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Christian Kanady
BornMichael Christian Kanady
(1979-04-27) April 27, 1979 (age 45)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
🏫 EducationUniversity of Oklahoma (BBA)
💼 Occupation
  • Investor
  • Entrepreneur
👔 EmployerEcho
TitleFounder & CEO of Echo
👩 Spouse(s)Kate Richard (m. 2017–present)
👶 Children3
👴 👵 Parent(s)
  • Michael B. Kanady
  • Randi Ann Kanady
🥚 TwitterTwitter=
label65 = 👍 Facebook

Michael ‘Christian’ Kanady (KAN-ə-dē; born April 27, 1979) is an American multi-disciplinary entrepreneur and investor. In 2010, he founded the Echo Investment Capital investment firm, as well as Echo Energy, an independent oil and gas subsidiary of Echo.[1][2] Kanady serves as the chief executive officer of Echo, which is headquartered in Oklahoma City.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Kanady is a fourth-generation Oklahoman.[4] He was born in Oklahoma City, one of three children of Michael B. Kanady and Randi Ann Kanady.[5] Kanady’s mother worked as a healthcare administrator for an otolaryngology practice in Oklahoma City. Kanady’s father served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. The Cold War-Vietnam GI Bill (Veterans Benefits Readjustment Act of 1966) allowed him to be the first in the family to both attend and graduate college. Kanady's father later became the business owner of Ridgecrest Pharmacy.

After attending the Casady School, a K-12 independent, college-preparatory school, Kanady was educated at the University of Oklahoma. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Energy Management and Finance in 2005.[2]


After college, Kanady began work at Chesapeake Energy Corporation, an American energy company engaged in hydrocarbon exploration.[2][3][4][6]

Kanady left Chesapeake Energy in December of 2008 to begin his own entrepreneurial pursuit and investment initiatives.

In 2010, Kanady founded the Echo Investment Capital and Echo Energy. In 2022, the companies became subsidiaries of the rebranded Echo.[1][2][3] Echo identifies as a multi-strategy investment firm spanning life sciences, media and entertainment, real estate, national security, and energy.[2][7][8] The firm has deployed more than $1.2 billion in capital across industries,[9] which includes Kanady’s role as lead investor in major initiatives such as Echo Minerals, Prairie Surf Studios, Zeno Technologies, and Wheeler Bio.[10][3][11][6][12][13] In 2022, Kanady was named by The Oklahoman as part of the "next wave of civic leaders guiding Oklahoma City's future aspirations."[14]

Echo is one of the largest mineral rights owner in the state of Oklahoma, according to The Oklahoman.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Kanady is the father of three children. On December 2, 2017, Kanady married Kate Richard, the chief executive of Warwick Investment Group.[2][5] They both reside in Oklahoma City.

Philanthropy & board affiliations[edit]

Oklahoma City Innovation District[edit]

Kanady is the sitting chairperson on the board of directors for the Oklahoma City Innovation District, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization spanning Oklahoma’s diverse sectors in healthcare, bioscience, aerospace, manufacturing, education, technology, and energy.[15]

Greater Oklahoma City Chamber[edit]

Kanady is active board member for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and is responsible for overseeing activities and initiatives regarding Oklahoma City's economic development, government relations, education and workforce development, and tourism.[6][16][17]

Riversport OKC[edit]

Kanady is on the board of directors for Riversport OKC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation that focuses on outdoor activities, fitness, and living a healthy, active lifestyle.[18][19] Riversport OKC's non-profit initiatives include monetary support for community youth and outreach programs and provide coaching, equipment, and athletic facilities for Olympic hopefuls training in OKC.[19][20][21]

Oklahoma Contemporary[edit]

Kanady also sits on the board of trustees for Oklahoma Contemporary, a non-profit Contemporary Art Museum located in downtown Oklahoma City.[22]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "About Echo". Echo. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "Features | ARTDESK". Retrieved 2022-04-15.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Another Oklahoman in the movie business comes home as OKC's Prairie Surf Media makes first hire". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Meacham, By Scott. "Meacham: The importance of tapping into Oklahoma's biotechnology infrastructure and capabilities". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 2022-04-15.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Katherine Richard, Christian Kanady". The New York Times. 2017-12-03. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-04-15.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "New Drug Manufacturer, Hotel to Anchor $240 Million OKC Innovation District Development". Oklahoma Department of Commerce. 2021-07-18. Retrieved 2022-04-15.
  7. "Echo Investment Capital". Retrieved 2022-04-15.
  8. "Echo in $32.5MM Mineral and Royalty Interest Sale". Retrieved 2022-04-15.
  9. "Investing in breakthrough technologies". issuu. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  10. "Echo in $32.5MM Mineral and Royalty Interest Sale". Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  11. "Zeno Technologies Helps Oil Companies Make Smarter Decisions | Built In Austin". Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  12. "Echo". Echo. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  13. Vuksanaj, Kathy (2022-04-04). "Discovery-to-Clinic Path Smoothed by Open Source Manufacturing". GEN - Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News. Retrieved 2022-04-15.
  14. "The Oklahoman". Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  15. "Oklahoma City Innovation District | Our Team". Retrieved 2022-04-25.
  16. "Board of Directors". Retrieved 2022-04-26.
  17. "Board of Directors". Retrieved 2022-04-26.
  18. "Board of Directors". Riversport OKC. Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  19. 19.0 19.1 "About". Riversport OKC. Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  20. "Oklahoma City to host up to seven events leading to Olympic Games in LA". The Oklahoma City Sentinel. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  21. Pierneef, Dennis (2021-09-01). "New SkiMachine at Riversport OKC- SkiMachine News". SkiMachine. Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  22. "Board". Oklahoma Contemporary. Retrieved 2022-04-26.

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