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. 

Abhith Gopalakrishna
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Abhith Gopalakrishna

Manager, Data and Analytics Toronto

Abhith joined Inovia Capital’s Team in January 2023. He has over a decade of Banking, Asset and Wealth Management experience. Before joining Inovia, Abhith was part of RBC Capital Markets, where he was involved in Data Quality and Governance for regulatory reporting. Prior to RBC Capital Markets, he worked at JP Morgan, as part of the Chief Investment Office, focusing on Fixed Income Data Analytics & Modeling.

Abhith holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and an MBA in Finance with a minor in operations from Manipal institute of Management.

Abhith Gopalakrishna

Manager, Data and Analytics Toronto
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Alan Lee

Manager, IT and Security Toronto

Alan joined Inovia in January 2024 as the Manager of IT and Security. Alan brings over 10years of IT experience leveraging technology to drive organizational success. Prior to Inovia, Alan oversaw all IT operations at Sago Mini, a Spin Master Digital Games Studio. Before that, he was the Manager of IT Support Services at Branksome Hall.

Alan graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies, Specialization in Finance Administration.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, mentoring IT professionals, and exploring the latest developments in technology.

Alan Lee

Manager, IT and Security Toronto
Alessandra Delli Colli
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Alessandra Delli Colli

Associate, Marketing & Communications Montreal

Alessandra joined Inovia Capital in November 2022 as a Marketing and Communications Associate in the Montreal office. She brings a wide array of experience – everything from graphic design and content marketing to event planning.

Alessandra works with the Inovia Investment and Operations teams to promote the brand in the ecosystem and maximize the firm’s communication efforts with founders and partners.

Before joining Inovia, Alessandra supported client marketing at LoyaltyOne, working with AIR MILES Reward Program’s sponsors to help them meet their business objectives. Before that, she led marketing and communications at a fast-growing fintech platform.

Alessandra graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, majoring in graphic design. She has a DESS in Communication-Marketing from HEC Montreal.

Alessandra Delli Colli

Associate, Marketing & Communications Montreal
Alex Behal
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Alex Behal

Vice-President Toronto

Alex joined Inovia Capital in April 2023 as a Vice President on the Growth Equity Team in the Toronto office. 

Alex started her career as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Communications, Media & Entertainment Group at RBC Capital Markets. She focused on advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, and other corporate initiatives. As an associate at private equity firm ZMC, Alex helped manage select portfolio companies and was responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and executing potential investment opportunities. She subsequently joined ZMC’s portfolio company, The Second City, as the Director of Strategy & Growth with a mandate to ideate and execute new opportunities through business development, corporate strategy, and M&A.

Alex graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce, First Class Honors Distinction, and a Bachelor of Arts in Film & Media Studies, Dean’s Honors with Distinction.

Investments:

Certn

Alex Behal

Vice-President Toronto
Andrew Biddell
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Andrew Biddell

Associate 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.

Investments:

Clearco WorkJam Guesty

Andrew Biddell

Associate Toronto
Charlotte Borgognoni
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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.

Charlotte Borgognoni

Associate Montreal
Chris Arsenault
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Chris Arsenault

Chris Arsenault is a driving force in the maturing Canadian tech ecosystem with over 25 years of operating and investing experience. He has played a vital role in supporting numerous successful companies and has a remarkable track record in identifying high-potential people and ventures, maximizing deal value, and guiding management teams through growth and successful exits.

Chris co-founded Inovia Capital in 2007, shaping its culture and vision. His entrepreneurial instincts led to the creation of the Inovia platform and the firm’s growth funds, propelling its success. With an unwavering commitment to the Canadian tech landscape, Chris has been instrumental in supporting key global companies such as Lightspeed Commerce, Luxury Retreats, Sonder, and AppDirect.

Currently serving on the boards of AppDirect, Life House, Super.com, and Talent.com, Chris provides valuable guidance and strategic insights. His leadership has contributed to notable exits including the IPO of Lightspeed and Sonder, along with the successful acquisitions of Luxury Retreats (Airbnb), Well.ca (McKesson), Poka (IFS,), Localmind (Airbnb), Reflex Photonics (Smiths Interconnect), Routehappy (ATPCo), Airborne Entertainment (Cybird), and SIT (Ubizen), generating substantial shareholder value.

Chris is also actively involved in community initiatives, and is a board member of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation Campaign Cabinet, and Groupe Dynamite. As a proud Charter Member of The C100, an esteemed Silicon Valley organization, Chris continues to foster collaboration and innovation across borders.

