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Top 40 Sustainability Angel Investors in Canada

A list of 40 angel investors that invest in Sustainability startups based in Canada. We rank investors based on the number of investments they made in Sustainability companies from Canada. We update this investor list every month.

Top 40 Sustainability Angel Investors in Canada

Investor Sustainability Canada investments
T. Chen Fong 2
Blaine LaBonte 2
André Zimmermann 2
Michael Deeg 1
Private Accredited Group 1
Lauren Rathmell 1
Tim Angus 1
Ross Finlay 1
Oscar Plag 1
Ray Muzyka 1
Ali Rowghani 1
Meltem Demirors 1
Amarjeet Sohi 1
Chris Adams 1
Lisa Shields 1
Arlene Dickinson 1
George Whitesides 1
Lane Merrifield 1
Douglas Gray 1
Andrew Perlman 1
Mohamed Hage 1
David LeGresley 1
Barney Pell 1
Alex Blikstad 1
Rus Newton 1
Michael Kordyback 1
Kevin Shaw 1
Vipul Goyal 1
Max Schmeiser 1
Dylan Taylor 1
Owen Matthews 1
Ashif Mawji 1
Matjažek Horne 1
Dennis Bennie 1
Andrew Ferrier 1
Jacky Chen 1
Peter Poka 1
Manjit Minhas 1
Elizabeth Iorns 1
Bayode Okusanya 1
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T. Chen Fong Angel · Calgary, Alberta, Canada · 3 investments in the past 12 months
Dr. Fong is a Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. He was formerly the Head of the Department of Radiology at the University of Calgary and the Calgary Health Region. Dr. Fong is active in funding and nurturing start-up companies. Over the past two decades, he funded over 50 companies in diverse technology sectors,with an emphasis in medical devices. Dr. Fong is the co-founder and board member of Calgary Scientific Inc. and is also on the board of Clarius Mobile Health, Cohesic Inc. and Innovere Medical. In addition to seed investing, Dr. Fong is active in the Calgary community sitting on six charitable boards and foundations.In 2015, Dr. Fong joined the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) at the University of Toronto business school as a mentor. CDL helps young entrepreneurs to shape or pivot their nascent ideas. He is widely credited with launching CDL at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, bringing together seasoned business leaders from Alberta, Canada and the US to grow budding companies. Dr. Fong is on the Strategic Advisory Board of CDL and a Fellow of CDL in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. In 2017, Dr. Fong was named to the Order of Canada for his contribution to medical technology innovation and philanthropy.
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Investment focus
  • Science/Engineering, Software, Energy
  • Seed, Angel, Funding Round
  • Canada, Singapore, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • SunGreenH2 — SunGreenH2 creates the world's highest performance advanced materials for electrolysis i.e. green hydrogen production. Achieve high efficiency, low cost green H2 production on site for your application in the Power-to-X, Hydrogen refuelling, Energy Storage and Buildings sectors. Revolutionising zero emissions and improving profitability.
  • Oncoustics AI — Oncoustics is creating and deploying advanced AI solutions for low cost, non-invasive surveillance, diagnostics, and treatment monitoring of diseases with high unmet clinical need. Unlike other players in the space, Oncoustics does not do image recognition. Instead, Oncoustics applies AI to raw ultrasound signals from readily available handheldultrasound devices to rapidly differentiate healthy versus diseased tissues. There's a wealth of information in these raw signals and this approach reveals novel biomarkers that can be aligned with existing standards and categorization systems. Initially targeting liver disease, a $30B global diagnostic market, Oncoustics has filed a Breakthrough Device Designation Request with the FDA for the OnX that detects liver fibrosis and the 510K is underway. Several follow-on liver products are in development. Oncoustics also has clinical data on other organ indications including prostate, kidney, breast and thyroid diseases and cancers.
  • Signal 1 — Signal 1 offers an end-to-end clinical AI solution that integrates predictions directly into clinician workflows, driving better health outcomes and lower costs.
Blaine LaBonte Angel
Blaine LaBonte
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Investment focus
  • Energy, Sustainability, IT
  • Seed
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • HonestDoor — Free real estate data on residential and commercial properties - sold prices, estimated value of homes, bed and bath. Exclusive houses for sale
  • G2V Optics — G2V Optics manufacturers the most advanced LED solar simulator products for scientific testing use - early-stage, research & development, production, or certification.
