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Matthew Thomas




Teaching: Introduction to Cross Sector Leadership: Achieving Impact

Matthew Thomas is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Paddle (, a career development platform for cross-sector leaders. Paddle’s digital self-assessments and personalized action plans help users become more innovative, adaptable and collaborative. Prior to founding Paddle, Matthew co-founded Prospect Madison, the Presidio Institute Fellows and The Intersector Project, institutions that empower professionals to create public value by engaging and collaborating across the business, government, and non-profit sectors.

Matthew co-published his research on cross-sector leadership with Harvard Business Review (“Triple Strength Leadership”), Oxford University Press (“The Gifts of Breadth”), and Global-is-Asian (“The Tri-Sector Athlete”). He also serves as a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission, and is a member of the World Economic Forum and Banff Forum communities.

Matthew formerly served as Practitioner-in-Residence at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and as chairman of Young Diplomats of Canada, Young Canadians in Finance and CanLeads. He has delivered remarks on leadership to audiences at the White House, Corporate Executive Board, Maytree Foundation, and TEDxWesternU

Prior to dedicating his time to cross-sector leadership development, Matthew was a consultant with McKinsey & Company. There he served clients in the retail, mining, and financial sectors, and contributed to the firm’s efforts on Long-Term Capitalism and Canada in the Pacific Century. Matthew started his career as an investment banking analyst with Morgan Stanley and financial sector stability economist with the Department of Finance Canada. He graduated with distinction from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

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