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About the Bonar Institute for Purposeful Leadership

We are an advisory firm established in Ottawa, Ontario that provides its clients with advisements, courses, and curriculum-based training.

The Bonar Institute was founded in 2014 by Dr. James de Gaspé Bonar to enable high growth companies to optimize their executive talent through purposeful leadership.

Our multi-disciplinary team of expert strategic advisors, trainers, executive coaches and mentors serve corporate, government and not-for-profit clients across North America and beyond.

Our Core Commitment

The higher good of all stakeholders: clients, shareholders, team members, vendors, community, and the environment

Our Core Values

Client-focused professionalism, confidentiality, responsiveness, authenticity, respectfulness, and social responsibility

Our Advisory Board

Christine Wzorek
Christine Wzorek

Christine Wzorek

Founder and CEO – White Label Advisors, Inc. & Chair of the Bonar Institute for Purposeful Leadership Advisory Board

White Label Advisors is a Human Capital Advisory firm supporting high-growth companies.

Named a Human Capital industry “Disruptor” in 2019 by Utah Magazine, Christine Wzorek has disrupted and redefined how Human Capital works within the framework of modern business by modernizing companies like SABCA, Gobekli and Level.

Known for making bold moves to shake up the Industry, Christine has sat in advisory and COO positions for AI Tech, Human Insights, & Predictive Analytics organizations consulting their growth as we shape the future of HR. Prior to White Label Advisors, Inc., Christine was the Vice President of Human Capital at Four Foods Group (now Savory Fund), a restaurant development, investment, operations and management company where Christine led a new Human Capital program resulting in monumental growth and cultural-business impact. Christine was also the Director of HR at Studies Weekly where she built a HR infrastructure from the ground up, triangulated with Operations and Finance; resulting in a robust performance management programs, comp alignment, career development, a L&D program, and expansion of the organization to Puerto Rican and the Caribbean markets.

On top of her impact on the industry itself, Christine has successfully led CEOs and executives through this human-intelligence methodology to optimize their relationships, improve their cultural cohesion and achieve financial milestones. Her proactive pursuit of this a-typical business model has increased business productivity rooted in true, cohesive partnerships with Executive Teams to incorporate Human Capital systems in tandem with growth and ongoing scaling strategy. This approach assimilates businesses to the new Future of Work and its people through higher profits, better sustainable growth, and expanded market share.

In addition to her accomplishments in the business world, Christine is known for her female workforce development initiatives and her work as a dedicated member of numerous boards. As a Women Business Highlight in Utah Valley Magazine, Christine has dedicated her career to inspiring and helping the next generation of women in business. After personal experience facing the working woman stigma, and the obstacles of being a single mother, she has worked tirelessly to break down social and economic barriers to inspire women to work towards their goals of independence, creativity and business development.

Christine is a graduate of Utah Valley University with a bachelors of science in Business Administration with a SPHR from the Society of Human Resource Management in Alexandria, VA. Christine writes for Forbes Human Resource Council and is a decorated member. Her son’s strengths in English, French as a second-language, Engineering and Math make her a proud and grateful mother. She and her son reside in South Jordan, UT where she enjoys running, cycling, and paddle boarding; she and her son mountain bike, skate ski and Alpine ski in nearby Park City.

Elliot S. Schreiber
Elliot S. Schreiber, Ph.D.

Elliot S. Schreiber, Ph.D.

Elliot has a rich and varied career moving easily between senior corporate levels of global businesses, consulting, and academic worlds. His international corporate and consulting experiences, together with his academic background, have given him unique perspectives on how companies create value. He is a trusted advisor to both CEOs and boards.

Elliot is the author, “The Yin and Yang of Reputation Management: Eight Principles for Strategic Stakeholder Value Creation and Risk Management; Co-Founder, The Directors College (2003) in Canada; Co-Founder, Institute for Enlightened Governance, Management & Leadership”; Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce; and a consultant on governance, reputation, and risk globally.

