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Who We Are

We are a leading provider of virtual business architecture training, mentoring, and consulting across the globe.

As the first and only Canadian Guild Accredited Training Partner® (GATP®), Archist has been delivering training worldwide to 100's of professionals in both public and private sector organizations since the inception of the GATP® program in 2016.

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Our customers include governments and agencies, major banks, insurance, energy, and technology organizations from around the world.

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We offer GATP® accredited courses to learn the science and art of business architecture and prepare for the Certified Business Architect (CBA)® designation, covering the entire BIZBOK® Guide (A Guide to Business Architecture Body of Knowledge®). 

Meet Your Instructor: Navid Kheradmand

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Navid has over 16 years of hands-on experience in:

  • business and digital transformation,

  • strategy articulation and execution,

  • objective and systematic decision support approaches,

  • effective business and IT alignment, and

  • practice development and maturation across public and private sector organizations.


He has a proven track record as a seasoned practitioner, recognized industry thought leader, and a trusted advisor in business architecture.

Navid's experience spans from supporting successful execution of multi-year multi-million dollar business and digital transformations as a Business Architecture Lead to establishing and maturing business architecture and enterprise architecture practices in insurance, pension administration, and provincial governments and agencies.


As a passionate business architecture practitioner and educator, since the inception of the GATP® program, Navid has successfully delivered public and private training to many organizations and 100’s of professionals from around the world and across different industries. 

Navid is one of the first Certified Business Architect (CBA)® designation holders, an active member of the business architecture community, and one of the primary contributors to the BIZBOK® Guide. He is a TOGAF® 9 Certified and a PRINCE2® Practitioner. Navid holds an MBA and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering. During his tenure as a university instructor, he was also nominated for an award in excellence in teaching.

Meet Your Instructor
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First Business Architecture Case Study Award presented at the Business Architecture Innovation Summit in Reston, Virginia in March 2016.


From left to right: Mike Rosen (Vice-President and Co-founder, Business Architecture Guild®), Navid Kheradmand (award's recipient), Whynde Kuehn (Co-founder, Business Architecture Guild®), William Ulrich (President and Co-founder, Business Architecture Guild®)

Watch a short excerpt from a July 2023 interview with Navid Kheradmand, Founder & Managing Director of Archist, giving a bit of a background about Archist and talking about the evolution of the global business architecture community.

Our many referred clients and testimonials speak to the quality and value of our delivery. 


"I thoroughly enjoyed this training course and would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in Business Architecture. I came away with a much deeper understanding of why we utilise the Business Architecture Framework and also how it is applied in practical settings. Navid provided brilliant examples and real-life scenarios to help us contextualise the theory." A Senior Business Architecture Consultant in a social services agency in Australia

"I cleared by CBA certification yesterday on my first attempt. Kudos to you and the team for putting together the great training content and the bootcamp program. It wouldn’t have been possible without you! The practice exams and grading were super helpful for last minute revision and revaluation of concepts." Bhakti J., Business Architect, Financial Services Industry 

"Navid’s presentation style and voice kept the riveting engagement with this on-line course. Clear and concise information that presented complex concepts in an easy to follow pattern. Very experienced practical information from an instructor that demonstrated his depth of practical experience. Small number of students, pace and opportunities to ask questions made the course easy to follow and stay engaged. I would recommend the course for people to understand business architecture concepts or people who may have been practicing to understand where else they can take these skills. Now I have the information to take the exam and more importantly be an evangelist for business architecture within my organization." An Account Manager in an insurance division of one of the big 5 Canadian banks

"I participated in Archist’s Business Architecture training to get re-acclimated with the Business Architecture Guild’s (Guild) BizBok Guide and to prepare for the Guild’s Business Architect Certification.  Navid is a very good instructor and well-versed in the Guild’s BizBok Guide.  His knowledge is also complemented with hands-on knowledge from his daily work as a Business Architect offering valuable insight in the practical deployment and use of Business Architecture.  I would recommend this training to anyone who is currently interested in furthering their knowledge of Business Architecture or are working to prepare for the Business Architect Certification." A Vice President – IT Risk Management in a U.S. Bank

"I wasn't very sure about attending the online course because I thought remaining engaged would be quite challenging . My fears were quickly put to rest with Navid's delivery, his knowledge of business architecture and ever enduring patience. The course was very engaging, well-structured and paced, despite the vast amount of information in a very short duration. The course not only develops your ability to practise business architecture, it also prepares you for the CBA exam, which I took and passed at the first attempt, yay! I am really glad I attended the course; it was an excellent investment in myself." A Business Consultant at the Government of the UK.

"I can only provide positive comments of Navid’s in-depth Business Architecture knowledge and top-notch instructor/delivery skills. He conveyed the practicality of the discipline through his variety of unique real-life examples which you cannot gain from the BIZBOK. His willingness to support the course participants after course completion will also prove very useful. I think my real testimonial is how much I realize I learned in the course once I got back to working in the B.A. [business architecture] space with a better understanding of the importance of BA [business architecture] as an enabler with the focus on solving a business problem.  Thank you for continually stressing that." Senior Business Analyst practicing Business Architecture at the Government of Canada.

