Motivational Speaker

“The Battle Captain” – Mark Jennings-Bates is engaging and entertaining.

A seasoned keynote speaker and global business leader with a penchant for adventure. Mark, “The Battle Captain” keeps his skills sharp as he climbs mountains, races cars and participates in world record adventures.

He is an accomplished Keynote Speaker, TedX speaker and trainer.



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Keynote Speaker, Captain Mark Jennings-Bates (The Battle Captain) is quick witted. He also has an amazing toolbox of experiences and visuals that keep any audience on the edge of their chairs.

Mark is as comfortable at the Board Room table as he is on the summit of a remote mountain.

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Known as “The Battle Captain” for his calm and clear thinking under pressure from military training. He lives a dynamic exciting life and experiences critical decision making in high stress environments.

With 43 years participating in outdoor adventure and business, Mark has a vast depth of experiences to draw on and assist your audience.

Mark began his business endeavours and adventure activities at 11 years old with a small home based printing business. The same year he started rock climbing on one of the very first gym climbing walls.

By the time he was fifteen he had registered his first company in the UK which still operates today. “I remember my father advising me if I won the lottery, it would make sense to start a business so I could make money every day. I took him seriously”.

In 1988 he moved to Canada with his wife and started a family where he began buying and operating businesses. He volunteered in his local community, sat on many organizational and corporate boards. Additionally, he consulted on projects and businesses domestically and overseas.

Because of his success, Mark was appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management as a teenager. Later in life he was recognised as Ambassador of the Year for the Coldwell Banker real estate franchise. The award highlighted his philanthropic activities.

His accomplishments include:

  • Winning Rally Championships in Canada
  • Driving for the world class Bowler Offroad Dakar team
  • Running several marathons including an ultra-marathon
  • Competing in several triathlons and finishing a half ironman
  • Leading a team to a successful Guinness World Record in Australia
  • Learning to paddle board while setting a record as the first person to paddle around the 270km Okanagan Lake
  • Climbing the tallest free standing mountain in the world and attempted to fly a paraglider from the summit
  • Racing motorbikes in South Africa and the Sahara Desert
  • Joining the Canadian Armed Forces as an armoured reconnaissance officer
  • Developing a significant global business conglomerate with his business partner
  • Founding a charity in 2009 to provide safe water to remote communities in Africa
  • Still being married after 32 years and raising two fine young men

Mark has been a professional keynote speaker for the past twenty-five years. He has spoken throughout North America to varying audiences up to 12,000 people. Mark has delivered powerful messages on leadership, adventure, focus and change.

Mark’s exciting and energetic adventure activities, complete with stunning photos and videos, help an audience lean in to his keynote speaking presentations. His self deprecating sense of humour and frequent real life analogies ensure that he adds value to the audience and leaves event organisers excited to talk about a follow up engagement.

Mark will not only keep your audience on the edge of their seat with tales of adventure around the world, but he will leave them with tools to assist in:

Tackling challenging tasks, 

Preparing for significant organizational change and

Being better prepared to make decisions in critical high stress environments.


As a keynote speaker, adventurer, rally driver and business expert, Mark has been featured on FOX Business, CBC, CTV, Fox Sports, Channel 9 (Australia), Channel 7 News (Australia), Global TV, Ted X. Mark was also appointed by the Australian Government as an Official “Friend of Australia” in 2012


  1. When Pigs Might Fly: A proven process to tackle any challenge!

    When Pigs Might Fly is a phrase to indicate the ridiculousness of an idea.

    In this inspirational keynote Mark talks about pushing the boundaries in your personal and business life. He will keep you on the edge of your seats as he recounts stories of driving rally cars backwards over 40′ cliffs with tremendous enthusiasm or collapses his paraglider in the middle of the Rockies in Canada to descend from the clouds and join his friends for a beer!

    His tales of adventure and business journeys will lead the audience in a world of discovery and innovation. A world that ultimately led Mark to bring the flying car to North America with his business partner Andre Voskuil.

    While many thought we would see flying cars only when “Pigs might fly”, Mark has inspired them with a determination necessary to complete the endurance challenges and world records he undertakes.

    As you hear Mark talk you will take away:

    • A renewed enthusiasm for the “challenging projects”
    • A laser focus on getting the job done
    • An understanding of what separates the ludicrous from the possibilities

    You will also hear about his next world record adventure – to fly a flying car around the world!

  2. Living on the Edge: Embracing Fear

    In this Keynote, Mark will share four key principles to help you embrace fear and discover new found potential. “Whether it is in your daily life or in a business or company, we make fear a much larger obstacle than it really is. Fear is actually an opportunity. When we experience what people perceive to be fear we are at the point of discovery and innovation” says Mark. Many times we let fear grow to such a proportion relative to the task at hand, that we become inert. We stop moving, a little like a deer caught in a car’s headlights. Yet for true innovation and solutions, we need to embrace fear. This keynote is essential for anyone who has, on occasion, been slowed down or stopped by a fear of the task ahead of them. Mark will demonstrate four key skills that can assist you in learning to discover the edge of your paradigm.


“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.”
– Karen Baubier
“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!”
– Norm LeCavalier
“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.”
– Garth Donhauser, Realtor
Contact us to discover how Mark can inspire and educate your audience at your next keynote speaking event.