Understanding the art of resilience.



  • Tyler Pelke

    My goal is to help others build their resilience through inspiration and education.

  • About Tyler

    Learn the story behind the power of forgiveness.

    The Early Days

    At the age of 14, Tyler’s friend Curtis was murdered while he was sexually assaulted, his throat slit, set on fire and left to die by the same attacker. Refusing to let an event or circumstance define him, he pressed on to understand his purpose in life.


    Featured on the Biography Channel’s acclaimed series - “I Survived”, Tyler tells the compelling story of confronting his attacker in prison and finding peace and purpose in life through his journey of forgiveness.


    Professional Experience

    Professionally, despite sustaining 3rd degree burns to 25% of his body, Tyler went on to pursue a career as a firefighter and has continued to rise within the ranks of the Canadian fire service, working today as a Deputy Chief.


    Humbled by those who supported and helped him over the years, he believes in the power of paying it forward and has volunteered many years within the burn survivor community and serves as a victim of violent crime advocate with the Parole Board and Corrections Canada.


    Tyler is a sought after speaker and facilitator, having reached audiences as far as Central America. His goal is simply to help others build resilience through inspiration & education.


    Public Speaking

    Tyler is highly experienced in crisis leadership and emergency management leading high performing teams in dynamic high-stress environments and strives to inspire those around him to turn negatives into positives through making everyday count and making the most of the opportunities that arise in life.


    His passion is to see people and organizations pursue their full potential. He has a proven ability to lead and facilitate divergent groups towards common outcomes and promote the growth and development of staff across an organization. Through all aspects of his personal and professional life, his goal is to support motivated leaders at all levels and teams of all kinds so they can develop themselves & their organizations to reach their maximum potential.


    His dynamic and interactive approach will inspire audiences to develop a healthy perspective and continue to push forward both personally and professionally.

  • Speaking

    Tyler’s interactive style, his emergency services training and facilitation background make him adaptable to requests of all kinds. Whether it be a keynote, discussion panel or workshop, he is able to work with the client to suit their needs. Specifically, Tyler specializes in 3 key areas based upon his experience as a survivor of violent crime and decades of emergency services and disaster response experience. He has been able to adapt those learnings into 3 types of sessions including Thriving Through Adversity, Crisis Leadership and Exploring Forgiveness.

  • Thriving Through Adversity

    This session explores 4 points related to being proactive in our approach to facing challenges and adversity in everyday life – both personally and professionally. It is built upon the notion that resilience can and should be developed in all of us and that there is much we can learn from the segment of the population of responders who have been able to adapt in a positive manner to their stressors. The 4 key points include:


    The importance of developing a support network


    The importance of knowing we have a purpose in life


    The importance of understanding what we can control

    (explores forgiveness in this instance specifically)


    Understanding how helping others keeps us grounded and recharges us.


    These points are explored through my perspective and experience both as a

    survivor of violent crime & victims advocate, burn survivor and first responder.


    Format: Keynote or workshop
    Length: 30mins to 2.5hours in length depending on client request.

    Crisis Leadership

    This session is built upon lessons learned & experiences working as a member of the leadership team within a major metropolitan fire service and as part of the command team with Canada Task Force II in 3 of the largest natural disasters in Canadian history – the Slave Lake Wildfires (2011), Calgary Floods (2013), and The Fort McMurray Wildfires (2016). I draw from these experiences as well as other relevant examples to emphasize how today's leaders at any level need a greater focus on no fail environments for team success.

    More specifically, this session will explore some of the foundational building blocks of what true crisis leadership looks like including 4 key elements:


    Building Culture

    (what is it? cultural conversations & reinforcing the desired state)


    Building Trust

    (leading by example, empathy, speaking

    truth & being transparent)


    Essentials of Team Dynamics

    (a clear north star, an inspirational leader,

    balanced environments, valuing diversity & perspectives,

    being a good teammate and healthy conflict)


    Essentials of Communication

    (establishing norms, shifting mindsets, using the right medium,

    asking powerful questions and challenging assumptions)


    Format: Keynote or workshop
    Length: 2.5 hours to full day session in length depending on client request.

    Exploring Forgiveness

    This session explores my journey of forgiveness that brought me face to face with the man who tried to kill me. It is built upon the premise that forgiveness should be considered a key part of our make up as emotionally intelligent people and leaders. Forgiveness is a part of a persons ability to thrive in adversity and will ultimately be a determining factor in one’s ability to chose to live in their past or future.


    The session explores elements such as dealing with and or accepting change, restoration or reconciliation of relationships and the concept of severity in relation to one’s ability to forgive. I believe that forgiveness comes down to 1 thing – making a choice and putting a path in place to maintain your commitment to that choice.


    Format: Keynote or workshop
    Length: 30mins to 2.5hours in length depending on client request.


  • The Blog

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

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