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Dr. Mark DeVolder

Change Management Specialist

Dr. Mark DeVolder is recognized as one of today’s original thinkers and motivators on transitions. His high-energy, content-rich and humor-filled presentations teach people how to be bold, flexible and innovative in face of constant change.

Vernon, British Columbia, Canada


Harness the Hurricane:  Adapt Boldly, Nimbly, Quickly to Extreme Change
Change is constant, unpredictable and accelerating.  Extreme change can – much like a hurricane – leave you dizzy, dazed and disoriented,  as though the earth is moving under your feet.  Even if you survive the storm, you know more is coming. Dr. Mark DeVolder throws a lifeline to you and your team with tools and strategies he’s developed to clear away the fog.  You will learn how to rewire your brain to bounce through adversity, overcome obstacles and reinvent yourself. Mark’s cutting-edge principles will enable you to adapt boldly, nimbly and quickly in midst of constant change.

On Fire! Energized Together
When individuals lose their spark, organizations lose their fire. This predicament has a devastating effect on productivity, profitability and company reputation. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Mark’s test-driven model of engagement equips people to identify the causes of “flame out” and recognize behaviours and leadership decisions that act as a fire extinguisher. Mark kindles the process through the pillars of engagement: clarity, competence, influence and appreciation. As relationships strengthen, trust burns brightly.

Unstoppable Resilience: Developing the Mindset of a Champion
Why doesn’t the fastest runner always win the race? Or why doesn’t the smartest person always get the best job? Because it’s not always the ones who “start out the smartest who end up smartest.” (Dweck) It takes more than natural speed, intelligence or ability to be a champion. It takes resilience. But resilience is not just for the elite with an Olympic gold around their neck. Resilience can be learned. Mark shows leaders how to increase their grit, passion and purpose by developing the mindset of a champion. Mark’s best practices will help you cultivate determination, increase resilience and conquer adversity.

Safety | Sixty to Zero in Your Workplace: Engage High-Performance Safety
Hazards and obstacles abound in the fast and frenzied pace of business today. In the rush to stay competitive, people are increasingly tempted to take short cuts and sacrifice safety. The most common barrier however is actually change itself. Some employees feel paralyzed by change, and when they feel paralyzed, they disengage. Without the ability or capacity to change, accidents can happen. Mark DeVolder’s proven transition model enables people to accept new practices and let go of the unsafe past. As people become Change Ready their level of engagement rises. DeVolder supports this progression with his easy to apply strategy increase clarity, competence, influence and appreciation.

Platform Plus

Workshop | Harness the Hurricane: Adapt to Extreme Change and Achieve New Heights
Change is constant, unpredictable and accelerating. Extreme change can – much like a hurricane – leave you dizzy, disoriented and dazed, as though the earth is moving under your feet. Even if you survive the storm, you know more is coming. In this workshop, Dr. Mark DeVolder, throws a lifeline to you, your executive team and employees with change strategies and tools he’s developed to clear away the fog. Mark equips audiences with cutting-edge principles that energize people in the midst of change. His proven transition model enables people to ‘Accept and Let Go’ of the past and discover opportunities buried in the rubble.

  • I've been inspired listening to Dr. Mark DeVolder talk about change management. Quite frankly, it was the absolute best presentation of the whole leadership conference. It left our leaders with knowledge that can be applied, once we get back, to the hard work of transforming health care.

    - Senior Vice President, Riverside Health System,
  • You were nothing short of awesome!!! Your advice is priceless and yes, we'd love to have you back to speak... Thank you so much for a wonderful experience!

    - Chief Personnel Officer, PepsiCo Europe
  • The Presentation was very engaging, very useful. It broke down the elements of change in a way that our management team can really understand. It was a very interactive session that gave them a really great opportunity to think about chance and think about their role in it.

    - Associate VP Operations, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Mark was funny, engaging and was right on point with comments that resonated with our members. Mark captured the issues facing our industry and supplied us with tools to take back and begin working immediately.

    - University of Lethbridge, Campus Bookstores
  • Thank you again for an engaging, entertaining, empowering presentation. I believe we all left with a better grip on our own humanity and tools to soar higher.

    - Spaceport Operations, NASA
  • Dr. DeVolder has been remarkable and now, six months later, we are enjoying the benefits of a productive and respectful work environment.

    - Regional Director General, Transport Canada
  • Thought-provoking and dynamic. Remarkable energy. Mark was inspiring and kept the audience charged.

    - Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Mark met all of our expectations, and we are delighted with the work that he did. When someone communicates something with passion, talent and appropriate content, the outcome is perfect.

    - Global Events Manager, Amirall Pharmaceutical

Summary Profile

Known by his clients as the Change Specialist, DeVolder’s presentations are in demand by some of the largest and most successful organizations in the world. And with good reason, DeVolder reveals why 70 percent of most change initiatives fail to achieve their stated goals. With convincing business examples and compelling stories, Mark unveils straight-forward strategies that produce dramatic results.

Mark DeVolder delivers dynamic presentations in both the private and the public sector to industry leaders and Fortune 500 companies. Mark’s client list is impressive, including NASA, Re/Max, Siemens, PepsiCo Europe, Suncor Energy, Oman Air, Laird Technology, Boehringer Ingelheim, Medtronic, Produce Marketing Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers, to name a few. DeVolder has entertained, informed and delighted audiences from Monaco to Dubai, from Singapore to Barcelona and from Istanbul to Kuala Lumpur.

As a change expert, author and internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, Dr. DeVolder won the prestigious Top 5 Speaker Award U.S.A. in Business Management for four consecutive years.

Mark’s keynotes are backed-up by impressive business acumen; as a licensed mediator, DeVolder has skilfully guided million dollar change management projects and resolved multiparty disputes with an enviable 95% success rate.

DeVolder’s customized programs are a mix of practical tools, rigorous research, collaborative consulting, all punctuated with entertaining humor and engaging audience interaction. People leave with tools and a template to re-energize, re-engage and transform their workplace and life.