With his wealth of experience, entrepreneurial mindset, and deep industry relationships, Chris Arsenault has solidified his position as a key pillar in the Canadian tech landscape. His dedication to identifying high potential companies, maximizing their value, and supporting their growth has made a lasting impact on the ecosystem.

Chris Arsenault

Claire Glossop Irani
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Claire Glossop Irani

Head of Investor Relations Toronto

Claire joined Inovia Capital in May 2023 as Head of Investor Relations based in the Toronto office. 

Prior to joining Inovia, Claire was a Principal in Onex’ Client and Product Solutions group where she was a private equity product specialist and head of project management. Claire also spent time on the Onex Partners investment team where she evaluated and conducted due diligence on new investment opportunities. Claire started her career as a strategy consultant at Monitor Deloitte spending time in the Toronto and Dubai offices. 

Claire holds an M.B.A., Finance (with Honours) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania; an MSc. (with Merit) from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and a B.A. (with High Distinction) from Trinity College at the University of Toronto.

Claire Glossop Irani

Head of Investor Relations Toronto
Deborah Lombardo
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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
Delia Pettit
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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
Dennis Kavelman
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Dennis Kavelman

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

Diana Gray
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Diana Gray

Executive Administrator Waterloo

Diana joined Inovia in May 2022. 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 Administrator Waterloo
Etienne Gauthier
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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.

Investments:

Cavelo Conduit Flare Vasco

Etienne Gauthier

Associate Montreal
Françoise Brougher
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Françoise Brougher

Strategic Partner California Paris

Françoise Brougher is a senior executive and board director with decades of experience in technology, engineering, finance, operations, and sales. Throughout her career, she has specialized in both strategic and operational roles, helping to scale organizations from dozens to thousands and creating marketing, sales, and services models for new innovative technologies. She has extensive expertise in building end-to-end go-to-market functions and corporate strategy: Sales, Marketing, Biz Dev, Corp Dev Customer Success and driving Corporate Strategy.

Françoise most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at Pinterest, where she grew revenue, increased the advertiser base, expanded operations to 20 countries, and helped take the company public. Prior to joining Pinterest in 2018, she was the Global Business Lead at Square where she built and ran go-to-market functions, including sales, marketing, account management, business intelligence, customer success, and business development, and assisted with Square’s IPO.

Françoise previously worked at Google for eight years, most recently as Vice President of Global Sales and Operations. She was formerly Vice President of Business Operations in the late 2000s during a time of exponential growth for the company. Prior to joining Google, she was Vice President of the Business Strategy Group at Charles Schwab.

Françoise currently serves on the board of Sodexo, a French multinational food services and facilities management company operating in over 70 countries, and is a member of their Compensation and Nomination Committees. She also serves as a member of the board of Velocity Global, a private international Professional Employment Organization, and an advisor at both The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Venture Growth Fund and Inovia Capital.

Françoise earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Masters in Engineering from Institut Catholique d’Arts et Metiers in France. Originally from Marseille, France, she came to the United States in her mid-twenties. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and three children.

Françoise Brougher

Strategic Partner California Paris
Gabi Piccininni
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Gabi Piccininni

Analyst Toronto

Gabi joined Inovia Capital’s Venture Team in January 2023.  Before Inovia, Gabi was in New York at Rock Health, an early stage investment and advisory firm focused on digital health. 

Gabi graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Science, Technology and Society and received an Honors award for her thesis on the use of virtual reality for pediatric pain management.

Gabi Piccininni

Analyst Toronto
George Lahdo
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George Lahdo

Accounting Associate Montreal

George joined Inovia as an Accounting Associate in the office in Montreal in May 2023. He has a diverse background, having started his career in accounting in the philanthropic industry, followed by the hospitality industry. His primary focus was preparing financial statements. 

George immigrated to Canada in 2016 and graduated from John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in 2019 with a BComm degree in accounting with a minor in finance. He is ambitious and constantly seeks opportunities to grow his career. He is currently pursuing his US CPA certification.

George Lahdo

Accounting Associate Montreal
Hugues Lalancette
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Hugues Lalancette

Hugues joined Inovia in 2015 on the investment team and was promoted to Partner in 2022. Over the past 8 years at Inovia, Hugues has been actively involved in over 20 transactions across Inovia funds, representing $2B in aggregate capital raised and 8 exits to date. In addition to his investment role, Hugues developed Inovia’s LP co-investment program and was actively involved in the firm’s expansion into growth equity in 2018 and overall AUM growth. Prior to Inovia, Hugues worked with technology companies in CFO and advisor roles, after having worked at BMO. He holds a Master of Science in Accounting & Finance from The London School of Economics and a BBA in Economics & Finance from HEC Montreal.

