Connected, empathetic and ambitious, our team is comprised of high-performing investors, top-industry operators and experienced operations individuals.

Led by a complementary leadership team, this team is highly committed to supporting founders and the ecosystem’s growth. 

Members
View Andrew Biddell's Profile

Andrew Biddell

Analyst Toronto

Andrew joined Inovia Capital’s Growth Team in January 2022. Prior to Inovia, Andrew was a management consultant at Monitor Deloitte in Toronto, where he focused on executive-level strategy for clients in the TMT and financial services sectors. Andrew graduated from McGill University with a BComm in Finance and Accounting and served as a Captain of the Men’s Varsity Football Team, where he was awarded Academic All-Canadian status.

Andrew Biddell

Analyst Toronto
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Anna Gostevcic

Analyst London

Anna joined Inovia Capital’s Growth Team in August 2022. Prior to Inovia, Anna was a Senior Analyst in funds of funds and venture capital at Investissement Québec, where she was involved in the valuation of new investment opportunities across multiple sectors and asset classes.

Anna holds a Master in Finance from IE Business School (Madrid, Spain) and a BComm from Concordia University through which she completed private equity work terms at CDPQ and BDC.

Anna Gostevcic

Analyst London
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Arianne Angers

Associate Montreal

Arianne joined Inovia Capital in August 2020 as Chief of Staff in the Montreal office, with a mandate to support Chris Arsenault in strengthening the venture-capital ecosystem in Quebec. After completing her mandate with Chris, she transitioned to be a full-time member of the investment team.

Prior to joining Inovia, Arianne completed her MBA at Columbia Business School after working for five years in management consulting at EY in Montreal and Toronto. Arianne also completed her undergrad in Engineering at McGill University in 2012.

Investments:

Flare Lambent Shyft

Arianne Angers

Associate Montreal
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Camille Pfeiffer

Operations Associate Montreal

Camille is a Montreal native. She earned a BA in Urban Planning and a Masters in Library and Information Science. After graduation, she took her research skills to one of Inovia Capital’s LPs — Investissement Quebec. Camille then joined another of the Firm’s LPs, Teralys. Since joining the team, Camille moved into an operations role where she continues to work closely with her deep networks through our LP reporting process.

Camille Pfeiffer

Operations Associate Montreal
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Chantel Paul

Executive Assistant Toronto

Chantel joined the EA team at Inovia in July of 2022 in the Toronto office. Before Inovia, Chantel worked at a non-profit housing organization catering to low-income and vulnerable seniors in metro Vancouver.

Chantel holds a BA in English Literature and Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba which led her to acquire a Post-Graduate Certificate in Fashion Design & Management. She started a women’s wear line in 2016 and continues to create and design pieces in her spare time.

Chantel Paul

Executive Assistant Toronto
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Charlotte Borgognoni

Associate Montreal

Charlotte joined Inovia Capital’s Growth team in Montreal in October 2020. For the past three years she had been working at Salesforce’s Strategy team in San Francisco where she supported the Office of the CEO and the Head of Worldwide Sales. Charlotte started out her career at Deloitte Canada as a Consultant in the Strategy & Operations group, where she advised large companies across the financial services, manufacturing and healthcare industries.

Charlotte grew up in Northern Italy and moved to Montreal to attend McGill University, where she graduated with Honors with a Bachelor of Commerce.

Investments:

Rewind Wealthsimple

Charlotte Borgognoni

Associate Montreal
View Chris Arsenault's Profile

Chris Arsenault

Chris Arsenault has more than 25 years of operating and investing experience, and through his vision, has become a key pillar of today’s maturing Canadian tech ecosystem. Chris played an important role in supporting many of Inovia Capital’s most valuable companies, including Lightspeed, Luxury Retreats, Sonder, and AppDirect, where he currently serves as a board member and a coach to the founders. Through his decades of leadership and relationship building, Chris has developed an outstanding track record of identifying high potential companies early on, maximizing deal value, supporting management teams as they scale, and managing paths to exit. Notable exits that generated substantial shareholder value include the 2019 IPO of Lightspeed (LSPD), Luxury Retreats, Well.ca, Localmind, Routehappy, Airborne Entertainment and SIT.

Chris co-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 Inovia platform and the inception of Inovia Capital’s growth funds. Chris currently serves as a director on the boards of AppDirect, Poka, Life House, Snapcommerce, SOAR Technology Acquisition Corp, Talent.com and Groupe Dynamite; he previously served on several boards, including  Lightspeed (until its IPO), Luxury Retreats (acquired by Airbnb in 2017), Reflex Photonics (acquired by Smiths Interconnect in 2019), and Well.ca (acquired by McKesson in 2017). Chris is also a board member of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, Forum AI Québec (part of the Quebec Supercluster for Artificial Intelligence), and he is also a proud Charter Member of Silicon Valley based The C100.

