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About Brian

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Brian Knowler BA, LLB

CEO and Lead Trainer, Author, Speaker, Coach, Police Officer, Retired Lawyer

Trauma and Violence Informed Leadership
Canadian Mental Health Association

Brian is a veteran police officer, retired lawyer, speaker, and author involved in the justice system since 1994, moving from law student to police officer to licensed lawyer to police leader. In 2004 he was the lead investigator in a motor vehicle crash involving the death of a close friend. The impact of that night caused his life to spiral downwards until he was finally diagnosed with, and began therapy for, PTSD in 2012. 

Brian has published two books about his experiences with trauma and leadership: On the Other Side of Broken – One Cop’s Battle With the Demons of PTSD  in 2016,. The impact and stories Brian heard after the books release led to contemplation about leadership's role in shaping mental health, leading to his next book, Career Suicide is Overrated,  released in 2021, as well as the Capital-L leadership training program, which you can learn more about here. Brian published his first novel Oathtaker Broken, a work of fantasy powered by themes of trauma and loss, in February 2023.

Brian is a professional speaker who has spoken internationally, offering training on various aspects of mental health and leadership for public safety agencies, corporations, government agencies, and educational institutes, all with glowing reviews. He has also been consulted by media outlets on issues surrounding trauma, leadership, and public safety across North America.

Leadership and Mindfulness Coach
New Skills Academy
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