Bob Egan headshot

Photo credit: Erik O'Neill, Astrodog Media

I'm Bob Egan.
I've travelled the hard road to live the good life.

An award-winning musician with a surprising breadth of life and work experiences, Bob brings his master storytelling to the stage to engage, inform and entertain. Best known for his performances and recordings with Wilco, the Tragically Hip and Blue Rodeo, Bob’s rich backstory also includes hard-won success at the top of the corporate ladder, a complete fall from grace and a painful re-building of his life as an entrepreneur before ultimately finding true success in his childhood dream of becoming a musician.

The tales from this wild journey are laden with timeless work and life lessons that listeners will find relevant and inspiring. From his highest highs to his lowest lows, Bob’s experiences and authentic delivery resonate to create the relatable moments and memorable takeaways for his audiences.


Bob's speech instantly engaged the audience with his relevant, compelling (and often amusing) stories and anecdotes. The takeaways were extremely meaningful.
Paul Smith
COO and Managing Director, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Bob Egan connects with people of all backgrounds, thanks to his years in front of tens of thousands of fans of Blue Rodeo, but also his uplifting outlook on his own life and what others can do with theirs.
Miro Cerentig
Bob Egan’s message is fascinating to all ages, but for students just starting to chart a course in life, his message is indispensable. The people he’s met, the adventures he’s had, and the philosophies he has drawn from a life fully lived are something you absolutely have to hear.
Kathryn Carter
Full Professor, former Dean and Associate Vice President, Wilfrid Laurier University
Bob’s amazing journey, navigating through the ups and downs of life, ultimately led him to living his dream in the music industry. Sharing his story with passion and humility has made a difference and kept the dream alive for all of us.
Jim Dodd
President and COO, The Zehr Group

Speaking philosophy

The number one rule of show business is to “give them what they want.” In popular music, that often means presenting a deeply personal experience in a way that reflects the universal experience so the listener can relate to and identify with the song. This is the foundation of my speeches. Though my personal experiences are unique, the emotions and elements that shaped them have been experienced by all. Making that connection very early (and often) in a keynote allows audience members to lower their resistance and become invested listeners and partners in the story-telling process. The ultimate effect of this connection is that the takeaways land with much more impact, meaning and benefit for the audiences. And THAT is what people want from a keynote speech!

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