Testimonials

Corporate

This powerful two-day course gave me new tools that helped me to get more out of myself and my team. Everyone has potential. You hear it all the time, but how do you tap into it? So many people are in a rut—I was, and the two days I spent with Jason and Robyn inspired me tremendously. Their story is compelling and their application to everyday life is practical and achievable. I highly recommend this workshop for anyone that wants to encounter a mind shift that takes them to another level in their performance.
Kevin Neufeld
Kevin Neufeld
Olympic Champion, SVP Business Development EncoreFX
Jason and Robyn’s workshop on achieving peak performance is outstanding by any measure. They provides a safe environment in a highly interactive forum in which participants gain insight and proven method to realize optimum achievement inspired by love and not driven by fear. This workshop gave me a profound awakening to my own life and experience. I absolutely recommend it!
Peter McCoppin
Peter McCoppin
Executive Coach, Keynote Speaker, International Orchestra Conductor, National Host/Broadcaster
Jason’s speech is a remarkable journey that everyone can relate to, and learn from. Failing, learning and trying again is the story of our lives. Yet, we’re taught from an early age that taking risks and competing is about winning—and fearing failure because it’s losing. Jason has a different message. Listen and be prepared to cheer for him… and yourself.
James McKeough
James McKeough
CMT—Pavilion Global Markets, Research Analyst | Behavioural Investing
Jason is a passionate, charismatic coach, mentor and leader. His presentation helped to take our group to the next level through his mix of thought-provoking, informative and cultural topics. Jason is a inspirational leader and someone who has helped us not only to make a difference in our businesses, but also to make a difference in the world.
Chris Johnstone
Chris Johnstone
Director Business Development—Freedom 55 Financial
Jason’s presentation was both inspiring and thought provoking. His unique perspective on life and leadership is one that most definitely speaks to success within the very real context of our greater human journey.
Izumi Miki McGruer
Izumi Miki McGruer
Regional Development Manager—Freedom 55 Financial, London Life Insurance
I cannot remember when I have had more positive feed back from our staff and management alike. Previous presentations by others seem to fall short because the audience did not feel the pain. We not only felt it we were able to sense some of your realizations and the logic or need to make changes. Where we use this new found attitude is most interesting. I have had sales managers say to me that they haven’t stopped thinking about it. Others have stated that they have a renewed sense of focus and comfort as they go to work everyday—which I find very interesting. When someone says that to me, I sense that your “talk” has had a significant impact and that they are working with the concepts daily. It can and will be a work in progress. Thank-you again for making time to do this and I can tell you we will be referring you to others.
Stewart Roth
Stewart Roth
President, Guardian Chemicals
Whether in sport, business life or our personal life we are often confronted by challenges, winning and failure. Although we would prefer to always win, this is not possible if we are truly stretching ourselves. I found Jason’s talk inspiring and it helped me better understand how I can learn from life experiences and focus on winning attributes, rather than the winning.
Tom Webster
Tom Webster
CFO, First West
He gave us the essence of how we need to be.
Sales Managers Meeting
Sales Managers Meeting
CIBC

Education

Jason’s message is powerful; it underlines hope and optimism to create a better world through the valuing of human relationships and love—rather than power, money, status or success. While it highlights a different way to compete in sport, it transfers into any arena of life—home, business and play. It challenges one to live differently.
Dr. Elizabeth Moore
Dr. Elizabeth Moore
Executive Director, Independent Schools Association of British Columbia
Jason’s presentation as keynote at our annual ISABC Conference was inspirational and informative. The story that he wove spoke to how we need to look at ourselves and see life with a new lens. I think we were inspired by success and determination, and participating in activities for the right reasons.
Dr. James McConnell
Dr. James McConnell
Chair of the Board of Directors, Independent Schools Association of British Columbia
“What’s Love Got To Do With It?” is a tour de force; a strong tale of commitment which is a spiritual journey. It proves there is a science to coaching which is in the mind and which builds self-esteem.

The one hour presentation is an acutely thought through model of excellence using excellent video footage and laced with great moments of humour. It accounts for the highs and lows of emotional and physical intelligence. However, it is admirable in its modesty, powerful in intensity and stirring in execution. There is almost an inevitability that the end product will be a personal triumph, proving that life and, in this case, supreme athletic achievement, is what we each make of it individually.

The talk is witty, self-deprecating, and passionate. It should be viewed by all who aspire to coach, as well as those who must learn and listen, since it is not possible to leave the experience of hearing it, unaffected. Rarely is it absolutely true that the silence of a large gathering means that you could hear a pin drop. Seldom have I witnessed a diverse crowd of all ages so utterly enthralled, as was the case with Jason’s perfectly constructed exposition.

