Leadership Workshops & Corporate Keynote Speaker


As the former president at the Calgary Herald, one of Canada's most successful newspaper executives, and now over ten years as a keynote speaker and teacher through Gaynor Consulting, Dan brings an uncommon body of first-hand leadership experience to every keynote client. Dan's keynotes focus on workplace leadership, covering topics including Team Engagement, Transformational leadership, Shaping Corporate Culture, Powerful Leadership Choices, Change Leadership and Leader Follower Relationships. Customized keynotes are often arranged to fit each client's specific needs.

What clients have said:

"Dan's keynote presentation provided valuable insights on how individuals and organizations can effectively thrive in tough times. His personal stories and approachable style connected immediately with our audience. We all left inspired to implement Dan's suggestions in our daily work lives."
Keynote: Leading Through a Changing Reality
Client: Jonathon Shea, Senior Vice President, TAB Canada.

"Dan Gaynor totally surpassed our expectations at the CAPLA Leadership Breakfast. The evaluations from our members indicated the highest excellence rating we have ever received on a speaker. Members said Dan was, 'Down to earth; inspiring; easy to listen to, he delivered practical advice and gave us so many take-aways.' I thought one of our members paid Dan a great tribute with their comment, 'Dan's session taught me more than leadership, it taught me how to be a better team member.'
Keynote: Engaging Your Team
Client: Cathy Millar, CEO, Canadian Assn. of Petroleum Land Administrators (CAPLA)

"Dan has been a speaker at the annual Economic Developers Alberta conference for two years now. Delegates enjoy his unique, seasoned perspective on leadership, and go away inspired to make a difference in their personal and professional lives."
Keynotes: The 7 Most Important Leadership Choices; The Heart and Hands of Leadership
Client: Leann Hackman-Carty, CEO, Development Alberta

"Dan Gaynor delivered an exceptional leadership presentation to our conference. His real world content, relatable examples and conceptual ideas inspired our delegates and left them begging for more. The impact of his presentation was clear and left an overwhelming number of attendees wanting him to return for a future event."
Keynote: Ten Commandments for Team Building
Client: Mark Salkeld, President and CEO, Petroleum Services Assn. of Canada (PSAC)

"Senior System Administrators, School Trustees, School Administrators, Teachers and Alberta Education Facilitators who attended the C2 Regional Information Session in April of 2014 were inspired by Dan Gaynor. The importance of their work was affirmed as they were encouraged to work together to achieve their outcome."
Keynote: Leadership and Hope
Client: Paulette Hanna, Director of Leadership Learning, College of Alberta School Superintendents


Keynotes: Please call about fees for your event


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"We have the privilege of working with Dan as he is helping our Board of Directors gain a better insight into making organizational changes to the Calgary Real Estate Board. Our directors found his breadth of experience and knowledge to be very helpful. He has a direct, common sense approach that is easily understood and that gives our group a higher level of understanding as to what we need to do in moving our organization to a higher level of governance. Dan's practical approach in dealing with our issues has helped us assimilate the changes we need to incorporate. He is a very credible management consultant whose passion for his work gives his message more clarity and impact. Dan continues to work with the Calgary Real Estate Board directors and senior management team as we continue pursuing our goal of best practices in good governance."
– Ron Esch, CEO, Calgary Real Estate Board