Clients and testimonials

Nick Desbarats has trained over 1,500 professionals in a dozen countries. Clients span a wide variety of sectors including insurance, aerospace, government, energy, banking, health care, manufacturing, education, media, software and non-profit.



Partial client list


  • Agiliz Consulting

  • Alliant Energy

  • Altis Consulting

  • Atlas Copco Airpower

  • Bloomberg

  • Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC)

  • Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA)

  • Canadian Payments Association

  • Central Bank of Tanzania

  • CGI (Norway)

  • Commercial International Bank (CIB) Egypt

  • Cornerstone

  • Crescent Point Energy Canada

  • Crescent Point Energy US

  • ESRI

  • GLG

  • Government of Canada

  • Hershey's

  • Higher Education Data Warehousing (HEDW)

  • IBB Consulting

  • IMS Health Services

  • Kinaxis

  • Klipfolio

  • KPMG

  • LBBW

  • Marathon Oil

  • NASA

  • Northwestern Mutual

  • PMA Companies

  • Royal Bank of Canada

  • Royal Canadian Mint

  • Sapphire Automation

  • Schoolzilla

  • Shopify

  • Skay Consulting

  • Stained Class AB

  • Teradata

  • The United Nations

  • Victoria University of Wellington

  • University of Toronto

  • Visa

  • WPS Insurance

  • Zurich Insurance



When decisions have major consequences, clarity matters a lot. During my time as the Manager of Contractor Support for NASA’s Flight Safety Office, Nick's workshops were instrumental in helping us learn how to use visual design to bring clarity to our graphs, tables, reports, and, ultimately, to NASA’s decisional options. The combination of Stephen Few’s inspired material and Nick’s dynamic teaching style worked for us.  It will work for your organization too. 

- Bill Wood,  STAR Group Solutions, LLC (formerly Manager of Contractor Support, NASA Flight Safety Office)


"Nick is an engaging presenter and made data visualization fun to learn. The knowledge that he shared has been integral to our efforts to standardize our dashboards and other reporting and we're already planning to bring this invaluable training to a wider internal audience."

- Katie Grotenhuis, Enterprise Technology Innovation Manager, WPS Health Solutions


"At the Bank of Tanzania, Nick taught us many ways to put data to work, including practical skills in data analysis and communication. The clarity and effectiveness of our visualizations have improved dramatically following the workshops that he taught here. We're now able to apply data visualization skills for gaining insights from our data, creating periodic performance reports and supporting sound decisions. Nick is able to make data visualization so practical, simple and fun that people of all skill levels will benefit from -and enjoy- his workshops."

- Charles Assey, Manager, Strategic Planning and Performance Review, The Central Bank of Tanzania


"Being a consulting company, we create tables, graphs, and dashboards as an intrinsic part of almost every client engagement. However, our design decisions were left to each employee’s personal intuitions with very uneven results and, more importantly, we had no common set of best practices to use in order to provide useful feedback to our peers on how to improve their visualizations. Nick’s workshop helped make our people aware of the many common mistakes that people make when designing tables, graphs, and dashboards, and gave us the necessary base of knowledge to look at our client deliverables much more critically. His direct, hands-on experience makes his workshops especially impactful, as he is able to relate concepts to real-life scenarios. That was a real differentiator for us and quickly converted the few initial skeptics among our group."

- Nic Picard, Principal Consultant, IBB Consulting Group