  • INGU — Currently, inline inspection in the oil and gas sector is a series of staged engineering events, designed to assess the condition of pipeline assets. It is costly, infrequent, and only addresses those lines that are within reach. In fact, it is estimated that 40% of the world’s pipelines are unpiggable. The vulnerabilities between inspections,which are typically years apart, or the inability to conduct inspections at all, puts the world’s aging pipeline infrastructure at risk. In order to address these issues, we have focused on changing the economics, the technology, and the workflow associated with inline inspection. We have introduced the industry’s first self-serve inspection model that eliminates significant engineering and downtime costs. We have developed miniature, multi sensor Pipers® technology that freely flows within any and all active pipelines, regardless of location, condition, material or configuration. This technology is capable of inspecting pipelines as small as 2 inches in diameter, and surveying for leaks, geometric defects, magnetic anomalies, and deposits in a single run. Further, we have reduced the cost of inline inspection by a factor of 10, making it possible for integrity programs to be more present, more often, across all of their assets. Finally, such accessible technology has given us the opportunity to work with a complete range of clients – large and small, private and public – resulting in rich datasets libraries that offer unprecedented contextual analysis and continuous advancement of our data analytics capabilities. Our approach provides clients with uninterrupted access to up-to-date condition-critical data, allowing them to optimize planning, decision-making, and actions.
André Zimmermann Angel · Valencia, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain
André holds a degree in Business Administration of the Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado, São Paulo (Brazil) and a GMP at CEDEP/INSEAD, Fontainebleau (France). He has more than 22 years experience within the communication industry, having worked for advertising and media agencies in Brazil and in Spain. After having worked at Havas for 12years, where at the end he accumulated the roles of MD at Havas Digital Brazil and MD at Z+, he became an entrepreneur in 2013 and has since then helped building NetCos (influencer marketing), Adglow (social media advertising), Smartclip Brazil, (video distribution platform), Blasting News Brazil (social journalism), Kiddo (customer experience), Oliver Latam (in house agencies), Audioria (podcast production and distribution) and Corebiz Spain (omnichannel agency). Since 2014 also acting as an angel investor at seed and early stage ventures for companies such as iSPORTiSTiCS (artificial intelligence for sports), Sherwa (gaming network), Donamaid (cleaning services marketplace), Mimo (live commerce), Chilligum Creatives (dynamic creatives), Super Troupers (influencer powered commerce solution) and also through Wow Accelerator. André was also a professor for two years at the Master in Digital Marketing of the Instituto de Empresa, Madrid (Spain) and a VP and board member at the Interactive Advertising Bureau Brazil. In 2014 André was ranked second in the Top 50 Innovators of Marketing and Communication in Brazil list, published by Proxxima (Meio&Mensagem Group).
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Investment focus
  • Other, Apps, Gaming
  • Seed, Pre-Seed
  • Spain, Brazil, Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Super Troupers — Traditional influencers platforms give them a fish for each campaign; we give them a fishing rod.
  • Sherwa Online Services — Bringing a share-economy into the gaming industry - Connecting, learning and earning money while you play!We are bringing a new way for people to connect and play together, while also having the opportunity for users to earn revenue by helping other players and creating exclusive lobbies.We offer instant matchmaking for both users who aretrying to play, those platforms you can only book a match with someone. We offer coaching groups as well as promoting inside events and competitions for exclusive gifts and in-app coins. We allow users the possibility to play with their favourite influencers/streamers. The influencer can create a featured group where people can make a line to play with them.
  • iSPORTiSTiCS — Video interpretation and tagging for sports content powered by AI. (Auto) detection of actions, stats, and objects.
Michael Deeg Angel
Michael Deeg
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Investment focus
  • Energy, Payments, Software
  • Seed
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Mintgreen — MintGreen specializes in heat recovery from Bitcoin mining. Our proprietary Digital Boilers heat communities sustainably.
Private Accredited Group Angel · Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Private Accredited Group
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Investment focus
  • Other, Energy, Software
  • Seed, Convertible Note
  • Canada, Switzerland
Portfolio highlights
  • Authena — Authena is an IoT and Blockchain platform used for traceability and authenticity protection of brands. With its platform, the company revolutionizes how brands of high-value goods protect their products and reputation against counterfeiting and reach unprecedented levels of end-user engagement. It protects product identity against counterfeit,product diversion, and fraud by gaining access to detailed customer insights and analytics and improving finances by limiting distribution costs and boosting direct-to-consumer sales.
  • Pure Energies Group — PNG Info Org is committed to providing practical information pertinent to the finance industry. Click the link to gain insights and ideas.
