Michael Novak

Title: 
Chairman & Investor, LaunchLeap Inc
Degree(s): 

BSc'76, BCL'80, LLB'81

Biography: 

Michael Novak is currently chairman, lead investor and senior Advisor for three Canadian based start-ups:

  • one a web based platform used by businesses to test new products with their target market before finalizing their development and commercialization and/or to better understand how to improve customer experience (LaunchLeap Inc.);
  • another, a cooperative operating workshops/makerspaces specializing in the creation/prototyping/fabrication in metal and other materials of innovative products in view of their commercialization (Espace Fabrique);
  • and finally one which produces, markets and distributes organic food products using as its differentiating ingredient, crickets, an ultra sustainable ,high protein superfood (Crickstart Nutrition).  

He is also Chairman of the Board of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Quebec (FCCQ), a network of 140 chambers of commerce, representing more than 60,000 businesses and 150,000 business people from all the regions of Quebec.

Michael is also Senior Advisor to Canderel Inc., a Canadian real estate development and property management company, and to Gexel, a company operating call centres across Quebec.

Michael has recently become an Institute Certified Director of the Institute of Corporate Directors with the ICD.D designation and is member of the board of directors of several not-for-profit organizations, including the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Concordia University and the Foundation of Greater Montreal.

Specialization by geographical area: 
Montreal
Group: 
Desautels Global Experts
Stream: 
Entrepreneurship
Investment Management