Jeff Adams

Olympian, Paralympian, World Champion and Order of Ontario

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This six-time Paralympian and six-time World Champion in wheelchair racing is living proof that focus, determination, and spirit are the keys to achieving “gold medal” dreams. Combining his unique understanding of life’s challenges with his experience as a world-class athlete, Jeff Adams shares proven methods that help people meet their goals and achieve success. He has faced monumental challenges admirably, competing in six consecutive Summer Paralympics, from 1988 to 2008, and winning a total of three gold, four silver, and six bronze medals.

After retiring from competition, Jeff transitioned from sport to business, founding two medical device engineering companies, which he sold in 2016 to return to school to study law. He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School, and was called to the Ontario bar in 2021, He is currently working at Fasken, a Bay Street law firm, practicing in the area of Labour and Employment, and Human Rights.

He previously served as Chair of the Accessibility Committee for the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid Committee, and co-Chair of the Ontarians with Disability Advisory Council. He sits on the Equity Advisory Group at the Law Society of Ontario and is a recent inductee into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

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Celebrating

Celebrating is important. The fireworks that inspire us in sports need to happen in life too, at work and at play. How to make sure that celebrating breeds success in your business team or community.

 

Getting Back Up

There are times in our lives when we need to understand how to come back from a disappointment. Whether it's surviving cancer, learning how to use a wheelchair, or crashing in the last lap of the Olympics, the getting up part is always much more important that the falling down part, and we rarely have to do it alone.

 

Incredible Moments

The Olympics and Paralympics reunite a world full of people with incredible moments. Athletes understand that getting ready to live those moments doesn't happen overnight. How to get ready for your moment of excellence, whether it's at school, work, sports, or life.

 

One Step at a Time

Setting unrealistic goals, and achieving them. Whether it's climbing the CN Tower in a wheelchair, winning a gold medal at the Paralympics, or being the best in business, the process to ensure success is the same.

 

Turning Coal into Diamonds

Understanding how to make the most of every situation - sports techniques that work in real life.

 

"Your speech was most inspirational.  You delivered it with poise, polish and class".  Hamilton Sports Celebrity Dinner

"Only one word can describe your participation...awesome!  You have such a great attitude to life and all that it has to offer that I am sure you inspired everyone there.  Life is about breaking barriers of all sorts and you demonstrated that in spades.  You are a great role model" Shad International

"Thank you for kicking our ceremony off in such a dynamite way.  I am truly impressed with your flair on stage...I couldn't have imagined the event without you".   Precision Management Consultants

"You were very inspiring...people have quoted you regarding overcoming barriers to achieve personal dreams...seeing them as opportunities and not roadblocks". RBC Financial Group

"'...your speech was the best presentation not only of our workshop, but of any event she [a participant] had ever attended.'" Health Quality Council