Chris Arsenault

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Deborah Lombardo

Executive Administrator London

Deborah brings a strong international/multi-sector industry background — she started her career as a marketing manager in the music industry in both Europe and USA, and has spent eight years at Essilor, the worldwide manufacturing leader of ophthalmic lenses, as Communication Manager and Executive Assistant.

Now in London, Deborah moved to the finance sector before joining Inovia Capital in November 2018 as EA and London Office Manager. Deborah is an avid traveller and is passionate about art.

Deborah Lombardo

Executive Administrator London
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Delia Pettit

Executive Administrator Montreal

As Executive Assistant and HR Admin, Delia supports investment and corporate operations within the Montreal office. Acting as liaison, Delia is the proven sounding board in most of our global operations. She spent the majority of her career in program management and operations within the non-profit and small business sector and has worked, lived and travelled in different parts of Canada, Europe and Asia.

Delia has a degree in translation from Laurentian University and a certificate in non-profit management through the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Delia Pettit

Executive Administrator Montreal
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Dennis Kavelman

Partner Toronto

Dennis Kavelman joined Inovia Capital in 2018 to launch Growth Fund I with Chris Arsenault and Patrick Pichette and leads the Firm’s value creation strategy. Leveraging both the venture team’s insights and the growth team’s know-how, Dennis has been invaluable in overseeing dealflow management and crystalizing the investment team’s processes with the ultimate objective of maximizing impact and value to entrepreneurs. Thanks to his operational background, Dennis is well-recognized within the Canadian tech ecosystem for providing unique perspectives on managing operational hurdles and growing pains.

Before joining Inovia, Dennis was an experienced technology executive and investor. After beginning his career at KPMG, Dennis joined startup RIM in 1995;  as CFO and COO, he helped RIM create the global smartphone industry as it grew to over 14,000 employees by his departure in 2010. During his tenure at RIM, he managed the scaling of a global software, hardware and services business while overseeing all financing activities, including the IPO and over $1.8B in equity raises. Following RIM, Dennis became a prolific angel investor and joined D2L, a global education platform company, as its COO. Dennis currently sits on the boards of AlayaCare, Symend, WorkJam, Vidyard and BenchSci.

Dennis Kavelman

Partner Toronto
View Diana Gray's Profile

Diana Gray

Executive Assistant KW

Diana joined Inovia in May 2022 as an Executive Assistant in the KW office. Before this, she worked with the Google Accelerator team, where she helped establish the Canadian Google for Startups Accelerator programs. It was there that she discovered her passion for the world of startups.

Before breaking into the tech industry, Diana spent many years spearheading successful events at the renowned Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Honours Communication Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University and a graduate certificate in Event Management from Niagara College.

Diana Gray

Executive Assistant KW
View Etienne Gauthier's Profile

Etienne Gauthier

Associate Montreal

Etienne is an Investment Associate in the Venture team, based in the Montreal office. In his role, Etienne participates in investment sourcing activities, due diligence efforts, and post-investment support to portfolio companies.

Before joining Inovia in 2022, Etienne was a Growth Equity Investment Analyst at CDPQ, the second-largest pension fund in Canada, where he focused on investment opportunities from Series C to pre-IPO, mainly in the sector of B2B SaaS. Prior to CDPQ, he worked in Strategy Consulting at Roland Berger, supporting large-scale organizations and Private Equity investors in their strategic planning and commercial due diligence efforts. Etienne holds a Bachelor of Business Administration & Finance from HEC Montreal, and graduated with Honors.

Etienne Gauthier

Associate Montreal
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Fiorella Schiffino

Controller Montreal

Fiorella brings her expertise in financial reporting, internal controls and efficiency-driven workflows with a vision to Inovia Capital.

Prior to joining Inovia, she was a Senior Associate at PwC Canada where she managed mandates for clients in the financial services industry, including the largest financial institutions and asset management firms worldwide.

She graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from McGill University and holds the designation of CPA, Auditor. A world citizen, she is fluent in English, French and Spanish. She enjoys travelling, dragon boating, and now calls Montreal home.

Fiorella Schiffino

Controller Montreal
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Francois Gauvin

Partner Montreal

François Gauvin is a CPA, CA with over 35 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, international tax planning and venture capital. He has provided Inovia Capital steady, diligent leadership for over more than a decade, ensuring that transparency and rigour remain core to the Firm’s reputation.

