Mr. Michael Burns
CEO, Invictus Games Toronto 2017/ Co-Founder, True Patriot Love Foundation
An accomplished leader and recognized philanthropist, Burns recently took a leave of absence from his role at AudienceView to become CEO of Prince Harry’s 2017 Invictus Games, which will take place in Toronto, Canada. The Invictus Games is the largest international competition in the world, featuring ill and injured soldiers from more than 15 nations.
Burns is heavily involved in the community as the Co-founder of the True Patriot Love Foundation, which supports Canada’s military, veterans and their families. In 2012, Canada’s then Chief of the Defence Staff, General Walter Natynczyk awarded Burns the military’s highest recognition for a civilian, the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service. Burns is on the Board of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, which supports more than 40 leading research universities across Canada.
Burns is also Chairman of the Michael Garron Hospital Foundation Board (formerly the Toronto East General Hospital Board Foundation). He successfully led the team that secured the Garrons’ $50-million donation, the largest gift ever made to a Canadian community-teaching hospital; it matches the largest gift ever to any hospital in Canada. He also chaired the hospital’s successful $60-million redevelopment campaign, which concluded in 2014. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of two world-class venues in Toronto: Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall.
In 2012, Burns was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal honouring significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. He was also a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2010, which recognizes top achievers in business, academia and public service.