Michael O’Connor

Board Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Director

Michael O’Connor has more than 25 years of operational, corporate finance, business development and corporate governance experience. He began his career at the Economic Council of Canada before becoming the Director, Centre for Economic and Financial Analysis at Science Applications and International Corporation in Washington, D.C., one of the largest international consulting companies in the U.S.

In 1998, Mr. O’Connor joined Orascom Telecom in Egypt as a founding executive, leading all business development and M&A activities throughout Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Between 1998 and 2008 the company grew from 250,000 mobile subscribers in Egypt to more than 125 million subscribers across 10 countries and 100,000 employees.

In 2008, Michael returned to Canada as one of the founders of Wind Mobile. Wind Mobile grew to more than 1 million subscribers and 1,000 employees to become a formidable competitor to the incumbent operators. Wind Mobile (now Freedom Mobile) was acquired by Shaw Communications Inc. in March 2016 for $1.6-billion.

Michael has extensive international corporate governance experience for both private- and publicly traded companies as well as not-for-profit organizations.