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.
As author of the book Succession Planning That Works, and his latest book How Leaders Can Inspire Accountability, Michael has a special interest in identifying the specific leadership behaviors that produce the greatest positive impact on people and results, and teaching leaders how to adopt those behaviors.
Michael is a leadership development consultant and principal of Avail Leadership. Prior to forming his own consultancy, Michael was a consultant with Deloitte and an HR leader in the construction and manufacturing industries.
When Michael is not helping leaders improve their game, he enjoys spending time with his family and going on challenging outdoor adventures in remote wilderness locations.
What People Are Saying
“Michael has earned the reputation as one of MacKay CEO Forums’ highest rated and most sought after speakers for his thought-provoking content and engaging delivery. I highly recommend Michael as a speaker.” ~ Nancy MacKay, PhD, Founder & Board Member, MacKay CEO Forums
"Michael knocked it out of the park with his meaningful and impactful content combined with a powerful delivery. His message is as important today as The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was in its time. I would highly recommend Michael as a speaker." ~ Debbie Wershler, President, BOWEN Group
"Michael's Inspiring Accountability presentation resonated with our Board and the Senior Management teams of our diverse group of companies so much that we are bringing him back to share his message with the next level of leaders." ~ Jessica LaCroix, VP HR, General Counsel & Secretary, Coril Holdings
“As a MacKay CEO Forum chair and as a professional speaker myself, my expectations of speakers are high. Michael was simply awesome.” ~ Larry Ohlhauser, MacKay CEO Forum Chair
"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
“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.
"Powerful. So much information. Glad I came, I learned so much and want to share it!"
~ CPHR BC 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
"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
"I recently participated in your webinar titled “How to Build a World Class Leadership & Career Development Program” and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought your presentation style was very engaging and everything you shared seems to really make sense when looking at applying it to the real world."
~ Trish Kroeger, HR & Talent Development Advisor, Winfield United
“Like others, I was somewhat hesitant to move our leadership development workshop from an in-person experience to a virtual Zoom meeting. I can honestly say, I’ve been very impressed. Michael uses activities and discussions throughout the workshop to engage all participants. I’ve even found the breakout sessions to be even more efficient than an in-person experience. Overall, I’m looking forward to our next sessions and I know our management is as well.”
~ Paul Taylor, VP People & Culture, Purdys Chocolatier
"The feedback from the group was more than positive and they all agreed that it would be great to get you back again - for the 3rd time! Clearly, you are their favorite guest speaker."
~ Heidi Hamilton, Mackay CEO Forum Chair
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.
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.