Hugues Lalancette

Isabelle Audette
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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
Jill Weinstein
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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
Jules Pichette
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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 Novisto ResQ Pine

Jules Pichette

Associate Toronto
Karamdeep Nijjar
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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

Karim Sharobim
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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
Katrina Ouellette
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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
Kory Jeffrey
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Kory Jeffrey

Principal & VP, Technology Waterloo

Kory joined Inovia in March 2022 and collaborates with portfolio companies’ executive leadership teams to drive product and engineering innovation, conducts product and tech due diligence, works with Partners on technical investment theses, and invests out of Inovia’s Venture Fund.

Before joining Inovia, Kory was the Chief of Staff of Engineering for Google Canada. He was a key member of the leadership team responsible for driving strategy and overseeing operations across its engineering sites. Prior to that, he led Developer Relations for Google in Canada. Kory also created startup investing and acceleration programs at Communitech and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Kory holds an HBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MA in Philosophy from Queen’s University. Outside work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, training for triathlons, playing hockey, and reading fantasy literature.

Kory Jeffrey

Principal & VP, Technology Waterloo
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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
Kristopher Mariani
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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
Leslie Schultz
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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
Magaly Charbonneau
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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, NASDAQ:TNGO).

Magaly’s advice is regularly sought-after by local entrepreneurs, and she currently serves as a director on the boards of Novisto and Rewind, and board observer of Trackforce (Tracktik acquirer), Botpress, and AlayaCare. 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 & Government Relations committee (Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association).

Magaly Charbonneau

manon brouillette
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Manon Brouillette

Strategic Partner Montreal New York

Manon is Chairman of the Board of Hydro-Québec (largest producer of renewable energy in northeastern North America), former CEO of Verizon Consumer Group (U.S. telecom operator – revenues of $95B – 120M customers, 65000 employees) and former President and CEO of Videotron (Canadian telecom and cable operator – revenues of $3.5B – 7500 employees). She has a strong background in transformation in contexts of rapid growth and market disruption, where she acquired in-depth experience in digital transformation and in the development of omni-channel and multimedia customer experiences. She is recognized for building strong brands, generating high levels of customer satisfaction. 

Manon has overseen a number of major strategic and technological deployments, including Verizon’s entry into 5G and the launch of its flagship products “5G Home” and +Play. Previously, she oversaw Videotron’s entry into wireless. She led the complete digital transformation of cable TV and was behind the creation of Canada’s first Subscription Video On Demand service, Club Illico. In 2018, she launched the first 100% digital Telecom operator known under the FIZZ brand.  Under her leadership, Videotron has earned the title of Canada’s most admired and fastest-growing telecom company.

Manon also has extensive experience in corporate governance. She has served as a corporate director on various boards of international, private and public companies, including the National Bank of Canada (TSX:NA), French telecom SFR (ATC.AS), U.S.-based Altice USA (NYSE:ATUS) and Sonder Holdings (SOND.NA). She currently sits on the boards of Lightspeed POS (NYSE:LSPD, TSX:LSPD.TO) and Beauty For All Industries (BFAI). 

Manon is the recipient of numerous distinctions, including the prestigious Femmes d’Affaires du Québec award, and has twice been named one of Canada’s top 100 most influential women. She is a graduate of Université Laval, where she was awarded the prestigious Gloire de l’Escolle medal in 2013, and of the Robert Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Manon Brouillette

Strategic Partner Montreal New York
Manpreet Deol
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Manpreet Deol

Analyst Calgary Vancouver

Manpreet joined Inovia as a Venture Analyst in January 2023. Before joining Inovia, Manpreet completed an MSc from the Oxford Internet Institute and an MBA from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. 

Manpreet previously worked at Garmin Canada designing next generation fitness wearable devices and was involved in multilateral policy making, most recently with the OECD’s Youth Advisory Board, where she focused on the future of work, digital connectivity, and emerging technologies.

Manpreet completed her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Biomedical Engineering minor from the University of Calgary as a Schulich Leader.

