Steve Foran

Steve Foran

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Happiness | Leadership | Employee Engagement and Growth Expert
Steve Foran is a leadership speaker, gratitude expert and CEO of a company focused on behaviour, culture change and; his own personal gratitude transformation. Steve Foran works with leaders around the world, shifting cultures, and helping leaders and their teams be happier at work by bringing more gratitude to work each day.
  • Communications
  • Employee Management
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health
  • Peak Performance
  • Personal Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Teamwork
  • Business Management
  • Certified Speakers
  • Certified Speaking Professionals (CSP)
  • Conference
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Funny & Comedy
  • Guest Panelist & Guided Q&A
  • Healthcare
  • Inspirational


Steve Foran’s dream is one billion happier people.

While not the typical career path of an Electrical Engineer, Steve Foran began exploring the relationship between gratitude and philanthropic giving during his MBA—receiving the Gold Medal for highest academic standing. Since then, he’s been writing and conducting practice-based gratitude research and teaching the habits of gratefulness—more than seventeen years now. What has emerged is a simple, yet innovative science-based approach to thriving leadership and business results.

Steve Foran founded Gratitude at Work in 2006 and started hosting conversations in his community which have since grown into work with leaders around the world, shifting cultures, helping leaders and their teams be happier at work by bringing more gratitude to work daily—audiences love the process & owners love the results.

His 2019 book, Surviving to Thriving – The 10 Laws of Grateful Leadership, was named 1 of 8 recommended reads by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California Berkeley and 1 of 5 positive psychology books for a happier 2019 in Inc. Also in 2019, he was an inaugural winner of Canada’s CEO Trusted Advisor Awards Program and in 2017, he was awarded the gold standard certification in professional speaking, CSP.

Steve Foran is a son, brother, husband, father and unapologetically proud grandfather. His kids poke fun at his gratitude work (air quotes) as we are heading to one billion with an on-line community that gives everyone easy access to the secrets of gratitude and grateful leadership. He’s a lifelong resident of Halifax, Nova Scotia and trying to do his part to make his community a better place to live.




The High Performance Zone

John "Gucci" Foley

Gratitude At Work and Transformational Mindsets with Steve Foran

The Dr. Greg Wells Podcast - Health, Wellbeing & Peak Performance

Dr. Greg Wells

Steve Foran on The Power of Gratitude

Work Less, Produce More

Dr. Lisa Bélanger

Gratitude At Work

Steve Foran Topic Presentations

thrive - right here right now

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • What are you waiting for? Now is the time to thrive! In this session, we explore the importance and relevance of gratitude in building and maintaining the world-class mindset necessary to thrive at work and at home. We demystify the path to living a thriving life and if you want a simple approach to thrive in all aspects of life, then look no further. Participants discover the critical barrier that keeps far too many people stuck struggling with never having enough to lead a thriving, happy, meaningful life—and how this bubbles over into the workplace and stymies us from being our best and leads to feeling overwhelmed, isolated, dissatisfied and working at odds with each other. Expect to leave feeling inspired and energized with a step-by-step practice you can immediately implement to help you be more resilient, more energized and happier—both at and away from work. Participants will:

    • Be able to describe the importance of gratitude as a skill critical to their personal and professional success and building a thriving culture.
    • Be able to demonstrate 2 techniques they can immediately implement to help them build resilience, feel more connected and improve well-being.
    • Feel a renewed sense of hope, optimism and energy—both at and away from work—and knowing how to recreate this feeling at any time.

grateful leadership - defined, dissected and demystified

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • Leadership is not easy but it shouldn’t be confusing. Ultimately, leadership is about influence and great leaders know the first person they must influence is oneself. In this session, participants learn the Grateful Leadership framework and the complementary daily practice needed to build and support mastery in this new approach to leadership.

    In order to thrive as you lead through change, uncertainty or chaos, one thing is for certain—you must be prepared. You’ll leave this session prepared—with the tools and confidence needed for greater influence and impact no matter the challenge you face.

the key to engagement - building a people-first high-performing workplace

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • Decades of time and billions have been invested and the needle on employee engagement has barely moved. In fact, complacency and entitlement is costing organizations upwards of $2,600 per employee every single year. In this session, you’ll discover how by nurturing a culture of gratitude you will reduce complacency and entitlement, increase employee engagement and drive a people-first, high-performing workplace.

    Participants leave with a new perspective on building an engaged workplace and at least one idea they can confidently implement at work. You’ll also get our DIY Playbook for embedding gratitude into your culture. The Playbook outlines the entire Gratitude at Work framework as well as 15 tactics to successfully build and strengthen a people-first, high performing workplace.


On 12 hours’ notice, Steve delivered for our Atlantic Canadian team. I don’t know how he managed to personalize his message to our situation and our needs so quickly, but I thought he was talking about real estate the entire time. His message was impactful and I see it in how our people have been behaving in the weeks that have followed. We are now looking at ways to engage Steve, regionally and nationally, to help our people integrate the principles of persistence and gratitude into...

Matthew Honsberger

Broker/Regional Manager
Royal LePage Atlantic

The feedback we received on his Keynote and Breakout Sessions was among the highlights of the conference. Our audience is focused on technology and its management yet appreciated and valued the perspective that Steve was able to share in a way that was relevant to them. In terms of his approach to business, he was highly professional and it was delightful to work with a speaker like Steve who make themselves readily accessible and are easy to work with. I also appreciated his ideas that helped...

Jean-Claude Beaudry

Program Chair
Professional Development Summit

As the largest independent engineering company in Northern Ontario, we wanted to celebrate our 20th anniversary in style. We were looking for a professional engineer who could speak about gratitude and appreciation so our team would feel valued and leave feeling good about what they’ve been a part of. While I thought it might be like looking for a needle in a haystack, Steve Foran fit the bill perfectly. While I expected Steve to deliver an engaging and relevant presentation (which he did),...

Liana Frenette

Chief Executive Officer
Thunder Bay Testing and Engineering

In our business, like many others, time to simply stop and reflect can easily get lost amidst deadlines and other demands. Steve Foran’s unique approach to demonstrating both the necessity and the many benefits, both personal and professional, of considering and expressing your gratitude, hit home. The session was well received and sent us on our way with a fresh outlook on the real value of all we have, and some tools to share this renewed perspective with our teams.

Steve Fowler

Director Sales and Marketing
Select Community Funeral Homes

As part of a daylong meeting of Healthcare Managers, Steve’s presentation on the “Power of Gratitude” proved to be a great reminder to those in attendance of the importance of appreciation. Our Managers work in a very demanding environment, and Steve, with the use of humour and real-life experiences, reminded all of us to stop and appreciate the contributions of those individuals in our life including co-workers, family and friends. Steve’s easygoing nature in combination with his...

Kevin MacDonald

Chief Executive Officer
Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority

Articles & Media

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Surviving To Thriving: The 10 Laws of Grateful Leadership
Surviving To Thriving: The 10 Laws of Grateful Leadership
Whether you’re the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, an intern, or a volunteer at your local hospital, you are a leader. Surviving to Thriving: The 10 Laws of Grateful Leadership explores how anyone can master gratitude and create the life of their dreams. Surviving to Thriving offers an in-depth...
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