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Optimizing executive talent with purposeful leadership.

It’s one thing to know your purpose. It’s another to be a purposeful leader. The Bonar Institute helps you connect to your energy, focus, and power.

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Leadership for today’s complex challenges.

Almost every organization today is facing existential threats: from COVID-19, climate change and geopolitics, to digital disruption, generational divides and changing laws and regulations.

To survive, you need a flexible mindset that is open to continuous learning, adaptation and innovation. To thrive, you need the ability to turn these complex challenges into opportunities, with a fully engaged and effective team. This is at the heart of purposeful leadership.

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Embark on the journey of Purposeful Leadership

  • Explore our blog posts on a variety leadership topics.
  • View free webinars on impactful purposeful leadership topics.

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Our approach is fully tailored to your needs. Every engagement begins with a deep understanding of your unique pain points and opportunities.


When you make an investment, you expect results. Our experienced, multi-disciplinary team collaborates with you to set clear goals and metrics for success.


A commitment to service excellence drives everything we do. Clients value our confidential, responsive and professional approach to leadership development.

I hired James Bonar, Founder and President of the Bonar Institute for Purposeful Leadership (BIPL) , over 18 months ago, first as my personal strategic advisor (Confidential Sounding Board) and subsequently for select corporate Board members. This past April, I further engaged the Institute to deliver their tailored Purposeful Leadership training program to my direct reports. As a result of our engagement with BIPL our senior managers have incorporated new, innovative and practical strategies and methods in their day-to-day practices as leaders. These strategies and methods are being fully employed by our managers five months after the program ended. I am delighted to report that the results of the Bonar Institute for Purposeful Leadership program far exceeded my expectations. I have no hesitation in recommending the Institute’s program to all companies dedicated to improving the performance of their board and managers through purposeful leadership.

Flagg Flanagan, CEO & Chairman, DiscGenics Inc.

A personalized approach to leadership development.

The Bonar Institute is a boutique consulting firm with a track record of building high-performing leaders and teams. We work with clients in business, industry, government and not-for-profits from across Canada and around the globe. Together, we create customized roadmaps for long-term, sustainable success.

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Organizational Risk
  • Manage effectively in disruptive times
  • Adapt to the radically changing nature of work
  • Manage risk relating to board management, succession planning, investments and acquisitions
Purposeful Leadership
  • Transition from transactional to purposeful leadership
  • Deliver on environmental, social and governance imperatives
  • Embed best practices in ethics and compliance
Performance Improvement
  • Foster innovative cultures
  • Develop high-performance teams
  • Deliver on the resilience imperative

Flexible Engagement Options for Training, Coaching + Mentoring.

Modular Programs

An à la carte approach, where you select one or more options from our comprehensive menu of training, coaching, and mentoring modules.

Integrated Programs

A custom-designed blend of consulting, diagnosis, training, and executive coaching & mentoring that exponentially grows your impact.

Foundational Purposeful Leadership Development

Learn to maximize long-term market value of the company in a sustainable purposeful way.

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“In a world of endless promotional hype, the Bonar Institute for Purposeful Leadership takes a different approach with its authentic style and aspirational approach. James and his team were able to support and navigate complex challenges, and create novel and impactful solutions.”

Josh Garellek, Co-Founder & CEO, Arctic Leaf

“Value, insight, and clarity. Effective and practical. The Bonar Institute for Purposeful Leadership worked with executives in my organization to provide an effective roadmap to develop leaders for effective and purposeful management. A most worthwhile investment.”

Sandra A., Government of Canada

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