has been called "a controversial leader of the new world order." He is a highly respected entrepreneur, venture capitalist, best-selling author and a two-time Emmy nominated media visionary. He has helped in raising millions of dollars for startup companies, been through one of the largest internet IPOs in history and has been involved in the building, financing and/or sale of five companies to date. In 2004, Leonard co-founded, and was CEO of, NowPublic.com
which is a pioneer in the field of citizen journalism. Currently Leonard sits as the president of the Clarity Digital Group responsible for overseeing one of the largest online news conglomerates in the world including Examiner.com
and NowPublic, which between them, share over 20 million unique visitors a month. Additionally, Leonard is a senior advisor to the Canadian Ministry of International Trade and a Director of Canada's largest technology association, CATA. A highly sought-after public speaker, his insight has been requested by companies such as Forbes, Warner Music, as well as, the governments of India, Israel, Ireland and South Africa. He has spoken at conferences throughout the world and his work has been featured in such publications as Fortune
, the Wall Street Journal
, the BBC and The New York Times
. He is co-author of the best selling books, "Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Jurassic Park to Java" and "Everything I Needed to Know About Business...I Learned from a Canadian" both published by John Wiley and Sons. Leonard holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Queens University, a law degree from Osgoode Hall and is a graduate of the Private Equity Course at the Harvard Business School.