Prior to joining Inovia in 2007, François was the Investment Director at the Fonds de Solidarité FTQ (FsFTQ), a $16B Montreal-based labour-sponsored fund, where he was responsible for FsFTQ’s investments in venture capital funds. After investing in Inovia’s first fund on FsFTQ’s behalf, he joined the Firm as Partner-CFO and has been involved in every single transaction Inovia has ever done. He is a board member of Réseau Capital and an active member of the CVCA CFO task force.

Francois Gauvin

Partner Montreal
View Francoise Brougher's Profile

Francoise Brougher

Executive Advisor California

Francoise oversees Square’s growth and business operations including sales and account management, international expansion, customer support, marketing, and partnerships. Prior to Square, Francoise was VP of SMB Global Sales and Operations at Google. She brings extensive operational leadership to Inovia Capital as an advisor.

Francoise Brougher

Executive Advisor California
View Hugues Lalancette's Profile

Hugues Lalancette

Hugues has over 10 years of experience in technology, finance and entrepreneurship. He joined Inovia as an Analyst in November 2015 and quickly rose through the ranks to become a Partner on the growth investment team where he focuses on enterprise software opportunities. During his six year tenure at the firm, he worked with 15 portfolio companies — including AlayaCare, AppDirect, Bench, Lightspeed, Top Hat, WorkJam, WorkFusion and Rewind — helping them raise $2B+ across 25 transactions and driving great exits to date.

Hugues also developed Inovia’s LP co-investment program — enabling Inovia LPs to deploy about $800M across the portfolio. Prior to Inovia, he collaborated with startups in CFO and advisor roles after having worked at BMO.

Hugues graduated with an MSc. in Accounting & Finance from The London School of Economics in 2012 and with a BBA in Economics & Finance from HEC Montreal in 2011.

Hugues Lalancette

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Isabelle Audette

Vice-President Marketing & Communications Montreal

Isabelle joined Inovia Capital in March 2021. She has over 20 years of experience in marketing and communications, with a deep focus on developing data, digital and CRM strategies for global brands. At Inovia, Isabelle works with the Investments and Operations teams to promote the brand in the community and maximize communication efforts with founders and partners.

Before joining Inovia, Isabelle spent over 13 years at Cossette where she was overseeing the development of marketing activities for B2B and B2C clients from several industries. She also spent a few years at LoyaltyOne working with AIR MILES Reward Program’s sponsors to leverage the program to meet their business objectives.

Isabelle graduated with a Bachelor degree in Communications from University of Montréal and a DESS in Communication-Marketing from HEC.

Isabelle Audette

Vice-President Marketing & Communications Montreal
View Jill Weinstein's Profile

Jill Weinstein

Executive Administrator Toronto

Jill joined Inovia Capital in 2019, and heads up the operations duties in the Firm’s Toronto office. Jill brings more than 15 years experience, providing administrative support. Jill ran her own personal and corporate concierge service company for 9+ years. Prior to that, Jill honed her research skills as a reference librarian in the area of employment benefits for an international consulting firm.

Jill Weinstein

Executive Administrator Toronto
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Jules Pichette

Associate Toronto

Jules joined Inovia Capital’s Growth Team in London in 2021. He has a unique blend of strategic and operational experience gained from his time on the Strategy Team at women’s athletic wear company, Athleta, and the Product & Operations Consulting Team at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. In the past, Jules has volunteered his time and helped small businesses with their financial planning, and supported an organization focused on delivering essential supplies to high risk populations.

Jules holds a BA in business administration & finance and a minor in physics from the University of Richmond.

Investments:

Neo4j Zwift

Jules Pichette

Associate Toronto
View Karamdeep Nijjar's Profile

Karamdeep Nijjar

Karam has over 15 years of experience in technology, and specializes in enterprise software and emerging technologies. He joined Inovia Capital as an Associate in January 2010 while completing his final semester of his MBA, and quickly rose through the ranks to become a Partner.

Karam currently serves as a director or observer on the boards of: Clearpath, Fellow, Swyft, Vital and Vidyard, and led or co-led our investments in Chango (acquired by Rubicon Project for $122M), BufferBox (acquired by Google), and Well.ca (acquired by McKesson Canada). Prior to Inovia Capital, Karam served as a subject matter expert at RBC on cross enterprise software architecture initiatives.

Karam holds an MBA from Ivey Business School and a Bachelor of Math and Computer Science in Bioinformatics.

Karamdeep Nijjar

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Karim Sharobim

Chief Legal Officer Montreal

Karim is an attorney with over 18 years of experience, specialised in mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, financings, restructurings and general corporate and commercial matters. At Inovia Capital, Karim works with the investment teams on the various transactions and is responsible for all legal matters. Before joining Inovia, Karim was Vice-President of Legal Affairs at LASIK MD Vision (Canada’s leading vision correction provider), after having spent 10 years in private practice. Karim graduated with a BBA from HEC Montreal and an LL.B. from University of Montreal.

