Mark DeVolder
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Mark DeVolder
Key Topics:
  • Change
  • Engagement
  • Safety
  • Trust
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Bio Info:

    All around the world and on four continents, Dr. Mark DeVolder prepares people for change:

    - Helping Colombian business leaders get ready for the NAFTA Free Trade Agreement

    - Offering guidance for the ending of the NASA space shuttle program

    - Coaching world industry leaders in mergers and acquisitions

    - Mark DeVolder makes people “Change Ready!”

    Mark DeVolder distinguishes himself as a change management specialist. In 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, DeVolder received the prestigious Top 5 Speaker award USA in Business Management. As an expert in the dynamics of change management and employee engagement, DeVolder reveals why many change initiatives fail to achieve their stated goals. With straight-forward strategies and convincing business examples, Mark shows leaders how to drive results to improve the bottom line.

    Mark is the author of “Get Engaged! A Practical Guide for Improving Employee Engagement.” Dr. DeVolder brings depth to the field of management consulting. His doctoral studies focused on the issues of unity, diversity and synergy – clearly a field of study very applicable in the rapidly changing demographics of business today. Mark has over 19 years experience in education and research; He brings extensive knowledge and understanding about human characteristics to each highly customized presentation. Mark’s presentations are backed up by impressive business acumen; Dr. DeVolder has skilfully guided change management projects worth more than 500 million dollars.

    Dr. DeVolder is known for cutting edge content, valuable take-aways, entertaining audience interaction, all illustrated by unstoppable humour and memorable stories. People leave with tools and a template to re-energize, re-engage and transform their workplace and life.

    Dr. DeVolder has engaged and delighted audiences from Monaco to Dubai, from Singapore to Jamaica and from Istanbul to Kuala Lumpur. Mark is represented by over 80 top speaker’s bureaus on four continents.

    DeVolder’s international client list is impressive: NASA, Coca-Cola FEMSA, Suncor, Siemens, Kuwait Finance House, Motion Industries, BP Oil, IBM, Konecranes, AIG Financial Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, to name a few. Mark DeVolder is represented by over 80 top international speaker’s bureaus on four continents.


    “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.

    Help is at hand. Change expert, 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.

    Mark’s transition model enables people to Accept and Let Go of the past and discover opportunities buried in the rubble. These simple yet profound strategies work. Mark has received rave reviews and accolades from industry leaders on four continents.

    Tighten your safety belts and get ready for a wild ride. During Mark’s high-energy presentation, you will:

    overcome deer in the headlights syndrome

    defy risk aversion through Mark’s Wise-Risk approach

    adapt for success through creativity, innovation and vulnerability

    focus clearly with Vision-Renew to see and seize hidden gems

    implement strategies to increase productivity, profitability and morale immediately

    Get unstuck. Be bold. Grab the rope and harness the hurricane- today!

    “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.

    Mark shows leaders how to:

    identify behaviors to increase engagement

    re-ignite employee’s passion for teamwork, communication and innovation

    build a culture of trust, loyalty and appreciation

    accelerate performance and productivity

    Recharge your team with Mark DeVolder’s industry-tested program. Get your employees and organization on fire.

    “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.

    During Mark’s high-performance presentation, you will learn how to:

    get change-right and change-ready

    defy change paralysis through Mark’s mobilized for safety approach

    significantly reduce risk of accidents and liability

    identify behaviours that enhance engagement

    implement strategies to increase productivity, motivation and safety

    Empower your employees to achieve “target zero.”

    “Solid Gold: Create a Foundation of Trust”

    Trust is the most valuable intangible asset in business today. Yet we live in an increasingly suspicious world. Public trust has been eroded by high-profile scandals involving unethical behaviours, fraudulent investment schemes, covert data collection and phone hacking, to name a few. It is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain customer confidence and loyalty in a transparent world where a small mistake can become a big problem.

    Mark DeVolder presents a compelling business case for the ways that trust affects the bottom line: a company’s reputation, its ability to collaborate and innovate, attract and engage employees and respond quickly.
    At the heart of Mark’s presentation is this maxim: relationships are based on trust and business is based on relationships.

    You will discover how to:

    master essential actions that build high levels of trust

    take the right action quickly to correct a misstep

    recover trust and regain a client

    maintain loyal relationships in business

    Unlock the secret of high performing organizations by building sustainable high-trust relationships – no matter what. There’s nothing more important.

    “Shape-Shifting Your Way to Business Success”

    Have you wondered why some people have the ability to change frequently, easily and quickly? Are you amazed at their creativity, tenacity and results? These people are masters of reinvention.

    In Dr. Mark DeVolder’s ground-breaking presentation, you will learn:

    about the heart and mind of an entrepreneur;

    how to reinvent yourself, overcome obstacles and seize new opportunities;

    the three keys of entrepreneurship: vulnerability, courage and synergistic partnerships.

    Don’t settle for being the best. Learn how to be the only one who does what you do.

    Government :  Clients and Testimonials

    “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.”

    NASA, Spaceport Operations, Space Florida


    “Your drive and high energy presentation certainly contributed to the success of our Executive Learning Event.  I confidently recognize your solid and reliable expertise with regard to the management of change.”

    Deputy Minister, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada


    “Our aim was to get our management team on board. Mark’s presentation was very engaging. It broke down the elements of change in a way our management team could understand. It gave them an opportunity to think about change and their role in it. It was a huge success.”

    Associate VP, Operations, Canadian Food Inspection Agency


    "There was lots of laughter coming from the room and everyone seemed to be very engaged. We've gotten a lot of positive reports."

    Manager Financial Services, Environment Canada


    “Mark DeVolder receives my highest praise.”

    Royal Mounted Canadian Police, E Division Headquarters


    “We continue to receive accolades for the event.  I have 477 evaluations, can you believe it?!  I think it’s fantastic!"

    City of Ottawa


    “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


    “Dr DeVolder obviously did his homework! He displayed a very good understanding of our organization- to the point that he felt like he was “one of us. ”

    Canada Revenue Agency


    "This was the best presentation I have ever attended, and I’ve attended a lot!"

    Manager, Service Canada


    “Dr DeVolder obviously did his homework!  ... to the point that it felt like he was "one of us".

    Vancouver Tax Services Office, Canada Revenue Agency


    "Mark's reputation as a motivational speaker who leaves his audience with provocative thought and ways to deal with change, was certainly one of the reasons why people registered for the event.  Without a doubt our members were impressed with Mark's presentation."



    "Mark was a huge contribution to a very successful conference."

    Government Financial Officers Association of BC



    Client list of Industry Leaders:

    •PepsiCo Europe

    •Boehringer Ingelheim

    •G4S- third largest employer in the world

    •Suncor Energy- (2nd largest company in Canada)

    •FEMSA Coca-Cola- (Mexico)- Largest Coke bottler in the world links with Heineken

    •IMAP- (Antalya, Turkey)- International Mergers and Acquisitions Professionals

    •The Klesch Group- (Monaco) 5.5 billion 

    •Motion Industries -#1 of Industry Leader with 4 billion in sales

    •Konecranes- (Dubai)  #1 of Industry Leader with 2 billion in sales

    •Air Liquide- #1 of Industry Leader

    •PAE (Lockheed)  1.2 billion


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  • Harness the Hurricane: Adapt to Extreme Change and Achieve New Heights
  • On Fire! Energized Together
  • Sixty to Zero in Your Workplace: Engage High-Performance Safety
  • Solid Gold: Create a Foundation of Trust
  • Shape-Shifting Your Way to Business Success
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