David Irvine

David Irvine

Calgary, Alberta
The Leader’s Navigator, Sage of Leadership: Mentor, Author, and Advocate for Authenticity
David Irvine is a renowned author and leadership advisor with over 40 years of experience in family therapy and executive coaching. He holds advanced degrees in human development and social work, offering a unique perspective on leadership development focused on authenticity. David's leadership programs attract thousands yearly, spanning various sectors, and he's the driving force behind the Authentic Leadership Academy. His latest project, the SAGE Forums, provides peer mentoring for leaders. Beyond his professional endeavors, David contributes to the Wayfinders Wellness Society, teaches at the University of Calgary, and enjoys an active lifestyle in the Rocky Mountains with his wife.
  • Change Management
  • Communications
  • Employee Management
  • Leadership
  • Peak Performance
  • Personal Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Teamwork
  • Business Growth
  • Business Management
  • Board Meetings & Strategic Advisory
  • Career Development
  • Conference
  • Conferences & Summits
  • Consultant & Coach
  • Corporate Audience
  • Corporations & Businesses
  • Economic Development


David Irvine is a world-renowned speaker, author, and trusted leadership advisor.

With more than forty years of experience as a family therapist, workshop facilitator, lecturer, and adviser to executives, David has dedicated his life to helping leaders create accountable and authentic organizations. With advanced degrees in human development, science and social work, David takes a unique approach to leadership development that helps leaders amplify their impact by discovering and deepening their authentic presence.

Thousands of people attend David’s leadership development programs every year. His clients are from public, private, not-for-profit, family business, and entrepreneurial sectors.

Together with his team, David has created the Authentic Leadership Academy, a one-of-a-kind program that creates community, and helps leaders achieve new levels of success by living integrated lives. He is excited to have launched his newest offering – the SAGE Forums. SAGE Forums are small groups of peer mentoring – a safe, affordable harbour where leaders learn together and support each other in every area of their life.

David is a bestselling author of seven books, with over 300,000 copies sold worldwide, and hosts the podcast The Leader’s Navigator with his daughter, Hayley.

He serves on board of the Wayfinders Wellness Society, an organization that provides a safe space for military and first responders suffering from PTSD. He is also a sessional instructor in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, in their graduate program.

As a former nationally ranked distance runner, he maintains an active lifestyle of yoga, boxing, and hiking. David lives with his wife in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Cochrane, Alberta.




The Leader’s Navigator Podcast

David Irvine & Hayley Irvine

Authenticity, Success, and Living a Life of Meaning and Purpose.

The Other Everest with David Irvine

Allie Stone

Looking Into the Shadows

The Physiology of Leadership Podcast

David Irvine and Dr. Sarah Clouthier

Keeping The Heart Open

David Irvine Topic Presentations

authentic leadership - it’s about presence, not position

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  • True leadership comes from the identity and integrity of the leader. It’s about who you are and how you live. It’s about PRESENCE, not position. The power of authenticity is an enduring approach for renewing and sustaining workplaces that are depleted and where the human spirit is trampled, overworked, and undervalued. Now more than ever, the world needs leaders who are committed to substance over the superficial, character over charisma, and service over self-interest. We need authentic leaders –– people whose inner compass guides their daily actions and who inspire trust.

    • Gain a renewed perspective on leadership that can be applied to all aspects of your life.
    • Learn the difference between a boss and a leader and what it takes to earn the right to be called a leader
    • Discover the true source of leadership power – your authentic presence – and how to connect more deeply with it.
    • Acquire the missing link to sustained talent engagement and retention.
    • Discover the key to build resilience and strong mental health in the midst of disruption and uncertainty.
    • Learn a coach-approach to leadership: create a safe space to grow; persuade with trust; communicate with influence; build a uniquely tailored, inspiring growth plan with your team; set your team up for success.

the missing accountability factor

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  • Accountability is far too often viewed as a negative. But it’s at the heart of every great organization. Be inspired and learn a new approach to accountability.

    • Gain an inspiring perspective on accountability.
    • Transform blame, entitlement, and fear into courage, personal responsibility, and commitment.
    • Inspire your employees to think like owners and foster accountability at every level of your organization.
    • Learn an effective and powerful process for managing expectations that will prevent performance issues downstream:
      • Communicate expectations clearly.
      • Commit carefully and relentlessly.
      • Clarify support requirements.
      • Check up and follow through.
    • Define a clear path for addressing performance issues when they arise: How to have the tough conversations.

the leader in all of us - the power of possibility

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  • Leadership isn’t defined by a person’s title, the size of their office, or the letters behind their name. Leaders are defined by their attitude, their actions, and their impact. In short, leadership is not about your position, it’s about your presence. Leadership is about connecting with the unique vision inside each of us that can make the world a better place.

    In this personal, provocative, and practical session, you’ll get a profoundly human view of leadership from David Irvine, one of Canada’s premier thought-leaders in the field of authentic leadership.

    • Discover how to make a lasting difference in the world – by connecting more fully to your authentic self.
    • Learn the three fundamental decisions that turns an employee into a leader – and how your impact can change the world.
    • Leave with practical insights and strategies for discovering and developing your personal authentic leadership.


psychological safety - the one thing that changes everything

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  • Conscious leaders and researchers alike know that the key to opening the door to high-performing teams and inspired, engaged, accountable cultures is psychological safety. If people don’t feel safe to be who they are, to ask for help, to be honest, or to make mistakes, they simply won’t invest, participate fully, or be their best.