Lauren Rathmell Angel
Rathmell, a trained biochemist, started working with Lufa Farms as a researcher at McGill’s MacDonald campus. She played a large role in the development of the plant science and growing science that Lufa eventually implemented, including the NFT and drip irrigation systems, the use of biological pest controls, the microclimate and crop rotationsystems, and the selection of crop varieties. Rathmell currently supervises all greenhouse operations as well as research and development
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Investment focus
  • Gaming, Consumer Goods, Sustainability
  • Funding Round
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Lufa Farms — Find out how to subscribe to weekly fully customizable local food baskets.
Tim Angus Angel
Tim Angus is the President and CEO of BRICKEYE (formerly AOMS Technologies).
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Investment focus
  • Energy, Sustainability, Mobile
  • Series B, Convertible Note
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Pure Energies Group — PNG Info Org is committed to providing practical information pertinent to the finance industry. Click the link to gain insights and ideas.
  • Encycle Corporation — REGEN Energy Inc. designs, develops, and markets wireless energy management solutions in Canada and the United States. The company’s products include EnviroGrid swarm-logic controllers, which are attached to electrical loads to communicate and coordinate with each other to reduce electrical demand for commercial, industrial, institutional, andmulti-unit residential facilities. Its products are used to control electrical demand for heaters, fans, compressors, chillers, cold storage systems, batter chargers, pumps, and dehumidifiers and humidifiers, as well as for new construction, retrofit, and ongoing building operations.
Ross Finlay Angel · Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Ross Finlay, a Co-founder and Director of the First Angel Network Association has been an angel investor since 2000. He has assisted many companies in raising private equity. Mr. Finlay is a recognized facilitator, senior business consulting professional and strategic change consultant who has an extensive background in public, private andnot-for-profit sectors. He has implemented major business changes in a number of organizations and has experience in conducting organizational reviews in the public/private and the not-for-profit sectors. He has extensive business networks throughout Atlantic Canada. He has been Executive Director of a provincial professional association and President of a national consulting company working with scientific, engineering and technical areas. Since his move home to Nova Scotia, Ross has managed his own successful consulting practice. He returned to the corporate world for a time with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and SolutionInc Ltd. – a Halifax based software development company. In 2002 Ross was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal for outstanding community service through his efforts in numerous charities.
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Investment focus
  • Energy, Hardware, Software
  • Seed
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Meta — META® delivers previously unachievable performance, across a range of applications, by inventing, designing, developing, and manufacturing sustainable, highly functional materials. Our extensive technology platform enables leading global brands to deliver breakthrough products to their customers in consumer electronics, 5G communications, healthand wellness, aerospace, automotive, and clean energy. Our nano-optic technology provides anti-counterfeiting security features for government documents and currencies and authentication for brands. Our achievements have been widely recognized, including being named a Lux Research Innovator of the Year in 2021. Learn more at www.metamaterial.com.
Oscar Plag Angel
Oscar Plag
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Investment focus
  • Energy, Payments, Software
  • Seed
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Mintgreen — MintGreen specializes in heat recovery from Bitcoin mining. Our proprietary Digital Boilers heat communities sustainably.
Ray Muzyka Angel · Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Originally trained as a medical doctor, Dr. Ray Muzyka cofounded BioWare, a video game development studio focusing on story and character, in the early 1990s. He practiced emergency/family medicine for two years full time, with medicine transitioning to part-time over the following decade as he focused on his role as BioWare’s CEO. BioWare wasacquired by Electronic Arts in 2007, and Dr. Muzyka took on the roles of Senior Vice President at Electronic Arts and General Manager of EA’s BioWare division, which grew over the next five years to span eight development locations worldwide with about 2000 staff (1400 full time). He retired from video games in October 2012, with his third “career chapter” at ThresholdImpact, where he focused on sustainable, profitable impact investing: mentoring and angel investing in information technology, new media, and medical innovations with social entrepreneurs. An active angel investor and entrepreneurial mentor, Dr. Muzyka is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, the A100, the Ashoka Support Network, and the Board of Governors of the University of Alberta (serving as Chair of the Human Resources Committee and on the Learning and Discovery Committee and as a member of the University of Alberta Advancement Council). He is Chair of the University of Alberta’s entrepreneur Venture Mentoring Service, a venture advisor at iNovia Venture Capital, and a member of the Alberta Research and Innovation Advisory Committee and the Alberta Premier’s Advisory Committee on the Economy. He also serves on a number of private company boards. He previously served on the board of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences from 2001-2008 and was on the Board of Trustees of the Stollery Children’s Health Foundation from 2012-2015. He was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame in 2011 and received the International Game Developers’ Choice Awards 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Muzyka received the inaugural Alumni Innovation Award in 2015 from the University of Alberta. He additionally was named as the 2017 Allard Chair in Business at the MacEwan University’s School of Business and as an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary Club International in 2016, in recognition for his philanthropic efforts. Other awards include entry into Canada’s Top 40 under 40 and Ernst and Young’s 2001 Entrepreneur of the Year (IT, Prairies).He obtained his Bachelor of Medical Science from the University of Alberta in 1990, his Doctorate of Medicine from there in 1992, and his MBA from the University of Western Ontario (Ivey School of Business) in 2001.
