CEO | Bestselling Author of Passion Capital
Have you ever wondered, “What is the world’s most valuable asset?” It’s a provocative question that every individual and every organization interested in sustainable success must answer. Paul Alofs, bestselling author of Passion Capital: The World’s Most Valuable Asset, and an award-winning senior executive in the retail, entertainment, internet, marketing-services, and social-enterprise sectors, provides his thought-provoking and valuable insights to this invaluable question, delivered in his action-packed and entertaining speeches.
Alofs has had an impressive and varied career trajectory, moving from marketing positions at Colgate-Palmolive to being appointed president of HMV Music Stores Canada. During his tenure with HMV, he increased the company’s annual revenue from $30 million to over $200 million; HMV was voted “Music Retailer of the Year” for six consecutive years by the Canadian Music Industry.
In 1995, he joined BMG Music Canada as president, and was named “Music Industry Executive of the Year” in 1996. He later accepted an executive position with the Walt Disney Company, overseeing 500 Disney Stores and 15,000 employees across North America. He helped launch one of the most successful internet IPOs of the 1990s as President, Strategic Business Units of MP3.com.
Since joining The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation in 2003 as President and CEO, Alofs has helped raise over $950 million dollars for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world. His revolutionary approach to social enterprise has led to his Foundation twice being named “One of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures.”
Alofs has been recognized as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40,” as well as one of the “Best of the Best” by his Top 40 peers. He has served as board chair of Covenant House, Toronto and on the board of the UICC in Geneva.