Nik Nanos is Executive Chairman of the Nanos Research Group of Companies. He leads Nanos Research, one of Canada’s most distinguished research companies, which he founded in 1987. The Nanos Research Group of Companies includes Signal Leadership Communications, a social public relations firm specializing in issues and image management in a digitally disrupted era. It also includes Nanos-dimap Analytika, an analytics and targeting research practice, which is a joint venture with dimap, one of Germany’s top research organizations. Nik also leads the team behind the Nanos Bloomberg Canadian Confidence Index which monitors consumer confidence in the Canadian economy and whose data is streamed to Bloomberg terminals every week.
He serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Carleton University. Prior to being the Vice Chair, Nik was on the Community Relations and Advancement Committee, the Finance Committee and the Audit Committee and has also served on the Nominating Committee for the Board. He has been re-elected to the Board of Governors for a three-year term ending June 30th, 2020.
Nik has an interest advancing and supporting journalism. He has championed the G. Stuart Adam Award in Journalism, which gives outstanding Master of Journalism students at Carleton the means to go out into the field, across Canada or abroad, to produce their capstone Master’s Research Project. He is a regular supporter of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, which works to defend and protect the right to free expression in Canada and around the world. Nik is a past Chair of the Government of Ontario’s Constable Joe Macdonald Public Safety Officers Survivors’ Scholarship Fund, which assists the families of police and public safety officers killed in the line of duty with the costs of post-secondary education. He also currently volunteers as Honorary Captain (N) in the Royal Canadian Navy assigned to the Navy Reserve Division HMCS Carleton (no relation to the university).
Nik has undergraduate degrees in history and political studies and a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University in Canada. His training includes PhD level studies in quantitative methods at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. He is a Research Associate Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC and a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Collaboratory on Energy Research and Policy. Nik has also been elected a Fellow of the MRIA (FMRIA), the highest professional designation in the marketing research industry in Canada and holds a Certified Management Consulting (CMC) designation.
Nik is a leading corporate business strategist conducting market and public opinion research and providing counsel to a diversity of organizations including Fortune 500 companies and non-profit groups. A regular commentator and writer on economic, social and business trends, he is a sought after resource to provide insight on the latest forces reshaping the world.
He is currently writing a book, The Age of Voter Rage: How the marginalized and the margins are rewiring democracy, which explores the intersection of populist style politics and how small swings in voter sentiment and computational propaganda influence democratic outcomes in the United States, Canada, the UK and France.
Nik is the son of Greek immigrants, the father for four boys and married to Paule Labbé.
He has been re-elected to the Board of Governors for a three-year term ending June 30, 2020.
- Building Program
- Community Relations and Advancement
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- Nominating (Vice-Chair)