Here is everything you need to help you get started on your event!

Read on to find out more about the KEYNOTE TOPICS and WORKSHOP TYPES that Allan has to offer, read the many TESTIMONIALS from very satisfied clients, as well as download a ONE-SHEET (PDF) and PHOTOS for your promotional materials.

Please note, that as a certified virtual speaker,  Allan is now capable of delivering all keynotes and workshops virtually upon request.  Here are all the documents to assist you with your Event!

Virtual Event Testimonial

“Outside of the usual ‘great presentation’ and ‘I enjoyed that a lot’ type of comments, there were also quite a number of ‘never thought of it that way’ (and its variances) but, far and away, the most noted comment was that people wished that we had given you more time. And, to be frank, so do I. Your style, demeanour and delivery were a spot-on fit for the people we had in attendance. And based on the amount of engagement you got via screen time, I can only imagine what it would have been like in person. Again, thank you for an engaging, thought provoking talk and providing it with the level of enthusiasm you did.”  

Mark Rhebergen Safety Coordinator NCSO, BSc Maple Reinders Groiup Ltd.


Based on the assumption that people already have the wisdom & creativity to confront the most difficult of challenges, these presentations are designed as an interactive workshop to get the audience to share their knowledge and opinions with each other. With the help of Allan, they will learn in a fun, engaging, and impactful way how to be successful leaders in safety and in every other aspect of their lives.

How to Tame your Elephant!

Safety Leadership for the Unexpected

When emergency situations arise, safety leadership is needed to direct your organization towards the safest possible outcome. And this is not just true of positional leaders such as managers, but of all employees playing a role in the emergency. For example: a front-line worker should feel empowered to stop an unsafe act from being performed by a manager. In this keynote or interactive workshop, Allan shares a vivid, hilarious, yet terrifying story about being charged by elephants in Africa where the characters involved seem to take on three different safety leadership roles of “the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”. Allan likens this event to workplace emergency situations and explores how we might better prepare our personnel to make better choices when confronted with emergencies and become better safety leaders in our day-to-day execution of our safety duties.

HOP – Safety’s Next Top Model

Human and Organizational Performance

For so long we have debated the best way to bring safety to our organizations. Well, this debate may not be over, but we are going to examine some different safety models and vote on which one we like best. In this fun, interactive session Allan discusses the pros and cons of previous safety models to the Human and Organizational Performance Model (HOP) or as it is often referred to as “Safety Differently” or the “New View of Safety”. This revolutionary HOP model developed by Sidney Dekker and James Reason focuses on the human element of safety assuming that human error is inevitable so therefore organizations should focus more on improving their systems, processes, planning, and operations to improve safety performance and culture.

Communication for Safety

Understanding and Being Understood!

According to data collected during previous Safety Leadership workshops conducted by Allan, having good communication skills was the main attribute that participants felt all safety leaders should possess and continually improve upon. This presentation is designed as a keynote or interactive workshop aimed at harnessing the collective intelligence of the audience to bring forth the communication techniques they feel have worked best in conveying or receiving the safety program in their organizations. Together with Allan, the audience will examine how communication affects safety in the workplace and explore ways to improve it.

To set the context for group work during the session, Allan will share his personal struggles conveying safety programs over his 17-year career through a hilarious, self-deprecating story he calls “Sisyphus Relationships”. This story explores the positive impact that contemporary “Interpersonal Communication Tools” can have on safety communications in the workplace. Interpersonal communication Tools such as emotional bank accounts, differentiated conversations, vulnerability-based trust and many more are discussed during this session.

Fake it ‘Til Ya Make it…

But NOT in Safety!

In this session Allan shares a hilarious story about a new worker who lied about being able to operate a forklift on the first morning of his first day of his first job! This story then guides the audience into a discussion on how organizations can properly assess the competency of potential hires before putting them in Safety sensitive positions. Allan then discusses various methods of cultivating and enhancing the competency of new workers by focusing on the three pillars of competency:

Training – initial classroom and site training to introduce the new hire to the task Skill development through on-the-job mentorship (i.e., new hire performing the skill in front of competent person and being provided with feedback for improvement) Experience through conducting the skill over and over again to develop personal mastery

Allan concludes this keynote by sharing a story about Free Solo climber Alex Honnold to demonstrate what can be achieved when the highest levels of competence, planning, and preparation are woven into a project.


Allan believes strongly in the power of collective intelligence, and he relies on 2 types of workshops that promote collaboration, participation, and networking among the audience:

  1. World Café
  2. Socratic Circle

Attendees of Allan’s workshops will learn and be given the opportunity to…


Contribute knowledge & lessons learned in a fun and engaging manner.

Mentor Others

Inspire on an individual level by revealing the importance of everyone’s opinion in shaping lessons learned.


Understand ground-breaking concepts & how they can be applied to achieve excellence.

Find Solutions

Discuss thought-provoking, innovative, & effective solutions.


Encourage communication amongst the audience to bring forth new ideas & solutions.

Develop Tools

Turn concepts & theories into practical tools for use on the road to success.

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We will never forget that speech, and the inspiration and passion it conveyed to “have each other’s back”.  The speech and presentation were very well done, and it put the entire group at ease to a point that each participant freely conveyed thoughts and feelings, and actively participated in the following two hours of round table and socratic circle discussions.  This was a wonderful and memorable time for the Lethbridge office.

Allan is a humorous, passionate, motivating, and gifted speaker.  In a new company culture where Wood is actively and deliberately putting their people together with health & safety first, this presentation and workshop were simply top-notch, and I would recommend this for any office…” 

John Lobbezoo

Wood Lethbridge Office Manager, Associate Engineer – Geotechnical
Environment & Infrastructure Solutions