Our board members strive to ensure an organization that meets the needs of both investors and new businesses.
Shawn Abbott, iNova Capital
Shawn has a passion for building communications and Internet start-up companies. He has played entrepreneur, investor, technical and general management roles at 15 technology start-ups on three continents over 20 years.
Rebecca Giffen, VCAA, AEC
Rebecca has over 20 years of experience in the Canadian venture capital industry and leads the VCAA as Executive Director. She also acts as Director of Investments for Alberta Enterprise Corporation. At AEC, she manages a portfolio of new and existing venture capital fund investments.
Brad Johns, Yaletown
A Partner with Yaletown Partners, Brad brings over 30 years of experience in private capital, product management, engineering, manufacturing, and business development. He invests primarily in the information technology and clean energy sectors.
Michael McGee, Avrio Capital
Michael's experience spans from commercial banking and real estate lending in Toronto, to ten years of subordinated debt and quasi-equity investing at the Bank of Montreal Capital Corporation and Toronto Dominion Bank Capital.
Whitney Rockley, McRock Capital
Whitney is a Co-founder and Managing Partner of McRock Capital, a venture capital firm focused exclusively on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). She has over 20 years of investment, operating and strategic planning experience from the power, water and oil & gas industries.
Robert Simon, BDC Venture Capital
Robert brings over 25 years of experience as a successful serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist in the field of Information Technology. He joined BDC Capital in 2011 as Senior Managing Partner in the IT Venture Fund and is responsible for overseeing the IT Venture Fund investments and maximizing value creation across the portfolio..
Andrea Drager, Azure Capital
Andrea is Vice-President at Azure Capital Partners, a venture capital firm with over $750 million under management. Leading their Calgary office, Andrea evaluates investment opportunities across Canada and selected US consumer investments.
Wally Hunter, Enertech Capital
Wally has been investing in energy and clean energy companies and projects for fifteen years. He currently oversees EnerTech's Canadian operations from Toronto.
Patrick Lor, Panache Capital
Pat is Managing Partner with Panache Capital, a $40M seed-stage venture capital fund focused on enterprise SaaS, fintech and AI start-ups. A successful entrepreneur, Patrick has co-founded and sold iStockphoto and Dissolve.
Brad J. Pierce, BLG
A senior lawyer in the Calgary office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Brad practices in the corporate and commercial area with a primary focus on private equity and venture capital financings and mergers and acquisitions.
Michelle Scarborough, BDC
Michelle is Managing Director, Strategic Investments and Women in Tech with BDC Capital. She is an experienced Canadian venture capitalist, with a strong track record in the energy technology sector and is recognized leader in the investment community..