About Mischa Kaplan

Mischa Kaplan is a writer, consultant, educator, public speaker, and economic development advocate. He writes regularly for the Ottawa Citizen, and his writing has also appeared in a variety of other local and national publications, including Maclean's, Canadian Business, Ottawa Business Journal, the Montreal Gazette (in syndication), and the Kingston Whig-Standard (also in syndication). With interests in economic development policy, leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation, Mischa Kaplan also serves as an instructor in the School of Business at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario. As an expert on the small business sector, innovation, and economic development policy, Mischa has appeared on a variety of media outlets, including CBC Radio, CTV’s News at Noon, Roundhouse Radio in Vancouver, and CTV’s Ottawa Morning. 

A fourth-generation small business owner, Mischa has over a decade of experience managing small and medium sized organizations of between 20 and 100 employees. In 2016, Mischa was recognized for his business and community leadership with a prestigious “Forty Under 40” award. Mischa is also involved with a variety of local and national business advocacy and economic development groups, such as the MySTORE Advisory Board at the Retail Council of Canada, the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, and the West Ottawa Board of Trade, where he currently serves as the chair of the board of directors. In summer 2017, Mischa was chosen as one of a small group of entrepreneurs from across Canada to join the prestigious G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Canadian delegation to Germany, where he helped to represent the views and perspectives of the Canadian entrepreneur community.

Prior to his role in the private sector, Mischa served in both part-time and full-time capacities as an officer in the Canadian Forces Army Reserve. Mischa holds degrees from McGill University and Queen's University.

For more on Mischa, you can check out his LinkedIn profile.