Nick Bontis Profile

  • Nick Bontis is one of the Top 30 Management Gurus worldwide.

  • Management Speaker, Director of the Institute for Intellectual Capital Research.

  • His hands-on business leadership expertise is a true asset: as a proven leader, Dr. Bontis can show you how to develop a winning strategy.
  • Recently nominated as one of the Top 30 Management Gurus in the World, Dr. Nick Bontis is renowned for his expertise in corporate team building and the management of intellectual capital. For over two decades he has been helping some of the world’s most prestigious companies and public sector organizations to improve their individual and organizational effectiveness, ever since he gave up a promising banking career to undertake a Ph.D. in this area.

    Nick was awarded his Ph.D. from the prestigious Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario, taking the University’s highest scholastic achievement award en route. He also achieved significant athletic feats, including taking a Canadian silver medal in the long jump and playing on the varsity men’s soccer team. He currently teaches strategy to all levels of the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, where he consistently wins major teaching awards and tops student rankings.

    Working as the Director of the Institute for Intellectual Capital Research, a leading strategic management consulting firm, Nick has been asked to assist prestigious organizations including the United Nations, Microsoft, Health Canada, Royal Bank, Accenture, the U.S. Navy and IBM, amongst many others. He also serves on the advisory boards of several organizations, particularly those concerned with designing and implementing executive development programs.

    An associate editor at the Journal of Intellectual Capital, Nick has published his work in Information Bombardment: Rising Above the Additional Onslaught.

    Nick’s entrepreneurial experience comes from his work at Human Resources Development Canada, KPMG and CIBC Securities Inc. (where he won the Chairman’s Award for outstanding contribution to the bank). He currently is Chief Knowledge Officer of Knexa Solutions, the first knowledge exchange and auction anywhere in the world, for which US and Canadian patents have been submitted.

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      Dr. Nick Bontis is the world’s leading expert on intellectual capital and its impact on performance and was named as one of the Top 30 Management Gurus world-wide. He helps organizations leverage their most important intangible asset for sustainable competitive advantage. Nick has been immersed in the field since 1991 when a cover story in Fortune Magazine, titled “Brainpower”, changed the course of his life. Risking a secure future, Nick left a promising banking career to pursue a PhD in the field. His groundbreaking doctoral dissertation went on to become the #1 selling thesis in Canada. His accomplishments thus far could fill a volume.

      As a professional speaker, Nick has delivered keynote presentations on every continent for leading organizations in both the private and the public sector. His dynamic, high-energy presentations provide personal and team recommendations for improving individual and organizational effectiveness leaving audiences with the tools, inspiration and impetus to accelerate management performance. His customized programs are a mix of practical managerial tools, rigorous academic research, strategic consulting, entertaining humour and a blast of youthful exuberance.

      As an academic, “Nicky B” (as he is known by his students) is an award-winning tenured professor who delivers enlightening content with energy that virtually zings off the walls when he steps into a room. He currently teaches strategy to undergraduates, knowledge management to MBAs, and advanced statistics to PhD students at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. He has won over 12 major teaching awards and faculty researcher of the year twice. Maclean’s Magazine has rated him as one of McMaster’s most popular professors for six years in a row! TVO recognized him as one of the top 10 lecturers in Ontario. OUSA and OCUFA awarded him Ontario’s top professor. He is also a 3M National Teaching Fellow, an exclusive honour only bestowed upon the top university professors in the country often referred to as the Nobel prize of teaching!

      Nick earned his PhD from the prestigious Ivey Business School, Western University where he received the top scholastic achievement award. He won a Canadian national silver medal in the running long jump, with a remarkable leap of seven and half metres – that’s nearly 25 feet! Nick also competed on the varsity men’s soccer team receiving both MVP and leading goal scorer honours as well as an induction into the Western Mustangs Sports Hall of Fame. As an athlete, Nick received national all-star status and several high-profile awards all while performing in the Western symphony band as a euphonium player. He was inducted into the Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame and is currently serving on the Concacaf Council as Vice President.

      As a consultant, Dr. Bontis is the Director of the Institute for Intellectual Capital Research – a leading strategic management consulting firm. His services have been sought after by leading organizations such as the United Nations, Microsoft, Health Canada, Royal Bank, Telus, Accenture, SAS, Mitsubishi, United Way, the US Navy and IBM. Tom Stewart, former Editor of Fortune Magazine and Harvard Business Review, recognizes him as a “pioneer and one of the world’s real intellectual capital experts”. Nick is also on the Advisory Board of several organizations including a variety of educational-based institutions designing and implementing executive development programs across the country.

      As a writer, Nick is the author of the best-selling book Information Bombardment: Rising above the digital onslaught. He has won international acclaim for his leading edge research and award-winning management cases. He is ranked as one of the top cited authors in management research globally with over 45,000 citations world-wide.

      As an entrepreneur, Nick is Chief Knowledge Officer of Knexa Solutions – the world’s first knowledge exchange and auction, based in Vancouver. He is also Director of Harvest Portfolios Group – an investment firm based in Oakville. Dr. Bontis also draws on his wealth of practical, hands-on business experience. He started his career at Human Resources Development Canada and later at KPMG. He then moved on to work for several years at CIBC Securities Inc. in a variety of areas including marketing, securities analysis, recruitment, strategy and software development. He received the CIBC Chairman’s Award for outstanding contribution to the bank.

