Shawn is driven by a love for education, adventure, leadership, and team building. He has devoted 15 years to leading over 2,000 days of wilderness expeditions into some of the world’s harshest environments as a senior instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School and other international organizations. Shawn has spent eight years consulting and professionally speaking internationally with corporations and associations on leadership development and team building. As a result, he has travelled extensively across six continents. Along the way, his skill for fostering powerful teams has made him a successful, sought-after leader and speaker.
As a keynote speaker, Shawn brings energy, thought-provoking ideas, and a passion for team building to the stage. He shares breathtaking photos, captivating stories, and valuable leadership lessons that are just as relevant inside the boardroom as they are in the wilds of Alaska or the Himalayas. His first book, Teams on the Edge: Stories & Lessons from Wilderness Expeditions, released in 2013, was an instant bestseller. Shawn has sat on the boards of various volunteer organizations, which benefit from his dynamic leadership and wide range of team-building expertise. He is a frequent contributor to CBC Radio’s DNTO and in 2013 he was inducted into the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s College of Fellows.
Shawn lives in Calgary, Alberta, with his wife, Alexandra, and two young daughters, Sierra and Trinity.
Shawn Stratton by the numbers:
2000+ – days leading wilderness expeditions around the world
50 – feet from the second 2013 Boston Marathon blast
45 – triathlons completed
25 – December, his birthday
9 – years without living in one place for more than three months
6 – continents worked and travelled through
3 – contracts completed working on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship
2 – Ironman triathlons completed
1 – time falsely arrested and put in handcuffs
0 – visibility experienced 500 feet from the summit of Mt. Logan
-51 – temperature 500 feet from the summit of Mt. Logan when forced to abort the climb