Michael Granek, MBA is a successful entrepreneur and award-winning event producer with over two decades of experience in the special events and entertainment industries, as well as over 10 years of experience in adult education and academics. As President, COO of the Event Leadership Institute, Michael applies his diverse background of business management, adult education and special events experience to connect event professionals with leading industry education, training & professional development.
Previous to the Event Leadership Institute, Michael discovered his passion for fostering the next generation of event leaders during his role as Academic Director at The Art Institute of Vancouver. In this position, Michael managed the program’s department and faculty, designed and developed curriculum, instructed various events-related courses, and developed un-paralleled partnerships between the events industry and education. He has also participated in the MPI Meeting and Business Events Competency Standards (MBECS) Faculty Forum, has judged various event industry awards, and has delivered numerous seminars and training workshops at leading industry conferences, colleges, and universities.
Passionate about the growth and development of the events industry, Michael has served on the board of ILEA Vancouver Chapter for eight years, three of those as Chapter President. He has been a member of the ILEA education council and currently sits on the board of the MPI BC Chapter as VP of Finance.