Nikolas is a Futurist Speaker, Researcher, Designer and Influencer with over 35 years of experience. He has provided keynotes, consultancy, research, design, event and media production to some of the most impactful organizations and governments in the world.
Clients include, the United Nations, NASA, UK Home Office, Government of Canada, Government of the Cayman Islands, Google, Bayer CropSciences, HSBC, SAP, Dell, BMW, Telus, T-Mobile, O2 (UK and Ireland), Singularity University, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Deloitte, Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Automotive Industries Association of Canada, Young Professionals Organization (YPO), Institute of Public Administration of Canada, University of British Columbia, University of Waterloo, the Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario and many more.
He provides a wide range of services, including insightful and impactful keynotes, conference hosting, research and design, strategic planning and advice, and media production.
Read more about these below, see the testimonials from satisfied clients, and please reach out to book Nikolas to discuss your biggest challenges.
Insightful and Impactful Keynotes
Nikolas has delighted more than 200,000 people at over 300 events with his keynotes that deliver insights, humour and guidance. He has also connected with millions through TV, media and radio, and continues to do so.
Nikolas’ tailored keynotes cover some of the most essential topics, including Artificial Intelligence and automation; the future of work, sharing economy and organizational change; education; mobility, transportation, and the automotive industry; climate change and renewable energy; smart cities and the Internet of Things; blockchain and cryptocurrencies; biohacking and medicine; human-centred design; creativity and innovation; and predictions for 2019, 2030, 2050, and beyond.
Nikolas’ connection with speakers and audiences extends beyond just providing insightful and impactful keynotes into hosting your conference. Through years of producing and hosting his own events he can help you select the best speakers, panelists, and agenda for your conference to ignite curiosity and thinking.
Research and Design
Nikolas’ research and opinion has appeared on the BBC, Fast Company, VICE, CBC, CTV, Global News, Globe & Mail, and The Atlantic. He has written for the Techcrunch, Huffington Post, Forbes, Venturebeat. He is currently the host on CTV’s Future Fridays broadcasting nationally in Canada. In addition, he works with clients to design how the new world will look using design fiction, design thinking, and foresight mapping.
Strategic Planning and Advice
The world’s most innovative companies (from startups to $10+ billion), investors ($140+ billion), and governments look to Nikolas for inspiration and advice.
Research and Planning – Key strategic foresight projects will help you anticipate for 5, 10, and 20 years into the future. And, targeted research projects will provide a solid view of where your strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats are today. In addition, he can help you create foresight capabilities, a culture of innovation, new business models, and regulation, policy and ethics frameworks.
Executive Advisement – Tailored presentations to meet the needs of AGMs, board retreats, and private forums. One-on-one coaching, and strategic advisement for CEOs and senior executives.
Government Advisement – Planning and deployment of predictive government capabilities and foresight functions, policy and regulation change, and citizen engagement.
Nikolas helps organizations and governments with employee, customer, and citizen engagement by creating compelling content for podcasts, videos, social media, TV and radio, and film.
Recently, Nikolas worked on two documentaries – one as the host of a feature-length documentary film for the CBC called SMART DRUGS, and one as a Futurist Advisor for an eight-part series on Artificial Intelligence for an A-list Hollywood celebrity and major network.
Nikolas also appears on Canadian national on Global News, and on CTV where he hosts a monthly future-focused discussion called Future Fridays.
Nikolas is also in the process of writing a graphic novel based in New Seattle in 2083.
See what some of Nikolas’ satisfied clients have kindly said about the work he has done for them, and why they come back to book him time and time again:
“Your role as a speaker delivered powerful insights into the challenges, opportunities and importance of understanding the technology that will move our industry, and our world, into the future. Your immense contributions can only enhance the understanding needed to tackle the issues that we continue to encounter together. We greatly appreciate your efforts.” Darren Wallis, Vice President, North America Communications, Bayer Crop Science
“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
“The entire AgEx presentation, absolutely brilliant. A jaw-dropping experience!” – Heather Watson, Agricultural Excellence Conference
“Nik did a great job – he brought high-energy to start the event. Members were definitely interested in what he was saying – you could tell by looking around the room that everyone was paying attention and not fussing with their smartphones!” – Lisa Barata, WESTAC
“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 their 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
“Adding Nik’s insights and considerable expertise to our first ever FutureBiz Penticton: Economic Outlook Forum was an excellent choice for our event. Nik provided a comprehensive overview of the challenges and opportunities facing businesses in today’s age of accelerated change – both topics that are not easily condensed. Working with Nik was a pleasure and we would be happy to have him back again in future.” – Jennifer Vincent, Penticton Economic Development
“Nik opened the conference with an energetic and fascinating presentation that set the stage and the enthusiasm for the rest of the conference. He was a subject matter expert on the topic of the future of innovation, technology and the workplace. His delivery captured the audience and generated a great deal of thought.” – Ted Herman, Director of HR, FLUOR, and Director, Engineering Human Resources Association
“If even 10% more humans thought about the future the way you do, we might actually survive it.” – Rachel Gertz, Founder, Louder Than Ten