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David Irvine and Ally Stone


The Other Everest with David Irvine and Ally Stone


IrvineStone - Inspire Authenticity



With their message of Authenticity in Leadership, Ally Stone and David Irvine are a force to be reckoned with. Together they have spent decades guiding leaders to expand their influence in the world and build accountable, authentic, and more fully human organizations.  In today’s world of disconnection, IrvineStone is lighting the way for leaders to reconnect with each other and their authenticity.


David is a widely sought-after speaker, author, and trusted leadership advisor. His work has helped build accountable, authentic organizations across North America, making him one of the most respected voices on leadership and organizational culture.

David has advanced degrees in human development, science, and social work. With more than 35 years of experience as a family therapist, workshop facilitator, lecturer, and advisor to executives, he has developed a unique personal and practical approach to inspiring leaders and transforming lives.

David has worked with people in public, private, not-for-profit, family business, and entrepreneurial sectors across North America.

Thousands of people attend his programs every year. David has taught courses at three universities and the Banff Centre. His presentations, workshops, retreats, and writing won’t just move you – they will get you moving.

Approach to Leadership

It’s important to understand that authenticity doesn’t mean perfection. Authentic leaders are self-aware enough to acknowledge their flaws and grow from them. Your ability to have an impact on others depends on your ability to be honest, real, and accountable. It’s that simple – and that difficult. Leadership is too important to be reduced to techniques, tools, or titles. Real leadership comes from the identity and integrity of the leader. It’s about who you are and how you live. It’s about presence, not position. You have to penetrate some of your inner darkness and face your blind spots. As you discover your way, you’ll uncover your why.

David works to inspire and guide leaders (at all levels of organizations and from all walks of life) to their authentic, accountable selves, enabling them to increase their influence in the world. He will take you to look inward toward the hardest realities of your life and guide you to true, authentic leadership. In short, he is a difference-maker to difference makers.

David’s expertise is in:

  • Sustainable Accountability
  • Authentic Leadership
  • Organization Culture
  • Embracing Change
  • Children’s Mental Health

Best Selling Author

David is a best selling author of seven books, The Other Everest: Navigating the Pathway to Authentic Leadership is the most recent and brings together the learnings, teachings, and wisdom gleaned over a lifetime of meaningful work. The popular Caring Is Everything: Getting to the Heart of Humanity, Leadership and Life , deals with the importance of caring in all aspects of our lives. David also hosts a regular podcast titled The Other Everest.


Ally has been a leader and entrepreneur for over 15 years. During this time she has been an integral part of developing many successful businesses and teams. Her focus is on people and organizational culture. She has a deep understanding of what it means to be connected as a leader and how that drives the success of businesses.

Ally has worked with hundreds of leaders from all levels of organizations. Over the years she has delivered and facilitated countless presentations, workshops, and masterclasses both in person and virtually. She is continually developing herself so she can deliver the best and most relevant content available.

Approach to Leadership

Her approach to leadership elevates team thinking beyond everyday programs and obstacles, building instead on quality in group and individual connection for lasting effect. She bases her leadership style on a deeply rooted belief in a culture of taking care of people she calls “Leading from the Heart”. This unique style of leadership has created a culture in her organization that is admired and emulated by many. She shares an array of programs geared specifically towards the journey of a “Heart Centered Leader” focusing on topics such as:

  • Navigating Change and Uncertainty “Why leadership presence is more important now than ever.”
  • Transcendent Leadership “How leaders can inspire and change lives.”
  • Finding the Right Fit “Why hiring is key to long term success.”
  • Courageous Leadership “How to navigate hard conversations and engage in productive feedback”
  • Mind Shift “How understanding stress and managing it is key to great leadership and amazing results”

More About Ally

Ally is a CTA certified Executive Coach, a Heart Math Facilitator, and a Certified Meditation Teacher. She hosts a regular podcast titled “Discovering Hospitality” which is about sharing heartfelt stories from the Hospitality industry and co-hosts David’s Podcast The Other Everest to discuss authenticity, leadership and life.


