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Jamie  Clarke

Jamie Clarke

Extreme Adventurer; Entrepreneur & Performance Coach

Jamie Clarke

Extreme Adventurer; Entrepreneur & Performance Coach


Business IS an adventure — and mountain-climber Jamie Clarke walks you through how to strategize and succeed in your own ventures. Jamie challenges his audience to reach their unique Everest and guides them towards building and leading teams to success.

This acclaimed adventurer and entrepreneur challenges individuals to brave their own Everest with memorable insights and actionable strategies on leadership, risk management, and defining and achieving your goals. As a mountain-climber, Jamie reached the Everest summit twice — but only after his first two attempts to reach the peak were cut short by deadly storms, leaving him only a few feet short of the summit. Determined and dedicated, he reached his goal in 1997 and 2010. Jamie is one of a handful of people in the world to hold the rare accomplishment of climbing the Seven Summits. Always one for new adventures, Jamie rode camels across the Empty Quarter of Arabia, motorbiked across Mongolia with his son, and has served as a performance coach for Olympians, the NFL, Hockey Canada and the 2018 Stanley Cup-winning Washington Capitals. Jamie is currently a fellow and associate professor at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne Business school where he teaches and mentors in the Centre for Advanced Leadership.

With gentle Canadian humor, Jamie walks you through his planning process on mountain expeditions and how to apply his lessons for business strategies. Mountain-climbing can mean plenty of risk; Jamie provides essential tips on handling risk management as you navigate challenges on your path. But Jamie offers the key to scaling the heights: retain your passion while nurturing and encouraging your team. His focus: creating an honest and authentic culture in your company that stays true to its mission.

Jamie relays the lessons he learned as the former CEO of a mountaineer clothing e-commerce business, which earned him multiple nominations for National e-commerce Innovation Awards by Canada Post. The mountain-climber’s high-energy message inspires you to set high goals, overcome obstacles, and remain passionate in your own entrepreneurial adventures.

Speaker Videos

Intro Video

Business is Chaos

Attitude is Everything

Speech Topics

The Adventure Of Business

Jamie Clarke believes that the passion that drives an adventurer is akin to that of a business leader…and he should know. The renowned adventurer and founder & former CEO of the Canadian retailer Live Out There Inc. has successfully transferred the ideas, skills, lessons and passion from summiting the world’s highest peaks. With his trademark spirit and high-energy, Clarke excites audiences as he draws parallels to the dynamic environments found in the office and in nature to provide business leaders with the framework to achieve success in any competitive setting. Clarke shows how to adapt to forces outside of one’s control and uphold one’s mission despite distractions and dangers, all while encouraging a healthy dose of risk balanced with an ample measure of humility. Simply put: Clarke delivers insights and strategies for taking one’s organization to the peak and conquering the adventure of business.

Above All Else: The Power of Passion

With humor and palpable passion, Jamie Clarke challenges audiences to think differently about success, failure, passion, hard work and fear, as he shares insight from his journeys scaling the world’s highest mountains, trekking through the most dangerous places and starting his own successful retail business. Perfect for audiences seeking expertise on risk-taking, project management, and team building, Clarke’s customized presentations deliver powerful perspective on learning from failure, the art of grunt work, conquering fear through focus, and above all — living life with passion.

How Weathering Unanticipated Storms Makes Your Business Stronger

Adapting quickly to forces outside of your control — like being pinned on the mountain when a storm hits — requires team building, leadership, and crisis management. In this virtual presentation, extreme adventurer Jamie Clarke shares how businesses can adapt to unexpected change while upholding the mission. With an entire workforce suddenly working from home, with companies forced to innovate entirely new ways of doing business, leaders are facing never-imagined workplace challenges. The insights and strategies Clarke learned while surviving extreme environments will help your organization emerge from this chapter in your history stronger than ever before and ready to conquer the future.

Empty Quarter

After Everest, what's left? Clarke next ventured a 700-mile camel-back crossing of Arabia's Empty Quarter, the world's most desolate and dangerous desert. Clarke shares a journey of contrast and perseverance with breath-taking images. He will challenge your audience to persevere through obstacles and to lead others by empowering them to live passion-filled lives.In this program laced with laughter, poignant moments, tension, and lush illustration, Clarke will challenge your audience to persevere through obstacles; to live in the now, not in an incurable past or a daydreamed future; to resolve conflict; and to lead others by empowering them to live passion-filled lives.