Manpreet Deol

Analyst Calgary Vancouver
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Maria Pakozdi

Director of Legal & Compliance Toronto

Maria is a securities lawyer with extensive transactional experience at national and international law firms. Maria has focused her in-house legal practice on securities regulatory compliance, privacy law, ESG matters and corporate governance. Before joining Inovia in 2024,Maria served as regulatory counsel at one of Canada’s largest pension plans and was legal counsel and associate corporate secretary at the Royal Bank of Canada. Prior to starting her legal career, Maria worked in the field of risk consulting at Kroll, the world’s leading independent provider of risk and financial advisory solutions.

In 2022, Maria was selected by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association to be a member of the Future Leaders in Derivatives program, in this capacity she co-authored a whitepaper discussing the role derivatives markets can play in safeguarding energy security and facilitating the transition to net zero.

Maria graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts (High Distinction), she holds a Juris Doctor from Queen’s University and completed a specialization in Securities Law from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Maria grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, she speaks fluent Spanish and has a limited working proficiency in Portuguese and French.

Maria Pakozdi

Director of Legal & Compliance Toronto
Marianne Dubois
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Marianne Dubois

Manager, Discovery Program Montreal

Marianne is a seasoned sales expert who joined Inovia in November 2022. With over a decade of experience, she has a proven track record of helping founders grow their businesses and reach their goals by building solid go-to-market, acquisition, and retention strategies.

Throughout her career, she has played a crucial role in driving the success of companies like Heyday (bought by Hootsuite for $48M) and Silofit. Her expertise in partnership development, software implementation, sales and retention strategy, have helped these startups reach millions in revenue.

At Inovia, she continues to make a positive impact as she works with the Venture team to help companies achieve their full potential. With her unique blend of experience and expertise, Marianne is assisting companies across various industries to boost their revenue growth.

A graduate of ESG with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commercialization, she is a valuable resource for anyone looking to supercharge their sales success.

Marianne Dubois

Manager, Discovery Program Montreal
Meryl Almeida
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Meryl Almeida

Director of Corporate Development Toronto

Meryl is a Director on Inovia’s Corporate Development team and advises companies across Inovia’s Growth and Venture Funds with their strategy, M&A and  debt raises. 

She joined Inovia in 2022, after having most recently worked on the Corporate Development team at Rogers Communications, covering media, sports and telecommunications acquisitions. She gained considerable operational experience integrating acquired businesses and brings this background to Inovia portfolio companies.

Meryl is a proud University of Waterloo alumni and began her career at PwC within the Capital Markets Advisory team, specializing in complex accounting and  IPO readiness.

Meryl Almeida

Director of Corporate Development Toronto
Mia Morisset
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Mia Morisset

Principal Montreal

Mia Morisset joined Inovia Capital’s Montreal office in September 2018, focusing on late-stage investment opportunities in North America. Her expertise centers on B2B SaaS productivity software, with significant investments in companies like AlayaCare, AppDirect, BenchSci, Talent.com, Wazo, and WorkJam, and extends to consumer/tech-enabled platforms in travel & hospitality, including Hopper, Life House, and Super.

Before joining Inovia, Mia worked in Private Equity at PSP Investments and honed her strategic insights in management consulting at Roland Berger. Her diverse background in finance and consulting has shaped her into a valuable asset for the VC landscape. A 2013 graduate of McGill University, Mia’s commitment to identifying promising opportunities continues to drive her success.

Mia Morisset

Principal Montreal
Michael McGraw
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Michael McGraw

Principal 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, Neo4j and Booksy.

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 over $700M. 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 with OutInvestors London.

Michael McGraw

Principal London
Minnie Jia
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Minnie Jia

Accounting Associate Montreal

Minnie joined Inovia Capital in 2023 as an Accounting Associate in our Montreal office. Before Inovia, Minnie primarily worked for hedge funds in both Asian and North American markets.

Born in China, she immigrated to Canada in 2011. Minnie graduated from Concordia University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Accountancy.

Minnie is passionate about all things Disney!

Minnie Jia

Accounting Associate Montreal
Natalie Sztyk
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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
Natasha Gould
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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
Noah Nagle
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Noah Nagle

Associate 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

Associate Toronto
Pascale Archambault
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Pascale Archambault

Vice-President Montreal

Pascale joined Inovia Capital in November 2022 as a Vice President in the Montreal office. Prior to Inovia, Pascale worked in Private Equity as a Senior Associate at CDPQ and was a board observer for various companies. Before CDPQ, Pascale started her career in Investment Banking at CIBC, advising large enterprises on M&A transactions and equity and debt financings.

Pascale graduated with honours from McGill University in 2015 with a Bachelor in Commerce.

