Drew Bird

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Drew Bird, founder of The EQ Development Group, author of The Leader’s Guide to Emotional Intelligence, and accredited EQ Master Trainer, works with leaders at all levels to develop leadership capacity and effectiveness. Considered one of North America’s leading authorities on emotional intelligence and leadership, Drew supports leaders from a range of organizations and at all organizational levels, coaching and mentoring on day-to-day business issues and long-term strategic opportunities. His engaging style and depth of subject matter knowledge make him a sought-after presenter and facilitator on a wide range of topics related to emotional intelligence, leader and team effectiveness, decision-making, hardiness and resilience, change, transition, and effective communication.


Drew holds an MA in Leadership from Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada, and an MSc in Organizational Psychology from the University of London, England. He is a member of the Canadian Psychology Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (a division of the American Psychological Association). Drew has worked directly with leaders from organizations such as:

• Vanguard Investments
• Rice University
• Servus Credit Union
• National Energy Board
• Toronto Pearson Airport Authority
• Enbridge
• Alberta Health Services
• US Department of Homeland Security


Drew is also an invited speaker at the Conference Board of Canada’s Directors College on the topic of Leadership and Emotional Intelligence, and an instructor in the schools of Executive Education at the University of Manitoba, and the faculty of continuing education at the University of Alberta.


Working alongside a team of experienced and dedicated coaches, consultants, and facilitators, at The EQ Development Group, Drew and his team provides services such as:

• Emotional Intelligence Based 360 Degree Feedback Programs
• Organizational and team readiness scans
• Leadership team assessment, review, and development
• Executive and management coaching services
• Workshops, courses, and programs on emotional intelligence and related topics
• Video-based courses and other online learning programs
• Support for the development of in-house leadership development programs
• Certification in leading emotional intelligence assessments

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