Chris Arsenault

  • Chris Arsenault is Managing Partner at iNovia Capital and has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur for the last two decades. Chris currently serves as a director or observer on the boards of Fixmo, Gamerizon, Localmind, Reflex Photonics, Ryma, and Woozworld. Chris is an active board member of the Canadian Venture Capital Association (CVCA), is Co-Chair of the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) and is active Charter Member of Silicon Valley based C100 (the Top Canadians in the Valley organization).

    Before joining the firm in 2002, Chris founded, co-founded or funded a number of Software, Mobile and Consumer Internet technology start-up companies, including 2 spin-offs of telecom giants Microcell and Teleglobe. Chris is also proud to have been instrumental in the creation of the ENABLIS Entrepreneurial Network (a $30+ million G8-sponsored venture capital seed fund). Chris’ entrepreneurial and investment experience includes a number of notable exits that generated large shareholder returns, such as Airborne Entertainment,, Wanted Technologies, i5 Inc., up2 Inc. and SIT Inc. His work in the mid 90’s as founder and CEO of SIT provided him with the opportunity to play an important part in the initial growth of the Internet. As one of Netscape’s first Development Partners, Integrator and International reseller, SIT’s security products and dial-up technology eventually grew to become an integral part of Netscape’s deployment.

    Chris believes that Entrepreneurship is a “state of mind”, and thus part of one’s core. It may be sleeping (waiting to be activated, nurtured or mentored), but it can’t be taught or infused into a person. Entrepreneurship is not a profession; an entrepreneur has unique character traits that enable him/her to do amazing and impossible things.

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