As a serial entrepreneur, CEO and venture capitalist, Mikael Meir launched a string of successful companies – from a software company that went public at $800 million to an investment firm that took numerous companies public.
In 2003 he drove his start-up venture, Portus Asset Management, into a hyper-growth retail investment company leading a team that created nearly $1 billion in assets in 2.5 years. In 2005 Portus was investigated by the securities commission which provoked 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 mis-step at Portus 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 of hands-on leadership experience, with an on-going 9 year study of business ethics, mindfulness practice, and cognitive psychology for behavioral change. Through his executive coaching, ethics and transformational leadership 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 York University’s Schulich School of Business, heads up the Leadership Practice at Strateco, a management consultancy, is a Keynote Speaker on Transformation, Leadership, Culture and Change and is the author of a forthcoming book, A New Path To Prosperity.