Dan Comiskey

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Leadership, Behavioural Coaching, Safety
How to Lead and Coach like a Champion – Won two Grey Cups

Travels From: Nova Soctia
Fee Range: $3000 +



Dan Comiskey retired from the CFL in 2010. He had played football in the Canadian Football League for 13 years, where he was coached by over 40 different professional coaches. All of these coaches were behaviour change specialists, and helped Dan become an expert of the fundamentals of habit change.

Dan retired from the Edmonton Eskimos, where he was a perennial all-star and a two time Grey Cup champion. Dan has co-written “The Truth About Success”, “Eduring Principles of Leadership”, “My Rules”, and “Professional Coaching”. He is passionate about injury prevention and safety awareness.

Dan has suffered multiple concussions, a torn triceps, a torn calf, and a broken leg, all in the last 5 years of his football career. Dan’s step-brother died in an industrial accident, and his father in-law suffered a permanent brain injury in an industrial accident less than one year from retirement. Dan has a very personal perspective on the importance of workplace safety.

Off the field, Dan has spent his entire career honing his skills as a philanthropist and public speaker. He has been the honourable Chairperson for both the Canadian Cancer Society and the Kidney Foundation of Canada. He has spearheaded numerous Charity Drives for these organizations, as well as for the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. For his work in the community, Dan has been honoured twice with the CFL’s Tom Pate nomination. This prestigious award is given for the unique combination of outstanding sportsmanship and dedication to the league and community.

Dan’s involvement as a leader on and off the field has established him as a sought after speaker. The parallels drawn between the corporate world and professional football have given Dan great insight into supervisor coaching and inspired leadership.

For the past 5 years Dan has been working in major oil projects throughout Alberta as a behavior specialist.

Dan’s message is inspirational and heartfelt… He speaks to the human heart’s capacity to overcome adversity and the essential mindset that is necessary to do so. In the end any team can overcome the most difficult situations imaginable, but it is our ability to do so while protecting the wellbeing of our communities that separates the survivor from the champion.



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Dan Comiskey, as a leader and as a Member of a Grey Cup winning team learned many lessons that can be applied to the workplace and at home.

EVERY  THING MATTERS is a creative, humorous and inspirational keynote address.

Dan draws you into his world of sports and family and shares the high and low points that were created by the many individual choices that he made.

Dan will discuss how small initial decisions lead to large unforeseen consequences over time for ourselves and the world around us. Incremental improvements become habit forming. All of these choices affect more than just us… Our choices affect our families, friends and thousands of people whom we don’t even know.

We choose to succeed or to fail in every situation in life. The choice is ours. All we need to succeed is within our grasp. There are only four essential elements to success:

1) Having a crystal clear vision,
2) Engaging ourselves through healthy self-talk,
3) Accepting our mistakes – not repeating them, and
3) Keeping a courageous positive attitude – The big question… can I survive?

This applies to EVERY  THING MATTERS  . It pertains to the lot of what we do and choose to do: from safety in the workplace, to leadership in the office, and to success or failure in our personal lives.

EVERY  THING MATTERS will motivate audience members to strive for more and reach their potential. The audience will leave with an understanding of just how important their decisions and actions are to their lives, and to the world.

Safety in the Workplace

Dan Comiskey delivers a heart-felt keynote or workshop for your group on the important subject of improving safety in the workplace. ” You’re either leading by example or you’re misleading by example.”

This inspirational keynote or workshop looks at ways to improve safety issues in the environment by encouraging proper leadership skills and habit change. Dan explains how innovations in brain science challenge our assumptions about habit change, as 96% of safety incidents are behavioural.

Dan delivers his presentation through moving personal stories and experiences with safety. He speaks from personal experience about how lives can be changed or lost if proper procedures aren’t met.

Dan also outlines how accidents can be prevented if you coach like a leader. He inspires both workers and leaders to accept responsibility for workplace safety. This team-first approach is the key to a zero incident workplace.

Dan is an experienced, professional and polished speaker. He has delivered this presentation to numerous groups and organizations and always delivers a motivational and passionate message.

The audience members will learn:

• an understanding of what it takes to be a leader
• a strong desire to lead effectively
• tools to make positive changes in the workplace
• a desire to better themselves as an individual
• knowledge about brain function and how it effects work habits
• an understanding of the fundamentals of habit change
• a renewed commitment to safety
• a strong desire to succeed as a team.


“Our supervisors were emotionally affected. Dan changed their perspective on coaching safety.” ExxonMobil

“Best speech I’ve ever heard, anywhere, any topic.” Supervisor Weavexx

“Dan is a powerful speaker. He also has a clear and powerful message. Absolutely outstanding.” Fima Development Canada Corp.

“Dan was a team leader with our organization for years. He never had any trouble speaking from the front of the room when the need presented itself. He was also a terrific speaker at our corporate breakfasts. I highly recommend Dan as a speaker.” Edmonton Eskimos

“Our foremen were very impressed with Dan’s coaching message. Dan is a riveting speaker, and is clearly passionate about safety.” ACL Construction Ltd

“Dan is a passionate speaker who puts his heart and soul into his presentation. He really cares about people and their welfare, and that comes through loud and clear in his powerful presentation.” Ocean Contracting

“Dan I would like to thank you for the very moving presentation you put on at Shell Albian Sands. It was very hard to hold back tears in a room full of big tough construction workers. Your passion is very needed in our profession and I think you hit home to a lot of people. My crews were very thankful to sit in on your session also. Keep up the good work. I tried to shake your hand but the line was crowd was too large to get close.” Shell Albian Sands


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