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Dr. Mark DeVolder


Vernon, British Columbia, Canada

Change Management Specialist

Mark DeVolder is the Change Specialist and a pioneer in the field of transition management. Unique in the industry, DeVolder is one of the few speakers who teaches leaders how to change. As an award-winning speaker and recipient of the Top 10 Speaker Award in Change Management, Mark is a frequent presenter at high-level management meetings around the world, both live and virtual.

Keynote Speeches

Virtual Keynotes & Webinars
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Perpetual Pivot: How to Navigate through Transitions

Never before have leaders faced our current level of fast and extreme change, where chaos, disruption and crisis have become the norm. Mark asks, how do we successfully navigate through such a world? His answer is that we must learn the skills of Perpetual Pivot, a continuous process of adapting, reinvention and anticipation. Mark explains that the hardest part of change is the transition. Consequently, he shows leaders how to traverse through the maze. Deeply practical, leaders will learn how to walk through the door of uncertainty into the future, armed with tools to successfully navigate transitions.

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 Presentations

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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.

Audience reviews:

  • Mark kept us glued to our screen, very entertaining and interactive, a true artist! - Marketing Director, Hilti
  • Mark’s virtual keynote energized the audience and he provided us with tools to apply to our organization. - Awards and Recognition Director, Professional Engineers Ontario
  • Mark’s presentation was such a breath of fresh air! An incredible delivery! The mark of a professional! - Advisor/Principal, Plan It Financial Corp
  • Mark is such a dynamic speaker! - Corporate Events Manager, FP Canada
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Speaker Biography

From coaching NASA rocket scientists how to re-create themselves to the cultural transformation of a $42 billion merger; from pivoting to a safety-first culture in Qatar’s oil industry to preparing Egypt’s largest company to restructure itself. Mark DeVolder teaches leaders about Perpetual Pivot, the process of adapting to continuous change through reinvention, innovation and anticipation. 

In addition to cutting-edge content, Mark brings high-energy, humor and audience interaction to all his presentations. He uses his skill as a master storyteller to draw people into the essence of his message. Whether live or on a virtual stage, Mark has the ability to connect deeply with people: “Mark kept us glued to our screen” and “Mark was inspiring and kept the audience charged.”

Across five continents and in over 25 countries, Mark has worked with a myriad of impressive and diverse organizations, large and small, including NASA, McDonald’s, GE, Autodesk, Coca-Cola, Marriott, Siemens, Medtronic, PepsiCo, Bristol-Myers Squibb, PWC, HILTI, Verizon, Orascom Construction and Monsanto. Mark has engaged and delighted audiences from Monaco to Dubai, from Singapore to London and from Istanbul to Barcelona.

As a researcher, consultant and author, Mark has written the multi-disciplinary book on managing change, entitled, Perpetual Pivot: How the Best Leaders Adapt to Exponential Change. His second book, Get Engaged, is a practical guide for improving employee engagement. Mark’s first publication was his doctoral dissertation which studied the elements of diversity, inclusion and teambuilding, entitled Unity in Diversity Through Synergy.