David Irvine is a connector and a communicator – his message touches hearts and changes lives. As well as his work with leaders in a wide range of private and public sector organizations, David has facilitated numerous workshops to teachers, parents, trustees, principals, and secondary school students.
David is an international expert on the human dynamics of business and educational leadership. He tackles the toughest problems today’s leaders face, proposing unique strategies to:
- Sustain high engagement and energy in the classroom
- Implement accountability
- Build morale
- Deal with change
- Find personal balance
No one engages and inspires an audience of educational leaders like David Irvine. He tackles the tough issues of leadership with profound insight, passion, and humor. A master storyteller and teacher, David clarifies complex issues and offers pragmatic solutions. Challenging, illuminating and enlightening, David inspires leaders with a renewed sense of possibility.
David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Brigham Young University (where he made the Dean’s List of Outstanding University Students in America in 1980) and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. During the 1980s, David trained extensively with world-renowned psychotherapists Carl Rogers and Virginia Satir, and poet Robert Bly. Since 1982 he has been introduced to and impacted by the teachings of Joseph Campbell, Bru Joy, Scott Peck, Peter Block, Geoff Bellman, Matthew Fox, Parker Palmer, Alan Savory, and Thomas Berry. His parents, Joyce and Harlie Irvine, also greatly influenced his philosophy.
As one of Canada’s most respected voices on leadership and personal development, David has more than 30 years of experience as a family therapist, workshop facilitator, professional speaker, and advisor. He has taught at three universities and the Banff School of Management.
David is the best-selling author of five books that have sold more than 250,000 copies world-wide: Bridges of Trust: Making Accountability Authentic ; Authentic Leadership: It’s About PRESENCE, Not Position (co-authored with Jim Reger); Becoming Real: Journey To Authenticity; Simple Living In A Complex World: A Guide To Balancing Life’s Achievements; Accountability: Getting A Grip On Results (co-authored with Bruce Klatt and Shaun Murphy).