Meet the Team: Kevin Lee Royes


August 23rd, 2014

Next up in our Meet the Team series is soulcial-preneur/inventor Kevin Lee Royes. Kevin sits on our Board of Advisors; learn more about Kevin below.

Tell us about yourself and why you got involved in TEDx.
I am a lifetime, serial soulcial-preneur that believes entrepreneurs can save the universe. I’ve been hooked on TED talks since a friend showed me my first one: Jill Bolte – a brain scientist who had a stroke and all she learned from it. I couldn’t believe I had never heard of TED before that. I would even get my kids to choose a TED talk before bed. I dream of having an idea worthy of a talk one day myself, so when I was asked to join the team of TEDxVancouver, it was an incredible honour.

What do you currently do for work?
I own a company inventing and designing urban multi-tools. I am also a youth soulcial-preneur advocate, working on platforms to spark and inspire ethical entrepreneurship in youth, particularly at risk youth.

How do you spend your free time?
I have fallen in love with tennis this year. I go to a wall at a local school, turn on the music and hit for hours. I also just started playing basketball with my sons… I suck. Yoga has been my best friend the past thirteen years. Night time bike rides in the woods of North Vancouver and around the seawall is also another way I spend my free time.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your career?

What’s your favourite thing about Vancouver?
Yoga, snowshoeing, snowboarding, biking, kayaking, golfing, drinking craft beer, eating great food, dancing to big beats… This is the only city in the world where we can do that in one single day… and more. I love this city!!!

Can you share what you consider to be a “hidden gem” of this city?
Hmmmm, but it wouldn’t be hidden anymore! My hidden gem has been Milano Coffee shop in Gastown. I do most of my work from there and I have met an incredible amount of epic people up to epic things. I am on the team with TEDxVan now only because of meeting people there. It’s a hub for progressive, social entrepreneurs up to big things. And the coffee kicks ass… it has won gold medals in Italy. There is another hidden gem in Gastown, but I’m going to let that one stay lost. It’s better it’s not found.

What book is on your nightstand right now?
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. Also, I keep listening to The War of Art as a reminder to keep creating every day.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Tough question. There are achievements in the world, of which I would say my appearance and success on Dragons Den would be the highlight. But my greatest achievement is definitely what I have achieved inside myself. My goal now is to lean into my potential every day. If I do that, I hope that I have more great achievements for the world. My inner achievement leads to outer achievement.

What is your current state of mind?
The state of being in love. Not the guy-girl kind of love and not the new age state of “love,” but the lean into a state of being in love with whatever I am doing at the time. When I play tennis I love it. I get lost in it. Being in love brings so much attention and focus and energy. It’s the highest state of mind we can achieve. It’s being in “the zone”. It’s the best feeling. If I lose that feeling, it’s time to go home. I love cooking and sipping sazerac’s. I can only work on a project if I am in love with it. I’m in love with typing this for you right now to read. Ha! And true.

What is something we wouldn’t expect about you?
I wet the bed until I was 14. Yikes… did I just say that out loud?

Tell us about your favourite TED talk
Sir Ken Robinson’s talks on the way we are educating children. EPIC! Optimizing the teaching of children is the best and fastest route to saving the planet. A revolution is brewing. No wonder his talk is the number one TED talk of all time.

What’s your motto?
Go with the flow, but bring a paddle.

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