John DeHart


John DeHart

Co-Founder, Nurse Next Door

John DeHart’s purpose in life is to create systemic change by building companies and building culture. The co-founder of Nurse Next Door Home Care, John helped shape the company into one of Canada’s most successful health care brands, with over 140 locations in North America. Speaking on inspired entrepreneurship, workplace culture, and leadership, John takes the idea of “corporate vision” and turns it on its head, to leave audiences with a fresh perspective, energized, reinvigorated, and inspired to take themselves and their organizations to the next level.

John is also the co-founder of Live Well Exercise Clinics, an emerging healthcare brand that is a pioneer in the physician-prescribed exercise movement. In addition, John co-founded Hartify Brands, a boutique consulting and investment company.

John was awarded the Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2006, and again in 2016 for the Healthcare category. He’s been named to the Top 40 Under 40 list, and he helped lead Nurse Next Door to many prestigious business awards, including being named the Top Culture in Canada, one of Canada’s Top 10 Employers, the # 1 Place to Work in British Columbia, and named Canada’s Smartest Company by Profit Magazine.

John is a regular speaker throughout North America, and has made appearances at Cornell University and the EO/Entrepreneurial Master’s Program. He has been featured in the New York Times, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and in Entrepreneur and Inc. magazines.

John is currently the vice-chair of the Canadian Franchise Association, sits on the boards of a number of businesses, and is an Industry Fellow at Cornell University’s Sloan School of Health Care.  He is a graduate of Cornell University.

Build a Raving Fan Culture

It started out as a simple idea in a coffee shop, and now, John’s company, Nurse Next Door, has become a North American wide healthcare brand and is becoming known in healthcare as a thought leader in the way they deliver service and build culture.

John’s fast paced, entertaining and content rich session will walk you through his unique approach to building company culture that has lead Nurse Next Door to being named the Top Culture in Canada by Waterstone Human Capital and the # 1 Best Place to Work in BC as awarded by BC Business magazine.

You will learn and walk away with step by step strategies on:

  • How to create a raving fan culture by bringing your core values and envisioned future “alive” within your organization
  • How to attract and retain the best people
  • Step by step strategies on how to build a culture where you engage the hearts and minds of every employee

Time: 90 minutes, including a Q&A session

(Hard) Core Values Based Leadership: Why it Matters and How You Do It

Based on his personal, entrepreneurial experiences of building a North American wide brand, John speaks on how to build vision into your organization’s culture and into your own leadership. Be warned, though, you won’t be getting a corporate, buttoned-down speaker. Equal parts inspiration and practical business best practices, John takes the traditionally stodgy, boring topic of vision – core values, core purpose and the envisioned future – and turns it on its head. With a roll up your sleeves approach, John will show you vision with a fresh perspective, leaving you energized, reinvigorated, a little smarter, and definitely inspired to go make change.

Time: 75 minutes, including a Q&A session