Nick Bontis

Speaker, L&D

Dr. Nick Bontis

Leading Strategy and Management Expert

The “knowledge era” is here. Do you know how to survive? An internationally recognized intellectual-capital expert, Dr. Nick Bontis helps individuals and organizations navigate the new world of digital technology, industry disruption, and information bombardment. His dynamic and engaging presentations empower audiences to maximize performance and secure a sustainable competitive advantage in today’s fast-paced and ever-changing business world.

An award-winning tenured professor of strategic management at McMaster University, Dr. Bontis has won more than 12 major teaching awards and has been recognized as “faculty researcher of the year”, “one of the school’s most popular professors” by Maclean’s magazine, and “one of the top 10 lecturers in Ontario” by TVO. He is also a 3M National Teaching Fellow, an exclusive honour for top university professors in Canada and considered the “Nobel Prize” of teaching.

As the director of the Institute for Intellectual Capital Research, a leading strategic-management consulting firm, Dr. Bontis’ services have been sought after by leading organizations, including the United Nations, Microsoft, Health Canada, Royal Bank, Telus, and IBM.

Dr. Bontis is also the author of Information Bombardment: Rising Above the Digital Onslaught, an associate editor of the Journal of Intellectual Capital, and a frequent contributor on popular TV and radio shows.

Transforming Your Leadership & Productivity for Peak Performance

Are you an ambitious individual that feels she has too much on her plate but still wants to blast through every target and then some?  Dr. Nick Bontis has leveraged two decades worth of research on personal productivity that will shrink your ever-growing “to do” list to the most important activities that are necessary for you to delight your customers, impress your team members, and solidify your value to your organization.  Never worry again about not having enough time to do this or that.  The time has finally come to transform your personal productivity for peak performance.

During this enlightening and action-packed keynote presentation, Dr. Nick Bontis will show you how to:

  • Increase your personal productivity by providing the 3 most important actionable tactics that ensure a higher level of efficiency
  • Create a bullet-proof shield for your career that no competition or disruptive technology can penetrate
  • Provoke your ability to strategically manage change before anyone else can even see it coming

Accelerating Collaboration at Hyper-Speed

Is your team just spinning its wheels but you know deep-down it can do more with less?  Dr. Nick Bontis has harnessed the best practices of knowledge sharing by consulting with some of the world’s leading organizations.  High performance teams are supposed to harvest the synergy embedded in all of their members within and across departments to create value above and beyond what is expected.  Help your team solidify its reputation as the smartest group around by accelerating collaboration at hyper-speed.

During this inspirational and dynamic keynote presentation, Dr. Nick Bontis will show you how to:

  • Improve coordination within and across your teams by learning the top 4 drivers of collaboration
  • Orient your team towards the single most explosive secret for guaranteeing knowledge sharing
  • Avoid the 3 biggest pitfalls that make teams perform at sub-optimal levels

Leadershifting and Strategizing Towards Innovation and Growth

The markets are turbulent, the geopolitical economy is unstable, your competition is frothing at the mouth, and you are holding it all together and executing the strategic plan.  As the senior leader in your organization, you know you can’t do it alone.  How do you harvest the full intellectual capital potential of your organization?  Dr. Nick Bontis is an award-winning professor of strategy and the most-cited author on the planet in his field.  Let him show you a clear path.  Don’t let unforeseen disruptive technology make you and your organization obsolete.

During this engaging and world-class keynote presentation, Dr. Nick Bontis will show you how to:

  • Embrace the 4 most important steps for developing an inimitable sustainable advantage so you can drive the execution of your strategy
  • Leadershift your strategic position by turning chaos into opportunity
  • Evade the single largest strategic misstep that will curtail your leadership and execution

Think Ahead! Take a Knowledge Journey

Are you overwhelmed by information bombardment? Do you have too much to do and not enough time to do it? By the 1930’s, all the information that existed in the world doubled every 30 years. By the 1970’s, this rate shrunk to 7 years. Today, all the information that exists in the world, doubles every 11 hours! Information bombardment is the single most damaging threat to productivity. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Why not transform this threat into a sustainable competitive advantage for you and your firm?

