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Drawing on his incredible adventures to all seven continents, Robin presents visually-stunning, entertaining, thought-provoking and inspiring virtual and physical events. Customized for every talk, a bucket list presentation costs less than you'd think, and is more appreciated than you can imagine.
Choose from one or several topics, each followed by Q&A.
REFILL THE CANADIAN BUCKET LIST We can’t travel like we could, but don’t stop dreaming. Across every province and territory, Robin introduces us to Canada’s most unique and fascinating destinations and activities. There's something here for everyone: nature, food, history, thrills, culture and plenty of ideas to fill up your bucket list. Packed with inspiring insights, engaging storytelling, and stunning visuals, join us for a one-of-a-kind virtual adventure.
REFILL THE GLOBAL BUCKET LIST We can’t travel now, but we can dream.From pole to pole and in-between, Robin takes us to some of the world’s most stunning destinations and activities. There's something here for everyone: thrills, food, history, nature, beaches, and plenty of ideas to fill up your bucket list.
LIFE ON THE EDGE Things don't always go our way. We're often faced with hairy situations that can sink us - or perhaps, help us thrive. Illustrated with entertaining anecdotes and stunning visuals, Robin shares hard-fought lessons from the edge, how to practically manage risk, and inspire ourselves for whatever comes next. FINISH THE SENTENCE Technology stitches our world together, even as uncertainty pulls us apart at the seams. It’s too easy to forget just how similar we all are, and how every voice has something to say. Robin once asked thousands of people from every conceivable background, to answer the same three questions. Shared along with his own unique background, the results are poignant, funny, and thought-provoking, shining a much-needed light on universal passions and challenges. The optional breakout session asks teams to share their own answers to Robin's three questions.
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE Robin explores his unlikely odds of one becoming an international jet-setting explorer, and what it takes to achieve any big, hairy audacious goal. He also delves into the value of thinking (and sometimes failing) big, and the crucial role of taking on projects with the right intention. For more information about booking, fees and availablity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Robin's enthusiasm, powerful insights and unique experience translates wonderfully on the stage. From conference keynotes to high-profile black-tie dinners, he has shared his inspiring story at dozens of events in Canada, the US and Australia.
Robin's other speaking credits include Electronic Arts, REMAX, CWT Travel, VRBO, Ryerson, the Project Management Institute, Destination Canada and Deloitte, as well as government, medical, political, educational, forestry, agriculture, finance and destination marketing organizations.
Robin was honoured as the Master of Ceremonies at the prestigious Explorer's Club Annual Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, sharing the stage with the likes of Ken Burns and Buzz Aldrin. His TEDx talk about life lessons through travel has over one million views, and is often featured as one of the best travel talks on the TED network.
Title: BREAKING BOUNDARIES With the world as his canvas, Robin Esrock reflects on the unique life experiences that have enabled him to break through the personal, professional and organizational boundaries that stand in our way. This personal, moving, and honest talk helps audiences recognize, respect and ultimately hurdle over their own limitations. Incorporating themes of transformation, intention, instinct, and curiosity, Breaking Boundaries distils hard-won, often hilarious takeaways into inspiring strategies for future success. Audience: Keynote, Corporate, Education, Government, Medical, Real Estate Length: 45-60mins
Title: ISN'T IT DANGEROUS? Renowned adventurer and bestselling author Robin Esrock has visited over 100 countries on seven continents. Throughout those travels, he has never been attacked, robbed, or even violently ill. He has, however, faced the wrong end of an AK-47 in Ethiopia, a tribal spear in Papua New Guinea, and hungry piranhas in Venezuela. Despite all this, Esrock refuses to be labelled an adrenaline junkie. Instead, he shares with audiences his unique insights and practical strategies for the management of risk, both on the road and in the workplace. Audience: Keynote, Transport, Government, Transport, Corporate Length: 45-60mins
Title: THE POWER OF STORY In a competitive industry cluttered with information, how do you get your story through? Using real-world examples, Robin discusses the impact of storytelling as a means of connecting with both media and consumers, offering advice and suggestions gleamed from working with dozens of major publications, and hundreds of tourism organizations. Audience: DMO's, Tourism Boards, Hospitality, Trade Show Length: 45-60mins
Title: THE GREAT CANADIAN BUCKET LIST Nobody knows Canada better than Robin Esrock. Coast to coast, north to south - what are the best experiences the country has to offer? Weaving in photography, video and his trademark humour, Robin takes us on a journey to every province and territory, sharing the remarkable destinations, activities and personalities that truly make Canada worth exploring, along with insights he's picked up along the way. Audience: Keynote, Corporate, DMO's, Tourism Boards, Hospitality Length: 45-60 mins