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Investment focus
  • Health Care, Software, Science/Engineering
  • Seed, Pre-Seed, Funding Round
  • Canada, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Leadoptik — Leadoptik is a California-based company is currently operating in stealth mode.
  • Gray Oncology Solutions — Gray Oncology Solution is a healthcare enterprise software company that commercializes GrayOS, the operating system for oncology.
  • Modality.AI, Inc. — Modality.ai is an AI-powered platform that detects health conditions using conversational AI. Through dialogue and video, Modality.AI interacts conversationally with the patient to provide health assessment anywhere, anytime. Its system analyzes multimodal data which allows continuous screening and assessing of patients’ health.
Ali Rowghani Angel · Mountain View, California, United States
Ali Rowghani is the CEO of YC Continuity. Previously, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of Twitter, Inc. from 2012 to 2014, where he was in charge of Twitter’s product, design, business development, developer platform, and media teams. He was hired as Twitter’s first Chief Financial Officer and served in that role from 2010 to 2012. Forthe 9 years prior to his time at Twitter, Ali served in several roles at Pixar Animation Studios, Inc., including as Chief Financial Officer and as Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning.Ali holds a BA and MBA, both from Stanford University. Ali is on the Board at Checkr, Lob and Restoration Hardware (NYSE: RH), and is a Board observer at LendUp.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Internet, Data and Analytics
  • Series B, Series C, Series A
  • United States, Canada, Indonesia
Portfolio highlights
  • Ambient.ai — Ambient.ai is transforming physical security with computer vision intelligence, empowering security teams with automated threat detection and visual verification.
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Meltem Demirors Angel · New York, New York, United States · 10 investments in the past 12 months
Meltem Demirors is Chief Strategy Officer of CoinShares, an investment firm that manages $750M in assets, and is a trusted partner to investors and entrepreneurs navigating the digital asset ecosystem. Meltem oversees the firm’s managed strategies group and its New York office, and leads corporate development as a board director. Previously, shewas part of the founding team of Digital Currency Group. She teaches at MIT and Oxford, and serves on the WEF Blockchain Council. Meltem leads CoinShares' venture strategy and is an active angel investor, having invested in over 150 companies in the digital currency ecosystem since 2015.
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Investment focus
  • Financial, Software, Payments
  • Seed, Series A, Pre-Seed
  • United States, Canada, France
Portfolio highlights
  • Ethos — Your home base for web3 on Sui. Easy to integrate in-dapp Sui wallet. Best way to onboard new crypto-curious users.
  • Kalder — Kalder is a unified web3 brand loyalty platform for brands and creators to drive meaningful engagement, onboard new users, and reward superfan communities.
  • Risc Zero. — Zero-Knowledge powered VM based on the RISC-V instruction set.
Amarjeet Sohi Angel
Elected three times as an Edmonton City Councillor, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi was elected the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods in 2015.Dedicated to improving Edmonton’s infrastructure and livability, Minister Sohi represented the city on the Canadian Urban Transit Association, and has been a strong advocate for light rail transit.He also advocated municipal interests to other orders of government through his delegation to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. He has been a prominent leader on municipal and provincial issues, volunteering with Public Interest Alberta, the Centre for International Alternatives, and the Canadian Labour Congress.Minister Sohi has worked tirelessly to promote learning and cooperation among cultural communities by leading the city’s Immigration, Multiculturalism and Racism Free Edmonton initiatives. He has received the Edmonton Interfaith Advocate Award and John Humphrey Centre’s Human Rights Advocate Award for promoting welcoming and socially inclusive communities. As a former member of the Edmonton Police Commission, Minister Sohi believes in building safe and strong communities. He also took a leadership role in creating the Police Chief's Indo-Canadian Liaison Committee, the Punjabi Cultural Association, and the Punjabi Arts Association. Minister Sohi has served as a minister since 2015, and is currently the Minister of Natural Resources.
