Dennis Kavelman has 20+ years of operating and investing experience in the technology sector. Having successfully built an emblematic multinational from the ground up, Dennis has thrived in fast-paced growth environments and boasts an operational skill-set second to none.
At RIM/BlackBerry, Dennis helped lead the company’s growth from a start-up in 1995, to over 14,000 employees. RIM/BlackBerry defined the smartphone industry globally and reached $15B revenue and a peak market capitalization of $75B during Dennis’ tenure. As CFO he led the company’s private financing rounds and subsequent IPO, its NASDAQ and TSX listings, and follow-on financing rounds, raising over $1.5B. In addition to overseeing all finance and accounting activities and investor relations at RIM/BlackBerry, Dennis had responsibility for Sales and Operations Planning and managed overall corporate operations with the two Co-COOs. Dennis became COO in 2007 and took responsibility for growing BlackBerry operations in emerging markets such as Latin America, Southeast Asia and Europe, Middle East and Africa as well as overseeing human resources and facilities. From mid-2009 through 2010 Dennis was a Special Advisor to the executive team.
After Blackberry, Dennis joined D2L (Desire2Learn), a Learning Management System (LMS) platform that is used in higher education, K-12 and corporate environments. Dennis is currently a board member at Vidyard and Thalmic Labs, two high profile growth stage startups which have collectively raised more than $208M and are top performers in iNovia’s portfolio. Dennis is also a prolific angel investor.
Dennis graduated with a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1993 where he was President of his graduating class. He then obtained his Chartered Accountant (CPA) designation in 1995 while working at KPMG, where he won the Governor General’s Award for finishing first in Canada on the Chartered Accountants Uniform National Examination (UFE). Dennis also lectured at Wilfrid Laurier University, is a graduate of the Directors Education Program at the University of Toronto and was selected as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 in 2005.
You May Run Into Me At…
playing with my kids or on the golf course.
"I'm looking forward to putting my playbook into action for high growth companies across North America." — Dennis