Karim Sharobim

Chief Legal Officer Montreal
View Kate Whelan's Profile

Kate Whelan

Manager, Talent Toronto

Kate Whelan is the Manager, Talent on Inovia Capital’s Platform Team, based in Toronto. Kate joins Inovia from the start-up community, previously working in Talent Acquisition roles at Ritual and Lunchbox. Before working in-house, Kate honed her sought-after relationship building skills as an agency recruiter and talent consultant, finding particular success in Canada’s Emerging Cannabis industry.

Throughout Kate’s university career, she worked as an Equestrian trainer and broker. She graduated from McMaster University with a BA in Communications and a diploma in Human Resources Management.

Kate Whelan

Manager, Talent Toronto
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Katrina Ouellette

Accounting Associate Montreal

Katrina joined Inovia in July 2020. Prior to Inovia, Katrina was working in a technology start-up in Montreal where she wore many hats ranging from HR to basic accounting and payroll. Before joining the tech world, Katrina was Office Manager in a multi-pad hockey complex, where she also managed a customer service team. Her passions are baking/cooking and competitive sports, her favourite being volleyball!

Katrina Ouellette

Accounting Associate Montreal
View Kelly Jacques' Profile

Kelly Jacques

Associate Montreal

Kelly joined Inovia Capital’s Venture team, December 2020 in the Montreal office.  Prior to Inovia, Kelly worked at Roland Berger in management consulting. During her time there, she assisted large enterprises in crafting their corporate growth strategies and conducting due diligence work, across various industries – including TMT, consumer goods, retail and travel.

Kelly graduated from McGill University with Honours in Finance and Marketing. She is passionate about sustainability and enjoys sailing in her free time.

Investments:

Conduit Botpress RouteThis

Kelly Jacques

Associate Montreal
View Kory Jeffrey's Profile

Kory Jeffrey

Vice-President, Platform - Technology KW

Kory joined Inovia in March 2022, as VP of Platform Tech and will be based primarily in our KW office. He spends his time working with portfolio company executive leadership teams on the product and engineering side, working on product and tech due diligence, and working with Partners on technical investment theses.

Prior to Inovia, Kory was the Chief of Staff of Engineering for Google Canada. As such, he was part of the Google Canada leadership team driving strategy, operations and Canada community engagement across its engineering sites. Prior to being Chief of Staff, Kory led Developer Relations for Google in Canada and Eastern USA. Prior to Google, Kory created startup investing/acceleration programs at Communitech and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Kory has HBA from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Double Major in English and Philosophy (and almost a minor in Latin). He is an Academic Gold Medal winner for highest average in the Faculty of Arts graduating class of 2010 and holds an MA in Philosophy from Queen’s University.

Investments:

Signal1

Kory Jeffrey

Vice-President, Platform - Technology KW
View Krista Skalde's Profile

Krista Skalde

Chief Talent Officer Partner Toronto

Krista joined the Inovia Capital team in July 2021. Prior to Inovia, Krista lived in Abu Dhabi, working for one of the largest sovereign wealth funds, leading the Talent and HR charge for the fund’s VC, PE, Real Estate, Infrastructure and Hedge Funds businesses. Pre-Abu Dhabi, she lived and worked in Paris for a management consulting firm.

Krista’s career has spanned a wide variety of HR/Talent areas, including leadership development, organizational design, change management, and executive coaching She has led or contributed to projects in North America, Brazil, France, Germany, Spain, Japan, China and, most recently, the United Arab Emirates. She studied Political Science and holds a D.E.A. (Master’s equivalent) from the Universite de Paris, and a Bachelor’s degree from Laurentian University.

Krista Skalde

Chief Talent Officer Partner Toronto
View Kristopher Mariani's Profile

Kristopher Mariani

Vice-President of Finance & Administration Montreal

Kristopher is a CPA, CA and is responsible for managing the administrative functions of Inovia Capital and the Financial Reporting process. Prior to Inovia, Kristopher worked at Manulife Financial in Canadian Division Finance in both Corporate and Fund Financial Reporting, and at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton in Assurance. Kristopher is also a course Facilitator and Grader with CPA Quebec’s Professional Education Program and Concordia University’s CPA Program.

Kristopher Mariani

Vice-President of Finance & Administration Montreal
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Leslie Schultz

Executive Assistant Calgary

A seasoned Executive Assistant, Leslie joined Inovia in May 2019 after spending six years in sports management / sports marketing, and six years in land use planning and development. Leslie has a proven ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with personnel at all levels of organizations, including internal and external stakeholders. Commended as a trustworthy and loyal confidant with a caring and supportive nature, Leslie strives to make every day a seamless one for cohorts and clients.

