Innovation Cluster

Michael Skinner

Michael is CEO of the Innovation Cluster as well as the President and CEO of Rainmaker World Wide an organization with the purpose of developing innovative technology solutions that would produce clean water for communities in need, so they can thrive and never go thirsty.

Michael Skinner is the 2011 Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Business Citizen of the Year, on the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Peterborough’s 20 Most Influential People list and a 2017 inductee into the Junior Achievement Peterborough, Business Hall of Fame.

In 2001, Michael founded Operitel Corporation, a learning software development company that he expanded worldwide. In 2006, Profit Magazine recognized Operitel as one of Canada’s hottest companies and then in 2008 as one of Canada’s fastest growing companies. Operitel has also won the following Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Awards; Entrepreneurial Spirit Award in 2006, Employer of the Year in 2009 and again in 2012. In 2011, Michael had a success exit with Operitel being acquired by OpenText Corporation, Canada’s largest software company.

Michael Skinner was also the Federal Conservative Candidate in the 2015 election and was acclaimed as the 2019 Federal Conservative Candidate in March of 2018.

Michael co-authoring a chapter found in a “Plan to Learn: Case studies in eLearning Project Management” and “eLearning Project Management: Canadian Perspective” as well as many other whitepapers.

Michael has been involved on several boards and committees including Director of the Peterborough Regional Angel Network (2010 – Present), Chair of the Advancement of Water and Wastewater Technologies (CAWT) advisory board (2016 – Present) and more.

Michael was previously a volunteer with the Kawartha Labour Market Planning Committee. Michael has also made a number of contributions to local charities through his “Location Sponsor” incentive program, which subsidizes some charity events held at The Venue.

Quote: Michael believes in action over words and that following through on ambitions – whether they be based on personal, business, or community ambitions – requires leadership to ensure that they are a success.