Paul Houle travels the globe showing A-list corporations how to collaborate more effectively so they can achieve extraordinary results. Clients often refer to him as “The Team Building Maestro” because of his unique music-based program that quickly builds incredible connections among participants. His methodology combines the power of interactive music-making infused with key insights that help people listen and communicate better. His program busts through the silos as he teaches non-musicians how to be as unified as the players in a great orchestra.
Paul’s charismatic and relaxed presentation style puts every audience member at ease while they absorb the powerful and relevant insights he has to share. Through patience, humour and a keen sense of seizing the moment, he helps people think differently about corporate interaction while they achieve more than they think is possible.
Paul has had an extremely varied career. He started working as a professional musician at 16 and he put himself through university working as a bandleader and orchestral contractor and by teaching rock drumming lessons. Following his degree, his early career was that of a classically trained, tuxedo-wearing percussionist working in symphony orchestras, Broadway musicals and chamber music groups. Over the last 35 years, he has performed on stages all over the world in a wide variety of musical settings and has done work for radio, television and Hollywood films. A lover of musical diversity, he has spent years researching and performing music from many cultures around the globe.
A gifted educator, Paul used his love of music from other cultures in his position as Director of Percussion studies at Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music. There, he founded the RCM Percussion Ensemble Program, and served as Executive Director of the RCM World Music Centre built on his vision of offering a larger diversity of courses that is more in line with Toronto’s multi-cultural population.
Paul began speaking to corporate audiences in 1998 and continues to be hired by the world’s best brands to help them develop more inclusive workplaces, listen more effectively and increase collaboration. His clients include Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, FedEx, Goodyear, DeWalt, Heineken, IMAX, and Rubbermaid. Paul gets to know his clients and creates unforgettable customized presentations that resonate with people for years.