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A New View of Employee Engagement: Moving From Rhetoric to Reality

Event Date: Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017
Event Time: 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Venue(s): SAIT - MacDonald Hall (located in the Heritage Hall building)
Presenter(s): David Irvine
Agenda: 7:00 - 7:30 AM: Registration/Networking
7:30 - 9:00 AM: Session
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“For every thousand hacking at the leaves… there is one striking at the root.” Thoreau

A common understanding and rationale for engagement has been a source of debate in HR and executive circles for years. While everyone agrees that an engaged workforce is beneficial, all of the insights and leadership efforts haven’t moved the dial much. We continue to be bombarded by the tyranny of the urgency. We keep pushing people to do more with less. People keep expecting their bosses to do a better job. And employee engagement surveys continue to show that we are not reaching our potential in this area. At the same time, in the midst of a changing and challenging Alberta economy, the added responsibility of building a culture that engages talent can be daunting.

To make the shift from rhetoric to realty, you have to get to an entirely different understanding and application of engagement. To paraphrase Thoreau: if we are going to make an impact, we have to quit hacking at the leaves of surveys and programs and get to work on the root, the fundamental way we approach engagement. If you don’t, it becomes just another organizational pipedream and source of frustration.

Take this opportunity to step back from the fray and be inspired by David Irvine, one of Canada’s most respected voices on leadership and organizational culture.

•Be inspired with a renewed view on employee engagement that will move engagement from rhetoric to reality.

• Understand the relationship between engagement and accountability in an age of entitlement.

• Learn the three fundamental accountabilities of every leader that will ensure employee engagement.

• Leave with practical insights and strategies for engaging the talent in your organization.




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. As one of Canada’s most respected voices on leadership and organizational culture, David Irvine is the CEO and President of Irvine & Associates Inc., an international speaking and consulting firm dedicated to building cultures that attract, retain, and unleash greatness by leading The Authentic Way.™

David is the best-selling author of six books, with over three hundred thousand copies sold worldwide. His latest book, Caring Is Everything: Getting To The Heart Of Humanity, Leadership, and Life, was released in the fall of 2016. He consults with and presents to a wide range of corporations, professional associations, government, education and health care organizations.

David has advanced degrees in human development, science and social work. With more than 25 years of experience as a workshop facilitator, family therapist, speaker, and adviser 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 leadership, accountability and cultural alignment.

David has taught courses at three universities and the Banff School of Management. NBC’s Today Show and numerous national radio and newspaper publications have interviewed David.

On a personal note, David is a formerly nationally ranked distance runner and was a Canadian who trained with the US Olympic team. He is a father of three, and husband of one. David lives with his wife and family in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Cochrane, Alberta, Canada.

To learn more about David Irvine, visit his website:

Follow him on Twitter: davidjirvine



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SCHEDULE OF RATES - Today through to October 17, 2017

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