Michael Wekerle

Canadian Finance Expert

Michael Wekerle is a rock star in the world of Canadian finance, known for his shrewd value spotting in the fields of tech, biotech and media. As the founder and Chairman of the merchant bank Difference Capital Financial Inc., he oversees a fund that includes such successful growth companies as Hootsuite, Vision Critical, BuildDirect, CYA live and Blue Ant Media. He also holds significant real estate assets, including an impressive portfolio of high-tech commercial properties in Waterloo, Ontario, as well as the historic Toronto entertainment venue the El Mocambo. And he is a partner in the Canadian franchise of Wahlburgers—Paul, Donnie and Mark Wahlberg’s Boston-based chain of restaurants.


Michael lives in Toronto and is a doting father to six children. He donates millions of dollars to a wide variety of philanthropic interests, including UHN, CAMH, SickKids and Holland Bloorview, as well as the youth outreach organization Seeds of Hope and the acclaimed Baroque opera company Opera Atelier. Michael was featured on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, highlighting his entrepreneurial spirit for 4 seasons.

In unrelated news, Michael Wekerle is an avid music fan and throws an annual charity concert called “Wekfest” in his hometown of Caledon, Ontario.


The 5 D’s of Success

Discipline. Determination. Dedication. Diversity. Direction.

In this talk, popular with student groups and life long learners, Michael will walk thru these 5 pillars that can guide a vision and path to success.

The Keys to Business

in this talk, Michael uncovers the tactics, tools and insights that led to his rise and the growth of his wide portfolio of businesses. Making it in changing and challenging times, growing through adversity, building the team around you and playing to your strengths, these are a few of the insights Michael shares on stage.

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