During this enlightening and action-packed presentation, you will learn how to:

  • Cope with information bombardment
  • Improve your ability to manage change
  • Lift productivity and efficiency
  • Speed up innovation
  • Achieve industry leading competitiveness

The Ultimate Performance Accelerating Activity for Teams

Employees spend in excess of 50% of their time looking for answers and 20% of their time replicating answers for others. Is your team suffering from the same dilemma? Does your team seem to be spinning its wheels? High performance teams are supposed to harvest the synergy embedded in all of their members to create value above and beyond what each person could do on their own.

During this inspirational and engaging presentation you will learn how to achieve your team’s full potential as well as:

  • Enhance team collaboration and coordination
  • Avoid waste and duplication costs
  • Promote knowledge sharing vs. hoarding
  • Accelerate your team’s productivity
  • Unleash new ideas and creativity

A Competitive Edge for Leaders

The average Fortune 500 Company loses $64 million dollars a year because of ineffective knowledge sharing. Firms generally leverage only 2% of their employees’ talent, which is also the #1 reason why employees leave their jobs. As your organization’s leader, it is your responsibility to make sure that your firm is fully engaged and operating at optimum capacity. Unfortunately, some leaders misallocate their resources. Or worse, some leaders have no clue what strategic initiatives are necessary to achieve great performance. Let Dr. Bontis navigate you towards the best performance you have ever experienced.

Using a unique causal modelling methodology he developed you will learn how to:

  • Understand exactly what impacts revenue and profit
  • Decrease expenses by reducing waste
  • Retain loyal and committed employees
  • Appreciate exactly which investments are worth making
  • Optimally allocate your scarce resources

Selling in the "Nick" of Time

Today’s sales environment is competitive and complex, with businesses selling through many channels including direct marketing, value-added resellers and e-commerce. To stay ahead of the game you need to learn how to sell “in the Nick of time”. The days when customers relied solely on the salesperson for information are long gone. Information is abundant and at everyone’s fingertips. Successful salespeople use customer knowledge as their main competitive weapon for nurturing long-lasting relationships:

  • Learn how to attain loyal and committed customers, with less effort then ever before.
  • Discover tomorrow’s trends today, keeping you ahead of the curve
  • Embrace the concept of “Re” which will keep you current and topical
  • Learn the one sales tool that will have you working smarter not harder
  • Empower the analytical skill within you to provide more than just information
  • Experience synergies never before realized with your sales and marketing team

Combating the Biggest Threat Ever! Organizational Dementia

Baby-boomers carry a massive amount of know-how in their heads and are generally responsible for the smooth functioning of almost every organization. They hold a lifetime of experience and expertise, and soon they will simply walk out the door. Capturing this intellectual capital (brainpower of the organization) before the imminent threat of retirement is a crucial task for every manager. However, do millennials realize their role in sustaining the memory of every organization?  Furthermore, does your organizational leadership appreciate that something must be done now instead of later?

During this dynamic and enlightening presentation, you will learn:

  • How to turn this pending threat into an advantage
  • What challenges lay ahead
  • How to ensure a smooth transition
  • Why various scenarios of knowledge loss affect performance in different ways
  • What you can do to retain more critical knowledge in the face of major turnover

Speakers 2.0

Speakers 2.0 is an offering that is redefining expectations in the speaking industry by leading with the idea that a speech can be just the first step in a more comprehensive and effective solution to your organization’s needs. Speakers’ Spotlight wants to sustain the value that you and your organization experience during a live speech, long after the conference is over.

Dr. Bontis is happy to customize a package that fits the needs of your organization. A few examples of offerings that he has created in the past include:


  • One-page hand-outs that highlight the key takeaways of the original keynote presentation
  • Email newsletter
  • Password protected access to on-line tools on his personal website
  • Follow up video clips, articles, and publications
  • Follow-up reminder in the form of a custom video a week after the engagement
  • Follow-up reminders of tools and tips 30 days, six months, and one year after engagement
  • Opportunities to purchase books, CDs, or DVDs on-line
  • Opportunities to partake in an employee survey
  • Opportunities to engage in a human capital benchmarking analysis


Please contact us for more information about how Dr. Bontis can provide long-term support for your organization.