MIVF 2013 – Our Investors


    • Jacques Bernier

      Jacques Bernier Managing PartnerTeralys Capital

      Jacques Bernier is a highly respected venture capitalist, entrepreneur and investor who’s helped shape the Canadian technological innovation scene. Through a 30 year career of contributions to the high-tech community, he has been actively involved in more than a dozen emerging high-tech companies as Founder/CEO or angel investor as well as Senior Vice-President of the Solidarity Fund QFL.  Jacques’ widely valued wisdom and experiences continue to define, develop and implement a new approach to venture capital in Québec and abroad. ...

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    • David Nault

      David Nault PrinicipaliNovia Capital

      David is a principal at iNovia Capital with a focus on Quebec investment opportunities. Entrepreneurship is part of David’s DNA and so is helping others in their quest to grow their businesses. His interest in venture building and deep experience in sales and marketing has attracted him to mentor a large number of promising entrepreneurs. His area of expertise include; software, e-commerce and electronic payments. He learnt early on the meaning of lean start-up while at VIPswitch when he had to get large customer validation for a disruptive telecom technology for which he later helped raise...

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    • Henrik Holland

      Henrik Holland Venture PrincipalShell Technology Ventures

      Henrik holds an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Twente. He is also a Six Sigma Academy (SSA & Company) certified Six Sigma & Lean Black Belt. He started his career in telecommunications with Alcatel-Lucent and Telefonica. With Shell, Henrik worked predominantly in Upstream Commercial, both in operational and business development roles. Prior to joining STV, Henrik worked as an Enterprise Supplier Manager on the development of various Equipment category strategies and negotiated long-term Enterpr...

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    • Anne-Marie Bourgeois

      Anne-Marie Bourgeois Vice-President, Investments EnerTech Capital

      Anne-Marie has a strong operational background, with 17 years of experience with energy and clean energy companies. Anne-Marie serves as a member of the venture deal team. She is responsible for enhancing EnerTech Capital’s proprietary deal flow in Quebec, as well as building relationships with local investors and on a global basis.  With her capacity to work fluently in English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish, Anne-Marie builds on EnerTech’s focus to develop companies into international leaders and deliver outstanding returns to investors. Pr...

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    • Michael Dennis

      Michael Dennis Investment ManagerInnovacorp

      Michael Dennis is an investment manager at Innovacorp, where his focus is on identifying and developing seed and early-stage investment opportunities in the life sciences sectors. He manages all aspects of the investment review, approval and closing cycle. Michael has extensive experience in the commercialization of life sciences technologies through his career as a research scientist, entrepreneur and executive in early-stage biotechnology start-ups. Prior to joining Innovacorp, Michael was CEO of Performance Genomics Inc. of Truro where he led a turn-around based on strategic partnerin...

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    • Ian Jeffrey

      Ian Jeffrey General ManagerFounderFuel

      Ian is GM of FounderFuel and Venture Partner at Real Ventures. Originally from Montreal, he spent many years in Silicon Valley, and it was there in 2006 that he launched Radar (the first mobile photo sharing social network) when he was VP of Marketing and Communications at Tiny Pictures. Among many other awards, Radar was recognized as “Best Mobile Social Networking Service” by the Webby Awards. After the acquisition of Tiny Pictures by Shutterfly, Ian joined the team as Director of Marketing of its mobile and social team. There he launched Wink, a mobile service that lets users create photobo...

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    • Jean-Sebastien Cournoyer

      Jean-Sebastien Cournoyer Co-founder and PartnerReal Ventures

      Jean-Sebastien Cournoyer co-founded Montreal Start Up and Real Ventures, two seed funds based in Montreal. JS loves working with entrepreneurs and startups. He is an entrepreneur as well, having co-founded and operated a few startups along the way. He tries to live life by giving more than he takes and looks for people who share this principle. JS' life is a constant (good) struggle to find balance between spending time with his wife and kids, with the entrepreneurs he works with, his friends and taking care of himself, which usually means playing hockey, swimming, running or biking. As such, ...

