Insights August 4th, 2018

I’m Nikolas Badminton, futurist speaker. I devote my time working with clients to research future trends in Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Big Data, Privacy and Surveillance, Renewable Energy, Blockchain, Biohacking and Medicine, and other exponential technologies.
Read through and see why I do what I do, what I offer clients, some of my favourite keynote speeches, examples of clients, and the media work I undertake.
Clients with passion for change and a keen mind to learn about the future excite me. So, reach out and contact me, I’d love to find out more about your ambitions.


My mission is to drive world leaders to take action in creating a better world for humanity. I provide expertise in new technologies and promote exponential thinking with a critical, honest, and optimistic view that empowers you to plan for today, tomorrow, and for the future.

Change is inevitable. You have to change, or change will happen to you.
Nikolas Badminton

Speaker, Consultant, and Strategic Advisor

I will help you explore the implications of Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Smart Cities, Big Data, Privacy and Surveillance, Renewable Energy, Blockchain, Biohacking and Medicine, and other exponential technology innovations through:

World-class events production – conference curation, impactful keynote speeches, panel moderation and participation, and workshop delivery.

Executive engagement – board retreats, private forums, one-on-one coaching, and strategic advisor.

Strategic planning – exponential technologies, innovation, research, new business models, foresight, policy and ethics, and design.

Media production – podcasts, videos, social media, TV and radio, and film.

Futurist Keynote Speaker

In the past 3 years I have spoken to 100,000+ people at over 150 events, and millions through TV, radio, podcasts, and other media. Here are some examples of his customised, impactful keynotes, and insights (more of these plus Vlogs and media interviews can be seen on Youtube).

‘The Kids are Alright’ for 3Q / Google

Here I talk at the 3Questions Partner Summit at Google in Mountain View, California on how platforms, devices, and algorithms have hijacked the family. And, what choices we have to protect our privacy.

‘The Future of the Internet of Things’ for Wavefront

I worked with the event organizers to provide a provocative opening keynote at Wavefront’s annual conference on the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT). My talk discusses where IoT originated, where we are today, its implications, smart cities, and where we are likely heading in the future.

‘Water the Most Serious Business’ for BCWWA

Water is the most essential resource in the world. It’s the building block for life, for business, for cities, and for new modes of energy. I researched and provided deep insights and foresight around where we are headed with a vision of 2030 and how water management will evolve using big data, automation, and the Industrial Internet of things, sustainability, smart cities, and future utilities companies, waste water management, and the energy and food supply chain.

‘The Future of Financial Planning’ for Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC)

I spoke on the Future of Financial Planning at FPSC’s CFP Professional Symposium 2017 in Toronto and Vancouver. I look at millennials, wealth movement, artificial intelligence and how advisory services are changing.

‘Artificial Intelligence and Creativity’ for SAP Canada

I was invited to speak to SAP Canada’s employees in Vancouver and Montreal (where this keynote was captured) to talk about the evolution of artificial intelligence and creativity.


Nikolas has worked to change the world with 150+ clients across government, foundations, education, banking and finance, automotive, telecommunications and media, mining, engineering, healthcare, agriculture, consumer packaged goods, travel and tourism, advertising, design, and innovators in the startup world.
Clients include United Nations, Google, HSBC, SAP, Dell, BMW, Telus, Singularity University, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, Government of Canada, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, The Home Office (UK), Automotive Industries Association of Canada, Young Professionals Organization (YPO), Institute of Public Administration of Canada, BILD, Metro Vancouver, City of New Westminster, University of British Columbia, University of Waterloo, Vancouver Film School, Centre for Digital Media, and many others.


“I could not let the day go by without sending you a short note of great appreciation for your keynote yesterday. So many employees have shared with us how much they appreciated your insight and delivery. Thank you for helping SAP Montreal think forward.”
Cindy Fagen, SAP, Chief Operating Officer, Canada

“Thank you again for a terrific keynote and panel discussion yesterday. We’ve had a lot of great feedback about the calibre of the event, and the discussion, so a great success!”
Perry Quinton, Ontario Securities Commission

“Nikolas’ genuine enthusiasm and knowledge of technology and industry trends made for a thought-provoking keynote to kick-off our event.”
Jacquie Griffiths, Director, Labour Relations Services, Metro Vancouver

“Nikolas was the perfect start to the day!”
David Rodnitsky, CEO of 3Q talking about the Partner Summit at Google

“As the University of Waterloo launched its 60th anniversary year in 2017, we were eager to engage and energize our community with a high impact kick-off lecture.
Nikolas served as a dynamic host for this provocative event which featured MIT robotics researcher, Kate Darling, and Edward Snowden via videoconference.  In addition to moderating question and answer sessions from the audience, Nikolas also facilitated a panel with University of Waterloo academics, world-renowned in areas of robotics, quantum computing, and big data.
While in Waterloo, Nikolas also offered to deliver an exclusive keynote for a group of our student leaders and entrepreneurs.  They were glued to their seats throughout the thought-provoking presentation, and embraced his engaging presentation style.
Nikolas worked hard to understand the University and our intended outcomes; as a result, we engaged Nik to work with us as our strategic curator for the Waterloo Innovation Summit.”
Kelly McManus, Senior Director Community Relations & Events, University of Waterloo

“The entire AgEx presentation, absolutely brilliant. A jaw-dropping experience!”
Heather Watson, AgEx Conference


Nikolas’ research and opinion has appeared in BBC, CBC, CTV, Global News, Fast Company, VICE, and The Atlantic. He also writes for the Techcrunch, Huffington Post, Forbes, Venturebeat, and hosts high-profile documentaries on cultural changes relating to technology and our likely future.

Nikolas Badminton talks about immortality on CTV

I promise you that no other Futurist works harder than me to help you create the opportunities for your executives, employees, attendees, and audience to take a bold new step into the world. I look forward to hearing from you and please reach out today.

Cities Society Work

Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas Badminton is the Chief Futurist of the Futurist Think Tank. He is world-renowned futurist speaker, a Fellow of The RSA (FRSA), a media personality, and has worked with over 400 of the world’s most impactful companies to establish strategic foresight capabilities, identify trends shaping our world, help anticipate unforeseen risks, and design equitable futures for all. In his new book – ‘Facing Our Futures’ – he challenges short-term thinking and provides executives and organizations with the foundations for futures design and the tools to ignite curiosity, create a framework for futures exploration, and shift their mindset from what is to WHAT IF…

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