Justin Kingsley

Justin Kingsley

Award-Winning Storyteller and Creative Strategist | Bestselling Author | Filmmaker

Justin Kingsley is one of the most versatile and truly unique storytellers in the world. A New York Times bestselling author, Kingsley is a strategist, creative director, filmmaker, photographer, and a former press secretary under Prime Minister Paul Martin. Named one of Canada’s most creative people by Marketing Magazine, Kingsley has turned the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises into global museum exhibitions, put a McDonald’s into the side of a mountain at a snowboarding competition, and developed award-winning communications strategies for UFC champ Georges St-Pierre and slogans for Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup.

Kingsley began his career in communications and crisis management, working as chief media relations and spokesman at Communication Canada before joining the Prime Minister’s Office in 2003 as the Press Secretary for Right Honourable Paul Martin.

Since then, Kingsley has thrown himself into the world of marketing and advertising, most recently as partner and chief socialist at Sid Lee, one of the world’s five best creative agencies. He developed the strategy and campaign idea for Adidas at the 2012 London Olympics, titled Take the Stage, which was named best global campaign of the Games.

Kingsley also developed the brand identity and vision for the North American group (Canada, Mexico, and USA) bidding to host FIFA 2026 World Cup; created the vision and slogan for the 2015 Women’s World Cup of Soccer: To a Greater Goal/Vers le grand but; and branded the 2010 Vancouver Olympics with the very first bilingual Games slogan: With Glowing Hearts/Des plus brillants exploits. He also wrote and co-produced four seasons of the nationally televised 24CH (CTV, TSN, RDS), a weekly documentary about the Montreal Canadiens.

Most recently, Kingsley co-wrote and directed Chaakapesh, a documentary feature about an orchestra visiting an Indigenous reserve for the first time, created in an effort to foster reconciliation. It has been selected by prestigious international film festivals and will also air on CBC and Radio-Canada in 2020.

Kingsley is also the author of two number one national bestselling books: The Way of the Fight, which looks at Georges St-Pierre’s life philosophy, and Weology: How Everybody Wins When We Comes Before Me, a book of ideas on leadership. He also joined an exclusive group of authors to publish original works in multiple languages in Le livre du don.

Fully bilingual, Kingsley is a proud Franco-Ontarian.


Creative Courage

It takes courage to be truly creative, to find new ways of storytelling, new ways to connect with audiences, and new ways to be innovative. Drawing on his experience as an award-winning creative director, Justin Kingsley shares case studies from some of the biggest sporting events, brands, and personalities, to explore the various kinds of creativity, and how to ensure that you and your business are focused on new ideas to make your story stand out.

Kingsley will share strategies to help individuals tap into their own creativity and discover what makes them unique. He will then turn to organizations, sharing insights into fostering the right kind of teams that will push forward creative change in organizations.

The result is a one-of-a-kind keynote that shares real lessons and takeaways that are easy to grasp and immediately impactful for the people in the room. Audiences will walk away inspired, motivated, and most of all, ready to act.