• IrvineStone

    Inspire Authenticity

CREATING COMMUNITY TOGETHER

IrvineStone is a boutique leadership development firm that inspires authenticity in leaders, enabling them to amplify their impact with those they love and serve.  

With a focus on authenticity in leadership, partners Ally Stone and David Irvine are a force to be reckoned with. IrvineStone blends more than a decade of Ally’s authentic leadership development skills with David’s thirty years of experience as a thought leader, best-selling author, and trusted leadership advisor. Together, they offer the very best in personal, leadership, and cultural development by teaching others how to lead the authentic way. 

What does it mean to lead the authentic way?  

The world needs leaders who are committed to: 

  • substance over the superficial 
  • character over charisma  
  • service over self-interest 

We need authentic leaders — people whose inner compass guides their actions and who inspire trust. People who create clarity, belonging, and vulnerability — THAT’s authentic. Learn more about what it means to live and lead with authenticity.  

ABOUT DAVID

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. He 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 adviser to executives, David has developed a unique, personal, and practical approach to inspiring leaders and transforming lives. 

David is a bestselling author of seven books, with over 300,000 copies sold worldwide. As a former nationally ranked distance runner, he also maintains an active lifestyle of yoga, boxing, and hiking. David lives with his wife in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in western Canada. 

ABOUT ALLY

A leader in the hospitality industry, Ally has built over 15 successful businesses. Her leadership style is based on taking care of people by “Leading from the Heart”. This unique style of leadership has created a culture in her organization that is now admired and emulated by many. For over a decade, Ally has developed and facilitated countless workshops and seminars. She compliments David’s skills with diverse experiences, having worked with and developed leaders from all levels of organizations and across many industries. Together, David and Ally deliver deeply engaging, impactful sessions. 

Ally is also a certified meditation teacher who spends time discovering the spaces between her thoughts. She loves yoga, biking, hiking, and spending time with her two dogs. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta with Chris, her husband of 20 years. 

Offerings at IrvineStone – Inspire Authenticity

REVIEWS

“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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