Recognizing Opportunity: Learning Value in the Unexpected
During this livestream event developed in partnership with the Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship, Ivey alum Erik Mikkelsen, HBA '06, joins Eric Morse, Director of the Morrissette Institute, to discuss his journey across industries, the leadership lessons he learned along the way, and how he honed his ability to recognize opportunity in unexpected places.
While we might initially have a vision of a final destination in our career, the actual journey to get there often isn’t as straightforward as initially planned. However, there is great value in the unforeseen routes you might stumble upon along the way. In this virtual livestream, Erik Mikkelsen, HBA '06, co-founder and Managing Partner of Auxo Management LP, and the President and Chief Revenue Officer of Stealth Monitoring Inc., a leading North American video monitoring and security company, shares his journey through entrepreneurship and the detours within his career where he found new avenues for opportunity.
During this event developed in collaboration with the Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship, Mikkelsen is joined by Eric Morse, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Executive Director of the Morrissette Institute, to discuss his journey across industries in New York, L.A., Toronto, and Dallas, Texas, the leadership lessons he learned along the way, and how he honed his ability to recognize opportunity in unexpected places.
President & CRO, Stealth Monitoring; Managing Partner of Auxo Management LP
Erik Mikkelsen, HBA '06
Erik is currently the President & CRO of Stealth Monitoring, a 1,800+ person high-tech video surveillance company, and Managing Partner of Auxo Management LP, a private investment firm he co-founded in 2010.
Prior to Stealth and Auxo, Erik gained professional business experience in private equity, investment banking, and start-ups. Throughout his career he has worked on over $30 billion of executed transactions, ranging in size from under a million dollars to several billion. Erik was previously in the acquisitions group at Regent Properties, a real estate private equity firm in Los Angeles. Prior to Regent, he was an investment banker in the Leveraged Finance Group at Barclays Capital in New York. Before moving to New York, Erik co-led the Business Development department of Ink Media, a new media development company he co-founded.
Erik graduated with Distinction from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, where he received his Honours Business Administration (HBA). In 2014 Erik was the co-recipient of the Ivey Emerging Leaders Award for Entrepreneurship and in 2018 was the recipient of the Class of 2006 Ivey Entrepreneurship Ambassador Award. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Entrepreneurship Council for Western University, an Advisor for the Western Alumni Angels Network, and a member of the Advisory Board for Ivey Business School. Erik also completed Executive Education focused on Artificial Intelligence for Business at the MIT Sloan School of Management and MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).
Erik is an active investor and advisor in several start-ups and is an active community volunteer. In 2013 he co-founded CAMH Engage, a group of professionals focused on strategy and fundraising initiatives in support of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation. He is also a member of YPO (Young President’s Organization) and has lectured at business schools in Canada and the United States. Erik was born in London, England and grew up in Western Canada where he was an ice hockey and lacrosse player.