Nikolas has provided tailored keynotes for over 300 conferences, private forums, board retreats, and AGMs. He’s inspired more than 200,000 people to take action in their lives and businesses by deep-diving into the latest technologies, signals of change and societal trends that are shaping our thinking in designing the future for 2030, 2050 and beyond.

Nikolas Badminton Futurist Speaking at Google
Nikolas Badminton Futurist Speaking at Google in 2018 on Privacy

Over the past 23 years Nikolas has advised the world’s most impactful companies – ranging from startups to $10+ billion in market cap to international agencies, governments and investors with portfolios up to $192 billion. The digital transformation and innovation programs he has helped establish has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in savings, increased revenues, and awards. Here are just some of those companies he’s proud to have worked with:

Nikolas Badminton Futurist Keynote Speaker Clients - UNITED NATIONS, NASA, UNITED WAY

Nikolas Badminton Futurist Keynote Speaker Clients - IDEO, BBC, FAST COMPANY

Industry and technology trends

Nikolas speaks to amazing clients about the rise and impact of exponential technologies like big data, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, internet of things, renewable energy, blockchain, gene editing, nanotechnology, and quantum computing.

He provides deep and truthful insights by talking about the signals of change he sees across many industries:

      • Finance and insurance
      • Retail, eCommerce and consumer goods
      • Food and agriculture
      • Smart cities, construction and city planning
      • Automotive and transportation
      • eGovernment and eDemocracy
      • Energy, water management and climate change resiliency
      • Marketing, advertising and media
      • Education
      • Social media, software platforms and privacy
      • Health, wellness and biohacking

He also speaks about many other subject and tailors research and keynote for every client. Reach out to Nikolas today to discuss your event.

More than just speaking

Nikolas’ clients also hire him for conference hosting, panel moderation, event curation and production, executive coaching, product research, speculative design, and strategic planning. He also provides media consultancy where he hosts documentaries and advises scriptwriters to create amazing future scenarios.


See what some of Nikolas’ satisfied clients have kindly said about the work he has done for them, and why they come back to engage him time and time again:

It was a pleasure engaging Nik in foresight work relating to climate change. I found his comprehensive and multifaceted approach to visioning the future and its associated trends quite inspiring and insightful. As the world moves through the coming paradigm shift, it is his type of interdisciplinary and exponential thinking that will be the core skill leading humanity through its inevitable transformation, hopefully towards a better world. Youssef Nassef, Climate Adaptation Director – UNFCCC

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

Nik was an absolute pleasure to work with! He was flexible and responsive from start to finish. He is a dynamic presenter and moderator who provided valuable insights on how technology and innovation is transforming the way we do business. His presentation “Our Exponential Future” was tailored towards our needs and was impactful and highly relevant. We would recommend Nik to anyone looking for an innovative Futurist! Julie Rickward, Newfoundland & Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI)

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