About Duane

Photo courtesy Daniel Behnke


As a humorous and passionate storyteller, Duane has encouraged audiences to address their safety attitudes and inspired many 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. What seemed to hurt Duane even more than the injury was that in his haste to “get the job done” he knowingly cut a dangerous corner that caused the injury. 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.

Duane has developed 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 – Transforming Failure into Opportunity


Bio for Meeting Planners

In 2013, Duane was recognized as a “Rising Star” by the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. He 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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