Michael Hyatt


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Michael Hyatt

Michael was a self-made millionaire by the age of 25. He built two highly successful tech firms valued in the hundreds of millions. Today he ranks as one of Canada’s pre-eminent technology investors and was one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 by age 33.

Michael is the Executive Chairman of Bluecat, one of the leading growth companies in the country focused on the internet if things (IoT). Prior to his role as Executive Chairman, he led the company as CEO, where his leadership philosophy was to empower his employees. He hired those that would work well as a team so together they could make the big decisions. Michael is a believer in pushing authority out to team members in his companies, hiring people smarter than him and pushing for lively debate within the board room. Living by the idea that everything is on the table while pushing the team to be candid helped real progress in the business. He also knows that it’s a constant and consistent march that wins the day. It was the small daily moves that made all the difference to the big picture.

Michael helps and mentors youth and entrepreneurs to succeed and become contributing citizens in their communities. He actively invests and is driven by some core principles: He focuses most on the people as he believes it’s the people who will make the right pivots. Secondly he looks for companies that are trying to make huge impact and have the ability to disrupt. Lastly, he focuses on the ability of the team to execute as there are many great ideas that lack the tough counter –intuitive thinking and experience to make it happen. Ideas alone won’t cut it.

An active lender with Kiva.org, non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Michael also chairs his family’s charitable foundation, The Hyatt Family Foundation. The HFF donates and invests in a number of important projects including women’s health & employment, biomedical research and international water programs.

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