Micheál Kelly served as dean and professor of strategy and global business at the Telfer School of Management from 2000 to 2010, and dean and professor of business policy at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University from 2012 to 2022. His research on alliances has been published in several leading journals and he is co-author of the four-part case series Strategic Alliances that Work and the book, Cases in Alliance Management.
He spent ten years as an executive in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and is currently: a member of the Board of Trustees of Assumption University; a director and chair of the governance committee of Definity Financial Corporation; and a member of the Commercialization Advisory Committee of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.
In 2016, with generous support from Blackberry founder Mike Lazaridis and the Province of Ontario, he founded the Lazaridis Institute. Today, it is one of the leading accelerators in Canada for scaling technology companies with over $2 billion in new investment raised by program participants.
For his contribution to business education in Canada, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. For his contribution to the Canadian technology industry, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) awarded him its Community Leadership Award in 2010. He was chosen as the University of Ottawa’s Alumnus of the Year in 2016. In 2023, Laurier University named him their Honorary Alumnus of the Year.