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Brief Bio - Steve Foran

My dream is 1 billion happier people. 

I began exploring the relationship between gratitude and philanthropic giving while completing my Masters at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Since then, I’ve been writing and conducting practice-based gratitude research and teaching the habits of gratefulness - close to fifteen years now. What has emerged is our science-based program, Gratitude At Work. It's a simple, yet innovative approach to thriving leadership and business growth. 

I founded Gratitude at Work in 2007 and started hosting conversations in my community which have since grown into work with leaders across Canada and into the United States, shifting cultures, helping leaders and their teams bring more gratitude to work each day. In 2019, I was one of six inaugural recipients of Canada’s CEO Trusted Advisor Awards, winning in the category of Advisor to CEOs of Medium Sized Businesses.

Don’t blame me for being an electrical engineer. You’ll love the attention to detail and be surprised by my thoughtful approach to all working relationships. I want to see people spend more time thriving and less time surviving so in early 2019 published my first book, Surviving to Thriving - The 10 Laws of Grateful Leadership. The book was named as one of eight recommended summer reads by the Greater Good Science Centre at University of California, Berkeley and was included in’s list of five positive psychology books for a happier 2019.

I’m a son, brother, husband, father and newly minted grandfather. My kids poke fun at my gratitude work (air quotes) and my nationally recognized video blog. In 2017, I was awarded the highest earned designation in professional speaking (CSP). I recently created STATUSGRO to give everyone easy on-line access to the secrets of gratitude and thriving leadership. I’m a lifelong resident of Halifax and doing my part to make my community a better place to live.