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Session Speakers

Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt became a self-made millionaire by building two highly successful tech firms valued in the hundreds of millions. Today, Michael ranks as one of Canada’s top entrepreneurs, is a celebrated “Dragon” on CBC’s online sensation Next Gen Den, and is a weekly business commentator on The Exchange, On the Money, and The Business Panel. He is also an active investor and philanthropist. Speaking on leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, the future of tech, and managing change, Hyatt believes that no matter what the topic, we need to embrace change, because, as he says, “change is good”.

Hyatt is currently the Executive Chairman of BlueCat, one of the largest private software companies in the country, focused on the internet of things. Prior to his current role, he led the company since its inception as CEO, where his leadership philosophy was to focus on strategy and empower his employees to execute.

A Founding Partner at the Rotman School of Management’s prestigious Creative Destruction Lab, Hyatt acts as a coach for venture founders to set business and technical milestones to increase the ventures’ chances of success. He is also on the CEO Board of Advisors at Georgian Partners, one of Canada’s leading venture capital firms; was a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award; and was a recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 Award.

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