2017 Afternoon Keynote

Mark MacLeod, President & Chief Executive Officer, ISM Canada

Entrepreneurship is Hard. Technology Can Make the Journey Easier...or Harder

Mark MacLeod has been a successful CEO of private and public corporations over his 35-year career, often using technology to transform businesses.  However, Mark understands fully being an entrepreneur is hard because he started his career as an entrepreneur.  He also knows that technology can help, or hinder, the entrepreneur’s journey.  In this keynote address, Mark will discuss his entrepreneurship journey and share ideas on how entrepreneurs can harness the power of technology to advance their businesses versus falling into common technology pitfalls and making the journey harder.

Biography

Mark MacLeod has over 28 years of CEO experience for 5 different companies specializing in transformation and growth in traditional and knowledge based organizations.

Mark’s entrepreneurial spirit began in 1988, he was the driving force behind a technology start-up company, Software 2000, which he led and managed for nine years prior to negotiating the sale to a US multi-national. He and the company were recognized as Saskatchewan’s 1996 Business of the Year.

In 2002 he assumed the President and CEO role of Information Services Corporation and for five years he led the turnaround of this Crown Corporation.

In 2008 Mark became President and CEO of Superior Cabinets, Western Canada’s largest manufacturer of designer kitchens and cabinets, a company he transformed to one of the leading edge cabinet makers in North America.

In 2013, after an absence of about five years from the information technology world, Mark accepted the position of President and CEO of ISM Canada. ISM is the province’s largest IT company, with close to 1,000 employees. ISM is a wholly owned subsidiary of IBM Canada.

Mark MacLeod is an experienced organizational leader, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has won various awards throughout his 28 year career and has served on various committees as giving back to the community is a key to a balance career and success of all professionals.

Mark MacLeod is a Regina native, who graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor in Science. He lives with his wife Carla in Regina and has two daughters, currently attending the University of Saskatchewan.

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