Pascale Archambault

Vice-President Montreal
Patrick Ghoche
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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
Patrick Pichette
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Patrick Pichette

Partner London

Patrick Pichette is a seasoned financial and operational expert with over 30 years of experience. He has led world-class companies such as Google, Twitter, 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, Patrick played a key role in driving the company’s growth strategy and supported the creation of the Alphabet structure. He was part of Google’s executive committee, overseeing the company’s extensive corporate M&A agenda, which included nearly 150 acquisitions, such as Nest and Motorola. Patrick sat on the board of Twitter between 2017 and 2022, served as Chair of the Board in 2020-2021 and co-led the company’s sale to Elon Musk for $44B in October 2022. 

Currently, Patrick sits on the board of Lightspeed POS Inc as Lead Independent Director and serves as an independent investor, advisor, and board member to many startups and innovation networks around the world, including Neo4j (Sweden), Zwift (US/UK), Hopper and Wealthsimple (Canada), and Creative Destruction Labs.

A dedicated environmentalist, Patrick actively supports the Kenauk Project (Kenauk.com and institutkenauk.org). He holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford, where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and a BBA from UQAM.

Patrick Pichette

Partner London
Phoebe Kitchen
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Phoebe Kitchen

Vice-President London

Phoebe joined Inovia in May 2023 as an Associate on the Growth Equity Team in the London office.

Before Inovia, Phoebe worked as an Associate at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) on the High Conviction Equities team. At OTPP, she focused on late stage growth equity and pre-IPO investments, primarily within software and fintech, and was responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing potential investment opportunities alongside portfolio management. Phoebe started her career in investment banking at Deutsche Bank, working within the UK M&A team.

Phoebe graduated from Durham University with a First Class Degree in Economics and Geography.

Investments:

Booksy Zwift

Phoebe Kitchen

Vice-President London
Prem Kalevar
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Prem Kalevar

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 Kalevar

Vice-President, Discovery Program Toronto
Raif Jacobs
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Raif Jacobs

Partner London

Raif is a partner at Inovia with over 25 years of tech operating and investing experience. Previously, 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. Between 2013 and 2020, 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.

Investments:

Lakera Nano Corp Aikido Upheal Mobai

Raif Jacobs

Partner London
Rania Ajakane
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Rania Ajakane

Associate 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.

Investments:

Wazo Super

Rania Ajakane

Associate Montreal
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Sabrina Cannucci

Controller Montreal

Sabrina joined Inovia Capital in 2023 as the Controller in our Montreal office. She is mainly responsible for managing the accounting functions of Inovia Capital, including fund, corporate and internal financial reporting and audit and tax processes.

Prior to joining Inovia, Sabrina had extensive experience in large enterprises including KPMG and Air Canada Vacations as well as in asset management at the Walter Group.

Sabrina graduated from John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in 2014 with a BComm degree in accounting and was a successful CFE candidate in 2016. She has held her CPA, auditor designation since 2017.

Sabrina Cannucci

Controller Montreal
Scott Munro
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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
Shawn Abbott
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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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Shelby Burke

Executive Assistant Toronto

Shelby joined Inovia Capital in 2023 as an Executive Assistant in the Toronto office.  Shelby brings 5+ years of experience in executive support, business administration, and operations management in both IT and Financial Service sectors.

Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Shelby graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Sustainability Studies.  Shelby lived in Dublin, Ireland, for four years before moving to Canada in 2023.  During her time in Ireland, she earned a professional diploma in Project Management from University College Dublin and oversaw a variety of large-scale office transitions and projects.

Shelby Burke

Executive Assistant Toronto
Steve Woods
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Steve Woods

Chief Technology Officer Partner Waterloo

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 Inovia, Steven has led or co-led investments in a range of Canadian companies – including Cohere – a leading foundational large language model company,  in Signal1.AI – a transformative application of AI in improving healthcare outcomes, in Spellbook – the leading AI assistant solution for attorneys,  and in RouteThis – an innovative product that supports optimizing home networking experiences. 

Steven holds a PhD in Computer Science with a focus in Artificial Intelligence and a Masters of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.  Additionally he holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan. 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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Steve Woods

Chief Technology Officer Partner Waterloo
Steven Chung
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Steven Chung

Vice-President 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.

Steven Chung

Vice-President Montreal
Taha Mubashir
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Taha Mubashir

Principal Toronto

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 Novisto Cavelo

Taha Mubashir

Principal Toronto