“It was a great pleasure to work with David. David’s presentation, personal experiences and valuable insights enabled him to connect immediately with members of The Conference Board of Canada’s Councils of Human Resources Executives. He provided valuable and practical takeaways that members could use immediately. Participants said that David’s session was “amazing”, “inspiring”, and “meaningful”. David we thank you for sharing your insights and look forward to welcoming you again.”

“I have been plying my trade for 42 years and during that time I have been exposed to more speakers (for lack of a better description) than you can possibly imagine.

You name them, I’ve seen them: Covey, Robbins (yeah, I walked on the coals), Leo Bascaglia (41 years ago), the list goes on and on. In those 42 years I can honestly say from the heart that I have NEVER had as positive and enriching an experience as I have in the IrvineStone Masterclass. Never is a huge word but it applies here.

It is all so powerful and valuable. I cannot find the words to thank you enough.”

“Our team spent a full day with David being instructed, guided and challenged in the area of leadership and accountability. David’s personal approach and deep insight kept us engaged and energized for a full day and we left that room as better leaders and more importantly, better people. If your team is looking for a challenge that will make a “real” difference in your business, David is the guy to help you.”

“I had the privilege and the pleasure of attending Ally’s presentation, workshop, at BeX 2019. While extremely well presented, it wasn’t fancy or full of flare… instead it was raw, real and came from her heart. The entire room was shifted emotionally, and it became clear to me that she has a unique ability to quickly connect with individuals, and groups of people around her. It seems this comes from her innate trait of being authentic, and her willingness to be vulnerable in her pursuit of helping others. I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to participate.”

“David Irvine is an exceptional speaker, writer, educator, and human being. His work in assisting businesses, owners, families, and employees to live a life passion, clarity and certainty is inspiring and adds tremendous value to the culture your organizations. My family has personally benefited from David’s caring, and thoughtful advice and my business has excelled as a result of his thought leadership.”

“David Irvine is an amazing speaker. Through laughter, personal experiences, and a strong knowledge background, he captured our audience’s attention – more than 350 attendees including producers, government, academics, and industry representatives – in each of his two sessions at the Manitoba Swine Seminar. The first, a customized presentation on mental health in the workplace, dealt with stress-related issues and practical ways of dealing with those challenges. The second focused on building strong teams through motivation and development of a positive work environment. The impact and value to our audience was most apparent as I watched attendees deliberately not answer their cell phones to listen to David’s presentations!”

“I had the pleasure of having David speak at our recent Information Technology Directors Summit. David did an extraordinary great job linking culture excellence and leadership engagement. He took a very smart approach in adapting the presentation to the context of the off-site goal and objectives. This allowed the leadership team to reflect and have some perspective to think forward. David’s genuine approach and passionate presentation gave the team food for thought in strengthening our culture and accountability. A motivational strategy that can be applied both in our personal and work life.”

“As the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission I was seeking a high level Strategic Thinker and Innovator to lead AGLC through a significant change management process. David worked with our senior teams and the Board of Directors to create a focused and professional way forward for the corporation. His contribution was significant and recognized as excellent by our Executive Team and Board of Directors.”

“Ally is a special person. She has dedicated her life to making the experience of “leading and living” better for everyone she encounters. She connects with people on a deep level because she’s courageous enough to express her authentic self regardless of the type of person(s) she might be in front of. Ally has an uncanny ability to create safe space for people to explore the depths of their authentic selves without fear of judgement or repercussion. That’s why Ally impacts lives so deeply because it’s that depth of self exploration that awakens a new awareness that life can be better. That’s what helps bring lasting change for the leaders she works with. I cannot recommend Ally enough.”

“David is a well-known inspirational and knowledgeable speaker on Cultural Change, Leadership, Authenticity and Accountability. Many of us have been able to witness David first-hand in helping organizations navigate through turbulent and difficult transitions and change. His calming yet direct approach, complemented by his practical wisdom, helps management and staff recognize that change, growth and transformation begins with “them”; that it begins “within”. Notwithstanding all the above, what has impressed me the most in the twenty years that I have known David, is his ability to think from his heart with openness, authenticity and consistency, and to conduct his work and live his life in alignment with his values. His caring nature, his willingness to be of service to others and his humility are genuine and deep-rooted. Our society greatly needs gifted transformation leaders like David Irvine if we are to move towards creating a society and organizations that foster Cultures of Compassion and Peace.”