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    • Sean Brownlee

      Sean Brownlee PartnerRho Canada Ventures

      Sean Brownlee is a partner of Rho Canada Ventures. With nearly 15 years of operational and venture experience, he is passionate about collaborating with entrepreneurs and helping them grow their ventures to become leaders in their spaces. He joined Rho Canada Ventures in 2012 and focuses on investments in the areas of SaaS (Software as a Service), cloud, mobility and clean technology. Prior to Rho, Sean worked for nearly a decade in Boston at JMH Capital and 3i Corporation, a leading internationally focused venture capital firm. He has been involved in the early-stage finan...

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    • Eric Emmons

      Eric Emmons Investment PartnerSiemens Venture Capital, Inc.

      Eric Emmons is an Investment Partner based in Boston, MA and focused on investments in energy, materials, and industrial solutions. He has been active as a director of Managesoft , Porogen, Powerit Solutions, Zolo Technologies, and Protonex. Before joining Siemens Venture Capital, Eric was a founding general partner at the Massachusetts Green Energy Fund, where he led many of its investments in energy, industrial process efficiency, and materials. Eric also worked with Commons Capital, a venture capital firm in the Boston area which invests in energy, medical, and technology companies. P...

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    • Didier Leconte

      Didier Leconte Investment Director - Life SciencesFonds de solidarité FTQ

      Didier Leconte joined the Fonds de solidarité FTQ late 2012 as Investment Director for the Life Sciences sector. Over his career, Didier Leconte has been working in the innovation sector in various environments in both Europe and North America. Didier Leconte started his career in 1990 in France in the energy sector at GDF Suez Research Division, and moved to North America where he held different management positions in one of the largest private R&D center dedicated to natural gas. Since 2004, Didier Leconte led several initiatives related to the commercialization of discoveries stemming ...

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    • Whitney Rockley

      Whitney Rockley Co-founder and Managing PartnerMcRock Capital

      Rockley brings over 15 years of investment, operating and strategic planning experience in large, established industries such as power, water and Oil & Gas. She is refreshingly real. Prior to co-founding McRock Capital, she was a Partner with Emerald Technology Ventures and Nomura New Energy Ventures. She has extensive experience setting up and managing corporate venture capital programs. Rockley previously served as a Director of the Pressure Pipe Inspection Company (acquired by Pure Technologies TSX:PUR...

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    • Scott MacDonald

      Scott MacDonald Co-founder and Managing PartnerMcRock Capital

      MacDonald has played an integral part in building many of today’s leading intelligent infrastructure companies within the water, power, and energy efficiency sectors. He is refreshingly real. He currently serves on the board of Pure Technologies (TSX:PUR). He previously served as Chairman of SynapSense from 2008-2012 and was a Director of the Pressure Pipe Inspection Company (acquired by Pure Technologies). From 2003 to 2007, MacDonald served as Chairman of RuggedCom (acquired by Siemens) and helped the company grow f...

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    • Cédric Favier

      Cédric Favier AssociateEmerillon Capital

      Cédric Favier has more than 10 years of experience in entrepreneurship, new market development, technology & product development, management and strategic planning. Cédric co-founded an e-commerce company during his studies and was responsible for IT projects for Renault-Nissan. He then co-founded Signoptic Technologies, a start-up company that developed and commercialized an innovative authentication solution globally and was acquired by Arjowiggins Security Group. He was also a consultant at Ernst & Young and a business development manager at Valeo Management / MSBiV. He holds ...

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    • Ludovic André

      Ludovic André General ManagerEmerillon Capital

      Ludovic André has over 10 years of experience in venture capital in France and Canada within CM-CIC Capital Finance, and as Chief Operating Officer of its Canadian subsidiary VCIC Inc. Before joining the venture capital industry, Ludovic André held several positions in R&D and engineering for the Air Liquide group in both France and the United States. Ludovic has a Master’s degree in engineering from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble as well as from the University of Texas at Austin. He also has an MBA from HEC Paris. Mr. André serves on several Boards of Directors, nam...

