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John DeHart

Co-Founder of Nurse Next Door

John DeHart is a speaker who is fully engaged in leadership, entrepreneurship and culture every day in his own business. His message is for everyone helping their organization, business and employees to get to a higher level of engagement in the enterprise. As the Co-Founder of Nurse Next Door Home Care Services John helped build the company into one of Canada’s most successful health care brands, with over 85 locations in Canada and the United States.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Presentations

Build a raving fan culture
It started out as a simple idea in a coffee shop, and now, John’s company, Nurse Next Door, has become a North American wide healthcare brand and is becoming known in healthcare as a thought leader in the way they deliver service and build culture. John’s fast paced, entertaining and content rich session will walk you through his unique approach to building company culture – taking an often misunderstood concept called “vision”, and making it the centre piece of your workplace so that you not only build a world class culture, but to also  build a  top-notch brand. You will learn: · How to create a raving fan culture by bringing your core values and envisioned future “alive” within your organization · How to attract and retain the best people · How to build a culture where you engage the hearts and minds of every employee

(Hard) core values based leadership: why it matters and how you do it
Based on his personal, entrepreneurial experiences of building a North American wide brand, John speaks on how to build vision into your organization’s culture and into your own leadership. Be warned, though, you won’t be getting a corporate, buttoned-down speaker. Equal parts inspiration and practical business best practices, John takes the traditionally stodgy, boring topic of vision – core values, core purpose and the envisioned future – and turns it on its head. With a roll up your sleeves approach, John will show you vision with a fresh perspective, leaving you energized, reinvigorated, a little smarter, and definitely inspired to go make change.

Building a Happy Company
One day, John walked into his hyper-growth company and realized that he didn’t like it anymore. He found a place where his employees weren’t happy; his clients weren’t happy;  and he wasn’t happy. After deciding with his partner that building a “great” company vs. building a “big” company was more important, they set on an incredible learning journey on how to build an endearingly great brand. Why is Nurse Next Door routinely named as one of Canada’s Top cultures and companies to work for? Why have they been named the smartest company in Canada? In his talk, John pulls back the curtain on how Nurse Next Door went from being a company who had lost its way to becoming one of the most admired healthcare brands in the country. John weaves his learning’s, his experiences, and most importantly, his failures through the telling of the Nurse Next Door story. John walks you through 13 years of hyper growth at Nurse Next Door to show you what it takes to build a world class culture

Awards

2016
BC Business | Entrepreneur of the Year, Healthcare Services

2013
PROFIT Magazine | Canada’s Smartest Company

2006
Ernst & Young | Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year

2005
Business in Vancouver Top 40 Under 40


  • John did an amazing job; the group has been buzzing about his session since he left last week. They have a group email address and John is by far the most talked about speaker!

    - Global Learning
  • Best talk of the year, Fantastic, numerous "Greats" and Very motivational.

    - EO Learning Chair

Summary Profile

With a roll up your sleeves approach, DeHart helps audiences understand how to build vision into your organization’s culture and into your own leadership. Equal parts inspiration and practical business best practices, John takes the traditionally stodgy, boring topic of vision – core values, core purpose and the envisioned future – and turns it on its head. You won’t be getting a corporate, buttoned-down academic speaker but a practical and experienced leader running a dynamic business. DeHart will show you vision with a fresh perspective, leaving you energized, reinvigorated, a little smarter, and definitely inspired to go make change. 

John is a graduate of Cornell University, and is currently serving as Vice Chair of the Canadian Franchise Association. He lives in Vancouver with his wife Gayla and two daughters, Aja and Daisy, and runs up mountains for fun.

Prior to Nurse Next Door, John launched and co-founded a number of early-stage, hi-tech companies, but he left this lucrative industry in search of something more meaningful. After taking a little time off, John re-entered the business world with a mission: to create a leading brand in the healthcare industry that would build upon the foundation of core purpose, core values and the envisioned future.

John was awarded the Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2006, named to Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 list and has helped to lead Nurse Next Door to many prestigious business awards. These accolades include being named to BC’s top employer list for 3 years in a row, the number one employer in BC in 2009, the top culture in Western Canada, Canada’s Smartest Company in 2014 (ProfitGuide) as well as a top 10 franchise system in North America.

John has been on platforms around the world speaking on building companies and culture. He lectures at leading universities across North America with regular participation on panels at Cornell University and teaching about culture for the Entrepreneurial Masters Program by EO at M.I.T. John’s speaking is based on his own personal entrepreneurial experiences in building and running an international brand.