Title: THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BUCKET LIST Weaving in photography, video and his trademark humour, Robin takes us on a journey to every state and territory, sharing the remarkable destinations, activities and personalities that put Down Under on top of the world's best travel destinations, along with insights he's picked up along the way. Audience: Keynote, Corporate, DMO's, Tourism Boards, Hospitality Length: 45-60 mins
Title: CONFESSIONS OF A TRAVEL WRITER The revolution in publishing demands an evolution of a profession. Having conceived and starred in a 40-part show revealing The Truth Behind the Byline, Robin discusses the realities and challenges in the modern world of travel writing. Audience: College, Schools, Trade Show Length: 30-60 minutes
Robin was definitely the favourite speaker. He was entertaining, motivational, super friendly and really engaged the group. His book signing after the keynote was very popular. He was so lovely to deal with and was so genuine, just an absolute pleasure." Christine Sheppard, Library Association of Alberta
"Robin provided an engaging and insightful presentation on How to Build Your Great Canadian Bucket List. In addition to highlighting the must see destinations in Canada through video and pictures, Robin was able to inject his sense of humour and personal flair that gave our audience a wonderful and entertaining evening." Shane McMahon, Oceanfront Wealth Management
“When one attendee told me that part of Robin’s talk made her stop breathing for a few moments, I knew he had hit the nerve we had wanted him to touch with our audience. He was thoughtful, funny, engaging and truly inspiring. The energy in the room during and after his speech was wonderful and carried through our entire weekend. Nearly every session during the conference referenced Robin’s talk – the impact was amazing. We could not have worked with a better speaker for this audience and our event." Melissa Hartfiel , Food Bloggers of Canada Inc.
"We had fantastic response on your keynote speech at our conference – thank you!" Christine Ufniak, Director, Carlson Wagonlit Travel
"Your presentation was engaging, funny, visual and captivating. The energy in the room was palpable, and smiles and laughter were frequent. We would not hesitate to recommend you as a speaker to other tourism and destination marketing organizations." Anthony Everett, Northern BC Tourism
"Robin is an animated and engaging speaker; our conference audience loved his keynote address. Because Robin looks at the world through many lenses (as a traveler, freelancer content creator and media producer) he has a uniquely comprehensive perspective about the places where media and tourism overlap." Philly Markowitz, Grey County Tourism
"We absolutely loved having Robin at our Annual Conference & AGM and I know the delegates did as well. We have received only very very positive comments." Jody Young, Tourism Vancouver Island
"It was a pleasure to have Robin Esrock speak at the Outdoor Adventure Show, both in Vancouver and Toronto. Robin brought an enthusiastic approach to his presentations. He is well knowledged in his destinations travelled, able to speak on a variety of travel related topics confidently and provide quality Q&A time. Through Robin, I was able to acquire new business for the show from product manufacturers to destination bureaus, a valuable asset to building solid partnerships." Sabrina Tedesco, Show Manager, Outdoor Adventure Show
"I heard so many, many comments on how you provided motivation, information and "the best panel ever." Ever! In these wild times, with so many writers and industry members wondering how they will succeed in the coming months and years, your honesty and humour were much appreciated." Ann Campbell Travel Media Association of Canada Annual Conference
Testimonials aka "Don't Take My Word For It"
"Robin provided a very fun and exciting diversion for our clients, eager to hear about topics outside of financial planning and wealth management. He was so engaging, had fantastic photographs, and his approach to travel and life enjoyment was refreshing and up-beat. He had stories to tell, and advice to share, and clients from young to old left the presentation with a bit more wanderlust than before and a fresh bucket list to get them started! The client feedback was overwhelmingly positive!" Devan Mitchell, Market Manager, TD Wealth
"We are all looking to share different and unique experiences with our clients and Robin’s presentation hit the mark. He was generous with his time and the virtual event was a big success. In an era of COVID, Robin was able to help my clients escape and see the world. His stories were engaging and the photos were inspiring. We have received amazing feedback from our clients." Samuel Gorenstein, Vice President RBC Wealth Management
“Robin took our 50+ clients on a world tour to help us whittle down our bucket list. Along with his wild stories, his insights into happiness, taking risks and engaging with different cultures was exactly what we needed. Not being able to share adventures and laughs with family and friends has been tough on us all. Robin brought that feeling of adventure, enlightenment, and insight back to us, helping us appreciate the many adventures that await in store." David Bear, District Vice President, Canoe Financial
