David B. Savage, BA (Econ), PLand, CPCC
Collaboration, Business Development, and Negotiation Specialist
Savage Management Ltd.
[email protected] 403-466-5577 dbs.sitegeeks.net

People want to be part of a healthy, diverse, innovative, accountable, and successful team that embraces planet, people, and profit. Let’s make this real now.

Savage brings over 42+ years expertise, experience, and leadership in oil and gas, renewable energy, healthcare, entrepreneurship, stakeholder engagement and conflict management. Over a ten-year period, David and partners collaborated to develop 5 companies and 4 not for profits. Since 2007, Savage Management has focused on build capacity, innovation, and accountability in people and in and between organizations and communities.

David Savage works with leaders and organizations to advance their success through collaboration, negotiation, conflict resolution, and business development.


Negotiations and Agreement Building, Business Development, Acquisitions, Management Consulting, Strategic Planning & Execution, Sustainability Engagement and Organizational Development, Management Leadership and Team Building, Stakeholder Engagement, Business Development, Conflict Management, Executive and Team Coaching plus 360 Leadership Assessments.

Getting the right people, in the right places, with the right systems and right resources to collaborate, innovate and figure out challenges together is the best way. And, if that is not possible, then guiding the parties to the right people, principles, processes, and systems to ensure everyone’s interests are heard and considered is the goal.


2016: Savage’s book Break Through to Yes: Unlocking the Possible within a Culture of Collaboration was published March 2016 and is available at major bookstores internationally in hardcover, eBook and Audible. 2018 Revised and Updated Edition available February 2018.

2017: The Collaborative Podcast Series (print, eBook and Audible) is now available. The Books, which include 75 guests from eight nations) are;

Book 1: The Foundations For Collaboration

Book 2: The Collaborative Guest Podcasts

Book 3: The 10 Essential Steps

Book 4: Unlocking the Possible

2018: Break Through To Yes 2018 edition and Break Through To Yes: Collaborative Negotiation.

2003, David’s Company to Company Dispute Resolution Council published the Let’s Talk Handbook.

2011, Think Sustain Ability published Sustain Magazine.


  • Savage Management, President, (founder, 1993 to present, private, consulting, oil and gas management, coaching, leadership, and negotiation training, negotiation mastery circles and leader roundtables, conflict resolution and collaboration assessments),
  • Collaborative Global Initiative, (co-founder, 2013 to present, international collaborative design and systems, facilitation, multi-stakeholder organization engagement, integrative discovery, coaching, and training)
  • Think SUSTAIN Ability, President, (co-founder, 2012 to present, private, consulting, thought leader roundtables and facilitation),
  • Oil and natural gas; Marmac Mines Ltd., Sebring Energy, Vice President, Business Development, TriQuest Energy, Vice President, Business Development, Sommer Energy, Senior Vice President, BXL Energy, Vice President, Joint Ventures and Land, Westar Petroleum, Chief Operating Officer and Director, Total Petroleum, Ashland Oil, Bank of Montreal, Bank of Commerce (1974 to 1980).


David’s applicable experience in bringing together diverse and multidisciplinary organizations, associations and people to come to better collaborative solutions or procedures include;

Alberta Energy Regulator (previously known as the Energy and Resources Conservation Board), David was the co-founder of the Appropriate Dispute Resolution Program in 1999 to enhance understanding, negotiations, conflict resolution and agreement building (or, alternately process engagement where agreements may not be attainable) with a focus on energy development, landowners, and communities.

Company to Company ADR Council (C2C). David was co-founder and Chair. Formed in 2003 with over 100 volunteers to create recommendations, documentation and process improvements to the upstream petroleum industry. A total of 13 professional, provincial and national organizations (including the National Energy Board of Canada, the Alberta Energy Regulator, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Small Explorers and Producers Association of Canada, Petroleum Joint Venture Association, Petroleum Accountants Society of Canada, the ADR Institute and Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen) signed the declaration in 2006. Published “Let’s Talk: The Why and How to Manage Conflict and Improve Productivity, Profitability and Corporate Relationships”.

Synergy Alberta. David was on the founding board of directors bringing together energy companies, regulatory agencies, First Nations, environmentalists, and communities to build a network of timely, trusted and respectful communications and understanding.

Oil Sands Tailings Ponds Directive. David worked with the Energy and Utilities Board to facilitate world cafes with industry operators, regulators, aboriginals, environmentalists and the public to create better regulations and outcomes concerning tailings pond remediation.


David’s recent volunteer Director positions include;

  • ?aq’am (St. Mary’s Indian Band) Community Enterprises (part of the Ktunaxa First Nation of BC),
  • the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (Calgary) and
  • the Heart and Stroke Foundation Alberta, Nunavut and NWT.

David is, also, an active volunteer for the Petroleum Joint Venture Association, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen, the TransCanada Trail, Trails BC, and Rotary International.

David served as President of the Petroleum Joint Venture Association 1991/92 and is an Honorary Life Member. David was awarded the Distinguished Distinguished Citizen Award by CAPL in 2003.

David B Savage

David B Savage