Speaker Bio

Michael's-Photo---High-Res-(crop)_-450pxW From the moment he steps on stage, Michael Timms captivates audiences with his authentic style and animated delivery. Michael tells compelling stories backed by solid research that teach individuals simple ways to dramatically improve their performance as a leader. He makes the case that leadership development must be a top priority for organizations that hope to thrive in the challenging times ahead.

As author of the book Succession Planning That Works, Michael has a special interest in helping organizations create a culture that produces better leaders.

Michael is a Leadership Development consultant and principal of Avail Leadership.  He assists organizations develop leading-edge workforce strategies and provides training and advice to help them execute those strategies. Michael has an MBA specializing in HR Management from Utah State University, and was previously a consultant at Deloitte and an HR director in the construction and manufacturing industries.


The Talent Revolution: Lead It Or Lose It explores the tectonic changes occurring in the labour market today, and illustrates how developing employees is the key to thriving in the new reality. Average companies view leadership & career development as simply one of many talent management activities. At exceptional companies, leadership & career development is the engine that drives their entire talent strategy.

Leaders Create Accountability reveals the latest research around what levers CEO's and other executives can pull to infuse accountability into the fabric of their organization's culture to get the right behaviours, and the right results, more often.

What Really Motivates takes a hard look at how well the traditional approach to motivating people is working and explores four alternative methods based on current scientific research. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to motivate themselves and others – at work, at home, and in the community.

Watch Michael in Action

Talent Crisis Triple Threat

Leadership Competencies


Purpose Driven & People First

Don't Hit The Iceberg

What People Are Saying

“Michael’s keynote was the highlight of the conference. The information was a big eye opener. Michael’s delivery is energizing, entertaining, and really made a lasting, positive impression.”

- David Vadocz, P.Eng. Principal, Berkeley Vadocz Engineering Inc.

Michael delivered a powerful message and provided practical examples as to why people and purpose must come first to build a winning and lasting enterprise. The feedback from our members was very positive.  I strongly recommend Michael.

- Dave Kaiser, President & CEO Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association

"Powerful. So much information. Glad I came, I learned so much and want to share it!"

- HRMA Roundtable attendee

“Michael is the kind of seasoned speaker who captures your attention but remains genuine and approachable at the same time.”

- Leo Chow, Education Services Manager, Small Business BC

"Michael Timms spoke to my CEO Forum and did a fabulous job. The content was eye opening and the presentation was engaging. I highly recommend him to your group."

Murray Neilson, MacKay CEO Forum Chair

“Attending Michael’s presentation provided me hope that this process can be accomplished.  I now have some practical knowledge, resources and framework for the application of a successful succession plan.”

Craig Summers, Executive Director, Port Alberni Association for Community Living

“Michael Timms' presentations to my CEO groups on leadership development were outstanding….and exceeded our expectations! Participants came away with expanded thinking and great practical insights. The members felt he was one of the best speakers we have ever had.”

Joanne Sigurdson, TEC Canada CEO Forum Chair

"Enjoyed the candour and crispness of the message."

Shelley Cameron, Senior HR Business Partner, Heartland Generation

"The content was very clear and well-presented. Some of the content was unexpected but it resonated with me. The solutions to the "common problems" were practical and relatively easy to implement. Thank you - very helpful!"

Marni Johnson, SVP Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, BlueShore Financial

"I found it to be a very well done and informative webinar. I would not hesitate to sign up for another one of Michael's webinars again."


"This was the BEST webinar I have attended. Michael did a great job and the information was solid! I can't wait to sit and chat with my boss on my ideas derived from this webinar."

Christina, HR Generalist, Union State Bank

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