Toronto, ON, Canada
Michael Wekerle is a rock star in the world of Canadian business, known for his
shrewd value spotting in the fields of tech, biotech and media. He is the co-‐founder and chairman of the specialty finance firm Difference Capital Financial Inc., whose holdings include such successful growth companies as Hootsuite, Vision Critical, BuildDirect 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 burger chain.
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 appears frequently on national television and radio programs, and is a popular public speaker, often sharing valuable insights on stock market trends and the growth of the tech industry. He is currently featured on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, highlighting his entrepreneurial spirit.