KM Middle East 2012 JPG 1John Girard is sought after international speaker who is well-known for his dynamic, entertaining, and informative style. He has spoken to groups on every continent (well except for Antarctica) and always receives rave reviews.  Here are a few examples (many more available):

  • Brilliant! The perfect blend of theory and practice delivered with enthusiasm and energy. (London, England event)
  • John was engaging and very enthused. Enjoyable and thought provoking. (Sydney, Australia event)
  • Succinct, engaging, entertaining and relevant (Melbourne, Australia event)
  • Great balance of multimedia, stories/interaction. Impressive presenter (Sydney Australia event)
  • Dr. Girard’s presentation was excellent. Even though it was right after lunch, it kept me awake. He was really enthusiastic and upbeat about the whole presentation. (Toronto, Canada event)
  • You packed an amazing amount of information into a very short time frame and I am surprised at how much material I retained due to your excellent choice and placement of stories and examples to make your point. (Ottawa, Canada event)

As a tenured full professor at Middle Georgia State University, John teaches graduate and undergraduate technology classes. Engaging with students on a daily basis ensures he remains current in ever-changing world in which we live and do business. As Chief Knowledge Strategist of Sagology (, a firm dedicated to connecting people with people to facilitate collaboration, learning, and knowledge sharing, John engages organizational leaders through keynotes, workshops, and consulting. His current research interests include knowledge management, social media, virtual business, innovation, and globalization. He has published four books: Building Organizational Memories: Will you know what you knew? (IGI Global, 2009), A Leader’s Guide to Knowledge Management: Drawing on the Past to Enhance Future Performance (Business Expert Press, 2009), Social Knowledge: Using Social Media to Know What You Know (IGI Global, 2011) and Business Goes Virtual: Realizing the Value of Collaboration, Social and Virtual Strategies (Business Expert Press, 2011). John is actively engaged in research, having written more than 30 articles and chapters for peer-reviewed or trade journals and books

After 24 years as an officer in the Canadian Forces John and his wife JoAnn moved to North Dakota. Throughout his military career, John had the pleasure to serve in a variety of command and staff positions inCanada, the United Kingdom and Germany, gaining experience as a leader, trainer, policy officer, human resource manager, and project manager in the Public sector environment. In 2004, whilst acting as Director of Knowledge Management at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, he joined the faculty at Minot State University, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.

John is a graduate of Touro University International where he completed a PhD in Business Administration and an MBA, and of the University of Manitoba where he achieved a BSc with a Computer Science major. In addition, John is a graduate of Canadian Forces College, Toronto and the Royal Military College of Science in the United Kingdom.

John speaks regularly on subjects such as knowledge management, social media, transformation, and innovation. He has spoken at events in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and South America at such events as KM World, APQC’s Knowledge Management Conference, the World Congress on Intellectual Capital, KM Australia, InfoVision India, KM Asia, KM Middle East, and many other events. John has undertaken training and consulting assignments for clients such as the Department of National Defence, Canadian Forces College, Canadian International Development Agency, US Department of Labor, Job Corps, Ark Group Australia, Success Steps Saudi Arabia, Saline Water Conversion Corporation (Saudi Arabia), Sultan Qaboos University (Oman), High Commission for the Development of ArRiyadh, and the Dubai Municipality.

Prior to returning to his passion of teaching, John gained experience as a university administrator and demonstrated his ability in a variety of senior positions including: Dean of Enrollment Management, Director of Enrollment Services, Chair of the Business Information Technology department, and Director of an Executive Management Program.

The City and Guilds of London Institute awarded John their Insignia Award for his research into the application of robotic technology and subsequently appointed him a member of the City and Guilds Institute (MCGI). In 2003 John received the Chartered Manager (F. CIM) designation from the Canadian Institute of Management. In 2004 John earned the Best Academic Paper award at 7th Annual World Congress on Intellectual Capital and Innovation. In 2013 the students of Minot State University honored John with the College of Business Professor of the Year award.

To learn more about John, please visit his website (