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About Michael Hughes

From out-of-work professional to Chair of the Board of Directors of The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, one of Canada’s oldest and most respected business organizations.

From unpaid presenter to one of only six Canadian Professional Speakers holding the prestigious “Platinum Speaker Resource” accreditation for Meeting Planners International, the largest worldwide body of meeting planners and conference organizers.

From the idea of creating a unique, self-directed future to a six-figure consulting practice based exclusively on building, then leveraging a network of contacts, colleagues and clients.

Michael J. Hughes has spent over 45 years in the business world. He honed his business and management skills with two world-class organizations prior to investing the last sixteen years building Michael J. Hughes Consulting & Training Inc., a business development and management consulting practice focused exclusively on Networking For Results™.


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Known as THE Networking Guru (Ottawa Citizen July 2001), he has done extensive research on, and is a specialist in, utilizing networking as a business strategy.

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He has invested the past twenty-plus years researching the wealth of networking information currently available, added his personal networking success and his experiences as a leader in networking organizations to create a proven approach that builds networking skills, accelerates networking performance and creates tangible results through his unique Networking For Results™ Personal Marketing Success System.

In fact, one of the most unique properties of Michael’s business success is that he has taken his company from an idea to a six-figure consulting practice annually using networking as his sole marketing vehicle.

Michael works with Fortune 500 companies, international associations and business organizations across North America, sharing his philosophy and expert knowledge on business-to-business networking, the social network phenomenon and corporate relationship management strategies.

Michael is the ideal catalyst for increasing the potential and power of your next conference or meeting. To review a list of his most requested conference keynote presentations and programs, visit the “Networking For Results™ Keynote Overviews and Options” Section or contact him directly.

2015 recipient of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers' Warren Evans Spirit of CAPS Award.

Current and past involvements:

2014-16 Member, Board of Directors - OutCare Foundation.

2008-16 National Chair of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers Philanthropic Foundation.

2006 Chair, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce
2005 President, Ottawa Chapter, Canadian Association of Professional Speakers
Board of Advisors IMPACT Student Leaders Organization since 2006
Platinum Resource Speaker, Meeting Planners International since 2002
Small Business of The Year Finalist, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, 2002.

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