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 accelerate performance by working smarter—with the power of knowledge management. His dynamic and engaging presentations empower audiences to maximize performance to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage in today’s fast-paced and ever-changing business world.

Dr. Bontis is an award-winning tenured professor of strategy at McMaster University. He 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 bestowed only upon the top university professors in Canada.

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

Dr. Bontis is the author of Information Bombardment: Rising Above the Digital Onslaught and an associate editor of the Journal of Intellectual Capital.

Big Data: Don’t Drown In It -- Profit From It!

The accelerated power of supercomputing has reduced the cost of data collection to all-time lows.   The time has come to match our ability to generate information with an ability to learn from it and use it to our competitive advantage.  Mining Big Data and extracting it’s value is the next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity.  Dr. Nick Bontis helps organizations to leapfrog from information bombardment to harnessing it’s power!  During this enlightening and action-packed presentation you will learn how to:

  • cope with information bombardment
  • review world-class cases of “big data extraction for profit”
  • understand the power of predictive analytics
  • leverage data you and your organization collect already
  • determine what leadership action you can take tomorrow

Ranked among the Top 30 management gurus world-wide, Dr. Nick Bontis is recognized by the former Editor of Harvard Business Review and Fortune Magazine as “a pioneer and one of the world’s real experts in intellectual capital.”  Maclean’s magazine has rated him as one of “McMaster University’s most popular business professors for six years in a row!”  He is also a 3M National Teaching Fellow, an exclusive honour only bestowed upon the top university professors in the country.

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 then spend 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 than 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 Gen Xers and Gen Yers 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 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.