Jamie Clarke

Jamie Clarke

Extreme Adventurer | Entrepreneur | Performance Coach

Business is an adventure, and mountain-climber Jamie Clarke shows audiences how to strategize and succeed in their ventures. An acclaimed adventurer and entrepreneur, Clarke draws parallels between the dynamic environments found in business and nature to share memorable insights and actionable strategies on leadership, risk management, and goal setting. He challenges audiences to reach their unique Everest and guides them towards building and leading teams to success.

As a mountain climber, Clarke has reached the Everest summit twice, but only after his first two attempts were cut short by deadly storms, leaving him only a few feet short of the summit. Determined and dedicated, Clarke reached his goal in 1997 and 2010. He is also one of a handful of people in the world to hold the rare accomplishment of climbing the Seven Summits.

Always one for new adventures, Clarke has ridden 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. He 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.

Clarke is also the founder and former CEO of Live Out There Inc., a mountaineer clothing e-commerce business that earned him multiple nominations for the Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Awards. Through relaying his diverse experiences as an entrepreneur and mountaineer, Clarke provides essential tips on handling risk while navigating challenge, scaling new heights while retaining your passion, and how to foster an honest and authentic workplace culture that stays true to its mission.


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.