Elliot is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada. Languages: English (native), German (communication proficiency). He has a Ph.D. from Penn State University.

Eric Vest
Elliot S. Schreiber, Ph.D.

Eric Vest

Eric Vest is a four-time tech entrepreneur and is now an M&A advisor to private equity and growth stage companies. He has extensive software, leadership, entrepreneurship, fundraising, board, and M&A experience, particularly regarding enterprise software, professional services, Life Sciences, Healthcare, and AI.

Eric is currently an advisor to several prominent private equity firms, and is heavily involved in YPO both locally and internationally. At the international board level, he serves the entrepreneur cohort in YPO, running a network of almost 10,000 successful entrepreneurs from around the world.

Eric is currently an advisor to several prominent private equity firms, and is heavily involved in YPO both locally and internationally. At the international board level, he serves the entrepreneur cohort in YPO, running a network of almost 10,000 successful entrepreneurs from around the world.

James de Gaspé Bonar
James de Gaspé Bonar, Ph.D., CEC, PCC

James de Gaspé Bonar, Ph.D., CEC, PCC

Founder & CEO – Bonar Institute for Purposeful Leadership Inc.

In a world of endless promotional hype, James Bonar, with his authentic style and aspirational methodology, supports clients navigate complex challenges, and create novel and impactful solutions. Clients who commit to working with James and his team at the Bonar Institute are not disappointed.

James has over 30 years of experience in Canada and the United States as a senior executive in business and the non-profit sector, and as a management consultant and professional executive coach.

He brings diverse experience in assisting individual and corporate clients. One example of the suite of services he uses is the Bonar Institute’s proven six-step results-based methodology which features emotional intelligence assessment, introspection techniques, and the setting of realistic SMART Goals. Interwoven in this process (the “science”) is the art of listening and providing you counsel on reaching your objectives. James is an avid sounding board and impactful advisor.

James has particular insight into the human dynamics underlying practical business situations; he assists leaders to see beyond the ordinary, to discover innovative possibilities and to embrace opportunities latent in the unknown.

John Barker


Senior Director, Thought Leadership & Board Programs – Bonar Institute for Purposeful Leadership Inc.

John Barker is a thought leader and consultant who delivers impactful and actionable client insights and advice in these times of existential disruptions in local, national, and global economies, as well as society at large. John is a highly respected consultant with a track record of supporting multicultural management teams in startups and large and middle-sized organizations in North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East in adapting to major disruptions. John is a conference presenter and panelist at numerous international gatherings dealing with customer insights, analytics, and innovation.

His academic background includes a BA in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium; a Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School, New Orleans; and a Master of Science in Regulatory Compliance from Northwestern University, Chicago. John has the following certifications from the Compliance Certification Board (CCB): Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP); Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC); Certified in Healthcare Research Compliance (CHRC); and Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC).

Our Passion

  • Empower our clients to thrive, not just survive
  • Develop confident and flexible leaders who excel in navigating organizational change during times of disruption

In a world of endless change, we believe human and organizational potential can be catalyzed with shared effort and professional consultation. Our value model provides access to a multi-disciplinary team of experts and tools that lead to actionable insights. We listen, assess, activate, and generate a roadmap for optimal performance.

About our Logo

Honouring the past, present, and future, our logo uses the image of a shield to convey a strong sense of tradition. The shield contains symbols of stars, compass, book and k’un to convey concepts which have inspired humanity to reach for something greater than themselves.

Ethics @ The Bonar Institute for Purposeful Leadership

At the Bonar Institute for Purposeful Leadership, we take ethics very seriously. As a result, we are constantly researching ethical leadership practices and building-out tools to enable our organization and our clients achieve best practises in all aspects of leadership. Our team is continually adopting and evolving many of the tools and ideas that we find and develop.

The Bonar Institute for Purposeful Leadership is bound by the International Coach Federation (ICF) Code of Ethics.

If you have any questions or concerns, or need help developing an ethics action-plan, please contact us.

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