ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Michael is the Founder & President of M.E. LeBlanc & Company Inc. and a Senior Advisor to Retail Council of Canada and the Bank of Canada as part of his advisory and consulting practice. He brings 25+ years of brand/retail/marketing & eCommerce leadership experience and has been on the front lines of retail industry change for his entire career. He has delivered keynotes, hosted fire-side discussions with C-level executives and participated worldwide in thought leadership panels.
ReThink Retail has added Michael to their prestigious Top 100 Global Retail Influencers list for 2022 for the second year in a row. The London based Retail Technology Innovation Hub recently added Michael to their Top 100 Retail Technology Influencers List for 2022. Michael is also an Advisory Board member with the Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA), which is North America’s largest community of VARs, software developers, vendors, and distributors in the retail, restaurant, grocery, and cannabis verticals.
Michael is also the president of Maven Media, which produces a network of industry leading podcasts, including Canada’s top retail industry podcast, The Voice of Retail, plus the Dallas-based Remarkable Retail with best-selling author Steve Dennis, now ranked one of the top ten retail podcasts in the world.
The Food Professor with Dr. Sylvain Charlebois explores the critical issues in the food, grocery and restaurant industry, along with a popular YouTube segment where we sample and try new foods to the market called “Trying Stuff.” The Voice of Retail, Remarkable Retail and the Food Professor podcasts are all listed in Apple Podcasts top 50 management recommended podcasts in Canada.
Based in San Francisco, Global E-Commerce Tech Talks explores global cross-border issues and opportunities for eCommerce brands and retailers.
Based in New York, Conversations with CommerceNext is a podcast focusing on retail eCommerce, digital marketing and retail careers with episodes talking with C-level executives operating in the U.S. and internationally.
Maven Media also produces podcasts for several clients outside of the retail industry, including financial institutions and not-for-profits. All available on Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music and all major podcast platforms.
Last but not least, Michael is also the producer and host of the “Last Request Barbeque” channel on YouTube, where he cooks meals to die for - and collaborates with top brands as a food and product influencer.