David Irvine

The Leaders Navigator, Corporate Culture Expert

David Irvine

David Irvine is sought after internationally as a speaker, author, and mentor. His work has contributed to the building of accountable, vital and engaged organizations across North America. David Irvine is the President of Irvine & Associates Inc., an international speaking and consulting firm dedicated to building authentic, accountable organizational cultures that unleash greatness.

David has advanced degrees in human development, science and social work. With more than thirty years of experience as an entrepreneur, workshop facilitator, psychotherapist, professional speaker and advisor to executives, David has developed a unique, personal and practical approach to transforming leaders. Every year, thousands of people attend David’s inspiring and thought-provoking programs on authentic leading and living, culture alignment, and accountability.

As one of Canada’s most respected voices on leadership and organizational culture, David has authored five best-selling books, and has taught courses at three universities and the Banff School of Management.

David consults with and presents to thousands of people each year across North America in a wide range of venues — from huge conventions to small retreats. He has worked with CEOs and senior executives, as well as all levels of management, front-line service providers, salespeople, educators, and health care professionals. His approach is down-to-earth, simple and powerful. He not only moves you, but gets you moving. The results for his audiences are organizations and lives that are more connected, more accountable and more real.

He connects and interacts; he listens before he talks. David clarifies complex issues and offers pragmatic solutions. He brings an authentic experience that will renew and rekindle the vitality of your organization, your work, and yourself.

On a personal note, David is a formerly nationally ranked distance runner and trained with the US Olympic team, but today exercises more slowly. He is a father three and husband of one. David lives with his wife and family in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Calgary, Alberta.

  1. Authentic Leadership: It's about Presence not Position

    Great leadership cannot be reduced to title or technique. Great leadership comes from the strength of one’s authentic presence – the identity and integrity of the leader. Based on David Irvine’s best selling book, Authentic Leadership: It’s About PRESENCE, Not Position, this compelling session will demonstrate the difference between a “boss” and a “leader” and what it takes to build a culture of greatness through the strength of your leadership presence – with or without a title.

  2. Building a High Performance Culture: The Power Of Alignment

    Growing a great organization means more than achieving operational results. You also have to make it a great place to achieve those results. If you are committed to attract and retain the best talent and reach your fullest potential as an organization, culture will be your most critical competitive advantage. Based on David Irvine’s forthcoming book, Cultures Of Greatness, this session will give you the inspiration and guidance required to transform the culture you work in.

  3. Bridges of Trust: The Power Of Accountability

    Trust is critical in your organization and your life, and accountability is the foundation of trust. Accountability traditionally arouses fear, blame, and intimidation and for many is a hammer to punish people. Based on David Irvine’s best selling book, Bridges Of Trust: Making Accountability Authentic, this session offers a fresh and powerful view of accountability that inspires trust, banishes fear and blame, unleashes human potential, closes the gap between intention and success, and gets a grip on results.

  4. Embracing Change: The Power Of Possibility

    In the midst of unprecedented uncertainty and change, how do you continue to build an engaged, confident, and inspired culture? You will leave this session with a practical roadmap for leading a culture through times of change: from chaos to confidence.

  5. Becoming Real: The Power Of Authentic Presence

    Before you can be a real leader, you first have to be a real human being. A life of greatness – being all you can be - is about discovering your authentic power. Once you have aligned what you do with who you are, you can inspire and influence people with your true source of leadership power. Based on David Irvine’s best selling book, Becoming Real: Journey To Authenticity, this session will inspire you with the insights and tools to live your highest potential.

  6. Simple Living in a Complex World: The Power Of Personal Balance

    Based on David Irvine’s book, Simple Living In A Complex World: Balancing Life’s Achievements, discover how to maintain perspective and balance in a demanding, uncertain world.

  7. Trust and the Power Of Accountability

    Health and safety for employees and customers remains the top priority for the best organizations. We all know that safety in the workplace is a key to operating a sustainable and profitable business. If people don’t feel that their work environment is healthy and safe, employees won’t be engaged, and if people aren’t healthy and safe, you soon won’t be in business.

When I heard David Irvine say that leadership is a personal choice, I had a hunch that his messages would resonate with FCC’s leadership team. I was right.
David is one of very few speakers who connect emotionally with their audiences. His stories are real and leave a lasting impression on those lucky enough to hear him. In today’s world, where change is the norm and leaders are needed at every level, of organizations, David’s messages are powerful.
Greg Stewart
President and CEO, Farm Credit Canada
David’s attention to detail ensures that he can facilitate a positive and realistic outcome when working with people – it has been the key to his credibility.
H. Sanford Riley
President and CEO, Investors Group
Our employee team and the store owners who attended the retreat with David are still talking about his presentation and the impact it has had on their lives. David’s message continues to provide sustenance and encouragement for myself, my senior team and, most importantly, for our store owners. The ideas shared with all of us are helping us navigate the corridor we find ourselves in with persistence and optimism. David is truly a friend of the Pharmasave family.
Doug Sherman
CEO, Pharmasave Drugs (Ontario) Ltd.
David's works have meant a tremendous amount to me, both professionally and personally, as I manage my way through life as a father, husband, and leader in one of the most incredible and diverse industries imaginable. I recommend David highly to anyone who believes they are a student of life and career.
Sean Durfy
Former President and CEO, WestJet

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