Leslie Schultz

Executive Assistant Calgary
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Magaly Charbonneau

Magaly has over 25 years of experience as an accomplished entrepreneur, operator and investor. Before joining Inovia Capital, she was Chief Operating Officer and investor at PasswordBox (Acquired by Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)) and VP WW Sales and investor at Hostopia.com (Acquired by Deluxe Corporation (NYSE:DLX)), investor and board member at Anomalous Networks Inc. (acquired by TANGO (NSDAQ:TNGO)).

Magaly’s advice is regularly sought-after by local entrepreneurs, and she currently serves as a director on the boards of Busbud, TrackTik, RenoRun and Rewind. Moreover, Magaly has taken an important role as MILA’s board member and Audit Committee and will help define the province’s AI strategy for years to come. Her strong personal brand, operational background and strong leadership have enabled her to play a central role in the firm’s Quebec strategy. Magaly is also a Board Member of the CVCA & D&I committee (Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association).

Magaly Charbonneau

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Manli Li

Accounting Associate Montreal

Manli joined Inovia as an Associate in accounting in January 2022. She started her career as a Collection Specialist and has worked in both China and Mexico. Prior to Inovia, Manli was a Senior Fund Accountant at Maples Group where she delivered NAV financial reporting for high-profile clients from North America, Europe and Asia, and where she developed her expertise in fund accounting. Manli holds a Master degree of Economics. After she moved to Montreal, in the pursuit of a new career as a professional, she graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Chartered Professional Accountancy from Concordia University. Manli is a candidate for the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.

Manli Li

Accounting Associate Montreal
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Meryl Almeida

Manager, Corporate Development Toronto

Meryl joined Inovia in January 2022 and advises companies across the growth and venture portfolios on their M&A strategy, transaction execution and post-merger implementation efforts. Meryl brings six years of M&A and advisory experience, and has worked in both New York and Toronto. Over the last two and a half years, Meryl worked at Rogers Communications on their Corporate Development team, covering media, sports and telecommunications acquisitions.

Prior to Rogers, Meryl worked in the advisory practice at PwC. Meryl is a proud University of Waterloo alumni and has spent time advocating and supporting various DE&I initiatives. Most recently, she launched a remote year-long mentoring program that helped connect 800+ Rogers staff across Canada.

Meryl Almeida

Manager, Corporate Development Toronto
View Mia Morisset's Profile

Mia Morisset

Vice-President Montreal

Mia Morisset joined Inovia Capital in September 2018 in the Montreal office, with a mandate to identify late stage investment opportunities in Quebec and more broadly in North America. She is focused on opportunities in B2B SaaS productivity software/future of work (AlayaCare, Talent.com, BenchSci, Workjam, AppDirect) and consumer/tech-enabled platforms in travel & hospitality (Hopper, Super, Lifehouse).

Prior to Inovia, Mia worked at PSP Investments in the Private Equity Direct team and at Roland Berger in management consulting. Mia graduated from McGill University in 2013 with a Bachelor in Commerce.

Mia Morisset

Vice-President Montreal
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Michael McGraw

Vice-President London

Michael McGraw joined Inovia Capital in February 2018, with a mandate to open Inovia’s London office with Patrick Pichette and since joining, has been actively involved in the Firm’s investments in Lightspeed, Forward, Zwift and Neo4j.

Prior to joining Inovia, Michael worked for the Funds and Technology team at CDPQ, where he was a board member/observer at Lightspeed, Hopper and Felix & Paul Studios. He gained operating experience through a secondment as a Project Manager at Hopper, a travel tech startup that has raised $600M. Prior to joining CDPQ, Michael was an investment analyst at PSP Investments.

Michael graduated from McGill University in 2014 with a BBA and is a CFA charterholder. In his free time, he is actively involved as a Steering Committee member for the Bahir Dar Specialty Eye Center project as well as a LGBTQ+ mentor in the Start Proud program.

Investments:

Forward Neo4j Lightspeed Zwift

Michael McGraw

Vice-President London
View Natalie Sztyk's Profile

Natalie Sztyk

Executive Assistant Montreal

Natalie joined Inovia Capital as Office Manager in November 2020. Prior to Inovia, Natalie was involved in the implementation of a shared service center in the Montreal area. During her tenure she held various roles in the Accounts Payable department. Having strong organizational and people skills contributed to her success in that role. Natalie also devotes time as a dining room attendant at a senior’s residence; an item on her bucket list. She is passionate about people and enjoys trying new recipes, which of course are shared.