"Robin gave a virtual presentation to our Risk Advisory team and he truly ticked off all the boxes.He cleverly customized his key messages, thought-provoking ideas and practical takeaways while drifting in and out of jaw-dropping adventures, ensuring everyone was fully engaged.Robin’s stunning images and enthusiastic personality brought a super energy to the afternoon, and I highly recommend him to any company looking to inspire, motivate and mobilize their people." Henry Stoch, Regional Market Leader, Deloitte
"Wow! That is all I can say. Robin Esrock is by far one of the most well-travelled and entertaining speakers we have ever had. He’s a load of fun, and honestly, the places he has been and things he has done are spectacular. I would recommend him to anyone who wants to travel either vicariously or for real. He’s truly a hard act to follow." Amber Mazurkiewicz, Marketing Manager McClelland Financial Group / Assante Capital Mgmt
"Robin is a fantastic speaker. Very funny, very engaging, and completely candid with impressive photos to complement his wild experiences. What an adventure he took us on! Our clients absolutely loved the talk. Thank you for the entertaining adventures and life lessons." Robert Rothenberg, CEO Rothenberg Capital Management
“Robin’s Great Canadian Bucket List talk was like having a conversation with one of Canada's most interesting travellers. He seems to have been everywhere and done everything. Highly entertaining, Robin offered at least a few bucket list travel items to add to every attendee’s wish list. We really enjoyed it and hope to work with Robin again in the future!” Tom Hanger, District Vice President Fidelity Investments
“Robin gave a fantastic virtual presentation for our clients via Zoom. The stories and photos of his various adventures were inspiring and Robin was an entertaining speaker. All the feedback we received from our clients was very positive. Robin made the organization process for this event very easy for us – he really knows what he is doing and is a polished professional.” Shawn Boos, Managing Director Milestone Wealth Management
"Delivered via Zoom and spanning a diverse range of themes, Robin’s Inspo Boosts were visually engaging with beautiful photography, captivating storytelling, insightful observations and witty anecdotes. He was more than agreeable to fine-tune his delivery to ensure it met our goals. I highly recommend him as an inspiring team building activity." Mala Srivatsa, Development Director EA Sports
"Robin was a fantastic addition to our virtual conference. Robin’s presentation was captivating, engaging the audience with his incredible stories and enthusiasm. Not only that, but his messaging and tone were spot on – somehow being able to connect with the crowd at an appropriate level without being in the same room. We could not have been happier to have him part of our day." Monique Willis Destination British Columbia
"We hired Robin to host his virtual Great Canadian Bucket List event for clients and it was a truly excellent experience. Both our team members and clients were thrilled. We will be bringing him back again to host his Global bucket list presentation later this year." Matthew Evans & Lorenzo Pederzani Westmount Wealth Group|iA Private Wealth
"Robin delivered an engaging and energetic presentation. His visuals were stunning and we really enjoyed the conversational tone and insights." Heather Claridge, VP People and Culture, Nicola Wealth Management
"The thank you’s are pouring in! Entertaining, inspiring, educational and humorous all wrapped up into one awesome bundle. I know we all have more things in our bucket after last night!" Jay Elinesky, Vice-President & Portfolio Manager RBC Dominion Securities
“We were thrilled to have Robin as our featured guest in our Client Speaker’s Series event. Robin gave us a glimpse of his past adventures and was able to take us beyond the pandemic to maximize one’s experience of different cultures, events and places. He gave everyone a 'Passport' to their own future travels.” Rod Mahrt Vice President, Wellington-Altus Private Wealth
"At such a time of change in our industry, Robin's ability to connect with our team and encourage and inspire each of us to achieve our goals, take risks and succeed in what we do both professionally and personally was energizing. His presentation is professional and entertaining and helped us celebrate the leadership environment that we have at our company." Michael DiBrina, President DiBrina Financial Group
"Robin delivered the luncheon keynote address at our Performance Excellence Summit and the Canada Awards for Excellence. His address was given while people were eating lunch, so it could have been a distracted audience. However, on the contrary, Robin had the 400+ guests eating out of his hand! Robin's presentation was entertaining, enlightening and educational. His humour, personal stories and anecdotes were supported by great audio visual slides and videos. The evaluations from delegates was a very high 9.5/10. I think that says it all. I would highly recommend Robin Esrock as a speaker for any conference or keynote presentation." Allan Ebedes, President & CEO Excellence (formerly Industry) Canada
“Robin’s engaging presentation inspires his audience to trust their instincts when it comes to risks, and to enjoy the journey on the way." Helene Henning-Hill, Project Management Institute
"Robin Esrock was the Master of Ceremonies at our annual black-tie dinner event at the Waldorf-Astoria. He performed for a sophisticated lay audience with aplomb on the podium, juggling numerous award introductions, keynote introductions, even wild animals. He brought a fun, professional sheen to the evening, and I would highly recommend him for future events." Matt Williams, Executive Director, The Explorers Club, New York
