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David B Savage

David B Savage, host of  Break Through to Yes,  is founder and President of Savage Management Ltd., Think Sustain Ability Consultants and The Collaborative Global Initiative.

Savage’s book Break Through to Yes: Unlocking the Possible within a Culture of Collaboration published worldwide March 22, 2016. His co-shared book, Ready Aim Excel: 52 Leadership Lessons, is an international business bestseller on Amazon. 

Savage Management Ltd. (founded in 1993) provides consulting, negotiation, conflict management, organizational development, stakeholder engagement, coaching and collaborative leadership services.                        

“David Savage is deeply insightful and highly intuitive. He is a skilled and highly regarded practitioner with a strong sense of ethics and values. He has a profound commitment to personal and organizational transformation and can be counted on to be honest, resourceful and supportive. I recommend him highly.” Ken Cloke, Founder Mediators Beyond Borders

The Collaborative Global Initiative (founded in 2013, is a global community of collaborative and dispute resolution professionals, located in Canada, the United States, and the Netherlands. CGI is committed to addressing and embracing conflict, and supporting a more peaceable, healthy and sustainable living environment in families, communities, business and our world. Think Sustain Ability assists companies build their culture to serve our future. David brings 40 years of professional negotiation, business development, organizational development and agreement building expertise, 30 years of facilitation and 20 years of alternative dispute resolution experience. He is committed to building capacity for parties to negotiate, collaborate and reach agreements that serve the business, the community and the environment.

“David brings rare qualities to his work with any group. His focused presence quietly draws others in the room to attention and intention. David’s genuine curiosity, open mind and rigorous belief that a diverse group of people can bring their honest best to any (difficult) task, sets a tone that makes that not only possible, but likely.” Gary Ockenden, Columbia Basin Trust


Clients include executives and organizations involved in oil and gas, aboriginal and community economic development, conflict management, community, renewable energy, law, resort management, not for profits and primary health care.  Savage’s clients are organizations that have strong leadership committed to actively developing their people and their objectives by positive leadership, collaboration, stakeholder engagement, conflict management and business development. Our clients have real and current challenges within and without their organizations that are adversely affecting attainment of their objectives. They lead by designing their own culture, commitments and accountabilities.

“David is a brilliant leader who is the expert when it comes to understanding the power of collaboration and creating an open culture/ open door environment for all. His ability to share information, target the needs of the audience, and engage their perspective was seamless. He not only shared ideas for action but had us create intentions based on the learning we took in. His authentic voice combined with insight on how to navigate the murky waters made a huge impact. Looking forward to your new book!” Denise Baril, Founder, Workplace Speaker Network


David is, also, a cofounder of the Company to Company Dispute Resolution Council (2003, ), the Alberta Energy Regulator Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (1999), the Global Negotiation Insight Institute (2008) and Synergy Alberta (2004, ). After a successful thirty-two-year career as a leader in the Canadian petroleum industry, since 2007 David has focussed on engaging and developing collaborative leaders and sustainable business development. David is past Chair of the Rosen Lake Ratepayers Association and has been very involved in bringing together diverse interests to focus on collaborative agreements on lakeshore and lake environmental protection that, also, respects the diversity of interest groups. The Columbia Valley Recreation Advisory Committee, facilitated by David, brought together conflicting interests to make recommendations to the governmental authorities on land use policy. David is a past Director of the Explorers and Producers Association.

David’s volunteer board positions include ?aq’am (St. Mary’s Indian Band) Community Enterprises (part of the Ktunaxa First Nation of BC) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation Alberta, Nunavut and NWT.  David, also, is an active volunteer for the TransCanada Trail, Trails BC, Rotary and the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.


“My experience with you as my Coach was outstanding. You kept my feet to the fire on the tasks I said I was going to do, not letting me slip away or distract you from calling me on them. You shared some stories of how you tackled various situations which I so appreciated, and you provided me with genuine support including a belief in me – my abilities to take on what I said I wanted to do. My experience in working with you was powerful.” Dianne McCoy, Spiral Effects Coaching