Craig Dowden Ph. D.

Executive Coach and Keynote Speaker – Bridging the Gap Between What Science Knows and What Leaders Do

Areas of Expertise

Executive coach and keynote speaker, Craig Dowden, Ph.D., is bridging the gap between what science knows and what leaders do. Integrating evidence-based principles from the fields of positive psychology with those in leadership, and organizational excellence, Craig helps his clients develop real-life solutions to solve their greatest challenges.

Craig Dowden (Ph.D.) is an inspiring and thought-provoking executive coach, Forbes author and keynote speaker who partners with leaders and executives to tackle their most important personal and organizational challenges. Craig holds a Doctorate in psychology, with a concentration in business and is a Certified Positive Psychology Coach. In his role as a trusted advisor, he integrates the latest findings in the science of leadership, team, and organizational excellence into his coaching and consulting work.

A dynamic and award-winning speaker, participants have described Craig’s presentations as motivating, energizing, and empowering, as they come away with strategies they can implement immediately within their workplaces. Audience members also highly respect the scientific foundation of his ideas.

Craig is passionate about sharing world-class content and insights with his clients. To date, he has interviewed over 50 CEOs of North American companies, including Molson Coors, McDonald’s, IKEA, and VIA Rail. He has also interviewed widely known best-selling authors/TED speakers, including Marshall Goldsmith (Triggers, Mojo; What Got You Here Won’t Get You There), Daniel Pink (Drive; To Sell Is Human; When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing), Adam Grant (Option B; Originals; Give and Take), Susan Cain (Quiet), Dr. Marilee Adams (Change Your Questions, Change Your Life), Barry Schwartz (Why We Work; The Paradox of Choice), Adam Bryant (The Corner Office; Quick and Nimble), and Doug Stone (Difficult Conversations; Thanks for the Feedback). He routinely integrates these conversations and insights into his client work.

Craig has been asked to share his thought leadership in leading HR and business publications, including Forbes, the Huffington Post (U.S.), the Financial Post, the Financial Times, as well as Psychology Today.

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His reputation as an emerging thought-leader has resulted in web, radio and television appearances.

In 2009, Craig was recognized as one of Ottawa’s Forty under 40 business leaders by the Ottawa Business Journal. Individuals under the age of 40 who “exemplify leadership, entrepreneurship and community building” are selected using three criteria: career accomplishments, professional expertise and community and charitable involvement.

WSJ and NYT best-selling author of Give and Take

Craig Dowden is passionate about bridging the gap between science and practice. He integrates innovative, leading-edge research into his consulting work, and his enthusiasm for bringing out the best in others is contagious. It’s very rare to encounter an expert who can match Craig’s engagement and commitment to making his clients successful.

Harvard Professor, taught at Cambridge

Craig Dowden is the consummate professional. He is intellectually rigorous, socially engaging and deeply ethical. His knowledge of organizational behavior is extensive and his research on entrepreneurs is highly creative and important. He is a rising star in the applied field of organizational behavior. He is an extraordinary lecturer and keynote speaker and is passionate about wedding solid science with the applied concerns of business leaders and professionals. As a bonus, he has a wonderful sense of humor and is a delightful colleague.

Investment banker, businessman, investor, and philanthropist

Craig Dowden is a leader’s best friend. He understands what the future of business looks like – it’s a combination of doing what’s right for yourself, your community and your business. If you can do all three well, you have truly become a success and I don’t know of many experts who are better at helping leaders grow into this new paradigm than Craig. He is way ahead of the curve and I’m fortunate to have been able to grow as a leader thanks to his ideas.


Craig’s expertise in the fields of communication, leadership, and organizational behaviour has given our audience the exclusive opportunity to grow themselves as leaders in a wide variety of fields. Craig combines professional wisdom with factual case studies and research-driven data to deliver lectures that are engaging, informative, and entertaining. These workshops encompass the best form of professional development. It is a pleasure for both myself and our audience to continually learn from Craig’s one-of-a-kind insight.

best-selling author of WHEN: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing and Drive: The Surprising Truth about what Motivates Us

A distressing number of leaders believe they must choose between being successful and being ethical. Fortunately, Craig Dowden is here to set them straight. His research shows that the best way to lead well is to do good — that self-awareness, civility, and humility are powerful leadership tools. This book is ideal reading for people who want to make a positive impact their organizations.

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