Mikael delivers an unvarnished view of the pitfalls – and the world-changing potential – of leadership, as a successful former venture capitalist and CEO who was convicted of fraud…before dedicating his life to helping leaders grasp the power to change.
A leading voice on ethical leadership whose expertise is rooted in his own harrowing journey.
As a serial entrepreneur, Mikael Meir launched a string of successful companies – from a software company that went public at $800 million to a venture capital firm that took numerous companies public. His 2003 start-up venture, Portus Asset Management, became the fastest growing retail investment fund in Canadian history. There, he led a team that created just under $1 billion in assets in under three years.
Unfortunately, Meir’s conduct at Portus resulted in investigation by the Securities Commission and KPMG, as receiver for investor assets. This provoked a partnership battle and a series of events leading to his personal rock bottom: public humiliation, emotional and professional bankruptcy, and six months in jail.
Through rigorous self-honesty, Meir took responsibility for his actions and used the experience to transform his life. He shifted from being ego driven and self grasping to practicing living a life of service, using his skills and talents to help others achieve their goals. Formerly Michael Mendelson, he ritualized this transformation by adopting his Hebrew name, Mikael Meir.
Today, Meir is a leadership expert who combines 15 years experience as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur and CEO, with an on-going 8 year journey into behavioral change, psychodynamic theory, and mindfulness practices. Through his executive coaching and ethical leadership development programs, he helps executives and entrepreneurs make powerful changes in their lives, their businesses, and the world,.
Meir is an instructor of Ethics in Finance at the Schulich School of Business, heads up the Leadership Practice at Strateco, a management consultancy, is a sought after speaker on Ethics and Leadership throughout North America, and is the author of a forthcoming book, A New Path To Prosperity.