“From our first meeting it was apparent that David was genuinely invested in working with us to understand our company, our culture, and help us define conference goals and outcomes. Always eager for more information in order to tailor his facilitation specifically to our wants and needs, David did an outstanding job of connecting our team, not only to each other, but more deeply to themselves as well. Approachable, relatable, kind, authentic and positive are all words that could describe David; he truly made a deep and lasting impact on our company and we look forward to continuing our work with him.”

“David Irvine has been working with Capital Power and me as a session presenter at our CEO Summit program which we use to develop the leadership competencies or our management team. David takes us through a day-long interactive leadership journey that engages the participants in discussions from leadership principles to being an accountable leader. David’s presentation is practical and his leadership stories are inspiring”

“Many years ago I attended my first session with David — a presentation with significant personal impact — and many similar opportunities followed. He influences the organizations I lead through my own actions as well as through his sharing at facilitated internal team events. David respects an individual’s journey without judgment, while helping others to be authentic and accountable. His presence is real; he walks the talk.”

“David’s works have meant a tremendous amount to me, both professionally and personally, as I manage my way through life as a father, husband, and leader in one of the most incredible and diverse industries imaginable. I recommend David highly to anyone who believes they are a student of life and career.”

“You can do all you want in an organization about team building and training but accountability and authenticity can only start with the individual. An individual’s values, knowing who you are, need to be in sync with the values of their organization. This is David’s strength – helping us get the internal alignment. David speaks to business, but you get the feeling that he is really speaking to society – we need more accountability and authenticity. It is easy to see his personal commitment to these two principles. His message is very simple, almost intuitive, but so valuable in today’s world where we often look to somebody else to solve our problems for us. Many of us think of accountability and think of blame, of the negative side. David helps us see that it is something to get enthusiastic about. Our work with David has helped shape our leaders and impact our culture.”

“I have been around for a lot of moons and a part of many seminars, both our own and others. We have had various contact with speakers over the years. I found your presentations at our seminar to be one of the most rewarding experiences that we have encountered because of the depth of your message. I can say with deep sincerity that when people ask me about a potential speaker, the name of one individual will stand out and that’s David Irvine. We have a good organization, David, and it’s a better organization because of what you shared… It was Max DePree who said, “Leadership Is An Art.” David, you have it.”

“I was a business leader under Ally’s direction for nearly 5 years, and during that time I experienced incredible growth, both as a leader and a human being.  Ally was an insightful mentor, empowering me to be vulnerable and connect with my Team on a level I had not achieved in the past.  Ally’s extensive business experience sparked a passion in me to build an award winning business, nurturing and growing it year after year.  Ally’s genuine love, interest, and concern for others is obvious in every interaction I have ever witnessed.  I have had the privilege to attend many seminars, presentations, and workshops Ally was facilitating, I always impressed at Ally’s ability to take her experience in business and life and translate it into a valuable and passionate learning experience for others.  I am grateful for the time spent working with Ally, and the potential she has shown me. I would highly recommend her to any organization wanting to develop deeper authenticity on leadership team. “

“Our employee team and the store owners who attended the retreat with David are still talking about his presentation and the impact it has had on their lives. David’s message continues to provide sustenance and encouragement for myself, my senior team and, most importantly, for our store owners. The ideas shared with all of us are helping us navigate the corridor we find ourselves in with persistence and optimism. David is truly a friend of the Pharmasave family.”

“As a result of working with David Irvine, I am less stressed, have a great work/life balance, enjoy my career more and contribute to the organization more effectively and with more energy. The company is growing faster, profitability is up, and my mind is focused, as is my management team.”

“Accountability is one of today’s greatest business issues. Fortunately I have been introduced to David Irvine and have benefited first hand from his remarkable insights into not only how to be accountable, but why. He and his organization embody what it means to be accountable and they have been fantastic to work with. David’s work with staff and independent advisors has been warmly received, and has supported positive change.

David believes that accountability is a philosophy for living, and he has made himself accountable to help others understand and embrace this message. Take the first step towards refocusing your own accountability – hear his message, then implement his strategies. You and those you care about will be better off for it.”

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