“You’re either leading by example or you're misleading by example. The transformative "butterfly effect" is about adopting incremental good habits, character building and leadership." - Dan Comiskey

Dan Comiskey

Two Time Grey Cup Champion, Safety, and Overcoming Adversity Expert

Dan Comiskey played football in the Canadian Football League for 12 years. During this period, he had over 40 different coaches.  All of these coaches were behavior change specialists and Dan took advantage of all the knowledge presented to him over the years. The wisdom of these coaches and Dan’s ability to learn and adapt taught him the fundamentals of habitual change and principles of leadership. He is also an expert on habit change.

Dan has delivered hundreds of presentations to numerous groups and organizations. Dan Comiskey always delivers motivational and passionate messages. Everybody loves him because of his ability to connect with his audience in a down to earth and honest way.

Dan’s winning philosophies are routed in the thought process that we are the sum total of our behaviours. He is an expert in explaining the transformative “butterfly effect”. It is about adopting incremental good habits, character building and leadership. Dan’s involvement as a leader on and off the field established him as a sought after speaker nationwide. The parallels drawn between the corporate world and professional football have given Dan Comiskey great insight into supervising, coaching and inspired leadership.

Dan Comiskey suffered multiple concussions, a torn triceps, a torn calf, and a broken leg, during his professional football career. Dan also had to deal with the loss of his stepbrother who passed in an industrial accident; His father in-law also suffered a permanent brain injury in an industrial accident less than one year from retirement. Dan has a very personal perspective on the importance of safety codes, safety communication and the importance of attention to Safety in the Workplace. He’s passionate about it.

Dan retired from the Edmonton Eskimos, where he was a perennial all-star and a two-time Grey Cup champion. Throughout the last half of his career Dan became passionate about worker’s safety. He started developing leadership and behavioural programs that were used by major oil and gas, construction and manufacturing companies. These programs included classroom leadership training as a field level leadership coaching program designed to improve leadership and safety culture.

Off the field, Dan has spent his entire career honing his skills as a philanthropist and inspiring public speaker. He has been the Honourable Chairperson for both the Canadian Cancer Society and the Kidney Foundation of Canada. He has spearheaded numerous Charity Drives for these organizations, as well as for the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. For his work in the community, on two separate occasions, Dan received the CFL’s Tom Pate nomination. This prestigious award honours those possessing the unique combination of outstanding sportsmanship and dedication to the league and community.

Dan Comiskey has co-authored a number of books including The Truth About Success, Enduring Principles of Leadership and Thirty-Eight Stories in Coaching, and is currently working on his next book, The Alignment Paradigm. There is no audience that Dan is unable to reach, from front line workers or leadership groups at safety meetings to mixed audience conferences.  With a combination of twenty years experience in football, and a decade of experience in industrial safety, Dan Comiskey has become sought after by numerous organizations to deliver his message and improve the safety culture through his leadership coaching.

Topic Presentations


Life is a team game just like football. The margin for error in either game is so small that a step in the wrong direction makes the difference between winning or losing and between living or dying. The other constant in both games is the need for absolute commitment. Everyone must be 100 percent accountable to their team and this commitment is essential for any degree of success.


There are so many distractions affecting your people today. They have access to everything they need at the touch of a button, and that doesn't even begin to address the distractions coming from every angle. We know that small choices lead to large consequences over time for ourselves and the world around us. Incremental choices lead to huge outcomes that improve or detract from our lives.  Our choices affect more than the person making them. Our choices affect our family and friends, and people we don't know, in ways we'd never imagine.


If you need your team to fight through all the distractions so they can be present in their tasks...If you want them to fight through the fog to make the right decisions and follow the procedures that will keep them safe...


If you need a commitment from everyone on your team...Then you need to remind them that everything matters. At the end of the day, everyone has to count on each other and that's the point!





*As with all of Dan's keynotes, the message is tailored to your company goals and message



Dan Comiskey delivers a heart-felt keynote or workshop for your group on the important subject of improving Safety in the Workplace. Dan says: "You're either leading by example or you're misleading by example."

This inspirational keynote or workshop looks at ways to improve safety issues in the environment by encouraging proper leadership skills and habit change. Dan explains how innovations in brain science challenge our assumptions about habit change, as 96% of safety incidents are behavioural.

Dan delivers his presentation through moving personal stories and experiences with safety. He speaks from personal experience about how lives can be changed or lost if proper procedures are not met. Dan Comiskey outlines how accidents can be prevented if you coach like a leader. He inspires both workers and leaders to accept responsibility for workplace safety. This team-first approach is the key to a zero incident workplace.

Dan is an experienced, professional and polished speaker. He has delivered this presentation to numerous groups and organizations and always delivers a motivational and passionate message.

The audience members will learn:


  • an understanding of what it takes to be a leader

  • a strong desire to lead effectively

  • tools to make positive changes in the workplace

  • a desire to better themselves as an individual

  • knowledge about brain function and how it effects work habits

  • an understanding of the fundamentals of habit change

  • a renewed commitment to safety.


The challenges of adversity don’t disappear when you get home safe.  The true challenges that people face are in their hearts and minds throughout the day and into the night, no matter where they are, true adversity is part of the human condition.


The question is, what do people have as a resource to deal with the true challenges of their lives.  In this keynote Dan addresses the areas of peoples lives where they face true adversity and he unleashes a 3 step plan to win


1 – Prepare


2 – Absorb


3 – Overcome


The question is not what you will do if the storm comes, it's what you will do WHEN it comes.  If you are working with people who face adversity in their lives, in their jobs, in their world…If you need to give your people the power they need to overcome…They need to hear this passionate, intelligent, powerful keynote so they too can Dig Deep!





*As with all of Dan's keynotes, the message is tailorable to your company goals and message.




Dan poignantly draws you into his world of sports and family to help each of us continue to strive for our passions as we fight through the inevitable challenges that we all face.  As we go through these challenges we need to use everything at our disposal to protect ourselves and the ones we love from life altering or ending injuries.  One of the biggest weapons that we all have in this journey is the ability to create our own habits.


Dan will explain how small initial changes lead to large unforeseen consequences over time. How? Incremental improvements become habit forming. In fact, they become part of character-building, or they become stumbling blocks. We can either use the power of habits to help us create a safe work environment and a safe home life or we can choose to ignore the power of these behaviours. If we choose to ignore this power, we could be missing the opportunity for success or life.


If you need your people to grasp the power of their habits...If you are watching complacency creep into your office or worksite...Then you need to have Dan introduce them to the Power of Habit!





*As with all of Dan's keynotes, the message is tailorable to your company goals and message.



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This book teaches enduring principles of leadership, many of which originated thousands of years ago. This book keeps you empowered and makes you want to teach like a leader and lead effectively. The quotes are inspiring and the paragraphs keep you thinking.

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