Keynote Speaker
Dr. Ivan Joseph

Award-winning performance coach


Dr. Ivan Joseph leads individuals, teams, and organizations to success. An award-winning coach and educator, Dr. Joseph is a sought after speaker on developing personal and organizational leadership. Dynamic and inspiring, he speaks about self-confidence, embracing “grit” to persevere in spite of setbacks, and leading teams to success, drawing from the lessons he’s learned from a life in sports.

While serving as a professor and soccer coach at Graceland University, Dr. Joseph developed the school’s soccer program from the ground up, leading both the men’s and women’s teams to a #1 national ranking–and the men’s team to a national championship–in just five years. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics recognized Dr. Joseph as their National Coach of the Year in 2006, and he received Coach of the Year recognition from the Heart of America Athletic Conference three times.

In his current role as Director of Athletics at Ryerson University, Dr. Joseph is guiding the transformation of the Ryerson Rams athletic department, while raising the academic average of his athletes and increasing team performance. He also recently completed a $100 million dollar renovation of historic Maple Leaf Gardens–a project so big and inspiring that Prime Minister Stephen Harper himself showed up to turn on the lights.

Born in Guyana, Dr. Joseph grew up in Toronto, where he was a nationally ranked high-school track and field athlete. He has a BA in Physical Education and Health, an MA in Higher Education Administration, and a PhD in Sports Psychology.