Michael Wekerle (Wek)
Michael Wekerle is a rock star in the world of Canadian finance, known for his shrewd value spotting in the fields of tech, biotech and media. As the founder and Chairman of the merchant bank Difference Capital Financial Inc., he oversees a fund that includes such successful growth companies as Hootsuite, Vision Critical, BuildDirect and Blue Ant Media. He also holds significant real estate assets, including an impressive portfolio of high-tech commercial properties in Waterloo, Ontario, as well as the historic Toronto entertainment venue the El Mocambo. And he is a partner in the Canadian franchise of Wahlburgers—Paul, Donnie and Mark Wahlberg's Boston-based burger chain.
Michael lives in Toronto and is a doting father to six children. He donates millions of dollars to a wide variety of philanthropic interests, including UHN, CAMH, SickKids and Holland Bloorview, as well as the youth outreach organization Seeds of Hope and the acclaimed Baroque opera company Opera Atelier. Michael is currently featured on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, highlighting his entrepreneurial spirit.
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SHARP The Book for Men - "The Eccentric Aesthetic" Spring, 2015
Michael Wekerle won’t take off his sunglasses. Not that we asked him to. Or that we care. It’s just that we’re here at his home, in his bathroom, and he’s still wearing his aviators. Fair enough. The Wek pretty well does as he pleases—in business, life and, it turns out, home decorating.
You know him best from CBC’s Dragon’s Den, the popular show where Canada’s richest people bid to finance the entrepreneurial dreams of Canada’s least self-aware. Wekerle is the show’s shining star, a lovable eccentric with a knack for finding value where you might not otherwise see any. Rumour has it that off the show, on his own dime, he purchased Toronto’s El Mocambo, a crumbling music venue most famous for once hosting The Rolling Stones. Whether he owns it or not, he’s played the venue a few times himself. What else do you do with two rooms full of guitars?.