“The first step toward success is the self-belief that your unique dream, however improbable in the eyes of the masses, is worthwhile and important. If you move your dream forward, the world will embrace it whole-heartedly. Guaranteed.” - Rod Wellington

Using a dynamic mix of photos, videos, and exciting stories from roads and rivers around the globe, Rod shares how his pursuit of adventure has dramatically changed his life for the better and how small changes in your life today can lead to major improvements tomorrow. Topics include goal-setting, risk-taking, managing fear, pursuing adventure, and overcoming challenges.

Book Rod for a talk at your school or event today!

For more information, contact Rod at 734-389-9665 or via email: rod@rodwellington.com.

Previous speaking engagements include:

Twenty-date book tour in support of River Angels (2016). Cities included: Dunnville, Ontario; Memphis, Tennessee (two dates); Florence, Alabama; Vicksburg, Mississippi; Edwardsville, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri, New Haven, Missouri; Hermann, Missouri; Columbia, Missouri; Kansas City, Missouri; Parkville, Missouri; Williston, North Dakota (three dates); Watford City, North Dakota; Fort Benton, Montana; Great Falls, Montana; Three Forks, Montana; Livingston, Montana

River Arts Festival, Dunnville, Ontario www.riverartsfestival.ca

Sarnia Public Library, Sarnia, Ontario

Chatham Public Library, Chatham, Ontario

Outdoor Adventure Show (2015), Toronto, Ontario www.outdooradventureshow.ca

Dunnville Secondary School, Dunnville, Ontario

Brave Endeavors, Edwardsville, Illinois (with British adventurer Dave Cornthwaite), presented by 100+ Project and RunWell, Brave Endeavors Facebook page

TEDx, Chatham, Ontario www.tedxchathamkent.com

Outdoor Adventure Show (2014), Toronto, Ontario www.outdooradventureshow.ca

Boothville-Venice Elementary School, Venice, Louisiana

Three Forks Library, Three Forks, Montana

Bluff City Canoe Club, Memphis, Tennessee

Various elementary schools, Memphis, Tennessee

Private event, Memphis, Tennessee

Private event, Chatham, Ontario

Outdoor Film and Speaker Series, Grand River Kayak, Dunnville, Ontario

Live Skype Q&A at Outdoor Adventure Show, Toronto, Ontario

Purple Thistle Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia

Wondertree Learning Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia

Windsor House alternative school, North Vancouver, British Columbia


“As the sun set and the presentation got deeper into Rod’s journey, we were all captivated by the story. Rod is an excellent speaker and his clear passion for living life with adventure was obvious (and infectious) for all of us who listened and watched.”

Ed Sullivan, Owner Grand River Kayak, Dunnville, Ontario

“Rod was amazing, captivating, and entertaining. The kids loved every minute of him. He delivered inspiration and motivation. He was awesome!”

Constable Cody Portie, Plaquemines Sherriff’s Department, Plaquemines County, Louisiana

“The talk was very well prepared and the presentation was amusing and informative. The students were so enchanted by the tale that when class ended they chose to stay into their lunch hour to talk with Rod.”

 Helen Hughes, Administrator Windsor House Alternative School, North Vancouver, BC

“Rod was a terrific speaker, with enthusiasm and energy, who clearly was deeply moved by his experiences. It was a great evening and Rod supplied exactly the kind of presentation I was hoping for.”

Dr. Matt Hern, Executive Director Purple Thistle Centre, Vancouver, BC

“Our Learners, aged 6-13, were captivated, inspired and exceptionally attentive during the multi-media presentation, which included much hands on experience (canoe, paddles, and all related distant travel gear of wide ranges) and engaging storytelling. Rod exhibited keen awareness of our Learners curiosities, addressing them all with respectful and intelligent insights, while displaying skills of a seasoned and passionate educator. The questions which ensued from our Learners reflected how much each and every one of them were ignited to new levels of personal potential and deeper possibility, engaging Rod with both wonder and respect.”

Heidi Neil, Learning Consultant Wondertree Learning Centre, Vancouver, BC