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Michael Katchen is Co-Founder and CEO of Wealthsimple, a leading financial services innovator.
Michael cares deeply about entrepreneurship, advancing innovation in Canada, and enabling everyone, regardless of age or net worth, access to the tools and services they need to achieve financial freedom. He is an active member of the Canadian Business Council and is on the Board of the SickKids Hospital Foundation, and the Wealthsimple Foundation, an initiative that helps children from low-income families save for post-secondary education.
Michael has been called an Industry Mover by the Financial Post, a Change Agent by Canadian Business Magazine, and one of Toronto’s 50 most influential people by Toronto Life. Mr. Katchen has received the Entrepreneur of the Year award from Ernst & Young, Canadian Startup Awards, and Techvibes, as well as been named one of Canada's "Top 40 Under 40".
Mo Lidsky is the Chief Executive Officer at Prime Quadrant. Prior to Prime Quadrant, Mo founded and led organizations in industries as diverse as education, auto restoration, e-commerce and microfinance.
Philanthropically, Mo is the current Chairman of CAF Canada, the Prime Quadrant Conference and the Prime Quadrant Foundation. Mo also sits on the boards of several non-profit organizations including, CJPAC, Hebrew University and Holland Bloorview Hospital.
Mo has served on numerous investment committees and had a five-year tenure as the Chief Executive Officer of Yeshiva University (Canada), where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of strategic development, recruitment and managing the Canadian endowment.
Mo has also authored or co-authored four books including, Partners in Preservation: How to Know Your Advisor Is Truly Protecting Your Wealth, The Philanthropic Mind: Surprising Discoveries from Canada's Top Philanthropists, In Search of the Prime Quadrant: The Quest for Better Investment Decisions, and Selling Snake Oil: Investment Lessons from the World’s Greatest Frauds.
In recognition of Mo’s contributions to the community and innovative leadership, Mo has been selected as the recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. However, his greatest distinction continues to be his extraordinary wife and five adorable children.
Mo holds multiple degrees, Magna Cum Laude, from Yeshiva University, and an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.