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Jim Harris


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Disruptive Innovation & Organizational Change Expert

Jim Harris is one of North America’s foremost management consultants, authors and thinkers on disruptive innovation, change and leadership. His presentations and consulting work have helped companies anticipate change and adjust to and stay ahead of emerging market trends.

Keynote Speeches

Virtual Keynotes & Webinars

Jim Harris appears live from his home/studio to your screens for your next virtual conference, meeting or webinar, to bring his experienced insights into Disruptive Innovation, Creativity and our Digital Future, and more. He’ll customize to your group and engage in Q&A

Surviving & Pivoting Amid COVID-19

Pivot your business model to survive and thrive amid COVID-19

How you can pivot your business model in this unprecedented time? For many people, the COVID-19 pandemic – combined with factors of isolation and economic uncertainty – has created a surge of and fear anxiety. To help business leaders navigate their concerns surrounding COVID-19, Jim Harris presents his “Surviving & Thriving Amid COVID-19” webinar. Complete with a comprehensive summary of tactics that businesses can employ right now, and an overview of firms that have successfully pivoted their business model, participants will leave Jim’s webinar prepared to explore and adapt in this unprecedented time.

Key takeaways:

  1. Business model and process innovation are more valuable than product innovation. How are you innovating your business?
  2. In light of accelerating innovations like 3D printing, Zoom video conferencing, Drone home deliveries and more, what will the implications and opportunities be for your business?
  3. Knowing that analytical thinking, active learning and creativity are the top 3 skills needed by 2022 by the World Economic Forum, what can you be doing to help your clients in these areas? 

    Sample presentation below, with a webinar format only with slides, but Jim can customize to a live video session as well:

    Surviving & Thriving Amid COVID-19 – Jim Harris

Leadership Strategies and Insights

History has taught us that only 10% of organizations become breakthrough performers during a period of economic challenge. Futurist Jim Carroll has carefully studied the strategies they pursue, the concepts that drive them, and the actions they take to become a success in this complex new world.

It’s timely and critical insight! Recovery oriented CEO’s and senior executives understand that in
addition to managing existing challenges, right now is the time to focus on strategies that align to our complex new reality in order to achieve growth and pursue opportunity. They know that they need to act quickly to establish an innovative mindset with their team in order to get there quickly.

In this interactive keynote, Jim provides his unique insight on staying ahead in volatile times. A culture that has everyone thinking about what can be done going forward rather than looking back. A solutions oriented mindset in which people are thinking less about the problems that have occurred, and more about the innovative strategies that could be pursued. A leadership style and mindset that takes on volatility as a form of innovation oxygen, complexity as a foundation for action, uncertainty as the platform for disruption and ambiguity as the clarity for stifling aggressive indecision.

Thriving in the Era of Disruptive Innovation

Technology is changing faster than ever before. How can leaders keep up and keep their organizations relevant? In this thought-provoking talk Jim discusses disruptive innovation and why being on the forefront of technology is only the beginning of it. Netflix changed the way people watch TV. Uber changed the way people get around. Amazon changed the way people buy things. Jim looks at the forces that are disrupting companies and industries and presents strategies for preventing it.

Key Takeaways:
• The three key strategies for mitigating risk in our era of disruptive innovation.
• How disruptive innovations impact other trends to amplify the effect on organizations & industries.


Collaboration & Engagement

Who is in charge of Wikipedia? No one. And yet more than 100 million of hours of labour have been invested by volunteers in creating the content. Most people believe that companies use less than 50% of the skills and motivation of employees. This is the challenge for organizations: unleashing the full potential of people. With millions of baby boomers retiring from the workforce over the next decade, new ways of engaging employees in collaborating will be essential for companies. How can organizations unleash more talent, creativity and innovation in their organization?

Key Takeaways:
• New strategies leaders can use to better engage all people within their enterprise.