    • How do you know if your team feels safe – especially if it isn’t safe to speak up and say so?
    • What if people have had an unsafe experience with previous authority figures in their life and don’t feel safe around you simply because you are “the boss?”
    • What is the employee’s responsibility to create a psychologically safe organization?
    • How do you get a commitment to psychological safety when people don’t feel safe to get started?
    • How do you know if it is safe to be aroundyou?

    This thought-provoking, inspiring presentation will provide practical insights and strategies to assess, create, and sustain psychological safety in your culture.

    • How do you define and assess psychological safety in your culture?
    • What is the responsibility of every employee to create a safe work culture?
    • How do you sustain psychological safety amid the tyranny of urgent demands?

caring is everything

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  • We all recognize and understand the power of caring. But caring – to be sustainable – must come from overflow, not emptiness. In this inspiring, thought-provoking session, you’ll:

    • Understand why caring needs to be examined through the lens of accountability so that it sustains, supports, and renews the human spirit.
    • Discover why it’s vital to make the shift to principle-centered caring – and how to make this real in your organization and personal life.
    • Learn the true work of caring: to empower those you care about in a way that’s sustainable for everyone in your organization and life.
    • Get to the root of caring in your life and ways to care that support and sustain your own well-being and the wellbeing of those you love and serve.

    Step back and gain a new perspective on caring from one of Canada’s most respected teams on authentic leadership and organizational culture, IrvineStone. This session is based on David’s book, Caring Is Everything: Getting to the Heart of Humanity, Leadership, and Life.

the possibilities of change

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  • Building resilience, capacity, and accountability amid constant change – while keeping people engaged – is now a fundamental requirement for leadership. But where’s your road map? What are your strategies? Where are your tools?

    To thrive, you must use change productively. We’ll leave you with practical insights, renewed clarity, and the confidence to lead yourself and others through managing change. This session, based on David’s most recent book, The Other Everest: Navigating the Pathway to Authentic Leadership, will help you:

    • Learn to embrace and lead change with greater clarity and resilience.
    • Develop the necessary self-awareness to use change productively.
    • Create a roadmap for change that builds clarity, confidence, and compassion, enabling you to lead those you serve through the stages of change.
    • Understand how to make change inspiring, productive, and creative.


David Irvine is the key driver to my pathway to becoming my best self. As an Entrepreneur, authentic leadership is not only my passion, it is my purpose. David has taught me that the the journey is more relevant than the destination in my growth as a leader and a human being. Since one on one coaching with David, I have more certainty about my purpose. …. I highly recommend that any business owner or company leader looking for a fresh approach, work with David. …. David gave me the tools to put my past aside … and identify my purpose … Becoming the best human being I can possibly become is all the closure I need. Thanks David. I’m forever grateful.

Ron Dickson

Senior Vice President
Sales, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Our team spent a full day with David being instructed, guided and challenged in the area of leadership and accountability. David’s personal approach and deep insight kept us engaged and energized for a full day and we left that room as better leaders and more importantly, better people. If your team is looking for a challenge that will make a “real” difference in your business, David is the guy to help you.

Michael Simms

Vice President Retail
Kent Building Supplies, a Division of J.D. Irving Limited

Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) hired David Irvine as our Leadership Navigator and Moderator for the PEO 2017 Volunteer Leadership Conference. I am normally the most critical one with regards to how well the organizing committee did their job for any given conference. This year however, I was really impressed with how well the material is fitting in to our programming and theme. I believe in a baseball analogy, David Irvine “brought his A game” to the VLC and had “knocked it out of the park” in terms of his performance as Leader’s Navigator. Very impressive! I have received numerous comments from my volunteers in attendance citing what great job David did moderating, how...

Matthew Ng, P.Eng., MBA, FEC, PMP

Chapters, Professional Engineers Ontario

Thank you, David for your valuable contributions to the Oklahoma DHS LeadUP leadership development program. From initial contact to delivery, you provided us with a first class professional service. You listened carefully to our detailed needs and collaboratively crafted a program that was both relevant and impactful for our learning audience. Your enthusiasm and passion were contagious! Your deep understanding and empathy for the challenges these social service leaders face created an atmosphere of trust – opening the door or transparency, open dialogue and inspired learning. In the words of one of the participants, “The last three days have been life-changing for me and I will never...

James Bond

Learning & Development Administrator
The University of Oklahoma, Center for Public Management

David Irvine has unlocked the magic of virtual presentations. His deep level of authenticity and leadership presence have transcended our new reality. If you want to be inspired or motivated to develop your leadership capacity, look no further. David is your man. I am thoroughly impressed with his material and online presentation style.

Richard Robbins

Richard Robbins International Inc.

The time and session we had with David was more than perfect! The feedback we received is all positive. Some of the things people said are “David connects with everyone”, “he is real”, and “he is very authentic in his presentation”. We look forward to our ongoing relationship with David and future opportunities to work together.

Bruce Campbell

Elementary School Principal
Calgary Catholic School District

Articles & Media



Author David Irvine

ShawTV Winnipeg


Winnipeg Talks: Caring is Everything by David Irvine


Caring is Everything: Getting to the Heart of Humanity, Leadership, and Life
Caring is Everything: Getting to the Heart of Humanity, Leadership, and Life
Part memoir and part inspirational guide, Caring is Everything is David’s courageous exploration into the power of caring. As a person committed to making a difference in the world – whether you are corporate leader, healthcare professional, community volunteer, caregiver, teacher, or family...
The Other Everest: Navigating the Pathway to Authentic Leadership
The Other Everest: Navigating the Pathway to Authentic Leadership
To come to a place of true authentic leadership requires slowing down, going inside, and developing a relationship with an interior self. It’s about finding one’s voice – away from the voices of the world. To attain the capacity to influence in today’s changing and demanding world, along...
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