The Bonar Institute

The Bonar Institute is a professional services organization based in Ottawa, Ontario, dedicated to promoting the highest standards of excellence in corporate leadership. We specialize in providing tailored guidance and advisory services to organizations, senior executives and entrepreneurs, both nationally and internationally. Our services focus on the areas of business strategies and leadership risk mitigation, leadership development and training, and executive coaching. We offer a broad range of leading-edge programs that are customized to meet the unique needs of our clients.

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The only moment to be alive is the present moment.


-  Thich Nhat Hanh

James de Gaspé Bonar, Ph.D., CEC, ACC<br>
Founder & Principal

James de Gaspé Bonar, Ph.D.

Founder & Principal

  • Former CEO, senior executive
  • ICF Certified Executive Coach, Mentor, Consultant
  • Earned Ph.D., Université de Montréal
  • Public speaker
  • Taught at a Number of Canadian Universities
  • Fluently Bilingual (English and French)

Dr. Bonar has 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 executive and corporate clients. Dr. Bonar has particular insight into the human dynamics underlying practical business situations; he assists leaders to see beyond the ordinary, to discover new possibilities and to embrace the extraordinary.