      With his unique combination of substance and sizzle, Dr. Bontis is guaranteed to ignite, entertain and enlighten audiences, empowering them with both the tools and the inspiration to perform at a higher level of accelerated performance. He resides in Ancaster, Ontario with his wife Stacy and their children Charlie, Dino and Tia Maria.

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    Dr. Nick Bontis offers a series of presentations that gives audiences access to his unparalleled management expertise. He addresses the challenges of information bombardment, and shows how, properly managed, it can be transformed into a sustainable competitive advantage.

    An expert on teamwork, Nick can show you how to reap the rewards of the synergy present in a team by removing wastage and duplication costs and promoting knowledge sharing. He also helps leaders to see how they can leverage their employees’ talents both for the benefit of the firm and for the employees.

    Nick teaches salespeople to use customer knowledge to nurture long-lasting relationships in a way that can create loyal and committed customers with far less effort than more traditional sales pitches.


    Are you an ambitious individual that feels there’s too much on your plate, yet you still desire 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 three (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


    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 and communication 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 four (4) drivers of collaboration
    • orient your team towards the single most explosive secret for guaranteeing knowledge sharing
    • avoid the three biggest pitfalls that make teams perform at sub-optimal levels


    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 awardwinning 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 three (3) 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


    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. By the end of next year, all the information that exists in the world will double every (find out from Dr. Bontis)! 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 keynote presentation, you will learn how to:
    • cope with information bombardment
    • improve your ability to manage change
    • lift productivity and efficiency
    • works smarter, instead of harder


    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 keynote 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


    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
    • appreciate exactly which investments are worth making
    • optimally allocate your scarce resources


    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.

    During this motivational keynote presentation, you will learn how to:
    • discover tomorrow’s business development trends today, keeping you ahead of the curve
    • 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


    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 dynamic keynote presentation, you will learn:
    • how to turn this pending threat into an advantage
    • how to ensure a smooth transition from retired employees
    • 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

    What People are Saying about Seeing Nick Speak

    Rating Entries

    “Nick was simply put, phenomenal as a keynote speaker for our national conference. He took the time to understand our delegates and intended outcomes and exceeded our expectations. His energy, his passion, and his high-quality content cannot be beat. All of our delegates were thoroughly motivated and fully charged to take action right away. Dr. Bontis had our audience on the edge of their seats!”
    PGA of Canada

    “Let me thank you for helping us make our first leadership conference a success. We first met 10-years ago when I was with another organization in the construction industry and you helped make that leadership meeting a tremendous success. Fast forward 10-years later and your thought-provoking insights, engaging style and passion for connecting with your audiences remains self-evident. If any organization is looking for a keynote speaker that will challenge your organization to think differently, to challenge their mind-set and look to the future of business, Dr. Nick Bontis will help your leaders think more creatively and examine new possibilities.”
    Day & Ross

    “Immediate feedback indicates it was one of the most well received presentations we have offered in many years. The subject matter was fresh, the pace was perfect and your own energy level was infectious. For the duration of the convention, delegates were quoting your presentation and engaging in considerable discussion about it.”
    Ontario Road Builders′ Association

    “Do NOT design a conference program without considering him as your main event keynote speaker. He is, defacto, the reason why any one should attend an event he speaks at!”
    ING Bank

    “Nick’ reputation as a world expert in his field is indisputable. However, the real magic occurs when he steps in front of a crowd. His charisma acts like a magnet and captures everyone’s attention.”
    United Nations

    “Not a single person left the room without a vision and a commitment!”
    Uniglobe Travel

    “Bontis’ talent for forcing the audience to think differently was of great benefit – a completely new view on how organizations can be left behind should they decide not to change.”
    London Drugs

    “I personally very much enjoyed his dynamic and refreshing presentation. His efforts and dedication are already showing rewards.”
    Treasury Board of Canada

    “He delivers true wisdom. I felt motivated to carry the message to almost anyone who would listen.”
    The Strategy Institute

    “Dr. Bontis is an enthusiastic and engaging speaker. He articulates leading edge thinking”
    Ernst & Young

    “You leave his sessions not only feeling energized but having also learned so much!”
    Bank of Montreal

    “He was the funniest, yet most insightful business speaker I have ever heard!”
    Young Presidents Organization

    “You did an outstanding job! The best speaker I’ve seen in 15 years! From humorous to inspirational speaking you have offered a motivational message like no other. You have brought excitement, expertise, and inspiration to the members of our group. Your topics were key in opening the mind with refreshing thoughts and visual gestures.”
    Cascades Boxboard Group

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    Books by Nick Bontis:

    Information Bombardment

    Information Bombardment provides proven, real-world solutions for proactively managing the onslaught of information we face each day both in and out of the office.

    Dr. Nick Bontis weaves humor and personal stories with industry best practices and uses a simple framework of multilevel analysis to show you how to transform this real threat to productivity into an inimitable and sustainable competitive advantage for you and your organization. By teaching you how to work smarter, not harder, Dr. Bontis essentially gives you back your time. It is nothing short of amazing.

    It′s Time to Work Smarter, Not Harder!

    • Improve your ability to sort through all of the e-mails, tweets, posts, instant messages, Web sites and other digital items that overload you
    • De-stress your life so that you can eliminate information-induced pressure, stress, anxiety, fear and other health-related problems
    • Reprioritize and simplify your informational sources so you can accelerate productivity and lift performance to higher levels
    • Speed up innovation through increased collaboration among your team members, colleagues and other stakeholders
    • Achieve industry-leading competitiveness by harvesting the full intellectual capital potential of your organization
    • Leverage key learning insights to stay ahead of the technological challenges that will face knowledge workers in the future

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