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Michael Canning

Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP



Mike Canning is the National Managing Director of Deloitte Consulting’s U.S. Strategy & Operations (S&O) practice. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic direction, operational execution and overall leadership of Deloitte’s strategy and operational consulting services, helping organizations address their most complex, heart-of-the-business issues.

When it comes to strategy and change, Mike Canning is a virtuoso. He joined Deloitte as a business analyst in 1988 and specializes in helping health plan organizations solve major issues including strategic planning, M&A activities, business transformations and implementation of large-scale projects. He has served as the lead client service principal for several of Deloitte's largest health care clients, with a consistent track record of client service excellence. He also serves on the leadership team for Deloitte’s Life Sciences and Health Care industry practice.

Prior to his current role, Mike held a wide range of leadership positions, serving as the U.S. leader for S&O’s Service Operations practice and the S&O leader for the Northeast region.

"Throughout my tenure as a Deloitte consultant, I have grown professionally and personally in many ways,” says Canning. "I work with amazing people at Deloitte in an environment that asks for and then respects self-motivated behavior. We break down problems and then strive to help solve them."

Mike received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Oberlin College and a Bachelor of Music in organ performance from Oberlin Conservatory. He earned his MBA from the University of Chicago, with a focus on finance and quality & operations improvement.

Outside of the office, Mike volunteers as board vice-chairman for Stepping Stones, a multi-service non-profit child adoption and family services organization. He is also a board member for the Boston Celebrity Series, reflecting his musical background and his passion for the arts.

"When I was training as a classical musician, I was guided by the idea that 'proper preparation prevents poor performance.' It's a variation of the '5 Ps' – the British Army adage – and a good reminder that you have to break down problems in order to solve them, then prepare and practice so that you can perform at the top of your game. In music, as it is in work and life, performing at your best takes a strong work ethic, focus and discipline."

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“In music, as it is in work and life, performing at your best takes a strong work ethic, focus and discipline.”

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