Michael Skinner

Michael is a serial entrepreneur who has owned and operated more than 20 companies in the following industries: Enterprise Software, SaaS, Data Hosting, Educational Technology, Alternative Energy, Textiles, Food & Beverage, and Commercial / Residential Construction.   These companies have been located in Canada, the US, Brazil, China, Australia, Jamaica, and Turks and Caicos.

Michael founded and was the CEO of Operitel Corporation, the company responsible for the development and management of the award-winning, web-based Learning Management System – LearnFlex™.  Operitel was acquired by OpenText in 2011, Canada’s largest software company at the time.

Through his entrepreneurial career and his role as Executive Director of the Peterborough Regional Angel Network (PRAN), Michael has a deep understanding of the major issues that impact start-ups when bringing their technologies to market.

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Areas of Expertise

Market Development

  • Partnership Development
  • Sales / Pricing Strategies
  • Product Commercialization 
  • Product Integration

Strategic Planning

Leadership / Organizational Development

Marketing 

Sales Training / Management

  • Emphasis on solution sales

Government Relations

  • Grants
  • Lobbying / Policy Development 
  • Procurement / RFPs