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Leadership Speaker, Educator, and Father of NHL Star P.K. Subban | Author of How We Did It

Karl Subban | Leadership Speaker, Educator, and Father of NHL Star P.K. Subban | Author of How We Did It
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Karl Subban is the ultimate hockey dad. Despite never playing the sport, the former high school principal and father of five has raised 3 NHL players. Having dedicated his life to helping others reach their potential, Karl knows the value of hard work, devotion, and sacrifice. And in his powerful talks—as well as his memoir, How We Did It—he explores teamwork and leadership through his unique perspective as an educator and the head of a successful hockey family, helping leaders, coaches, and mentors in their quest to shape the next generation.

In his thirty years of coaching, teaching, parenting, and leading, Karl Subban has learned how to inspire people. “Your greatest gift is your potential,” he often says, “and your greatest gift to the world is the development of that potential.” Hailing from the Caribbean, where he never played hockey, Karl has nonetheless raised three NHL players, including the legendary defenceman P.K. Subban—one of the league’s brightest stars and an Olympic Gold Medal winner.

His memoir, How We Did It: The Subban Plan for Success in Hockey, School, and Life became an immediate national bestseller. It’s a personal story of a unique journey—a saga that begins in Karl’s original home of Jamaica, explores his achievements as a father and educator in Canada, and stands as a must-read account of one of hockey’s most fascinating families. It’s his proven approach to resilience, perseverance, and goal-setting—and a how-to guide for bringing the best out of everyone. He is also the author of The Hockey Skates, a heartwarming picture book that teaches children the importance of resilience and perseverance.

As parents, Karl and his wife, Maria, have raised five accomplished children. Their two oldest daughters are teachers, one a record-setting university basketball star and the other an acclaimed visual artist. Each of their three sons, P.K., Malcolm and Jordan, have been drafted and signed by NHL teams.  In 2018, Karl was recognized as a Canadian Men’s Health Foundation Champion for taking a stand for men’s health and supporting CMHF’s mission to inspire men to make small changes and live healthier lives.

The Million Dollar Question Karl is often asked about his family is, “How did you do it?” A natural storyteller, Karl mixes personal stories with lessons he learned as a coach and principal—lessons about motivation, grit, and accomplishment—that resonate with audiences from the boardroom to the classroom.


This was great for my teachers. He was funny and inspirational. My teachers left with a big smile on their faces and they were motivated for the start of the school year. It was such an honour for us to have him.

Centennial Regional High School

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Team Subban’s Vision for SuccessHow Did You Do It?

Wisdom. Humour. Leadership experience. Memorable stories. These are the hallmarks of a Karl Subban keynote. Drawing on his experience as a coach, a principal, and the father of “Team Subban,” Karl talks about vision, perseverance, teamwork, and what it means to lead. He uses pointed anecdotes and powerful metaphors to tell a larger narrative about defining, and achieving, success.

As a principal, Karl would often give a room full of students a simple command: “Anyone who wants to be better, raise your hand.” Every hand shot up. That came as no surprise. Who doesn’t want to be better? Everybody wants to be better. The problem, he saw, was that too many people didn’t think they could be. Since those days, he has held the firmly-rooted belief that anyone can—and everyone should—reach their true potential. To that end, Karl shares a proven framework for success that resonates with everyone from educators to business and community leaders.

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