Jonathan Leigh
Jonathan Leigh
Past-Headmaster, Ridley College
We live in a society where we are driven to succeed and that insatiable drive is often seen as the key to success. Jason Dorland’s presentation entitled, “What’s Love Got to Do With it?” demonstrates the fallacy of that thinking. He uses his personal experience as a member of a rowing team, driven to win at all cost, that proved to have consequences that changed his life. His drive for success led him to become a member of the Canadian Olympic rowing team where he learned some challenging lessons about his priorities.

Jason’s story will be an inspiration to senior high students, post graduation students and adults for that matter. It will cause them to reflect on the priorities they set for themselves by learning some very important principles for living.

Peter Froese, EdD
Peter Froese, EdD
Executive Director, Federation of Independent School Associations (FISA BC)

Coaches

Jason’s workshop based on his very personal and honest account of his own coaching journey will demonstrate to anyone in a position of leadership that we can change and be better at what we do. His focus on the process of building teams and culture and using failure as a positive motivator is a lens through which our culture of absolutes (winners and losers) in North America needs to look.
Jay Tredway
Jay Tredway
Athletic Director, Ridley College
Jason’s delivery is awesome. He is a storyteller that takes us on the journey with him in such a delightful way. The “take away” in terms of lessons learned is an important one that he shares throughout and will be unforgettable for years to come.
Susan Kitchen
Susan Kitchen
Executive Director, Coaches Association of Ontario
Both inspirational and motivational, Jason’s take on the importance of holistic coaching and the role it plays in helping young athletes grow as individuals was spot on! I was personally moved by Jason’s account of his triumphs, both personal as well as in sport.
Emina Secerbegovic
Emina Secerbegovic
HIGHFIVE® Ontario Coordinator
Jason’s view of sport motivation and the need for a positive sport culture should be foundational to community sport development. He was able to connect his Olympic lessons to community sport in a tangible & understanding way. Jason’s excellent keynote address met our Huntsville Sport Summit event goals of motivating, educating and celebrating sport.
Larry Curley
Larry Curley
Vice-Chair, Huntsville/Lake of Bays Sport Council
I thoroughly enjoyed Jason’s presentation. Not only is he a gifted orator but also his message is one that I believe all present day athletes and coaches should hear. A truly inspiring message!
Paul Beedling
Paul Beedling
Rowing Canada Development Coach
I recently had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Jason Dorland. I am neither an athlete nor a coach, but that did not matter. His message, What’s Love Got To Do With It?, has universal appeal, makes absolute sense and can be applied to corporations, coaches and individuals alike.

His presentation style is captivating, engaging the audience immediately with his warmth and humour, and keeping our attention to the final moment. The audience, in my particular case, was full of teenagers: you could have heard a pin drop.

Jason tells a story of overcoming rigid, ingrained attitudes of competition by applying a more inclusive, process-oriented style of teamwork. His message is timely, echoing the ancient collaborative approach of cooperation, while paradoxically maximizing personal accomplishments.

If you want to feel inspired and know that success is not only possible—it is inevitable, please listen to Jason’s important message.

Jane Bradley
Jane Bradley
Jane Bradley and Associates: Counselling for women and men
“I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for delivering, what I would say, has to be the best and most inspiring speech that I have heard. Your message was perfect for our audience and I have already had a huge response from all the parents, students and coaches that were in attendance. Everyone walked away with something last night and I know that they will carry this message with them for a long time. It really made me evaluate what my legacy is here at our School, and whether I am sending the right message to my students.”

“Awesome! Emotionally driven, which got me excited. The presentation talked about life, and not just about sport, which is exactly what, we as coaches need to focus on.”

“Listening to stories like yours really makes me strive to become a better coach.”

Various Coaches
Various Coaches
Vancouver presentation

Various Athletes

“Thank you for inspiring me this season. Your presentation was a crucial event in the season and it affected us more than we could possibly imagine.”

“The approach to rowing that Jason Dorland imbued in us in his presentation drastically affected our season. Rather than encouraging us to train and race to beat another boat, he instead suggested we focus on making the boat go as fast as we possibly could. This philosophy had a large impact on our training. We were proud of everything we did as a crew and it challenged us every day to go harder, faster, longer, but more importantly it took the focus off of racing others and turned it inwards. However, the most rewarding experience of the journey was the sense of comradeship that developed. We all knew that we were pulling for each other rather than ourselves and it was that that forged a bond that will last a lifetime. Of course, winning the National Championship was also nice!”

“It really hit home and changed my outlook on the sport and the reality of it all. It has helped me a great deal to realize something new about myself and something I hope I can improve in the near future.”