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    • Stéphane Pilette

      Stéphane Pilette Vice PresidentAnges Quebec

      Stéphane has a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from the École Polytechnique de Montréal and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Sherbrooke. He’s a successful entrepreneur and investor with over 15 years of experience in technological development of products with several companies and in various markets. In 2007, he cofounded Vimedix with three partners. This specialized company in medical solutions for ultrasound imagining was sold to CAE Healthcare three years later. Since September 2012, he has also managed Anges Québec’s Healthcare and Life Sciences sector. St...

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    • Ty Danco

      Ty Danco CEO & FondateurBuyside FX

      10 years on Wall Street on the sellside, 8 on the buyside, and the last 13 years in fintech startups. Sandwiched in an MBA at Wharton while competing as an Olympic athlete (1980, 1984 US Luge Team). Began finance career on Wall Street (Lehman, MS, GS, Nomura), followed by managing fixed income on the buyside (Dwight Asset Management). Founded eSecLending in 2000, which was acquired by TA Associates in 2006. Retired from eSecLending in 2009, invested in about 40 startup companies as an angel investor. Founded my second startup, BuysideFX in late 2011. Working and living in both VT and MA....

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    • Caroline Pelletier

      Caroline Pelletier Collaborator - Business DevelopmentAnges Quebec

      Caroline Pelletier has 10 years of experience in the media, communications and Web industries. She worked as director of web content and production at Yellow Pages Group and as account director in the Nurun and BBDO Proximity agencies. In 2011, she became a partner at Remarquable Communications, an advertising creation, branding and web agency. She has worked on several brand names, including BRP, Pepsi, Garda, Ricardo Cuisine, Ebates and Lowe’s. At Anges Québec, Caroline has been involved in a variety of projects in the ecommerce, web, information technologies, telehealth and life sciences...

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    • Helge Seetzen

      Helge Seetzen CEOTandemLaunch Technologies

      Helge Seetzen is a successful entrepreneur with deep experience in the multi-media technology space. He has repeatedly built high performance teams in both the start-up and corporate environment. He co-founded Sunnybrook Technologies and later BrightSide Technologies to commercialize display technologies developed at the University of British Columbia. BrightSide was successfully sold to Dolby Laboratories for US$28M at high return to shareholders after having grown to over 30 developers. Known today as local dimming LED TV, BrightSide's high dynamic range (HDR) display received early accla...

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    • Richard Lan

      Richard Lan PartnerAmalan Capital

      Richard Lan has more than 20 years of senior management experience in the investment, life sciences, health and wellness, and consumer sectors based in Canada, China and Europe. Before co-founding Amalan, he managed Florish Capital, an investment company focusing on small and medium private businesses. His previous positions included Regional Finance Director & member of the Executive Commitee for Mead Johnson Europe and for more than 15 years, held senior leadership positions for Bristol-Myers-Squibb Canada, China and France. Richard is a chartered professional accountant (CPA) and a chart...

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    • Antony Acciarri

      Antony Acciarri PartnerAmalan Capital

      Antony Acciarri has more than 20 years experience in private equity including growth, LBO and turnaround situations.  Before co-founding Amalan, Antony founded Alma Partners, a French investment company specialised in turning around underperforming businesses.  Previously he spent 10 years with Electra, latterly as Partner where he was involved in a number of investments and where he played a key role in the development of Electra’s European network, and 5 years at Bridgepoint.  Antony previously worked at Braxton Associates, a strategy consultancy.  He has an electronic engineering...

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    • Jeff Grammer

      Jeff Grammer PartnerRho Canada Ventures

      Jeff Grammer is a partner of Rho Canada Ventures. With nearly 28 years of operational and venture experience, Jeff seeks entrepreneurs who see market opportunities and possess the business acumen to nurture young companies to become industry leaders. He joined Rho Canada Ventures in 2006 and focuses primarily on investments in new media, information technology (hardware and software) and communication companies – mostly at the seed and early stages of development. Prior to Rho Canada Ventures, Jeff worked operationally at Intel, Chips and Technologies, N*Able Technologies and Ember Corporation...

