Michael Medline, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Tire Speaks to the Empire Club of Canada about, “Innovate or Die: Competing in a World of Digital Disruption”
The digital disruption of business is affecting every industry and is way bigger than any of us could have ever imagined. As a business leader, if you are not tackling it head on, there will be no chance of catching up. To win in business today, leaders must be at the forefront of this change, and tackle disruption head on. I believe Canadian companies have a unique opportunity to lead the charge and show the rest of the world what true innovation looks like.
A seasoned retail veteran with a passion for innovation, Michael Medline’s career at Canadian Tire has been marked by bold strategic thinking, creative ideas and a steadfast drive to keep the Company on offence. Michael believes in the power of sport, is relentless in his commitment to giving back to communities, and is dedicated to creating initiatives that help children get into the game and live more active and healthy lives.
Over the course of his 14-year career with Canadian Tire, Michael has led many of the Company’s most important strategic initiatives, including the acquisition of Mark’s in 2002, the acquisition and subsequent integration and leadership of the Forzani Group in 2011, and the Scotiabank partnership in May 2014.
Michael is driving the Company’s business units to innovate with a focus on adapting to the changing expectations and needs of customers, including being more relevant in a world of rapidly changing technology. He is dedicated to evolving Canadian Tire Corporation into a world class digital organization.
Michael holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, an LL.B. from the University of Toronto, and a BA from the University of Western Ontario. In addition to his corporate leadership roles, Michael is Vice Chairman of the board of the Retail Council of Canada, a member of the Board of Governors of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and Honorary Chair of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Celebrations and a board member of SickKids Foundation. He has sat on the boards of Canadian Tire Bank, Jumpstart and Pan Asia Paper Company.
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