"I have been hiring speakers for live events for many years. Few possess the stage presence and enthusiasm Robin Esrock has. His keynote was uniquely amusing and absolutely inspirational - one of the best I have ever seen." Norm Coyne, Owner UNLTD Media & Events
"Robin was a very engaging and topical speaker for our National Tourism Summit. He was happy to adapt his presentation and use his global experience to address a specific New Zealand question: Overtourism – are we there yet and what do we do before it’s too late? His insight was gratefully received by the audience." Chris Roberts, CEO Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA)
"Your story was loud and clear and I had several people come up after your presentation and talk about how much they loved it, and how great it was! It was definitely unlike what they have heard in the past, and they loved it." Cellie Morales Vacation Rental Management Association (USA)
"Selecting Robin Esrock as our keynote for our annual conference was an inspired choice. His passion for travel reminded our hoteliers of why we do what we do. But the biggest benefit was his ability to connect with our people and inspire them to think about their goals. Robin left a lasting impression. After his talk and throughout the rest of our event, our attendees were all talking about the experience and each had a personal takeaway." Sarah Kirby-Yung, Executive Director, Marketing & Communications Coast Hotels
“Robin Esrock is a fantastic keynote speaker who is able to connect with the audience on personal level. An innate storyteller, Robin’s vast catalogue of travel experiences and life lessons are woven into his presentation and lead attendees on a journey. Multiple attendees cited Robin as being the best keynote from the conference. As an event organizer, I found Robin extremely flexible and down-to-earth to work with as our closing keynote speaker, who left our participants engaged, entertained, and inspired.” Mark Lisetto-Smith, University of Waterloo
“Robin enthralled his audience at the recent 29th Annual Vancouver Tourism Awards Gala Breakfast firstly because his ideas were innovative and experiential but mainly because his attitude was such that he was speaking to equals, not about his successes. He made the overriding philosophy inspirational and attainable. On a topic that one might have given another speaker an opportunity to talk about their great accomplishments he succeeded in presenting a truly motivational message – a message not limited to just his experiences but how that attitude can be engaged for all of us to achieve our unrealized ambitions and make doing so fun. He truly made one feel he related to his audience.” Peggie Terry, Chairperson Vancouver Tourism Awards
"Robin’s talk took us through his life journey and lessons in an unbelievably inspiring, honest, informative and visually stimulating talk. He broke down all the boundaries we consistently face and provided real, digestible strategies to help us succeed in what we do - be it business or personal. He wraps executive coaching and leadership into one powerful presentation." Rob Baron, Director of Publishing Operations Electronic Arts Inc.
Thank you again for the amazing talk last night. You captured so many of our key values and motivators, it was perfect. You entertained, made us think, helped us celebrate and inspired us. I think I speak for everyone there that we really enjoyed your energy and visuals." Kevin Hong, Vancouver Airport Authority
"As two organizations undergoing tremendous transformation under a single association, Robin was the perfect fit for our event. Robin was effectively able to relate his personal experiences with the importance of embracing change and seizing opportunities which resonated with our delegates. In short, Robin ticked all the boxes. He was engaging, entertaining, thought provoking and inspiring. I highly recommend him." Wendy Graden, Executive Director Alberta Forest Management Professionals
"Robin’s keynote presentation at our annual Professional Development Days was a captivating and exciting journey, full of the amazing twists and turns of his incredible adventure. He inspired our college community to push “beyond boundaries” in work and everyday life by realising the potential we each have to grow and experience this magnificent world. This headline event will be hard to top next year." Ian Murdoch , College of the Rockies
"Robin was our opening keynote speaker and it was a great way to kick off our annual convention. His presentation was well-articulated and it was great to hear it referenced throughout the week by our delegates. He was genuine and engaging, and we enjoyed having him speak to us." Christina Franc Executive Director Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions
"As the Event Producer for a Students' Association, I am expected to find content that has a balance between entertainment and educational content; Robin Esrock was exactly that! His presentation caused a stir of excitement, offering life lessons that inspired students to open their minds to other cultures. Robin entertained the crowd and then sent them off in search of their own adventure." Mike Cristello, MacEwan University
"Robin was both inspiring and funny during his presentation at our annual LINK Conference in Vancouver. Our attendees enjoyed taking the journey with him." Barbette I. Igonia, President & CEO BC Electrical Association