Natalie Sztyk

Executive Assistant Montreal
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Natasha Gould

Director of Legal Affairs Montreal

Natasha joined Inovia Capital’s legal team in March 2021. Prior to Inovia, Natasha worked as a corporate associate, at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, advising emerging and growth-stage companies operating in the technology sector as well as venture capital and private equity funds investing in the technology sector. Natasha holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and a combined J.D. and LL.B from Universite de Montreal.

Natasha Gould

Director of Legal Affairs Montreal
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Noah Nagle

Analyst Toronto

Noah joined Inovia’s Toronto Venture team in 2022. Prior to Inovia, he worked in TMT Investment Banking at National Bank Financial, where he assisted Canadian companies execute Growth Equity and IPO transactions.

Noah holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with distinction) from the Haskayne School of Business.

Noah Nagle

Analyst Toronto
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Patrick Ghoche

Chief Financial Officer Montreal

Patrick is a strategic finance leader with extensive and broad experience in finance, operations and strategy. Through his 20+ year career, he has worked with a broad range of companies, connecting with C-Suite executives, Board of Directors and entrepreneurs alike. Specialized in capital markets solutions, he supported the growth of mid-sized and large corporations through debt and equity financing needs, IPOs and mergers and acquisition transactions.

He joined Inovia in March 2022 as Chief Financial Officer, with a mandate to write the next chapter of Inovia’s story by focusing on the firm’s finance and operations, while also building a dedicated fundraising and investor relations function to further fuel the firm’s growth.

Prior to joining Inovia, Patrick was Vice-President Corporate Strategy and Investor Relations at Bombardier. Before stepping into this role, he participated in numerous transactions while in investment banking and corporate finance across CIBC World Markets, RBC Capital Markets and KPMG Corporate Finance.

Patrick is a CPA, CA and holds the CFA designation. He graduated with a BBA in Professional Accounting and a D.E.S.S.C.P. from HEC Montreal in 1997-1998.

Patrick Ghoche

Chief Financial Officer Montreal
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Patrick Pichette

Partner London

Patrick Pichette has over 30 years of financial and operating expertise. He has led world-class companies like Google, McKinsey, Sprint Canada and Bell Canada to break through the complexities of ‘hyper-growth’ and digital transformations.

As CFO of Google from 2008 to 2015, he took an active part in Google’s growth agenda and ultimately supported the creation of the Alphabet structure. As part of Google’s executive committee, Patrick was involved in Google’s extensive corporate M&A agenda, engaging in close to 150 acquisitions, including Nest ($3B) and Motorola ($13B). Since departing Google, Patrick is now the Chairman of the Board of Twitter and serves as a Chairman of the Board of Lightspeed POS Inc. In addition, he has been an independent investor, advisor and board member to a number of startups and innovation networks around the world, including Forward (US), Arctoris (UK), LabGenius (UK) and Creative Destruction Labs, among others.

Patrick, an active environmentalist through his Kenauk Project (Kenauk.com and institutkenauk.org) graduated with a MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford in 1989 as a Rhodes Scholar, and with a BBA from UQAM in 1987.

Patrick Pichette

Partner London
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Prem Kavelar

Vice-President, Discovery Program Toronto

Prem joined Inovia’s Venture Team in July 2022 as their first VP Discovery Program to lead the ramp up of Inovia’s already very successful fund investment program. His work aims to position Inovia as a preferred investment partner for those investee fund managers and select companies in their underlying portfolios.

Prior to joining Inovia, Prem wore numerous hats on the investing side of the Canadian tech ecosystem. He worked with N49P as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Afore Capital as a Venture Product Partner while also actively angel investing and consulting. As an operator, Prem led business-side efforts at Y Combinator backed Whirlscape and helped launch an angel network associated with the University of Waterloo.

Prem graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor’s in Mechatronics Engineering, Option in Management Science and Minor in Economics. In his free time, Prem enjoys regular fitness training, playing poker (which he used to do competitively), and spending time with friends and family.

Prem Kavelar

Vice-President, Discovery Program Toronto
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Raif Jacobs

Partner London

Raif joined Inovia in 2020 and brings over 25 years of tech operating and investing experience. He served as Head of the EMEA Finance Leadership team at Google from 2011-2018 and as Global CFO at Deliveroo from 2018-2019. Prior to joining Google in 2005, Raif held roles at Reuters Venture Capital in Silicon Valley and at Capital One in Virginia. Raif served on the Tate Art Galleries Finance & Operations and Audit Committees. Raif holds a BA in Mathematics from Oxford University, an MSc from UMIST and an MBA from INSEAD.

Raif Jacobs

Partner London
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Rania Ajakane

Analyst Montreal

Rania joined Inovia Capital’s Growth team as an analyst in February 2022. Prior to that, Rania worked as a consultant in Accenture’s Banking Strategy practice where she advised financial institutions as well as large enterprises from other industries on the strategy, planning and execution of their transformations.

