Speaker Howard Lis

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Howard Lis



Howard serves as Executive Chairman of CommerceBear Inc., working closely with the leadership team on strategy, operations, and finance. A results-oriented entrepreneurial leader, he has extensive experience in the technology, renewable energy, financial services, and management consulting industries. As a founder, he has had two successful exits. 

Howard was COO/CFO and Board member at Hubba Inc., and before that, founded a renewable energy company that became a leading rooftop solar developer in Ontario. Previously, Howard was a key partner in building GMP Securities into one of Canada’s preeminent independent investment banks. He was an original partner of the firm when founded in 1995 and was one of Canada's top-ranked equity analysts by institutional investors. His efforts were integral to raising a total of over $1 billion for Canadian technology firms, including numerous IPOs. Howard also spent five years as a strategic management consultant at McKinsey & Company. In addition, he has held various roles in the technology industry, including Director of Business Development and Division General Manager at Delrina Corp., and as an engineer with Nortel. 

He holds a Professional Engineer designation, a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University, an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at University of Western Ontario, and a Diplôme en Administration from l’Université d’Ottawa.


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