Michael Demone is a Strategic Communication and government Relations professional who is dedicated to helping startups tell their stories to audiences that matter.

His experience and insight into the challenges, risks, and rewards to enable SME’s move from concept to commercialization and from lab to market. 

Michael works with leaders in business, government, industry, and academia to help entrepreneurs and innovators carry their ideas from lab to market.

He also leads the Canadian Working Group on Industrial Hemp a network of stakeholders championing the development, adoption and commercialization of sustainable solutions.  

During his time at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, he helped to position XRCC from Corporate R&D house to internationally-recognized innovation hub, credited with helping Toronto earn a spot as one of the Top 10 Cities for Corporate innovation.  Worked on CCAMM and NGen Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster. 

Michael previously served as Director, Communication for  FEI Canada, the premier association for financial executives to develop a communication strategy to aimed at reinvigorating the organization for the next generation of financial leaders. help position for the next five years. A membership base valued at $3.4 trillion. 

He has worked closely with RIC Centre on initiatives Including Innovation4D, a venture capital day that brought together a international multi-stakeholders from He was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2017.

He studied political science and history at the University of Toronto and has worked with the Munk School of Global Affairs, the Centre for the Study of the Processes of Government in Canada, the Canadian Centre for Human Resources and Industrial Relations, the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, the G7/G8 Research Group, and the Global Summitry Journal. 

open and accessible internet, Cybersecurity, and AI ethics 

Michael is a proud member of the International Association of Business Communicators, the Canadian Public Relations Society, the Canadian Internet Registry Authority, NGen Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, and the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition.