Sunil Sharma

  • Sunil has an eclectic and distinct background.  He has served as a diplomat in Canada’s Foreign Service where he has had the pleasure of representing the awesome country of Canada abroad.  He has served as the International Director for Canada’s Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) – the country’s leading organization representing the alternative investment industry where his work has been focussed on building strategic relationships with venture capital and private equity funds and institutional investors across the world while at the same time positioning Canada’s brand as it relates to investment , innovation and opportunity.  Sunil is the skillful ecosystem guy – you will find him actively involved in many of Canada’s most important business, technology and investment networks.

    Sunil takes leadership roles within organizations such as the Canadian Innovation Exchange or CIX (Sunil has been appointed as the CIX Evangelist),  the Banff Venture Forum, the France Canada Venture Forum, the MaRS Innovation Summit, Global CONNECT, the VerdeXchange, the Quebec City Conference and many other elite programs across the country. Sunil is a Charter Member of the Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and is actively involved with the TiEQuest Venture Competition.

    In addition to several Board appointments, Sunil also co-organizes Startup Weekend Toronto (Kauffman Foundation) which has become one of the most successful Startup Weekend programs anywhere in the world.

    Having lived in 6 provinces (all before he started jetting around the world), Sunil is the consummate Canadian.  That said, Sunil loves living in cosmopolitan and international Toronto – a place he considers to be one of the best cities in the world.

    Sunil graduated from the University of Victoria and the University of Toronto with Bachelor and Masters degrees.

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