Paralympian & Peak Performance Strategist

Kevin Rempel

Burnout. Change Management. Mental Health. Peak Performance. Wellbeing.

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Kevin Rempel

Speaker Bio

Kevin Rempel has surmounted incredible life-challenges to reach the Olympic podium and now to bring his powerful message of hope and resilience to audiences through his speaking and writing.

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

After a freestyle motocross accident left Kevin an incomplete paraplegic at the age of 23, he was told by doctors he would likely never walk again.

Adding to this, Kevin had to deal with his father, Gerry, who fell from a tree while deer hunting, leaving him a complete paraplegic only 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, was determined. He willed himself to move one toe, then another, then another until – eventually – he not only walked again, but was able to become one of Canada’s best Paralympic athletes, earning a bronze medal at the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.

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.

Through his keynote, The Hero Mindset,  Kevin shares his personal story inspiring others that even when you have every reason to give up, you must keep going.

By adopting The Hero Mindset and applying the principles inside The Hero Mindset Blueprint, you too can become the hero of your own story. Unlock the mindset that enables you and your organization to drive results and embrace change.

Kevin Rempel Topics
The Hero Mindset: How to Drive Results and Embrace Change.
The Hero Mindset: How to Empower Yourself and Others In Supporting Organizational Wellbeing.
Becoming Self Aware: What Hidden Disabilities Can Teach Us About Empathy.
Boundaries and Burnout: How To Take Back Control.
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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.

The Hero Mindset is about focusing on small things that make a big difference to become a hero in your own movie. When we adopt The Hero Mindset, you can 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.

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.

What does the word “Hero” mean to you? Do you think you need to reach an Olympic podium to become a hero? Or have you considered what that might look like in how you show up every day for yourself, your employees, for the clients, and communities that you serve?

In this session, Kevin Rempel shares his story of becoming paralyzed in a motocross accident to reaching the Paralympic podium in sledge hockey, and how you can learn from the mental health journey that accompanied his new life living with a disability.

Small things make a big difference, and it’s in the moments when you are away from a podium that matter the most. Understanding how you speak to yourself, to others, and the story you believe about your situation are just a few examples of how senior managers can begin to cultivate a confident and empowered mindset to support employee wellbeing.

The Hero Mindset will challenge you to think differently in how you approach mental health, how you support others, and what strategies you can put in place to help promote a healthy organizational culture.

Target Audience:

This program is ideal for leaders and senior managers who are seeking ways to support employee wellbeing during a time of disruption, who are going through significant change, acclimatizing to a new normal, and looking to build resilience during difficult times.

Many organizations are early into their journey incorporating a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) practice into their workplace policies. As a result, they are often unsure, uneasy about what to do next and seeking additional guidance while taking baby steps to create empathy, understanding, and self-awareness to become better leaders, colleagues, and a stronger, more inclusive organization.

In this session, Kevin shares his experience of over 16 years living with an incomplete spinal cord injury, an invisible disability, and how that experience has taught him to be more empathetic towards himself and others as he leads others in his life and business.

Participants can expect to dive deep into their own self-awareness to better understand what unconscious biases may exist, what real or perceived hidden disabilities may exist for them and others, as well as reflect upon what it means to be a more inclusive leader and team member as you create a workplace culture that encourages courage and curiosity to bring your best self to work every day.

Throughout the interactive workshop, participants will take part and engage in anonymous discussion to help bring awareness to what common struggles they face, take part in breakout room discussions to create connection, and share in a safe environment that fosters empathy and understanding of each other.

Target Audience:

This program is ideal for leaders and organizations who are looking to continue the advancement of their DE&I initiatives by sharing practical, real, and vulnerable stories and examples that bridge connection and bring empathy and understanding to all employees in a safe and shared space.

Employees today are experiencing burnout and unprecedented levels. Learning how to set and maintain personal boundaries is still a 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 and employees who simply do not have the tools or strategies in place to take control.

In this program, Kevin helps participants 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.

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.

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Allan Hollingsworth, Chief Sales Officer at HUB International

“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 that attended the event was very positive.”

Evan Bombino, National Sales Leader at Global Fire Detection Products

“As a leader, I’m 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.”

Nancy Gour, People Programs & Culture at CDIC

“Our team benefited greatly having Kevin refresh CDIC on the Hero Mindset and provide us with the actionable tools and strategies to help build our mental resilience during unprecedented times. Once again, you have hit it out of the park.”


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