David Hurst

Areas of Expertise

  • Business Strategy
  • CEO and Executive Transitions
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Executive Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Organizational Development


  • General
  • C-Level: CEO COO CFO SVP
  • Corporations
  • Executives
  • Professional Services

Services & Delivery Methods

  • One-on-One Coaching
  • Telephone Coaching
  • Face-to-Face
  • Keynote Speaking
  • Custom Designs

Professional Profile

David Hurst is a speaker, consultant and writer on management. As a reflective practitioner he has a unique niche in the field. He spent twenty-five years working in the corporate world as an effective manager and extracted from his experience some highly innovative ideas about leadership, the management of change and the dynamics of organizations that promote creativity and learning. He communicates these ideas to audiences around the world in the form of creative presentations, in-depth seminars and articles that have been published in leading business publications such as the Financial Times, Globe and Mail, Harvard Business Review, Strategic Management Journal, Organizational Dynamics, Academy of Management Executive, Business Quarterly, and Organization Science. His book Crisis & Renewal: Meeting the Challenge of Organizational Change was published by the Harvard Business School Press in 1995. His new book on golf and management, Learning from the Links, was published by The Free Press in 2002. For ten years David Hurst was Executive Vice-President of a large North American industrial distributor. With sales of over CDN $1 Billion, the company employed 1600 people. Here, in addition to his operational line responsibilities, he handled the Group's Management Development and Management Information Services. He began his career in retail distribution, but soon became involved in mergers, acquisitions and business turnarounds, particularly in the steel industry. He immigrated to Canada in 1977 and, after two years as a management consultant, joined an industrial distribution company. He was appointed Executive Vice-President in 1982 during a tumultuous period when he, as part of a senior management team, saved the organization from bankruptcy during a severe business recession.

Education, Certifications & Professional Affiliations

  • MBA (Finance) from the University of Chicago
  • BA (Psychology) from the University of the Witwatersrand
  • Richard Ivey School of Business as a Research Fellow at the University of Western Ontario's National Centre for Management Research and Development.

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