A specialist in organizational psychology, Steve believes that biography speaks louder than theory, and he presents audiences with well-researched profiles of the great human-oriented successes and failures in the business world, both recent and classic, combined with humor and passionate storytelling.

Steve Prentice is a partner in The Bristall Group, which he founded in 1994, and which delivers professional skills training in soft-skills areas such as time management, project management and strategic management.

logo-uoitHe  also lectures regularly in the Management Development Centre at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Steve is also in high demand as a speaker and expert on topics relating to humans in the digital age and speaks to companies and organizations across Canada and the U.S. The prestigious Meeting Professionals International (MPI) awarded him Platinum Status for consistently high ratings at the MPI Annual World Education Congress as well as National and Regional events. He is also regularly invited to speak at the annual conventions of the Human Resources Professionals Association, and the HRPA.

Steve Prentice on CITY-TV's Breakfast Television with host Dina Pugliese.

Steve Prentice on CITY-TV’s Breakfast Television with host Dina Pugliese.

Steve is the author of three business books:

  • Cool Time: A Hands-on Plan for Managing Work and Balancing Time, published by John Wiley and Sons in 2005, with a second edition released in 2015;
  • Cool Down: Getting Further by Going Slower, published by John Wiley & Sons in February 2007.
  • Is This The Day I Get Fired, published by ManhattanBay Media in 2017.
  • He has also self-published a humorous urban adventure novel entitled Mouth. (More information on these books is available here).

His writing work extends into feature writing and white papers for some global high-tech industries as well as ghost writing leadership books for other executive leaders.

He is also a regular guest on radio and TV across North America, where he is called upon to discuss issues of workplace productivity and stress.

Academically, Steve graduated from Concordia University in Montreal in 1989 with a B.A. in Communications Studies and was valedictorian of the 1989 graduating year. Steve attended Law School in Toronto between 1989 and 1991 and was the official Rhodes Scholarship Candidate for York University for 1990. He returned to York University 10 years later and obtained a B.A in Psychology.

He is married, with three daughters, and two huskies.

Steve is also a passionate musician, having played professionally and semi-pro since the 1990’s. He maintains a blog at, and a Twitter handle at @StevePGuitarist.



As a speaker, Steve has delivered keynotes to a wide variety of clients all across North America. Grouped by industry, these include:


  • Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPAO)
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young (Tax)
  • Famme and Co. LLP
  • Farm Credit Canada
  • Fuller Landau LLP
  • Grant Thornton LLP (Tax)
  • KPMG
  • Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA)
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (Accounting)
  • RBC Dominion Securities (Royal Bank of Canada) – President’s Club Investment Advisor School
  • ScotiaBank
  • Sunlife Financial


  • MMM Group
  • Modern Niagara Toronto Inc.
  • OACETT (The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists)
  • Wajax


  • Employee Assistance Program Association of Toronto (EAPAT)
  • Ernst & Young
  • Knightsbridge Career Management
  • Grant Thornton LLP (Consulting)
  • Grant Thornton LLP (HR)
  • (The) Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)
  • Mercer Human Resources Consulting.
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Professional Services Marketing Association
  • SpencerStuart LLP
  • ZSA Legal Recruiters Inc.

Consumer/Industry Suppliers

  • (The) Canadian Spice Association
  • ergoCentric Seating Systems
  • Hanes Canada
  • High Liner Foods
  • Kraft Foods
  • Nestlé Canada
  • Sysco Systems


  • The Niagara College Student Administrative Council
  • The Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto
  • The Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada
  • The Toronto District School Board (TDSB)
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • University of Toronto Law School
  • University of Toronto Organizational Development and Learning Center

Executive Groups

  • The Executive Committee (TEC) Canada
  • CEO  Global

Government/Public Sector

  • Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA)
  • The City of Durham
  • The City of Edmonton
  • The City of Mississauga
  • The Legislative Assembly of Ontario
  • The Region of Durham
  • The Region of Peel
  • Human Resources Canada (HRDC)
  • Ontario Management Board Secretariat
  • Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism and Trade
  • Ontario Ministry of French Language Education
  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food
  • Ontario Ministry of Labour
  • Ontario Ministry of Sport and Recreation
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation

Healthcare and Pharmaceutical

  • AstraZeneca
  • Bayer
  • The Canadian Cancer Society
  • The Canadian College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA)
  • The Canadian Red Cross
  • The Canadian Society of Physician Executives (CSPE)
  • The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO)
  • Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontiers (Canada)
  • Eli Lilly Canada
  • Northumberland Hills Hospital, Cobourg, Ontario
  • The Ontario Hospital Association
  • The Ottawa Hospital
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Septodont – Novocol
  • Society of Pharmaceutical and Biotech Training (SPBT)
  • Straumann Canada
  • Waterloo Community Care Access Centre

High Tech

  • Compugen
  • Motorola Canada
  • SHL Systemhouse
  • Telesat Canada


  • The Citadel Assurance Co.
  • General Accident Assurance Company of Canada
  • Liberty International Underwriters
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • SwissRe Canada


  • Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)


  • The Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Bennett Jones
  • Borden, Ladner Gervais
  • The Canadian Bar Association of Ontario (CBAO)
  • The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC)
  • McCarthy Tetrault
  • The Strategy Institute


  • Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME)
  • Corus Group S.E.C.
  • Honeywell (Canada) Ltd.
  • Magna International
  • Nord Gear Canada
  • Ricoh Savin Ltd.
  • The Woodbridge Group

Professional Associations

  • Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC)
  • Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE)
  • Association of Independent Consultants (AIC)
  • Canadian Association of Exposition Managers (CAEM)
  • Canadian Chinese Chartered Accountants Association (CCCAA)
  • Canadian Professional Sales Association (CPSA)
  • Canadian Snack Food Association
  • Canadian Society of Magazine Editors
  • Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE)
  • Employee Assistance Program Association of Toronto (EAPAT)
  • Etobicoke Chartered Accountants Association
  • HAPPEN (Halton-Peel Executive Network)
  • Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) Annual Convention 2007, 2008, 2009
  • International Coaches Federation – GTA Chapter (ICF-GTA)
  • Meeting Planners International: World Education Congress, Charlotte NC 2006
  • Meeting Planners International: World Education Congress, Montreal 2007
  • Meeting Planners International: World Education Congress, Houston TX 2008
  • Meeting Planners International Southern California Chapter, 2008
  • Meeting Planners International Atlanta, GA Chapter 2010
  • Meeting Planners International Denver, CO Chapter 2009
  • Meeting Planners International Louisville, KY Chapter 2010
  • Meeting Planners International Mid-America (Lexington, KY, Cincinnati, OH), Chapter 2009
  • Meeting Planners International Minnesota Chapter, Minneapolis, MN, 2011
  • OACETT (The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists)
  • Ontario Hospital Association (OHA)
  • Project Management Institute of Northern Alberta (PMINA)
  • Strategic Capabilities Network 2009
  • Toronto Board of Trade

Real Estate/Property Management

  • GMAC – Signature Service GMAC Real Estate, Mississauga
  • GWL Realty (A Division of Great West Life)
  • Imperial Parking Canada (Impark)
  • Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board
  • Re/Max Realtors
  • Royal LePage Real Estate Services
  • The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB)


  • Enersource (Mississauga Hydro)
  • Enmax, Calgary’s Power Utility
  • Ranger Oil


  • Amica Mature Lifestyles
  • The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE)
  • Mexicana Airways
  • Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG)