Kevin Vallely

Inspirational Adventurer, Leadership, Teamwork and Resilience Expert , Author

Kevin Vallely

Kevin Vallely was named one of Canada’s leading adventurers by the Globe and Mail.

As a world-class explorer, a successful architect and a happily-married father of two, Kevin Vallely embodies a clear balance in life.

Kevin has organized and lead extreme expeditions around the world and has garnered a powerful understanding of leadership, resilience and perspective in unpredictable and fast-changing environments. He has translated this knowledge into a business acumen that activates and amplifies leadership instincts.

Kevin is a member of the esteemed Explorer’s Club and was an Explorer’s Club Flag recipient when attempting his first human-powered traverse of the Northwest Passage in 2013. He has skied the length of Alaska’s 1180 mile Iditarod Trail in the dead of winter, has retraced the infamous Sandakan Death March through the jungles of Borneo for the first time since WWII and in 2009 broke the world record for the fastest unsupported trek from the edge of the Antarctic to the Geographic South Pole.

After spending nearly twenty years testing the limits of human endurance in the most inhospitable environments on the planet, Kevin has developed a sixth sense, a ‘wild wisdom’, that allows him to succeed at everything he does. “There’s nothing special about me,” he says steadfastly when asked, “I don’t have some hidden talent or gift, I just know how to get things done.”  He inspires audiences with his core belief that all of us are capable of achieving big goals.

Kevin’s unique background as an explorer and business professional allows him to engage the hearts and minds of any team, inspiring and motivating them to realize their full potential. He understands the critical importance of leadership, collaboration and how psychological trust is fundamental in order for a team to operate at their peak performance in the harshest environments of the planet as well as in the workplace. Kevin has proven why he thrives in adverse conditions and he has recognized that setbacks are simply opportunities for creative thinking and innovation. As an explorer, business professional and a father Kevin has evolved from being personally driven by goals to fully understanding and appreciating why he does what he does, why the purpose that drives his actions is key and drives the legacy he hopes to create.

Kevin is a lead facilitator and expedition manager for The AIP Group.

The AIP Group is founded on the concept of Adventures Inspiring Performance and uses exciting adventure simulations, world-class facilitators, and the latest in productivity and neuroscience research to create leadership experiences that inspire performance.

In February 2020 he is releasing his new book Wild Success : 7 Lessons Leaders can Learn from Adventurers.

His clients among others include Hewlett Packard, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay Team and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commanding Officers Leadership conference.

Please contact us for more information or to book Kevin Vallely for your event!

    Topics 
  1. WILD SUCCESS: An innovative guide to developing dynamic leadership skills—drawn from the real-life experiences of extreme adventurers

    Elite adventurers understand how to excel in the most challenging environments on the planet. Unexpected obstacles can force creative thinking in any situation. Using inspirational stories from his new book Wild Success, Kevin teaches seven leadership traits that allow today’s leaders to thrive in the most unpredictable, challenging and dynamic workplaces.

    He skillfully combine insights from the adventure world with innovative research from the field of neuroscience to provide readers with unique and invaluable leadership lessons. Readers will discover their own leadership potential, as well as gain practical tips on how to increase leadership capacity. The book inspires people to perform at their best—in the wild and in the workplace

  2. Bravery and Resilience in Times of Uncertainty

    Why is it that those who exhibit bravery and courage are assumed to be fearless?

    In his multimedia presentation on the Northwest Passage, renowned adventurer Kevin Vallely demonstrates that being brave is not an act of lacking fear but rather, accepting fear and acting despite of it. Through two decades of extreme adventure Vallely has learned that bravery is not a mindset we’re born with but is a skill that can be learned, practiced and strengthened. It is a capacity shaped by a deep sense of resilience.

  3. High Performing Teams and Psychological Safety

    Kevin Vallely understands what it means to be part of a high performing team. As a world-record holder and an internationally recognized explorer he has tested the limits of human endurance in the most inhospitable landscapes on the planet. Kevin has built the perfect teams to operate and succeed in these hostile, ever-changing environments.

