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Mike winterfield

FOUNDER & CEO, ACTIVE IMPACT INVESTMENTS

I've always been pretty good with money and loved making money for myself and others. It was a way to compete and measure success and a way to create independence.After 14 years in various executive roles with high growth, award winning, private companies, I developed a confidence that I was capable of consistently driving results. When I first learned about the concept of conscious capitalism, I fell in love! Positive impact alongside profits. It felt like an opportunity to do what I loved, what I was good at and what was good for the world, with no compromise. I launched Active Impact Investments because I believe there are more people like me out there and we can have a lot of fun doing this together.

HELPING SCALE

  • President, Traction Rec (private, bootstrapped) - led the go-to-market launch of a new SaaS product, $3.5M in contracts signed with clients, 21 person team in place, channel partners signed
  • COO, Traction on Demand (private, bootstrapped) - part of a team that almost quadrupled revenue from $13M to $45M in three years, launched four sub-brands, expanded into the US, led the acquisition and integration of RevStrong and BigKite
  • President, Randstad Professionals (public) - lead the integration of three companies (IT, Engineering and Finance) with combined revenues of $300M
  • President, Randstad Engineering (private to public) - lead the integration of three companies (ATS, BBT, Hill McGlynn) with combined revenues of $50M and generated a six-fold increase in profit over two years, fastest profit growth among Canadian portfolio
  • VP Western Canada, Sapphire (private, VC backed) - doubled revenue from $35M to $70M in three years, fastest growing region in the company

GIVING BACK

  • Board of Directors, DSRF (not-for-profit, volunteer) - Chair of the Compensation Committee, member of the Fundraising Committee, 2015-present
  • Co-chair, BC Tech COO Council (not-for-profit, volunteer) - 2015 - 2017
  • BCorp - Catalyst for Traction's certification as well as company ambassador and outright evangelist - 2013 - 2017
  • BLD - Keynote speaker at the Vancouver conference - 2016
  • New Ventures BC - Mentor - 2017
  • Founder Institute - Mentor - 2017
  • Spring Activator - EIR - 2017

AWARDS

  • Top 40 under 40
  • Part of two different company's exec teams recognized as Deloitte, Best Managed Company
  • Part of two different company's exec teams recognized in top 10 of Canada by Queens/Hewitt, Great Place to Work

 

INVESTING AND ENTREPRENEUR EXPERIENCE:

  • Fuud - Investor and Advisor
  • CuePath - Investor and Advisor
  • New Mode - Investor and Advisor
  • Active Impact Investments - Founder and CEO
  • Traction on Demand - ESOP investor with 3X return in two years
  • Ion DX - Created terms for Traction to hold the second equity position after Peter Thiel's Breakout Labs
  • Binkra - Facilitated terms for Traction to hold the convertible note
  • Quadron Cannatech - Pre-IPO investor with 3X return in 12 months
  • Oxia - Bridge financier with full repayment of principal and interest in 6 months
  • KKR and Torquest - Participated in two management buy-outs with 3X returns
  • Breakwater Boathouse, Vacation rental - Founder and Manager 
  • Property development - Principal of four successful projects with returns exceeding 3X
  • 4D, Bar at Vic Hall at Queen's University - Founder and Bartender with enough profit to cover my first year bar tab:)
  • Work4U, Landscaping and painting - Co-founder with enough profit to keep gas in the boat to ski all summer:)

TOP SKILLS

  • Enterprise sales, contracting
  • Building high performing teams
  • Vendor and partner management, contracting
  • Helping companies leverage technology to achieve scale
  • Strategy and leadership
  • Operations, metrics and efficiency
  • SRED rebate program design

EDUCATION

  • Queen's University, Kingston, ON - BSc in Biology and Psychology
  • INSEAD, France - Executive MBA
  • Beedie/Rotman, Vancouver, BC - Directors Education Program (DEP)
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