Tal Dehtiar

A proud Canadian, Tal Dehtiar, 30, is a recipient of the Ontario Global Trader Award, Arch Award, was nominated for the YMCA Peace Award and nominated for Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 and Ernst & Young’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2007, he was named one of the International Youth Foundation’s Young Social Entrepreneurs and in 2011 an Ernst & Young Finalist of the Year. Tal received his MBA from McMaster University and has a BA from the University of Western Ontario and Nanyang University in Singapore.

For his professional work, Tal has been featured regularly on CNN, CBC, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Marie Claire, The Toronto Star, MacLean’s Magazine, Canadian Business Newsmagazine, Business 2.0, TVO, City TV and Global National.

Mr. Dehtiar is a regular speaker across the globe including Rotary International, University of Toronto, McGill University, Richard Ivey School of Business, McMaster University, University of Michigan, Stanford University, Wharton University, Oxford University, HEC Paris and IESE Barcelona.

Tal has work on numerous international projects, including co-founding and launching MBAs Without Borders, an international charity that has engaged hundreds of business professionals from around the world to volunteer and help build small and social businesses in over 25 developing countries including Haiti, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Pakistan, Nicaragua and others. Prior to that, Tal worked in Sales and Marketing for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Canada, BBEX (based in Yellowknife, NWT) and St. Michael’s Hospital.

Most recently, Tal has founded Oliberté Footwear, the first premium footwear company to make its product in Africa. Over the past 2 years, Oliberté has grown rapidly under Tal’s leadership and his brand can be seen across North America, Europe and Asia.

Born in Ramat Gan, Israel with family roots in Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Latvia and Russia, Tal has traveled, worked, studied and lived in over 50 countries and speaks English, Russian, Hebrew and Spanish. In addition to his passion for travel, he is a competitive swimmer, plays hockey and competes in triathlons during the summer. Tal currently lives in Oakville, Ontario with his wife Kathy, and their son, Owen and dog, Nyla.