Featured Keynote: Michele Romanow


Michele Romanow

Dragon, CBC’s Dragons’ Den | Co-Founder & President, Clearco (formerly Clearbanc)

Tech titan Michele Romanow is a serial entrepreneur who started six companies before her 35th birthday. A “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Romanow is the Co-founder and President of Clearco. Clearco has invested more than $2B into 4,600 companies making them the biggest ecommerce investor in the world. She previously co-founded SnapSaves, acquired by American tech giant Groupon, and Buytopia.ca, which acquired ten competitors, including Shop.ca and WagJag.

In 2015, Romanow became the youngest judge on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, and has been a ‘Dragon’ for the last six seasons. A prolific investor, she was recently named among Fortune’s 40 under 40, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women, and Canada’s Angel Investor of the Year.

Romanow has created digital solutions for many of the world’s leading brands, including P&G, Netflix, Starbucks, and Cirque du Soleil. In the media, her work has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, TechCrunch, and The Globe and Mail.

Romanow is a director for Vail Resorts, BBTV and Queen’s School of Business. Previously she was a director for Freshii, Whistler Blackcomb, SHAD International and League of Innovators. She also co-founded the Canadian Entrepreneurship Initiative non-profit with Sir Richard Branson.