Faculty

David Irvine: The Leader’s Navigator™

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David is a connector and a communicator.

David Irvine is sought after internationally as a speaker, author, and trusted leadership advisor. His work has contributed to the building of accountable, dynamic and engaged organizations across North America. As one of Canada’s most respected voices on leadership, organizational culture, and personal development, David has dedicated his life to creating workplaces, communities, and families that foster accountability, authenticity, and caring.

With a Master’s Degree in Social Work, David originally trained as a family therapist and has integrated family systems theory into in the field of organizational development. This has resulted in successfully guiding leaders to amplify their impact through a stronger, deeper authentic presence and in turn, guiding organizations to create aligned, engaged, and vital workplaces.

David has published several best-selling books, including the recent and notable, Caring Is Everything: Getting to The Heart of Humanity, Leadership and Life, a powerful work on the importance of seeking an authentic life. The Other Everest: Navigating the Pathway to Authentic Leadership, released in August, 2018, provides a synthesis of David’s learnings, teachings and wisdom gleaned over a lifetime of connecting and communicating at the cutting edge of entrepreneurial, business and organizational culture.

In his over thirty-five years’ experience as a highly sought-after advisor, David has worked with CEOs and senior executives, as well as all levels of management, front-line service providers, salespeople, educators, and health care professionals in the public, private, not-for-profit, family business, and entrepreneurial sectors across North America. He has impacted the lives of thousands of people through his presentations, workshops, retreats, and writing. His approach is down-to-earth, simple and powerful.

As a formerly nationally ranked distance runner, David maintains an active lifestyle of yoga and hiking in the beautiful foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada where he makes his home.

Ally Stone: Leadership and Company Culture Consultant

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For the past 15 years Ally has played an integral role in building the Original Joes restaurant brand and team culture development in Northern Alberta. As the company grew from one location to 15, Ally became acutely aware that there was a pressing need for leaders who deeply care for their team members. From her extensive experience in the service industry, Ally realized that a better path to leadership and development was possible than what was being implemented in the many organizations with which she interacted.

The hospitality industry has long been known for its grueling hours, low pay, unfair labor practices, and high turnover, and Ally set out to change it. Ally’s simple purpose to Take Care of People became the filter through which all decisions would pass, and it transformed the group of 15 restaurants she was leading.

The restaurants Ally is partnered with today boast the lowest team turnover rates in the Northern Alberta market. She is a coach, mentor and guide to many of today’s young leaders in Edmonton. Taking Care Of People became much bigger than looking after the restaurant teams and guests as it has become clear that her purpose in life is to share her message and experiences with organizations that want to drive robust company culture and create meaningful experiences in the workplace.

Ally brings a unique perspective to The Other Everest retreat as she shares her real-life experiences with participants and creates an opportunity for connection and collaboration.

“Being a part of the team at The Other Everest has deeply impacted my life. I look forward to meeting you there and sharing in this incredible experience together” – Ally Stone

Jeff Lichty – Biography

Jeff is the director of Ashtanga Yoga Canada and the Calgary Ashtanga Yoga School. He is an avid adventurer and thoughtful seeker of truth and wisdom.

Sixteen years as a critical care paramedic along with an existential inclination led him to the practice of Ashtanga Yoga and the direct study with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sri R Sharath Jois, and pranayama master Sri O.P. Tiwari.

Since 1993 he has pursued continuous learning with Masters in India. Having recently returned from his 18th trip to the source of Ashtanga Yoga, Jeff brings a wealth of international teaching experience and knowledge to our program.

Centering us in our bodies through breath and movement, Jeff’s sessions will open us to a new and practical definition of yoga that can integrate into both our personal and business lives.