Rania holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Polytechnique Montréal and was the president of the school’s Finance Club.

Rania Ajakane

Analyst Montreal
View Sarah Miller Wright's Profile

Sarah Miller Wright

EiR Executive in Residence KW

Sarah has over 20 years of executive leadership experience in large-scale Operations, Customer Experience, and Technology roles within the Financial Services and Telecommunications industries, most recently as Chief Operations Officer at Manulife and SVP, Digital, Product & Service Delivery at Shaw Communications.  Sarah provides deep expertise in building resilient and effective operating models, customer success strategy, go to market strategy and execution, digital transformation, organizational design/culture, and leadership development.  She is a passionate proponent of transforming great vision and strategy into exceptional execution to drive successful outcomes.  

Sarah holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a BA in Social Science from York University. 

Sarah Miller Wright

EiR Executive in Residence KW
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Scott Munro

Head of Corporate Development California

Scott has been with Inovia Capital since January 2017 and brings more than 30+ years of operating and financial advisory expertise to the Firm. He leads Inovia’s Corporate Development Practice and advises portfolio companies on how to proactively manage their path to maximizing valuation —either through M&A or IPO. Scott leverages his expertise and extensive personal network with top acquirers to work with management teams on creating optionality well before an exit takes place as well as to create best practices for portfolio companies involved in Buy Side M&A. During transactions, Scott takes a hands-on approach and assists the company with all facets of their process to ensure valuation is optimized. Prior to joining Inovia, Scott was the Founder and Managing Director of Pagemill Partners, a top tier mid-market investment bank based in Palo Alto which was acquired by Duff & Phelps.

Over the years, Scott had built a strong relationship with Inovia and advised many portfolio companies on exit strategies, including the $122M acquisition of Chango by Rubicon Project (7x MOIC). Over his highly successful 15-year tenure at Pagemill Partners, the firm completed 250+ transactions primarily on the sell side in software, communications, internet, media and hardware. Prior to founding Pagemill Partners, Scott was the chairman and CEO of Savoir Technology Group, a company he grew from $50M to $1B in revenue run rate, at which point the business was acquired by Avnet Inc. It is through his experience as an operator that he developed a unique approach to Corporate Development, which he is now thrilled to share with the Inovia community.

Scott Munro

Head of Corporate Development California
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Shawn Abbott

Shawn co-founded Inovia Capital in 2007 with Chris, after spending 20 years as a successful founder, inventor, angel investor and global executive. He is passionate about coaching entrepreneurs through their personal journey, and is actively involved in developing effective governance across the Inovia portfolio and community. 

Shawn provides insights and best-practices earned through decades of experience running his own companies and dozens of board appointments. Currently Shawn serves as a director on the boards including Certn, Top Hat and Bench. 

Shawn is a champion for good governance, including authoring the great board commitment, speaking regularly and supporting the ICD/CVCA Private Capital Governance Program. Former board appointments include Drivewyze (exited 2019), Tugboat Logic (acquired by OneTrust), WorkFusion (exited 2021), and Solium (TSX:SUM), where he served on the HR & Governance and Risk & Compliance committees. The Calgary-based firm was acquired by Morgan Stanley for over C$1Bn in 2019. 

Shawn believes in cultivating community initiatives. Shawn has contributed broadly to the startup community including as founding Chair of the Alberta 100 Tech Entrepreneurs (“A100”), instrumental in the establishment of AccelerateAB and the AccelerateFunds, and past Chair of the Venture Capital Association of Alberta and Banff Venture Forum. His dedication to community service includes being a long time associate of Creative Destruction Lab, and member of Dean Meddings’ advisory board at the Cumming School of Medicine. 

Shawn mentors founders through CETAC-WEST and Venture Mentoring Services. An accomplished coach, he works also closely with leadership teams at Inovia portfolio companies, and advises other investors. 

Prior to Inovia, Shawn was a pioneer in internet security as CTO, then President, of publicly-traded security powerhouse Rainbow Technologies, overseeing several hundred employees in nearly 20 countries, navigating a dozen M&A transactions and driving a category rollup and realizing a half-billion dollar exit. 

As a founder, he built, then sold the AND Group, the defacto-standard encryption-based eCommerce platform that powered an entire generation of digital sales, and was instrumental in launching CD-ROMs.

As an inventor, he holds the first patent for the USB key, multiple patents in online banking and biometric security, and has published widely on topics of internet security. 

Shawn is an outdoor enthusiast, accomplished public speaker and pilot. You will often find him taking someone for their first helicopter flight, to hike or ski in the Alberta Rockies, or showing up at a business meeting or talking on his bicycle after having flown it half way across the continent. He is committed to lifelong learning, with a Physics degree from the University of Alberta, and post-graduate studies at the University of Calgary and Stanford. But most of all, he is the proud father of two amazing individuals.

