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Hospitality and Tourism Leadership Conference

Rob Dyke


Rob Dyke is exceptional in that he has lived a life like no other. His distinctive message sends his audience away confident that no dream is impossible, no task too difficult and no barrier too challenging to overcome. He is an ordinary man that consistently does extraordinary things—he is unique. 

Rob spent 8 years studying Economics and Kinesiology at University of Victoria where he was a successful scholar/ athlete. He was a competitive swimmer, a cyclist and then a triathlete, moving from Olympic-distance triathlons to Ironman. The real Rob Dyke emerged when a fellow distance-swimmer was unable to attempt a first-ever swim on the ferry route from Vancouver to Victoria. The swim was a fund-raiser for a local children's hospital and with almost no training, Rob said ‘yes’, stepped in and gave it his best. He was pulled from the water semi-conscious, arms still flailing away trying to complete the swim. He treated this as a learning experience and the follow- ing year, became the first person to complete the 52 k swim. In 2005, he returned to Everest to climb and clear his head for the renewal of his around-the-island journey: that summer, he made his second attempt at the almost impossible swim around Vancouver Island and completed it successfully in 3 months of almost daily immersion. Today, Rob is a successful business owner and a family man, and his uniqueness continues to be apparent in his visionary projects and his courageous battle with cancer.