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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

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 Harris is a one of North America’s foremost thinkers on disruptive innovation. Disruption has been brought into sharp focus by the global pandemic which has definitely been disruptive–driving a decade of change in many industries in just two years.

He is one of the world’s leading keynote speakers presenting internationally at more than 70 virtual and in-person conferences a year. Association Magazine ranked him as one of North America’s top ten speakers. Jim also leads strategic planning sessions with executive teams.

Over the last 30 years he has worked with organizations in every industry. His clients include American Express, Barclays Bank, Canadian Construction Association, Canon, GM, IBM, SAP, Munich Re, the Top 200 CIOs of India, the UK Cabinet Office, Swiss Re, Walmart, Zurich Insurance.

Jim’s book, Blindsided!, is published in 80 countries worldwide and is a #1 international bestseller. Soundview Executive Summaries selected Blindsided! as one of the best business books of the year sending a summary to 80,000 executives globally. The Miami Herald calls Blindsided! “Brilliant stuff!”.