What I love most about life as a speaker is that in a given week I get introduced to the insights of our greater community. From a small school, to a large company, from a managers retreat to an international corporate, from a government department, to an empowering charity or an elite sports team. It’s an honor to share inspiration, it’s totally awesome when those who pursue excellence respond through a written observation.


Royal New Zealand Air Force

“Cam has an extraordinary story worth sharing, and he is without doubt a fantastic inspiration. I found his session compelling, funny, and truly motivating, and I rate him as an awesome New Zealander with so much to offer other people. He has a great talent, and I'm sure audiences around the world are going to love his message. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to others!”

- Flight Lieutenant Andy Armstrong, 
Mentoring Advisory Team, Royal New Zealand Air Force

The Parenting Place

“When I think of leadership and inspiration, I think of Cam Calkoen!  Not only does Cam continue to inspire and influence young people on a daily basis through his mentoring work, but he walks the talk.  Cam is passionate about seeing young people dream big so they can achieve more!  We need more young people like Cam in New Zealand that are sold out for making a difference but are also doing the hard yards.  For the past two years it has been our absolute privilege having Cam part of our NYLD events and each year students and teachers ask us to invite Cam back to speak.  I know Cam will continue to live out his dream by seeing others pursue their dreams.”

- Annette Fale, Events Manager, The Parenting Place

BDO - Accountants, Advisers, Professionals

“Cam, I’d just like to take this opportunity to say that I thought you were awesome!  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed your talk & I am still hearing your name around the office…You have put everyone at the conference in an awesome head space”

- Manisha Gosai, National Accotunts Assistant, BDO

Oborn & Johnson Limited

“I have heard Cam speak on a number of occasions, and this year he spoke to a group of business clients at our mid-winter function. Cam's talk was, as always, interesting, inspirational, and hilariously funny while making very real and hard-hitting points about life and living it to the full! 
Many of those present were inspired to make changes in their own lives, and it will be long-remembered as our best-ever function”

Barbara Johnson, Managing Director at Oborn & Johnson Limited

A1 Immigration

“I have asked Cam to be a speaker for several events to various audiences, he is really exceptional, he knows how to tailor his subject to different age groups and different cultures, and he has people listening intently from the start to the finish. He is intelligent and witty and gives thoughtful and thought provoking answers to questions. Cam knows how to use humour to get his point across and I would recommend him to anyone lucky enough to have the chance to have him speak to their group”

Toni Alexander, A1 Immigration Services Ltd

Child Fund New Zealand

“I attended a Child Fund event last night and our speaker was Cam Calkoen. I just want to say what a wonderful speaker he was and fully recommend him for any event. Cam was engaging, entertaining and very inspiring, he had great comic timing and never faltered in delivering a brilliant talk that involved some very funny audience interaction. Our organization gave Cam a standing ovation and several minutes of clapping at the end of his talk, and many of us were fortunate to have a chance to talk individually with him afterwards”.

- Fiona Macfarlane, Impact Analyst, Child Fund New Zealand

Vodafone New Zealand

Cam is a role model New Zealander who proves that any obstacle can be overcome if you are willing to dream big and back yourself with hard work and determination.  Cam’s life story is awe inspiring.  He is a powerful communicator who connects with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Cam is a regular presenter at Vodafone events and I am proud to recommend him as a speaker of the highest quality”

- Michael Stanley, Previous HR Director Vodafone New Zealand and Chair of the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation

Rothbury Risk & Investment Services

“In the corporate environment Cam is able to use the example of his own experience to challenge people to be the best they can be in their chosen roles and to stretch themselves to achieve more. He encourages people to look ahead and to believe they can achieve more than they may think possible.

A strength of Cam’s presentations is the message of looking out for others and helping them to their goals. His presentations are entertaining as well as imparting a simple and strong message”

- Bourke O’connor, ANZIIF (Fellow) Dip BS AFA Rothbury Risk & Investment Services

North Shore Toyota

I have known Cam for around 10 years now, since I first saw him speak to a group of experienced business people at the age of 18. He captivated that audience with his honest, humourous and straight-forward delivery. I have subsequently been very pleased and privileged to hear Cam speak a number of times, each time just as great as the last.

In addition, I later asked Cam to speak to our staff in small groups, I was extremely impressed with how he tailored his talk to the audience picking up and emphasising different aspects to provide additional impact.

I would have no hesistation in asking Cam to talk at any function I was associated with.

- Mark Jago, Chief Executive, North Shore Toyota