Shawn Abbott

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Simon Constantineau

Analyst Montreal

Simon was an intern at Inovia in 2021 before joining Inovia Capital’s Venture team full time in January 2022, in the Montreal office. Prior to Inovia, he completed an internship in VC at VU Venture Partners in San Francisco. Simon has also completed internships in wealth management at RBC Dominion Securities and in asset management at Mackenzie Investments.

Simon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Finance from HEC Montreal and graduated with Honour mention. Simon passed the CFA Level I exam in 2021.

Investments:

Signal1

Simon Constantineau

Analyst Montreal
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Steve Woods

Chief Technology Officer Partner KW

Steven Woods joined Inovia as Partner and CTO in August 2021. Steven has worked in software development, research and technical leadership for more than 30 years. As co-founder of three software and services companies based in the USA (Quack.com, Kinitos, NeoEdge Networks), he built strong, high-performing teams of product and technical experts based in both Silicon Valley and the Waterloo-Toronto tech corridor.  One of these companies – Quack.com – pioneered the world’s first interactive voice assistant and was acquired by Netscape/America Online in 2000.

Steven joined Google in 2008 in order to return home to Canada and build a world-class engineering and product capability with a uniquely Canadian culture of quality, commitment and innovation. Steven led the growth and leadership development of the Google Canada product and engineering teams from 20 to over 1,300 across a range of impactful products between 2008 and 2021.

In his role at Inovia, Steven brings his years of entrepreneurial and engineering experience, his passion for working with innovators and founders and his extensive network to our portfolio companies. He also plays an important role in evaluating deal flow from a product, technology and talent perspective. Steven has long been an independent investor, advisor and board member to startups, innovation networks and non-profits in the USA and Canada.

Since joining he has led investments in Signal1.AI – a Toronto-based transformative application of AI in improving healthcare outcomes, and RouteThis – a Waterloo-based company supporting service providers improving home networking experiences.

Steven holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters and PhD in Computer Science (Mathematics) from the University of Waterloo. Among numerous awards, Steven received the prestigious JW Graham Medal in Computing and Innovation from the University of Waterloo in 2010 and was recognized with a Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Saskatchewan in 2021.

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Investments:

Signal1 RouteThis

Steve Woods

Chief Technology Officer Partner KW
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Steven Chung

Associate Montreal

Steven Chung joined Inovia Capital’s Growth Team in July 2021. He has over five years of capital markets experience, having worked in Investment Banking at RBC, where he was involved in financing and M&A advisory for clients in the Software and Technology sectors. Prior to RBC, he worked in Equity Research at Scotiabank, covering Consumer Products and Special Situations.

Steven began his career as an R&D Engineer and Project Manager at a Cleantech startup based in Montreal. He holds a B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University.

Investments:

BenchSci

Steven Chung

Associate Montreal
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Taha Mubashir

Principal Montreal

Taha Mubashir joined Inovia in 2022 as a Principal on the Venture team. Taha has 10 years of finance experience and was recently a Director within PSP’s Direct Private Equity program. At PSP, Taha was responsible for sourcing and executing North American technology transactions. Taha’s key board seat and observer responsibilities included Lytx, Delinea and Collective Health.

Prior to PSP, Taha started his career in investment banking at BMO. Taha holds an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business

 

 

 

Investments:

Signal1 Flare

Taha Mubashir

Principal Montreal
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Tara Pellegrino

Senior Accounting Associate Montreal

Tara has been with Inovia Capital since 2009 as part of the operations team. Prior to working at Inovia, she spent eight years as the Director of Sunny Acres Day Camp, a large summer camp, managing staff and overseeing all programming. She graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Tara Pellegrino

Senior Accounting Associate Montreal
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Todd Simpson

Todd has over 25 years of experience as an accomplished entrepreneur and C-level technology executive. Todd joined us after serving as Chief Strategy Officer at AVG, repositioning the company via multiple acquisitions, ultimately leading to AVG’s own acquisition by Avast for $1.3B. Todd was a co-founder of Call Genie (taken public in Toronto), Ezone Networks, and Conversion Works, as well as CEO of Jasomi Networks (sold to Ditech Networks, where Todd then became the CEO). Todd also served as Chief Innovation Officer at Mozilla, which spurred an interest in decentralization, a core theme to his investments at Inovia Capital.

Todd holds a BSc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Calgary. He is a frequent speaker and writer (including a Science Fiction trilogy) and holds multiple patents. Todd currently serves on the board of Lambent, and is an advisor to Spatial and PEX.

Todd Simpson