Most organizations need to innovate – but no one wants to change! It’s the paradox of our time. A staggering 88% of CEOs say that innovation is essential to growth and profitability, but only 33% are happy with the results that they’re getting. But innovation doesn’t just happen on its own. Jim has worked with Fortune 500 companies worldwide, India’s top 200 CIOs and the UK Cabinet Office’s top management program teaching innovation, creativity change, and why innovation is essential to for 21st-century organizations.

Customized Presentations

Jim also offers customized presentations on smart technology and more. View a full list of his presentations here.

Platform Plus Presentations

Unique formats and ways to connect with audiences.
Workshop or Keynote | Futurist: Trends that Are Changing Your Business
For over 25 years, Jim Harris has been helping organizations focus on the future. He was honoured to be the closing keynote speaker for the World Future Society conference which brings together the leading futurists from around the globe. He will customize his presentation for your organization and industry that will have people talking, thinking and acting differently long after your event.
Social Influencer | Twitter
With over 250,000 followers on twitter, Jim is one of the leading voices promoting conversation around innovation. Brands & organizations frequently bring Jim on to drive conversations at events around the world where he’s frequently named on of the top-influencers. In 2017 he was named the top influencer at the prestigious Consumer Electronics Show (CES) according to onalytica.

Audience reviews:

  • As opening speaker and workshop leader, you set the appropriate tone for an institute designed for the professional development of senior leaders in the health care system. Your approach to the topic was - in all aspects - at a high professional level which was reflected in a high approval rating by the participants. You have excellent communication skills which, coupled with you infectious enthusiasm, have resulted in an outstanding beginning for our traditional Leadership Institute.

    - Canadian College of Health Service Executives
  • As if the enthusiastic response of our audience wasn't enough, the results of our post conference survey are conclusive: you were a major hit! In fact, the response of 2,000 delegates closely paralleled my own assessment: the content was on target, the presentation superlative.

    - President, Mackenzie Financial
  • He made the presentation very relatable for the entire audience. I was very pleased with the amount of work he put in before hand, the definition of knowing your audience!

    - Organizational Development Specialist, The City of Grande Prairie
  • The verdict is in. . . Jim Harris has been acclaimed as a resounding success by all of our respondents. In summary, Jim delivered for us, with gusto!!

    - Bell Canada
  • Every day the future keeps coming at us whether we like it or not. The Learning Paradox provides individuals and organizations with the keys to unlock the right attitude and the mechanism for developing the necessary skills to go out and meet the future with confidence.

    - Royal LePage
  • Thank you so much for an excellent conference. You have far surpassed the expectations of my boss and the like. The material is relevant and your style is clear and confident. I can speak for everyone - you have engaged them.

    - Manager, Chapters, Professional Engineers Ontario

Speaker Biography

Jim’s work as a disruptive innovation speaker who helps corporate executives and management teams implement and refine their innovation processes to stay ahead of their industry, gain market share and raise profits. Innovation processes can also be used to cut costs, re-engineer processes, create new distribution and business models and mitigate risks.

On stage, Jim’s engaging delivery provides research, statistics and great visuals to drive this home in an entertaining way. His thought-provoking presentations challenge audiences to think in new ways. He’s strategic and results-focused, with insightful business savvy customized to each group, and his approach to working with partners is ‘win-win’.

Jim speaks internationally at more than 50 conferences a year on topics including innovation and creativity, blockchain & artificial intelligence (AI), customer relationship management (CRM), eLearning, creating learning organizations, energy efficiency, strategic planning, and creating common organizational mission and vision. Association magazine ranked him as one of the North America’s top speakers.

Jim is the principal at Strategic Advantage where he works with organizations to address issues of most concern to executives: leadership, change, Customer Relationship Management, and creating learning organizations.

His internationally bestselling book, Blindsided! presents a series of practical techniques to help business leaders identify trends earlier and more accurately predict their impact when the tumult of the market threatens to throw plans off course. He is also the author of The Learning Paradox and Emotional Learning.

Jim has appeared in Time Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Profit Magazine, Macleans, CBC, BBC, CTV, and Global.