The 2015 Keynote Speaker

John DeHart


What is John’s purpose in life? To create systemic change in our society. It is through his company, Nurse Next Door, that he has embarked on this purpose. Founded in 2001 and based on personal experiences, Nurse Next Door has become a world-class healthcare brand in North America. John and his partner, Ken, have completely changed the way that seniors are cared for throughout North America. Rated as the # 1 Place to Work in British Columbia by B.C Business, one of the top places to work in Canada by the Globe & Mail, and one of the top 20 most innovative companies by BC Business, Nurse Next Door has achieved this by building an amazing culture.

Prior to Nurse Next Door, John launched and co-founded a number of early-stage, hi-tech companies, but he left this lucrative industry in search of something more meaningful. After taking significant time off, John re-entered the business world with a mission: to create a leading brand in the healthcare industry that would build upon the foundation of core purpose, core values and the envisioned future. John holds a BS in Hotel Administration (Major in Finance) from Cornell University and a master’s in Entrepreneurship from MIT. He has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the Globe and Mail, Fortune Small Business, the National Post, CBC and MSN. He is a regular keynote speaker and has been invited to speak throughout North America, including at prestigious universities, such as Cornell University and MIT.

John lives in Vancouver with his wife, Gayla, and daughter, Daisy. He co-founded the DeHart Foundation, which is currently building a school in Emorijoi, Kenya. His passions include trail running on any mountain, windsurfing, going to the beach and reading (philosophy and classic literature are his favourite subjects).

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