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Michael is a true hybrid – part strategist, part data monkey, part creative maven, part growth hacker and through and through an innovator.
Michael regularly speaks on an international platform, inspiring audiences with his insight and foresight on topics that affect global brands, investing, and marketing today.
Forbes – Top 100 Most-Followed CMOs
CES – Top 100 Influencers
SXSW – Top 100 Influencers
He’s a crazy Hybrid. Part Strategist. Part Futurist. Part Technologist. Part Data Monkey. Part Design Thinker. Part Global Growth Hacker. Part CEO (when you’re doing Bic pen tracheotomies you have to still think of EBITDA) and through and through an innovator.
What’s his Superpower? He’s a design thinker, futurist, and creative innovator who identifies disparate concepts, connects the dots, and architects powerful complex adaptive systems that allow companies to cross chasms.
Speaking – Michael speaks regularly on the North American Speaker’s Circuit on a wide range of topics related to trends, technologies, digital evolution, disruption, omnichannel marketing, startups, scaleups, growth hacking and capital markets. Michael also provides leadership on boards and faculties for many of the industry’s leading pundits, including the In-store Marketing Institute, the Canadian Marketing Association and the Digital Screenmedia Association. Michael is a respected “industry expert” and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Marketing Magazine, BuzzFeed, The Globe & Mail and other leading books and publications.
Audiences – Michael has spoken to diverse audiences all over the world including Google, IBM, American Express, Coca-Cola, Deloitte, Kraft, KPMG, L’Oreal, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Pfizer, Canada Post, C2MTL, Digital Screen Media Association, The Gathering, Content Marketing Institute, and many others.
Global Trends, Content Marketing, Omnichannel Marketing, Disruption, Digital Darwinism, Insight Investing, Growth Hacking, Growth Leaps, Complex Adaptive Systems, First Principles, Design Thinking
What is a CxO?
For the last many decades I’ve honed my hybrid skills as a Founder, CEO, CMO, CSO, CDO, CCO in entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial manifestations. So think of me as… Part Strategist. Part Futurist. Part Technologist. Part Data Monkey. Part Design Thinker. Part Global Growth Hacker. And… through and through an Innovator.
At Lux + Imagine Labs we are architecting complex adaptive systems that unlock value and enable companies to cross chasms and experience powerful Growth Leaps™, by applying first principles and design thinking, honing strategic focus and maximizing creativity to connect disparate and convergent dots in novel ways.
We specialize in brand ideation, platform and content development; development and maintenance of a flexible, clear strategic plan; identification, exploration, and development of trends and synergies; analysis and evaluation of investment opportunities, new partnerships, lines of business and potential exits; all with an eye towards unlocking value.
Over our many decades, we’ve helped grow and empower innovative global clients like: Trailer Park, Red Bull, XM Sirius, Alliance Data, Air Miles, Loyalty One, BMW Mini, FedEx, Porsche, Air France, Holt Renfrew, BMO, RBC, NBA, Players Racing, NFL, CHUM Television, MuchMusic, MTV, Viacom, HBO, Universal, Sony, Nike, Westmont Hospitality Group, Diageo, Molson, Labatt, Warner Bros, Corus Entertainment, Great Eagle and many more.
As I sit in my office, I’m inundated daily with incredible feats of technological innovation and change. It’s hard to keep up. The pace is astounding. I can’t even imagine what the unfolding world will look like for my now thirteen-year-old son – even when I pull from my wildest science-fiction fantasies. My job is to help brands connect the dots in this rapidly shifting landscape – to look at and understand the connective tissue for clues, predict where the market is going and how we can get there. In this sense, I’m a futurist. I view disparate trends and concepts and piece together how they will collide and mashup to become something new, disruptive, and compelling. I write about this world.
Innovation that Ignites
Acclimating to Adaptions
Check out my writing in one of my Print in a Digital World Trend Reports: Print-In-A-Digital-World
Lux + Imagine Labs’ thought leadership empowers brands to succeed in an ever-changing digital world, allowing them to create real connections with real people – their customers. They have provided strategic, creative, and innovative direction for a diverse host of international companies.
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Michael's limbic storytelling captures our technological world at the intersection of art and the multiverse through the contemporary collision of street art and pop art. Dystopia meet utopia. Nough said.