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Orlando Bowen


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Teamwork Mentor & Former CFL Linebacker

Orlando Bowen is a gamechanger and a messenger of hope who inspires change with his words and delivers results with his actions. Orlando helps leaders to become powerful allies and show up in ways that transform individual and collective possibilities. He is a former football player whose career was cut short by a vicious assault that almost cost him his life. He’s found the ability to forgive and now his work often creates a transformative work environment by shifting the culture.


Keynote Speeches

Virtual Keynotes & Webinars
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Corporate Teamwork- One Voice One Team

Orlando works with consultants, sales teams and entrepreneurs. Through keynotes, workshops and ‘lunch n learn’ engagements, Orlando empowers executives to; Work more collaboratively in their personal and professional lives. His expertise is in building a spirit of resilience while pursuing excellence and leaving a legacy through their work.

In the world of professional growth, the significance of teamwork cannot be overstated. We often emphasize our individual roles, responsibilities, and expertise, which are indeed crucial. However, the true magic happens when we dive deeper, forging meaningful connections that transcend our job titles and go straight to the heart of what makes us a cohesive, unstoppable team.

Success is not a solitary journey; it’s a collective effort. It’s about aligning our passions, values, and aspirations with those of our teammates. It’s about understanding the stories behind the job titles and appreciating the diverse perspectives that each member brings to the table.

When we invest in genuine connections, we lay the foundation for a resilient team capable of tackling any challenge that comes our way. We build a network of trust and support that empowers each member to excel, knowing they have a team that truly understands and believes in their potential.

So, let’s commit to nurturing these connections. Let’s schedule those coffee chats, team-building sessions, and brainstorming meetings that allow us to explore the depths of our collective potential. Let’s make an effort to know not just what our colleagues do but also who they are, what drives them, and what inspires their greatness.

Orlando trains teams cognitively and physically to set goals and to commit themselves to nothing less than excellence. Team members leave inspired to be the best teammates, people and athletes for themselves and their community.

To book team building workshops or give your team a jolt to re-energize your organization and help them find their potential, consider Orlando Bowen!

Students & Educators - Thriving and Empowering Together!

Let’s reignite our passion for shaping young minds and empowering the future. Remember your ‘why’ and know that you’re not alone—we’re here to support and uplift each other every step of the way. Here’s to a school year filled with inspiration, growth, and making a lasting difference! 

Orlando delivers inspirational assemblies, workshops and team-building activities that engage, inspire and empower young people. These engagements are designed to equip youth with practical tools and the necessary understanding that they need to identify their passions, empower youth to develop resilience and to use their talents to make a difference. Orlando inspires educators to work more harmoniously and to fight for the possibilities of success for the youth in their classrooms.

Teachers leave the workshops inspired, committed and ready to take action to provide opportunities for student success. Educators leave with a powerful reminder of why they chose education as a vocation.

Forgiveness is a High Performance Tool

Forgiveness is not condoning an action, rather it allows you to release yourself from the past so you can focus on the future.  And challenges are a part of life. It’s what you do with them that shape your future. 

Forgiveness isn’t for THEM its for YOU! Let Go and embrace what’s waiting for you on the other side of forgiveness.

You  can be present and engaged in the gifts in front of you. 

Bowen says:   “I wouldn’t be able to engage and fully appreciate life if I held on to the hurt and the trauma. Forgiveness is a choice. It’s a high performance tool.”

Platform Plus Presentations

Unique formats and ways to connect with audiences.
Orlando brings his positive personality & an upbeat energy to his hosting duties. He summarizes the key-takeaways & learning's throughout the day to make sure audiences leave the event inspired to take action.

Audience reviews:

  • His commitment to helping others work together as a team is outstanding. Even in businesses where we do things as individuals, Orlando convinced us that we can produce even more together.

    - Regional Director, Investors Group
  • Orlando has such a positive personality and he had a lot of adversity in his life but also has such high standards that helped him overcome and now he's teaching others how to develop those same standards.

    - Senior Financial Consultant, Investors Group
  • Orlando can speak about anything and every time there will be something that will resonate deep within your being.

    - Mortgage Agent at FFM Capital Inc.
  • Orlando's message was very clear and critical for our employees to hear. If nothing else they all got the message of their success being intrinsically connected to the concept of being a part of One Team.

    - Senior Financial Consultant, Investors Group
  • Orlando went over very well. He’s a super guy, was really engaging and we had a good time with him. He was a great fit for the event and I thank you for your suggestion. As a result of the positive reaction to his presentation, we’re thinking of making this type of event a yearly occurrence.

    - Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company

Speaker Biography

Orlando Bowen helps leaders to become powerful allies and show up in ways that transform individual and collective possibilities. He is a former football player whose career was cut short by a vicious assault that almost cost him his life. He has privately and publicly forgiven his attackers and despite all he has been through, he remains steadfast and committed to pouring into others.

Orlando’s mission is to make a difference in the lives of others by motivating people to take action. To inspire corporate audiences who are experiencing disconnectedness and underperforming by utilizing real-life examples and data to show the value of connection and how it leads to high performance. His heart for people and his desire to see companies reach their fullest potential has made him an influential entrepreneur and an inspirational innovator in the business community. Orlando has used story-telling, fitness activities and cognitive exercises to teach resilience, leadership and teamwork to over 300,000 people.

Orlando knows how to equip team members to create and protect workspaces where staff can see and value the power of connection despite any and all differences.

For him each event reinforces why his life was spared and the reason why he breathes. He is called to pour into the lives of those who have lost hope, who have gone through life altering trauma and may have lost perspective and those who don’t know what the possibilities are or that there are still possibilities available to them in light of what they’ve had to face.

When it comes to building teams, creating momentum and employing winning strategies, Orlando is the real deal. Empowering people to overcome adversity, find their passion and to use their gifts to serve is the reason Orlando breathes. This gift has placed Orlando on hundreds of stages, boardrooms and in presentations across North America and has garnered him numerous awards. Orlando Bowen’s story of success and triumph over tragedy will motivate your people to pursue their goals by creating their own roadmap for success. Your executives will know that anything is possible and will be equipped with concepts and tools that will move your company towards success!

Orlando Bowen was a linebacker in the CFL from 2000-04. He began his career with the Toronto Argonauts and ended it while playing for the Hamilton Tigercats. His career was sadly cut short after a severe concussion suffered at the hands of two corrupt police officers. In 2004, while waiting to meet friends while in a parking lot, Orlando was approached by two undercover officers who accused him of dealing drugs. The officers then physically beat Bowen who suffered significant injuries to the head. Bowen was acquitted of any wrongdoing, and just one month before the acquittal, one of the officers was arrested and charged with possessing and trafficking cocaine.