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CEO has worked with a host of clients, including:

  • The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
  • CIBC
  • Motorola
  • Ministry of Health (Ontario)
  • CAA
  • The Global Dialogue Institute (Philadelphia)
  • Historica
  • Ben & Jerry’s (US)
  • RBC Financial Group
  • Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
  • The National Film Board of Canada
  • The Anglican Archdiocese of Toronto
  • Sick Kids Hospital
  • Sony
  • L’Arche Daybreak
  • Allianz


John Dalla Costa is the founder of the Centre for Ethical Orientation (CEO), a Toronto-based consultancy working with business, the public sector and non-government groups to foster ethical excellence in operations and outcomes.

In addition to models for governance and organizational change, CEO has designed and developed processes for integrating ethics within strategy and culture.

The author of four books published internationally, John has spoken at conferences around the world including the Bilbao Conference on “Business as Calling” in Spain, the Vienna Peace Summit in Austria, the London Form in the U.K., The Jakarta Interfaith Dialogue in Indonesia, and at the Global Business Forum at the United Nations Millennial Summit in New York.

John’s articles have appeared in the Financial Post Magazine, the Report on Business Magazine, Marketing Magazine (Canada and the U.K.), and The International Herald Tribune. An essay by John was also included in a special issue published by the Conference Board of New York, exploring with twenty other thought-leaders the corporate governance implications from 9/11.

For several years John taught in the Executive Management Program at Queen’s University. He is the ethics and integrity instructor in the Conference Board of Canada’s Director’s College.

John is a graduate of the Owner/President Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. In 2001, John completed a Masters of Divinity Degree (Summa Cum Laude) at Regis College at the University of Toronto. He was also inducted into the Jesuit honour society Alpha Sigma Nu.

Magnificence at Work” – a new book - was published by Novalis in the Fall, 2005.


  • The Ethical Imperative. Why Moral Leadership is Good Business. 1998 – Published by Harper Collins in Canada; Addison Wesley in the US. Translated and published in Spanish and Dutch Croatian publication in progress.
  • Working Wisdom. The Ultimate Value in the New Economy. 1995 – Published by Stoddart in Canada. Five months on the Globe and Mail Business Best-Sellers List.
  • Meditations on Business. Why Business as Usual Won’t Work Anymore. 1991 – Published by Prentice Hall in Canada.
  • Co-authored with Professor Alan Middleton: Advertising Works. 1996 – Published by the ICA.


  • Norman Simon, Communicator
  • Institute of Ecumenical Studies
  • Global Dialogue Institute
  • The Director’s College
  • Cattails Multimedia Inc.


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