Triple Strength Leadership

(Thought Leadership | BMO Auditorium | 2:30pm - 3:30pm)


Some of the most complex challenges facing Canadian communities today – like youth unemployment, barriers to accessing social services, and environmental degradation – can only be addressed by civil society working in partnership with government and business to develop sustainable solutions. Why? Because no single individual, organization, or sector has the capacity to resolve these issues on its own. Successful collaboration requires that we have the right type of leaders – leaders with broad perspectives to bridge and leverage the unique strengths of each sector’s culture, incentives, and resources. In this session, Matthew Thomas – a thought leader in cross-sector leadership development with experience in the nonprofit, business, and government worlds – will explore the challenges and opportunities for individuals leading across sectors. He will make the case for why leaders must develop an expanded, cross-sector mindset to address our most pressing societal issues. 

Matthew Thomas

Founder and Managing Director, Prospect Madison

Matthew Thomas is the founder and managing director of Prospect Madison, a cross-sector leadership advisory firm aimed at enhancing collaboration across the business, government and non-profit sectors to address society’s most pressing issues. He is also a co-founder and faculty member of the flagship Presidio Institute Cross Sector Leadership Fellows program, which develops the capacity of high potential leaders in the United States each year.

Matthew chairs the boards of Young Canadians in Finance, Young Diplomats of Canada, and CanLeads – which are aimed at developing Canada’s next generation of leaders in finance, international affairs, and politics, respectively. He serves as a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission, and is a member of the World Economic Forum and Banff Forum communities.

Matthew has published his work in the Harvard Business Review (“Triple Strength Leadership”), delivered remarks on to audiences at the White House, World Economic Forum, Corporate Executive Board and Maytree Foundation. Previously, Matthew served as the co-founder and executive director of the Intersector Project, a consultant with McKinsey & Company, an economist with the Department of Finance Canada, and an analyst with Morgan Stanley. He graduated with distinction from the Schulich School of Business at York University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. You can reach him at @talktomatthew.

Download Harvard Business Review article "Triple Strength Leadership"