Chris Arsenault has more than 25 years of operating and investing experience, and through his vision, has been a key pillar of today's rich Canadian tech ecosystem. Through his decades of leadership, Chris has developed an outstanding track record of identifying high potential companies early on, supporting them as they scale, and managing their path to exit. Chris played a key role in supporting many of inovia capital’s most valuable companies, including Lightspeed and AppDirect, where he currently serves as a board member and a personal coach to the founders. Chris founded inovia capital in 2007 and leveraged his entrepreneurial instincts to not only shape the culture of the Firm but also its vision and path forward which led to the inception of inovia growth. Chris is an active Charter Member of Silicon Valley-based entrepreneurs association The C100. He is a Campaign Cabinet Member of the Sainte-Justine Hospital UHC Foundation, a member of the Secretariat du AI (part the Quebec-based supercluster for Artificial Intelligence), an active member of Réseau Capital (Quebec-based Venture Capital Association) and the Canadian Venture Capital Association (“CVCA”).
The first life-changing entrepreneurial quote I remember is one from George S. Patton who said: “Lead, follow or get out of the way”. Although I was very young, that quote became a permanent tattoo pushing me beyond my limits ever since, making me see everything around me under a very different light.
inovia capital was founded on the underlying belief that tech entrepreneurs have unique character traits that enable them to do amazing and impossible things. And inovia capital was literally created to support them in their endeavor.
I believe that the future is whatever you decide to make of it. There are no limits. So you better make it good!
I grew up in a small town of 2,800 people — building things, breaking things, starting things, intrigued about how big they could become. I felt that the only way I could make a difference was by traveling the world and connecting extraordinary people.
Founders, you had me at “your contagious passion” — for problem solving more than the solution, your street smarts, and intellectual-integrity.