Microsoft Canada President, Max Long Speaks Out: Innovation & Mentorship
January 17, 2013

January 18, 2013

Microsoft Canada President, Max Long Speaks Out:
The importance of innovation and mentorship to creating Canada's competitive innovation nation

Microsoft Canada, President, Max Long, speaks on the importance of innovation and mentorship to creating Canada's competitive innovation nation
Please take twelve minutes to view the video of Microsoft Canada, President, Max Long, who was interviewed recently by Hart Hillman, CATA National Leadership Council member, on the importance of innovation and mentorship to creating Canada's competitive innovation nation.

Against the background of the nation's slipping competitiveness rankings, Mr. Long comments on Canada's positive attributes and then provides insights into how Microsoft looks at innovation to meet the needs of the future.

Mr. Long is then asked best advice to foster the success of students and start up entrepreneurs.

For students, we hear about the importance of global mindset and setting big and bold aspirations. For entrepreneurs, great ideas can only materialize with great business plans.

He offers insight into the role of a mentor for our "stars of the future” and the role of a mentee benefiting from the experiences of others. For Microsoft, mentorship is part of its corporate culture.

Mr. Long concludes with comments on social responsibility of the corporation and its employees; the importance of giving back to the community.

Max Long's Leadership Profile

As President of Microsoft Canada, Max Long is focused on helping consumers, students, partners, businesses and public sector organizations realize their full potential. Committed to making positive contributions to Canadian communities through its citizenship efforts, Max is also dedicated to ensuring Microsoft Canada is a great place to work.

Over his 15 years with Microsoft, Max has helped shape the company's sales, partner and marketing strategies. With more than two decades of working with enterprise customers in the technology industry, he is known across the industry for seeking smarter ways to serve customers and partners, as well as emboldening enterprises to make the moves necessary to thrive and better compete.

In his previous role as Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Accounts, Max led a global team with a mandate to grow revenue and competitive share while building customer and partner relationships and driving customer and partner satisfaction.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Max recently relocated from Redmond, Washington to Toronto with his wife and two children. In addition to spending time with his family, Max enjoys competing in triathlons and snowboarding in his spare time. Before joining Microsoft, Max spent nine years at IBM where he worked in a variety of sales functions across segments and industries.

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