Craig Dowden

Craig Dowden - The 2019 SDG Leadership Awards Gala

Craig Dowden

Craig Dowden has a doctorate in psychology with a concentration in business and is a certified positive psychology coach. He is an award-winning speaker and highly respected executive coach who delivers interactive, evidence-based workshops that translate the science of leadership, team, and organizational excellence into everyday leadership practice. He is a Charter Member of ForbesSpeakers, a highly select group of 20 individuals from around the world who are “best-in-class” in their respective areas of practice. 

His first book, Do Good to Lead Well – The Science and Practice of Positive Leadership was published by Forbes in early 2019. Called “ideal reading for people who want to make a positive impact in their organizations” by best-selling author Daniel Pink, Craig’s book was endorsed by over 30 CEOs and top-rated TED speakers, including Adam Grant and Marshall Goldsmith. It achieved Amazon best-seller status and was quickly picked up for national distribution by Chapters/Indigo. 

Craig has been a regular contributor to, and featured expert in, top-tier leadership and business publications including Forbes, Fast Company, the Financial Post, the Huffington Post, Financial Times, the Globe and Mail, and Psychology Today. 

His webinars and in-studio sessions for the Financial Times were endorsed as follows: “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.” 

Craig is also the Chief Leadership Officer (CLO) of Keynote Search, an award-winning firm that supports their clients in their quest to Find, Fit, and Retain business-critical talent. Backed by leading AI technology, codified processes, dedicated executive coaching, and onboarding support, Keynote Search maximizes the potential success of your next hire. 

Craig was recognized as one of Ottawa’s “Forty under 40” business leaders by the Ottawa Business Journal, a select group of individuals who “exemplify leadership, entrepreneurship and community building”. These Leaders are chosen using three criteria: career accomplishments, professional expertise, as well as community and charitable involvement.