George Khalife is a sales & marketing professional with a background in finance and the DNA of an entrepreneur.
At 26 years old, George became the youngest Vice President at the Toronto Stock Exchange – based out of Chicago to help U.S. companies in the Midwest access the Canadian public markets. Previous to joining the TSX, George lead the marketing & business development for a growing financial technology startup, owl.co and before that led the business development for Canada’s #1 mid-market technology M&A firm called Sampford Advisors.
By day, he works with entrepreneurs, and by night he becomes one himself.
• Co-Founder & CEO at BookBack – an app for students to trade, buy and/or sell books (available in Stores for iOS & Android). In just the first day of launch, BookBack cracked the top 100 charts for free apps under the “Books” category and has been featured in several media publications like CheddarU, Toronto Guardian, The961, and leCommerce.
• Founder & Host at Let’s Grab Coffee – a podcast that aims to interview successful individuals in different industries (62 episodes and counting).
• Blogger at georgekhalife.com (ranked as one of the top Lebanese blogs to follow as per The961.com) and published author on LinkedIn.
• Community Builder – work with youth influencers to create & co-host events that advocate for and promote innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship.
• Speaker – has spoken at Telfer School of Management (sales workshop), Shopify (ImpactX), League of Innovators, University of Toronto (entrepreneurial workshop), and was the Keynote Speaker at IEEE’s Annual Canadian Student Congress.
Having travelled to 30+ countries, and lived in 4 (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Lebanon, and Canada), George has developed the ability to get a better understanding of different cultures and adapt (personally & professionally) to changing environments. Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable is also the reason why he does things like scuba diving / sky diving, to constantly challenge himself and overcome fear (false expectation appearing real).
George is a proud graduate of the Telfer School of Management (University of Ottawa) holding a Bachelors in Finance and a certificate in Personal Financial Services Advice (PFSA) from the Canadian Securities Institute.