Devon co-founded Social Fluency, a social skills and communications training company based in San Francisco and Vancouver, BC. He is an inspired thought leader, instructor and speaker on advancing the art and science of communication to make a meaningful impact in the world.
Two key events in Devon’s youth shaped his path toward teaching others how to achieve social freedom in all facets of their lives. As a student of Columbine High School, Devon was profoundly affected by the 1999 shooting that claimed the lives of 13 classmates and a teacher who inspired him to own his own business. This tragic event served as a catalyst for Devon to develop a future social skills program for families, which would empower parents and children to communicate openly with each other, prevent youth alienation and combat bullying.
The second event to inform Devon’s work was his diagnosis of skin cancer at the age of 23. While surgical treatment was a success, it left a visible scar on his face, which contributed to a bout of severe depression that robbed him of his once natural social ability. It was during the year-long recovery process that Devon began observing others and exploring scientific research in the field of psychology in an effort to fully regain his confidence. Through this experience, he learned that social behaviors can be formalized, scientifically confirmed, and, most importantly, adopted by anyone to improve social interactions in any setting. And thus, Social Fluency was born to help others enhance their natural talents, break free from the constraints of social anxiety and build deeper, more meaningful relationships.
Devon and his team have spent the past four years developing the science-based methodology behind Social Fluency’s successful training program, which has enrolled more than 1,100 students to date. Social Fluency’s diverse group of alumni include entrepreneurs, C-level executives, working professionals, and youth. Devon’s passion for facilitating deep social engagement has also led him to speak at numerous high-profile events, including Awesomeness Fest. He graduated cum laude in the field of communications from the University of Ottawa.