Speaker Profiles

John Kelleher

John Kelleher

Partner & In-House Executive


John is a Partner and in-house executive in McKinsey’s special turnaround practice that focuses on providing elite leadership talent to drive large-scale turnarounds. John is an experienced turnaround CEO & private equity executive who has driven multiple successful turnarounds across a range of industries. John is known for combining his skills as an investor with his ability to lead people and to execute as a CEO.

John is also an expert on technology investing and economics. He spent part of his early career in the high technology group at Goldman Sachs in New York doing mergers, acquisitions and offerings for internet, communications, technology infrastructure, and software firms. Since then, he has been an active technology angel investor, and mentor / Exec Chair / lead investor for early stage technology businesses. John’s recent investments include Kira Talent, Wealthsimple, Zensurance, Thalmic Labs, Homigo, and Revlo, among others. John is also co-founder of Tech North, an effort that has gained broad national support that seeks to build the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor in to one of the world’s top technology superclusters. John is co-Chair of NEXT Canada, a national non-profit that seeks to increase Canadian prosperity by providing an ecosystem to support the country’s most exceptional entrepreneurs and innovators. John also helped to launch NextAI - a Toronto-based accelerator for early or idea stage AI-enabled startups.

He was a research associate with Michael Porter at Harvard Business School where he studied and wrote about cluster theory including the characteristics of advanced technology and clusters. John’s writing on corporate governance, corporate finance, technology and machine learning has been published in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, McKinsey Quarterly, and Director (the magazine of the Institute of Corporate Directors), among other publications.

He holds an Honors BA in business administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business where he graduated as Gold Medalist; an MA in public administration from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government; and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he graduated with Distinction.

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