John Kelleher

Co-Chair, NEXT Canada and Partner, McKinsey & Company

John Kelleher is a Partner and in-house executive in McKinsey’s turnaround practice that focuses on providing elite leadership talent to drive large-scale turnarounds. John is an experienced turnaround CEO & private equity executive who has driven multiple successful turnarounds across a range of industries.

Functionally John’s specialty is corporate finance, financial modelling, and accounting; in his spare time John has taught classes on these topics at several major business schools.

John spent part of his early career in the high technology group at Goldman Sachs in New York doing mergers, acquisitions and offerings for internet, communications, technology infrastructure, and software firms. Since then, he has been an active technology angel investor, and mentor / Exec Chair / lead investor for early stage technology businesses. John’s recent investments include Kira Talent, Wealthsimple, and Thalmic Labs, among others. John is also co-founder of Tech North, an effort that seeks to build the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor in to one of the world’s top technology superclusters. John is also a key member of the task force that is defining an artificial intelligence strategy for the country.  

He holds an Honours BA in business administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business where he graduated as Gold Medalist; an MA in public administration from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government; and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he graduated with Distinction.