Keynote Speakers: Robert Herjavec & Kevin O’Leary
Cybersecurity Expert, Entrepreneur, Author
Robert Herjavec is one of North America's most recognizable business leaders. Born in Eastern Europe, he arrived to North America on a boat with his parents after escaping Communism in the former Yugoslavia. From delivering newspapers and waiting tables, to launching a computer company from his basement, his drive to achieve has led him to the fulfillment of a better life for himself and his family.
A dynamic entrepreneur, Robert has built and sold several IT companies to major players such as AT&T. In 2003 Robert founded Herjavec Group, and it quickly became one of North America’s fastest growing technology companies, scaling from $400K in sales to a run rate of $150 million. Today, Herjavec Group is recognized as a global leader in information security specializing in managed security services, compliance, incident response and remediation efforts for enterprise level organizations.
His inspiring books, Driven and The Will to Win, were simultaneously Top 10 best-sellers that earned him the title of “Best Selling Author”. Robert’s motivational business advice has received millions of impressions through TV, print, radio and digital media. He shares his expertise with other entrepreneurs each week as a leading “shark” on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning hit Shark Tank and was a contender on the Season 20 of Dancing with the Stars.
To Robert, running a business is a lot like one of his greatest passions, racing cars. He believes, “You have to stay laser-focused when driving a car over 200 miles an hour, and the same approach is required when growing a business in today’s world of rapidly changing technology.” For the past three years, Robert has competed as Ferrari #007 for Herjavec Group Racing in the North American Ferrari Challenge Series, achieving multiple podiums and winning Rookie of the Year in 2011.
Investor in Innovation
Opinionated and blunt, Kevin O’Leary is one of the country’s most well-known business moguls. A self-made millionaire and TV/news personality, he is currently one of the main “sharks” on the hit ABC Television Emmy Award winning venture capital reality program Shark Tank. He is also a trusted contributor to CTV, BNN, CNBC, ABC News, Good Morning America, and the Bell Media Radio Network. Kevin is able to bring insights from all these experiences to his keynotes while entertaining audiences and helping them to understand current financial trends. His speeches, tailored to each audience’s specific industry, offer the same type of mentorship he provides to the successful entrepreneurs on Shark Tank, without forcing you to get picked apart on national television.
By taking one look at Kevin’s resume, any audience can appreciate his expertise in business. The first company he founded, The Learning Company, was built from nothing and sold to Mattell for $4.2 billion a little over 10 years later. Storage Now, another company co-founded by Kevin, went on to become one of Canada’s largest storage service facilities and was acquired by the In Storage REIT for $110 million. Keeping his ambitions socially responsible, Kevin also invests his time as a co-host for the Discovery Channel’s Project Earth series that explores innovative ways man could reverse global warming implementing large scale geo-engineering infrastructure projects.
Kevin O’Leary is the author of three best-selling books: Cold Hard Truth, Men, Women and Money, and Family Kids and Money. He serves as the Chairman of O’Leary Funds the Manager of the publically traded family of O’Leary Global Equity and Income Funds. He also serves on the board of The Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He is a member of Boston’s 107-year-old Hamilton Trust.