Peter Nixon

International Expert in Dialogue, Negotiation, & Business Development


25+ Years Experience

From over 600+ organizations in 60+ countries

Peter Nixon has trained, coached, and consulted thousands of leaders and teams in over 600 companies and government bodies in nearly 60 countries around the world.

Raised in the separatist conflicts of Montreal in the 1960’s and 70’s, Peter quickly learned the importance of cross-cultural dialogue and negotiation to accommodate differing views while achieving optimal outcomes for stakeholders. Following university in Canada, Peter joined PwC legacy firm Coopers & Lybrand and specialised in audit dialogues in Montreal, Geneva, and Hong Kong.

Recognising the growing need for dialogue globally, especially in emerging Asia, Peter launched his consultancy in pre-handover Hong Kong and set about creating the Potential Dialogue System. Since that time he has authored four books: Dialogue Gap, Negotiation: Mastering Business in Asia, The Business Developer’s Playbook, and Success Culture: Hurdles to being #1 in the public and private sector today; created the Dialogue Playing Cards; launched the Potential Dialogue Institute and is currently developing The Potential Dialogue Centre in Canada.

Peter’s tagline, “The Solution is in the Dialogue” is motivated by the many social, economic, and environmental problems we see today. Although most of Peter’s private sector dialogues occurring inside the world’s largest banks, professional firms, and MNC’s and are protected by confidentiality agreements, Peter’s public sector dialogues have included: Iran-US, Rohingya, Israel-Palestine, Aceh-Java, Tibet-China, Sunni-Shia, hostage negotiations, MH370/17, KK Earthquake, unbridled growth in Bali, Phuket, Penang etc.

The delivery was lively and to the point with examples relevant to our negotiation situations. Some tough questions were well-handled and the audience appreciated the insights brought by the highly experienced facilitators. They established rapport quickly. Many participants commented that they wished we had commissioned a longer session.
In particular, Peter Nixon’s experience in the professional services environment enhanced an already well - tailored session.
— Partner, Big Four Accounting Firm HK

He advises mainly inside organisations but also runs workshops and speaks at management institutes, chambers of commerce, universities, schools, and charities around the world.

Peter has been professor of Business Negotiation at Chinese University in HK (MBA), guest lecturer at HK PolyU, McGill, SFU, Bishop’s, Champlain Regional College, ESF and is the Leadership & Management Module Director for the HKICPA’s Financial Controllers’ Programme;

Peter is immediate past Chairman of Discovery Bay International School, Dean’s advisor at McGill University, Director of the Martlet Foundation, Trustee of Outward Bound, Head of Bishop’s University’s Asian Cabinet and member of the UNICEF HK corporate governance committee. He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of CPA’s, a licensed member of the Canadian Institute of CPA’s, and has degrees from Bishop’s (BBA), McGill (GDPA), and Leicester (MSc). He has also studied at Alberta, Harvard, INSEAD and Fielding. He is a Canadian Chief Scout, Knight of Tamara,

Peter has appeared on TEDx, CNBC, Discovery Channel, TV5, TVB & Media Corp. He has been a showcase speaker globally for YPO and EO.  His client work has been continuously recognised over the years with awards such as: Asia HR Community Contribution Award (2019), Top 10 Change Management Consulting Services Companies in APAC (2019), Best Independent Change Management Consultant (2018), Colgate President’s Award (1997), HKMA Training Award Nominee (1994).