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    • Alain Denis

      Alain Denis Senior Vice-President - New EconomyFonds de solidarité FTQ

      Alain Denis is a Senior Vice-President at Fonds de solidarité FTQ where he is responsible for all investments in Information Technology, Telecommunications and Life Sciences sectors. Activities includes management and growth of existing portfolio, sourcing of new investment opportunities, new partnerships and business development.

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    • Murray McCaig

      Murray McCaig Managing PartnerMaRS Cleantech Fund

      Murray is an experienced startup CEO with a background in management consulting and finance. Most recently, Murray managed New York-based private equity group, RSL Investments (owned by the Estee Lauder family), where he was responsible for leading a global business acquisition strategy in the water sector. Murray has extensive international business development and licensing experience, including his role with Upstream, a world leader in mobile marketing solutions, where he built the global sales organization and led the expans...

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    • Claude Vachet

      Claude Vachet Managing PartnerCycle Capital

      Claude has 22 years of operational, Venture Capital, Secondary Transaction and fund management experience of venture capital portfolios investing in high tech companies. Having managed numerous investments and exits during his career, Claude has built a solid track record. He has, among others, been part of successful teams at both Kirchner and Multiple Capital. He has also worked at Innovatech Montreal as Vice-President Information Technology and Communication. In this capacity, he was responsible for 44 high-tech start-up companies and 5 Venture Capital Funds. From April 2004 to March 200...

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    • Alan MacIntosh

      Alan MacIntosh General PartnerReal Ventures

      Alan has over 29 years of international experience in innovative technology related businesses starting in oil exploration with Schlumberger and later data networking with Hewlett Packard. In 2004 Alan co-founded Acta Wireless and led the firm’s investments in OZ Communications (acquired by Nokia), WaveMetrix, Millennial Media (NYSE: MM) and Cellfish Media. In 2007 Alan co-founded Montréal Startup. Alan is a director of the Mobile Giving Foundation Canada where Acta was a founding sponsor, a Trustee of the McCord Museum and President of OSMO Foundation (Notman House). A native of Scotland, kee...

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    • Steven Abrams

      Steven Abrams PartnerBDC Venture Capital

      Steven Abrams is a partner in the IT Fund of BDC Venture Capital. He joined the BDC in 2001, after almost nine years in investment banking with Scotia McLeod and two years as CFO of an interactive advertising agency. As a Director of Corporate Finance, he participated in many IPOs, privatizations, M&A advisory mandates, and equity and debt financings for companies in sectors including technology, transportation and telecommunications. For the Internet company, he raised a first round of venture capital, did three acquisitions, two start-ups, and helped grow the company from 15 people to 14...

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    • Dennis R. Costello

      Dennis R. Costello Managing PartnerBraemar Energy Ventures

      Dennis R. Costello is a Managing Partner of Braemar Energy Ventures II.  Mr. Costello has been an active venture capital investment professional for over twenty-five years. Mr. Costello was previously a partner with Advent International, an international private equity firm where he rose to chief investment officer for North America.  Mr. Costello began his career in alternative energy with positions as a project manager at Midwest Research Institute and as a member of the original staff of the National Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI), which is now the National Renewable energy Laborato...

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    • Nicolas Gravel

      Nicolas Gravel Director, Strategic Investments & InitiativesBDC Venture Capital

      Nicolas Gravel occupe le poste de Directeur, Investissements et initiatives stratégiques et il enrichit l’équipe avec ses compétences en matière de capital de risque et de financement dans les secteurs de l’énergie et des technologies propres. Nicolas est ingénieur chimique de formation et il possède une vaste expérience des procédés industriels dans divers secteurs. Il a occupé le poste d’associé de recherche sur les actions chez Merrill Lynch avant de passer quatre ans au service d’Innovatech Montréal en tant que gestionnaire de portefeuilles de capital d...

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