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As a humorous and passionate storyteller, Duane encourages audiences to address their safety attitudes and inspires people to learn from their own life lessons. His messages are vulnerable and easy to relate to, which leaves the audience with long lasting, gripping insights.

While renovating his house in 2008 Duane placed a premium on time rather than “safety” which resulted in the amputation of three fingers and the thumb on his dominant hand. The pain was immediate and intense, but what seemed to hurt Duane even more was the fact that the injury was completely preventable. In his haste to “get the job done” he knowingly cut a dangerous corner that caused the injury. Duane’s first response to his injury was “I want a Do-over!” Realizing that the mental trauma and anguish far surpassed the physical recovery of his injury he began to look for ways to warn others of the “close calls” or “near misses” they may have ignored. Now, through the presentations he has developed, he is providing the opportunity for a “Do-over” for anyone who hears his message.

Duane was initially convinced his injury was too insignificant to become a motivational speaker, I mean, it’s just a couple fingers, but feedback from friends and clients began to highlight how well people relate to the stories he shares. Duane has two powerful presentations, one focused on safety, the other on learning life lessons. Select the links below for further details.

Stop Cutting Corners – Safety is in Your Hands

Unleashing the Power of Regret – Learning Through Life’s Lessons


Bio for Meeting Planners

As a humorous and passionate storyteller, Duane encourages audiences to address their safety attitudes and inspires people to learn from their own life lessons. Duane has a diverse background with experience as a labourer, civil technologist, high school teacher, programmer analyst, management consultant and a safety & motivational speaker. He’s taken a lot of chances, had many careers, and learned from big mistakes. He and his family reside in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Duane’s Training

  • Change Management – Prosci – 2013
  • Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner – APM Group – 2012
  • Certified Management Consultant (CMC)- CMC Canada – 2011
  • Worksite Safety & Communications Course – Canadian Home Builders’ Association – 2011
  • Occupational Health & Safety Level I & II – 2011
  • Project Management Professional – Project Management Institute – 2005
  • Bachelor of Education – University of Regina – 1992
  • Civil Engineering Technology – Saskatchewan Technical Institute – 1987


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