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Aim for the moon and even if you miss you'll fall amongst the stars.

Oscar Wilde
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Proposed Lectures

Every meeting with Gabriel Filippi is unique. Intense moments punctuated with humour. The energy he exudes on stage can move mountains. His enthusiasm is contagious. A presence that generates strong inspiration and profound learning. The listeners are invited into a professional and personal world that spurs them to action. Transported by his tales, the audience comes away with new tools for exploring their own potential, standing up to adversity and seeking excellence.

Accompanied by stunning videos and images, these presentations ignite a flame of possibility. Since adapting to different situations is what an adventurer does best, his themes can be combined to create made-to-measure presentations that reflect the reality of your organization and meet specific needs. Several different approaches are possible: storytelling, workshop, training, outing, entertainment, VIP retreat, and so on. Finally, since English is the lingua franca of many expeditions, working in English is no obstacle for Gabriel Filippi, who has spoken in Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, Orlando, Vancouver, Toronto…

New conference: TOGETHER TO THE TOP !

There is only one way to climb Everest safely. Gabriel is intimately acquainted with this 8850-m peak: he is the sole Quebecer to have climbed both its faces. This feat was the outcome of a series of fortunate meetings, valuable advice, life-changing moments, hard-earned lessons and above all unshakable determination. Thanks to Gabriel’s gift as an orator, you can experience each of the key moments that carried him to the top.

This lecture is woven around the achievement of a dream. Through the characters that take part in this quest, you will see the exact scope of every choice and learn how every decision can affect a situation as it unfolds. What should you do to get to your intended destination? You can trust Gabriel to be your guide.

  • Value of people
  • Self-responsible facing failure and bounce back
  • Accepting and embracing change
  • Follow the rules or die
  • Breaking the rules (innovate)
  • Learning is surviving
Success belongs to everybody.
It is through teamwork that merit is achieved
- Frank Piccard

“Trapped by time” and “When life is hanging by a thread”

When a job is life-threatening: talking about health and safety on the job is often taboo. But Gabriel is well aware that on the mountain, the line between life and death is especially close. Why he survived while friends died? What about in the workplace? One thing is certain: the traps that lead to injury or even death are similar in every situation. This conference is all about health and safety at the workplace.

  • Recognize the danger
  • Being pro-active
  • Learn from the past
  • Managing our environment
  • Training and safety= winning team
  • Risk management
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure
- François Paradis de Moncrif

Socially engaged adventure

For Gabriel, every mountain has two summits. Every ascent is associated with a cause. Every action takes on a second significance that comes from the social adventure.

Our world is full of social problems that tower higher than Everest, and those forced to scale them rarely have any choice. By awakening social conscience, this lecture serves as a springboard toward social engagement.

The audience comes away amazed: “After you hear this lecture, you feel personally driven to step forward for a social cause. You want to go build a school, honour the dream of a deceased friend or find a cure for a sick child.”

  • Take up a human challenge
  • Help others
  • Gratitude
  • Social conscience
If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one.
- Mother Teresa

Ironman, “Diving into fear” and “Swimming toward success”

What is your greatest fear? Gabriel’s deepest, most petrifying fear was water. So he took a drastic measure to overcome 50 years of aquaphobia: the Ironman triathlon (2.4-mile swim, 118 -mile bike, 26.2-mile run). From Day 1 of this journey until the day of the competition, only his coach (and him!) believe he could do it. This lecture will show you how to confront and overcome fear and turn it into strength. Wait for the end of the presentation where each person is glued to the images and listen to the unbelievable outcome. This story reveal how to achieve unhoped-for success.

  • Committment
  • Building a passion
  • Overcome the unthinkable
  • The fear of the fears
    transformed into Michael Phelps!
  • Discipline
  • Importance of communication (trainee- trainer)
They did not know it was impossible, so they did it.
- Mark Twain

“Solo on McKinley”

Set off alone, with 60kg of equipment. End up alone, without a tent or a sleeping bag to ward off the elements. It was in pursuing a personal challenge – to climb to the summit of North America without assistance – that Gabriel was suddenly thrust into a perilous and totally unexpected situation. A few hours from the summit, a surprise blizzard trapped him in a shelter. He survived four days in a snow cave with only two days of provisions. Take yourself in hand, make effective decisions quickly, rely only on yourself, have a Plan B…these are the skills that danger forces us to develop.

  • Plan A Plan B
  • Working with less resources
  • Quitting is not an option
  • Adapt to change or die
  • Problem solving / decision making
Stepping out of my comfort zone gave me the nicest rewards in life.
- Gabriel Filippi

“Recipe for success”

For Gabriel, success depends on a few critical things. Whether your quest is personal or professional, come and discover the five keys that lead to success.

  • Leadership
  • Discipline
  • Teamwork
  • Perseverance
  • Action
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
- Sir Winston Churchill