"Overall, we loved the course. It was as described and a bit more and all were glad to have participated - and identify what work awaits for us ahead." A Business Architecture Manager in a large department at the Government of Canada

"The Business Architecture Course was comprehensive. Navid was knowledgeable and very comfortable with the course content and the BIZBOK Guide itself. I loved that the class size was small enough to dedicate one-on-one instructor time throughout the course. The additional one on one workshop was also helpful as it assisted me in immediate application of the course material. I am certain it has given me the knowledge to pass the Business Architecture Certification." A business architecture practitioner at a provincial crown corporation

"The course was really interesting and very informative. It has been an excellent way to learn more in depth about Business Architecture with a combination of theory and practical application of concepts. It has been really useful with detailed data and hands-on and even management of work has also been taught simultaneously helping in raising the BA practice maturity level. Style of training has been uplifting and stimulating along with excellent training manuals and presentation." Head of Enterprise Architecture Practice at a multinational shipping company in the Middle East

"With any online course training you have a 50/50 chance of it being engaging. The training delivered by Archist was not only engaging, but also incredibly useful. By having an instructor who was very much a part of the industry, we were able to go above and beyond textbook and have exposure to real world problems and scenarios." A consulting company in Canada

"We really found the training useful and I am recommending that my two other staff attend the next public session." A Strategy & Innovation Director in one of the big 5 Canadian banks

"The course was incredibly helpful and Navid was very engaging, both in his delivery and in response to our seemingly-never-ending questions. We had already been immersed in developing a business architecture for a large department in the federal government. While we felt we were creating valuable content as described in the BIZBOK, the course provided both confirmation and new insights into how we could improve our approach and document our results. You might be interested to know that we have been using that insight since the moment the course ended, with great success! While there is still a lot more we need to do to complete our business architecture journey with the department, I feel much more confident that we'll deliver a product of significant quality and great value; thanks to the Archist course and Navid's delivery. I wish Archist great success and will certainly recommend you and your courses to anyone interested in pursuing business architecture." A seasoned Business Transformation Consultant in the Government of Canada

"I wrote my exam yesterday and I have received my certification. Your training was a very effective approach to obtaining." A Business Architecture Senior Manager in one of the big 5 Canadian banks

"Having used the BIZBOK as the basis for business architecture for a large government client for a year, I realized that there were gaps in my understanding of how all the pieces fit together. The two-day course filled in those gaps very well.  Navid delivered the material very well with terrific examples from his own work.  As a contributor to the BIZBOK, he has a deep understanding of the BIZBOK and the nuances in applying the techniques. On top of that, he has a very good manner for delivering a course over the Web - just the right pace with a clear speaking voice.  It was a very enjoyable two days." A seasoned consultant in the Government of Canada

"Navid is a very passionate trainer, senior business architect and has ability to explain complex concepts in a simplistic but thorough manner with his knowledge, skills and experience. The training material was very useful and I am looking forward to sitting for CBA exam after 2 days of intense but insightful training. I highly recommend this course to anyone wishing to start out and learn Business Architecture" A Chief Technology Officer in construction industry in Australia

"I really enjoyed the course offered by Archist for the Business Architecture. Navid not only captivated my attention and answered all my questions, but also had extensive experience and his knowledge of the material was so clear. I found the pace was great for me and the one-on-one interactions and discussions added a great deal of clarifications, experience and expertise to the subject.  Thank you very much for a great class taught by a seasoned and knowledgeable instructor." A Senior Business Analyst in the Government of Canada

"The Business Architecture Comprehensive Course delivered by Archist is a world-class training helps to obtain a comprehensive, in-depth and integrated understanding of business architecture. It also helps to understand how this discipline (domain) interacts with other disciplines such as business analysis or domains. The training material and the Guild reference material are exceptional. The engaging instructor demonstrated extensive knowledge and experiences in BA, and was able to [relate to] other related disciplines or areas. He also provided additional reference material based on questions received. Archist also offered an additional individual coaching at no cost to help me to prepare for the CBA exam. I highly recommend this course and Archist. Thanks Archist." A Manager in transformation projects in the Government of Canada

"This course provides valuable information on Business Architecture.  From understanding the value of business architecture, to the important components needed to set up a business architecture discipline, and finally, how it relates to many other disciplines.  This material allowed me to finally join all the dots.  I also appreciated that this course is delivered by an expert that is well grounded.  Navid's real life examples really helped me understand some of the complexities and more importantly that one size does not fit all when it comes to business architecture.  A key message I took away is that a pragmatic approach is needed to ensure that business architecture deliverables bring value to the business and enterprise." A Manager in an  Enterprise Architecture Division in the Government of Canada

"The slides and materials provided were very useful [to pass the CBA® exam]." An independent consultant in one of the big 5 Canadian banks

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