Leadership | Change and Innovation Visionary
By age 25, Michael Hyatt became a self-made millionaire by building two highly successful tech firms that he sold for $500 million dollars. Today, Hyatt ranks as one of Canada’s top entrepreneurs, and is a mentor and investor in several startups. Whether speaking on leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, or the future of tech, Hyatt shows audiences how to embrace change, because, as he says, “change is good” and “our future is great”.
Hyatt currently sits on the board of BlueCat, one of the largest private software companies in Canada. Prior to this, he led the company since its inception as CEO and executive chairman, where his leadership philosophy was to focus on strategy and empower his employees to execute. Teaming with the Bank of Montreal, Hyatt hosts the Business Unplanned podcast, which offers expert opinions and advice for organizations and entrepreneurs looking to navigate the new normal of the pandemic era. He is also a weekly commentator for CBC’s The Business Panel, and was previously a “Dragon” on CBC’s online sensation Next Gen Den, and featured on The Exchange and On the Money.
As 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. Hyatt is also on the CEO Board of Advisors at Georgian Partners, one of Canada’s leading venture capital firms, a mentor with The Founders Institute, and an investor on the hit podcast “The Pitch”.
Hyatt is a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, and was a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award.