Motto: “Compete to Win”
Constantly pushing his mental and physical limits through adventure, Mark shares lessons learned in meaningful and productive ways with coaching training and consulting clients. He helps leaders from all sectors navigate change, embrace innovation, and build their bottom lines with high-octane collaboration and decision-making tactics and tools.
Mark’s many relevant successes include coaching and training more than 300 team members in a large, direct-sales organization, and training and mentoring a global resort development team for total real estate sales of $250 million. He also taught and ran Canadian Military t raining programs, and became an advanced driving instructor.
Having done what he teaches, Mark has a competitive advantage over other professional coaches, trainers, and consultants. As an ultra marathon runner, triathlete, and race car driver, he knows first-hand what it’s like to be laser-focused on finishing first. To that end, he also understands the critical importance of confidence and innovation, and their vital roles in helping you tackle challenging tasks, prepare for organizational change, and thrive in high-stress environments.
So, whatever ‘race’ he runs with you, Mark will focus passionately on your every step, encouraging you to stay the course by working through fear (which he says is friend, not foe) and ignorance (which is merely laziness in disguise).
Motto: “Ignore the Rules”
At the age of 11, Mark started a home-based printing company. By 15 he’d registered his first company in the UK, which still operates today. To celebrate Mark’s success, the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management named him one of the youngest Fellows in the history of the organization.
After moving to Canada in 1988, Mark began buying and operating businesses from many sectors, and consulting on projects and domestic and overseas businesses. He also sat on the Board of Directors for many corporations and organizations.
Currently, Mark is a Venture Partner with Dutch Oracle, a leading Alternative Investment and Family Office consultancy based in British Columbia. He is also co-founder of SkyDriving Aviation, which has a contract to provide market development in North America for a flying car designed and built by a conglomerate in the Netherlands. This opportunity arose from Mark’s commitment to be the first person to circumnavigate the globe in a flying car!
Motto: “Live the Edge”
Mark appreciates that the most powerful tool for positive change in our technological world is good, old-fashioned storytelling. He’s also learned that stories about his adventures, and the innovation and persistence needed to fulfill them, inform and inspire transformational change in people’s personal and professional lives.
Mark is a seasoned keynote speaker who, for 25 years, has woven insights and ideas from his many ventures into presentations for North American clients. Along with his quick wit and engaging and authentic delivery style, Mark brings stunning visuals and videos from his diverse activities. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as he tells stories of driving rally cars backward over 40-foot cliffs, or collapsing his paraglider in the clouds above Canada’s Rocky Mountains. He’ll also share how he’s setting the stage for his next world-record adventure… flying a car around the world!
Audiences are not only entertained by Mark’s storytelling, they also take away tools for:
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Well Known Canadian Adventurer gets busy on the speaking circuit | Motivational speaker inspires people to tackle their biggest project Motivational Speaker and well known Canadian Adventurer, Mark Jennings-Bates has never been afraid of big projects. Since a young age, he has lived a life of adventure and at fifty-three years old he still enjoysRead More
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When it comes to Motivational Speaking, for most people it ranks up there with falling from a great height. But rest assured that when it comes to motivational speaking, we all started in the same place. Sure, we either have a solid background in a process or technology and we have become an expert orRead More
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I had a young friend message me the other day. He knows me from the rally driving community, so he see’s me driving a shiny well cared for rally car (at least until the end of an event)! So he asked me what my daily driver was. He might have been expecting my reply toRead More
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I reflected on the statement as I looked at the teapot where I was about to jam two slices of bread in to a narrow, round, opening. Curious I thought. Why am I doing that I wondered? Then I peered in to the crumb covered abyss in the depths of my toaster to see twoRead More
Have you ever been afraid to lose or fail at something? In the end, that fear may have prevented you form actually starting. For many people we inadvertently shelter our children from the potential of losing. For instance, we may say, “don’t do that, you may get hurt?” referring to participation in a sports team.Read More
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The traditional definition of a partnership in business may be a little dated now. Formal agreements, formation of a legal entity etc are somewhat old school in today’s economy. Partnerships however can provide a tremendous way to leverage each partners skill to build success for your project or business. Many times, partnerships end in disaster.Read More
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Have you ever thought about why many people fail to get to the finish line? Frankly, kudos to those people for even starting, because most people never take the first step. However, once you have taken that first step, every step after is one more closer to the end. At some point many people simplyRead More
As a Keynote Speaker every chance I get to speak creates a special opportunity. It is an opportunity to communicate something that can teach or inspire, an opportunity to engage with the audience and an opportunity to ignite change. One of the most interesting challenges for any speaker is to prepare and deliver a TedRead More
Overcoming fear doesn’t happen instantly оr automatically. It іѕ thе result оf deliberate intention, аnd conscious action tоwаrdѕ doing things thаt scares уоu. Aѕ a result оf overcoming уоur fears, уоu grow аѕ a person, аnd expand thе possibilities thаt surround уоur life. Mаnу tіmеѕ whеn I undertake global endurance adventures I map оut thеRead More
"Mark's energy and excitement for the future is exactly what we wanted for Worlds Fair Nano. Our goal is to inspire our visitors, and Mark did exactly that. His knowledge coupled with his ability to excite the audience made for an amazing talk."( CEO World's Fair Nano )
Having you come speak to our group set a high bar of expectations of quality of training. I had several people text me the next day (in the fresh snowfall) and talk about how the things they learned the night before made an immediate difference for them. You held the room extremely well and made a challenging topic interesting, informative and engaging. Thank you so much for the training, it was a great training in winter driving and effective speaking.( Training Director, Kelowna JayCee's )
"Thank you once again for being our keynote speaker yesterday at our Key Business Awards. Personally I very much enjoyed your delivery of the topic and from the feedback received today it was a hit!! I am honestly not surprised. Our Mayor sure enjoyed it as he emailed me at 11:00 pm last evening to that end!"( Past President, GWBOT )
"I have had the opportunity to hear Mark Jennings-Bates speak on goal setting and self-motivation. Mark's approach to helping you learn was delivered in an easy to understand way, helping me to apply it in my daily routine. ("motivation comes from within, the hard part is getting out") Mark is that guy helping it become a reality."( REALTOR® )
"Our audience easily identified with Mark as he is a true inspiration. His story is genuine, truly fascinating and motivating to anyone looking to make change in their lives. He is passionate about overcoming obstacles in more ways than one, as his charitable causes can certainly attest to his dedication."( Executive Director GWBOT )
"The instant choice was Mark, he is enthusiastic, entertaining and can keep car lovers on the edge of their seats with stories of cross country bike racing through the deserts of Africa and training for the Dakar with International drivers. As well as being a philanthropist, Mark has a wonderful personality that connects with everyone in whatever size crowd he is engaging. After the event, Mark's speech was the talk of the group and was received incredibly well in the post-event reviews."( Co-Organiser TARGA Canada West )
MARK JENNINGS-BATES, CAPTAIN (P.RES) BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA "Eternal optimist. Adrenalin Junkie. Compassionate Psychopath. Nonconformist Rebel. Cardboard box escape artist. Share his zest for life, learn from his diverse Boardroom and racing experiences."