What I Like to talk About

Change Leadership; Innovation; Creative Risk-Taking, Business Growth, Personal & Professional Development

My Background

I have an unusual job: I’ve come to think of myself as a professional eye opener. I help people discover what’s holding them back.

Mostly, I get hired as a keynote speaker, but I’m also an entrepreneur, author, and teach engineering at McMaster University, where I've been named one of the Top 150+ Alumni.

In addition to leading a creative team of education reformers through my educational development company The Beanstalk Project, I attempt to be a great husband to an amazing woman named Kathleen (an anti-bullying expert) and a great dad to three awesome kids.

For a slightly more complete picture, let’s add in amateur juggler, occasional magician, intermittent yogi, competitive barbershop quartet singer, former chair of the board for the world-renowned Hamilton Children’s choir, and exotic fruit enthusiast – I particularly like Guanabana.



“Your expertise on the topic of innovation leadership helped our team envisage the possibilities of increasing our creativity, innovation, efficiency, and ultimately, profitability.”

Mike Honcharenko, Manager, Americas Project Engineering, GE Water & Process Technologies


“I can’t even tell you how excited people are about your presentation. You got rave reviews, and all the evaluations are saying the same thing: People want you back next year!”

Camille de Lacy, Residence Life Coordinator, University of Calgary


“Joel provided the perfect start to our day. It was hilarious, thought provoking, and everyone loved him!”

Beth Angle, City Development Coordinator, City of Niagara Falls



Hamilton, Ontario


$5,000 - 7,000


As a change leadership expert, entrepreneur, and professional eye opener, I knows that growth demands innovation but that change is often resisted. What if there was a simpler way to get results? With a mix of hilarious antics (including juggling rat traps...yes, you read that right), powerful messages, and practical solutions, my insights into leadership and innovation will help you and your organization imagine a better way.

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