purpose and meaning in team performance
    • How to embrace growing an organizational culture where innovative thinking is non-negotiable
    • How to foster a team where customer centric communication and collaboration is strengthened through transparency and vulnerability

    TARGET AUDIENCE

    This program is ideal for leaders who are looking for strategies to maintain a resilient mindset while supporting high performing teams, as well as people managers who are looking to deepen their connection to employees in the workplace (and remote work environments) and continue to foster engagement while building a culture of connection and collaboration.

  4. Olympic Principles that Drive Resilient Leadership

    Leadership today is under constant pressure to be transparent and vulnerable while navigating unknown territory. As a leader, practicing these can be challenging but are key to creating successful teams where trust is embedded into the culture.

    Reflecting on his experience as an Olympian, in this keynote, Kevin Rempel takes you through lessons he learned as Team Canada embraced vulnerability, humility, and transparency to come together as one and end a five-year drought, culminating in winning a Gold medal the 2013 World Championships.

    Leaders will be challenged to reflect on how they are leading their organization, identifying areas for improvement to connect deeper with their team and foster a spirit of building trust amongst employees, and why recognizing others for even the smallest achievement can inspire collaboration to go above and beyond in satisfying customer’s needs.

    This program is ideal for leaders and people managers who are in a rapidly changing environment, teams who are seeking to establish a deeper level of trust, and high performing cultures who may need a reminder to continue doing the small things that can contribute to a winning organization.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    • How to foster a culture of resilience led by inspirational leadership
    • How to continue to adapt to a changing environment, maintain momentum, and grow through adversity
    • How to be flexible and accommodating while working with employees virtually to build trust and strengthen team cohesion
    • How to create trust as a post pandemic leader

    TARGET AUDIENCE

    This program is ideal for leaders who are looking for strategies to maintain a resilient mindset while supporting high performing teams, as well as people managers who are looking to deepen their connection to employees in the workplace (and remote work environments) and continue to foster engagement while building a culture of connection and collaboration.

  5. The Resilience Toolbox : A Resilient Mindset Roadmap

    Despite what may be happening around us, we all have the ability to focus on our mindset and what we can control to create the belief system we need to be resilient and consistently rise to the occasion.

    In this program, Kevin takes you through the strategies and techniques he used to overcome paralysis, learn how to walk again, cope with isolation during his four-year recovery period, and ultimately help Canada earn a bronze medal at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

    Using simple frameworks and easy to implement tactics, employees can take personal responsibility in developing their mental resilience while working from home.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    1. Create Belief: How to strategically create belief that will shift your mindset internally so you can attack each day with confidence.
    2. Mental Conditioning: How to make resilience tangible and provide you with tools you need to achieve your goals daily.
    3. Self Care: How to manage your energy that fuels your body so you can focus mentally, be effective and avoid fatigue.

    TARGET AUDIENCE

    This program is ideal for organizations who are seeking ways to support employees during a time of disruption, who are going through significant change, acclimatizing to a new normal, working from home, and looking to build resilience during difficult times.

Testimonials: 
VIRTUAL KEYNOTE: Thank you! You and your session were outstanding, and so applicable to all of us and our organization at this time! We have received so much great feedback from the participants already, both from a personal and professional perspective and so greatly appreciated. Once again your story and message are so touching and inspirational for all of us, and, your tools and “tricks” so very useful and applicable... You are a great role model and inspiration for all of us.
Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services
"It is always a pleasure to hear Kevin speak. Our team benefited greatly having Kevin refresh CDIC on The Hero Mindset, and giving us actionable tools and strategies to help build our mental resilience during unprecedented times. Once again, you have hit it out of the park."
Director, People Programs & Culture, Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation
"We first introduced Kevin and The Hero Mindset during our Leadership Team Meeting in February 2020, and then requested he return to deliver The Resilience Toolbox through live session with our Virtual Engagement Community. More than ever, during these unprecedented times, building our mental wellness is key and Kevin is just the person to drive home key principles and practices anyone can benefit from."
Vice President, Human Resources, Lactalis Canada Inc.
"Kevin was an outstanding motivational speaker for our team. He hit the entire team like a freight train at a personal level. I really appreciated his challenge that we can all be a hero in our own way. Kevin spoke about mental illness issues that I think all of us face at some point in our lives. This was impactful as I think as a society we tend to shelve these discussions due to fear and unworthiness. I would highly recommend Kevin to be a part of your next event.”
Vice President, Viking Business Unit, Baytex Energy Corp.
We have had Kevin at two of our leadership meetings and he absolutely rocked it. Straight to the heart with his key messages and high impact. Definitely worth engaging as he is an inspiration and very positive role model.
VP, Mobile Mortgage Specialists and Broker Sales, TD Bank
He is an engaging speaker with a compelling story that needs to be heard and listened to. He is inspiring, humble and reminds us that we can beat anything life throws at us with the right attitude and a focus on doing the daily activity that will ultimately result in compound success.
General Manager, Mary Kay
As a leader, I am always searching for tools to grow personally, but also provide my staff and partners with what they need to be resilient. Kevin's session delivered on both!
National Sales Leader, Global Fire Detection Products
Kevin’s presentation provided our team with excellent tools and techniques to help our employees prioritize self-care and focus on their personal and professional goals while navigating the challenging current environment. The post event response from those who attended the session was very positive!
Chief Sales Officer, Hub International
I took a concrete step on a key work project this morning as a result of Kevin’s session. So, if you were wondering if this was impactful, it was!
Sales Team Senior Leader, HUB International
"It went beyond my expectations. We need to continue building on this good investment!" and "Kevin is able to treat of what seems like an overwhelming subject in a simplifying manner that makes talking about it accessible."
Team Members, Pratt & Whitney Canada
"Every session there was a particular learning to take away and the discussions it generated in the group have been invaluable. Truly Inspiring! I needed this!" and "The tools you learn help you figure out what mental resilience is and provides you with a path to achieve that.”
Coaching Clients
So much energy – especially on a Zoom presentation!
Senior Digital Marketing Manager, Norton Rose Fulbright