    How do you build the perfect team in your organization? It’s a question Kevin has answered successfully through the ‘wild wisdom’ of expedition experience and is now being backed up by scientific research. As the business world becomes increasingly global and complex, the bulk of modern work is becoming more and more team based. If a company hopes to outdistance its competition it not only has to influence how people work but also how they work together. Discover how to build a high-performing team who will produce the best results and why.

  4. The 3 Key Elements of Resilience

    Kevin’s interactive keynote on the 3 Key Elements of Resilience speaks to passion and perseverance and one’s capacity to move forward regardless of setback. The keynote builds around a question Kevin was asked by a young offender while skiing to the South Pole in 2009. “How do I keep going? Why don’t I quit?”

    As Kevin marches to the South Pole he reflects on the qualities, behaviors and pathways that have kept him going. What in his adventure experience has allowed him to maintain his passion and perseverance for all these years? How has he learned to be resilient? Large scale studies into things like giftedness, future success and job performance have all concluded that resilience is as important, if not more so, than intelligence. Research has shown that resilience is not a character trait but rather something that can be learned, cultivated and developed.

    Throughout the keynote Kevin engages with the audience by pausing three times and letting the participants have meaningful discussions among themselves, allowing them time to internalize what’s been delivered and to anchor the message through conversation.

    On January 7th, 2009, Kevin and two teammates skied into the South Pole faster than anyone in history, breaking the world record by over 5 days. Kevin has cultivated his level of resilience and understands what it takes. His answer to the question “How do I keep going? Why don’t I quit?” will inspire and empower your audience.

  5. PURPOSE Driven Leadership

    Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.

    This was the ad posted in The Times in 1907 by famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton recruiting men for his Antarctic expedition. Who would apply up for such a thing? Over 5,000 would. Why do we do what we do? What motivates us to pursue the extraordinary? Kevin Vallely has answered Shackleton’s call through his two-decade career as an explorer. He has discovered that the extrinsic incentives like money and status pale in comparison to the intrinsic impulses driven by personal motivation. The carrot and stick approach to motivation in the business world is no longer effective. Discover what really motivates us to do what we do.

Testimonials: 
Kevin's presentations are truly inspirational, engaging and gripping. His style is unique, upbeat and yet humble and unassuming. Kevin touches the inner adventurer in everybody and makes the audience want to go out and experience the real adventures of this world. Kevin is also our "back yard" hero from North Vancouver, proving that a regular person with a job and a family can still accomplish amazing things without being backed by hefty sponsorship dollars and media. Kevin is a true talent with a very present, open and immediate personality, and his genius continues to change the lives of many.
Alan Formanek
Director, Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Kevin Vallely presented at our Get Active Penticton Series and ‘Knocked it out the Park’. His enthusiasm to encourage your inner adventurer was infectious. Kevin has that unique ability to tell an incredible story but still appear like a ‘regular guy’ - this is what inspires others to take that first step to ‘be your own hero’. It was a pleasure to work with Kevin. Please do not hesitate to contact me for more feedback on this outstanding individual.
Bob Pope
Active Living Recreation Coordinator : The Corporation of the City of Penticton
Kevin Vallely's presentations at The Great Outdoors Show were exceptional! Kevin connected with his audience immediately and entertained and inspired with creative multi-media presentations that were delivered complete with humorous stories, videos and anecdotes about his adventures that kept the audience glued to their seats!
Murat Olcay
President, Encore Exhibitions Inc.
Kevin was highly regarded and awe-inspiring for sure... They loved the wow - the overpowering sense of adventure - very outside their comfort zone - the close was awesome - great job.
Independent Accountants’ Investment Counsel
Your presentation really set the mood for the day. Everyone really enjoyed your stories and the three p's were actually referred to in sessions held throughout the day. Preliminary evaluation survey results are also showing your presentation as the most popular! So thank you very much for coming and enhancing our conference.
Alberta Construction Safety Association

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