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Investment focus
  • Energy, Sustainability, Natural Resources
  • Funding Round, Post-IPO Equity
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Quantiam Technologies — Quantiam develops and commercializes disruptive, world-first new products based on Advanced Materials, NanoMaterials, Coatings, Surfaces and Catalysts for energy and environment-related applications, and extreme-operating environments.Quantiam provides the most advanced high-performance coatings for internal-surfaces of complex shapes such astubulars with a coating capacity of 3 million-in2/year expandable to 12 million-in2/year, and tube-lengths currently at 17 feet, expandable to 34 feet.
  • Razor Energy — They are a publicly-traded junior oil and gas development and production company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. Their business is concentrated on acquiring, and subsequently enhancing, producing oil and gas properties primarily in Alberta. Razor was founded in 2016 and through a business combination with Vector Resources Inc., a Capital PoolCompany, concurrently completed an acquisition of a legacy light oil asset in the Swan Hills area of Alberta in January 2017, funded partially through a term loan facility in the amount of $30 million provided by AIMCo. Razor’s shares started trading on TSX Venture Exchange under ticker “RZE” on Feb 13, 2017.Razor is led by Doug Bailey and Frank Muller, the former CEO and COO, respectively, of Striker Exploration Corp. a publicly-traded junior oil and gas producer that amalgamated with Gear Energy in July 2016. The Company’s experienced management team and committed board of directors have a long term vision of organic and inorganic growth focused on efficiency and cost control across all areas of the business.
Chris Adams Angel · Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Chris Adams - Founder & Managing Director @ Adams Hamilton
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Investment focus
  • Other, Gaming, Health Care
  • Seed
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • FreshSpoke — Wholesale buyers from restaurants, retail and institutions place orders using FreshSpoke's mobile or web app. Delivery is then arranged using FreshSpoke's shared delivery system that leverages the excess capacity that already exists in the food delivery system, giving commercial drivers, including local food producers, the ability to earnextra income delivering local food. The entire transaction is paperless; every aspect of the delivery from dispatch and routing, to arrival notification and order acceptance is handled on the driver’s smartphone. FreshSpoke is in the market and commercialized in Canada and the USA with a web app and three mobile apps. These include FreshSpoke buyers’ app, FreshDispatch app for Drivers and a consumer facing app called Local Food Champion that authenticates the source of local food served or sold by FreshSpoke buyers.
Lisa Shields Angel · Vancouver, Alberta, Canada
Lisa Shields is FI.SPAN’s founder and CEO. FI.SPAN is Lisa’s second financial technology startup - she also founded and led Hyperwallet Systems Inc for 15 years; today it is recognized as a leading global payments processor for business to consumer mass payouts. She is a member of the Canadian FinPay Committee, was named the EY RegionalEntrepreneur Of The Year in 2015 and received a Women in Payments Innovation Award in 2016.A firm believer in inclusive commerce, Lisa is always looking for new ways to unite ecosystem participants for the benefit of end users. She also has a personal interest in the underbanked and speaks frequently and passionately on the importance of low-cost, compliant payments.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Data and Analytics, IT
  • Seed, Series A
  • Canada, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Neutronpay — Lightning Network Infrastructure API for Global Remittances, Payments, Spending, Payouts and Banking.
  • MergeBase — MergeBase develops cyber defenses for vulnerable 3rd-party and open source components and libraries. MergeBase focuses on providing clients with robust security against the number one source of data breaches today: vulnerabilities in software components. Feel free to compete digitally by utilizing open source and commercial libraries. MergeBaseallows you to build securely on external software components.
  • Validere — Measure and capitalize on emission reductions while improving operations with all-in-one commodity & carbon management platform for oil and gas.
Arlene Dickinson Angel · Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Dickinson, owner and CEO of Venture Communications, a company she grew from a small, local firm to one of the largest independent agencies in Canada, is also the CEO of District Ventures and Youinc.com. Companies all aimed at helping market, fund and grow entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies. She is a two times best-selling author,accomplished speaker and is best known to Canadians as one of the venture capitalists on the award-winning CBC series’ Dragons’ Den.
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Investment focus
  • Gaming, Food/Beverage, Health Care
  • Angel, Pre-Seed, Funding Round
  • Canada, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Vertiball — The precision massager that makes your back accessible in a way like never before. Our patent pending suction mounting system to mount onto walls and other flat surfaces. The technology allows you to place the device at specific heights giving you complete control over your sore, tense muscles.
  • Aku Spike — Aku delivers a high-end self acupressure experience anywhere, anytime. Stress relief, relaxation, and treatment for sore back, neck aches, joint pain and more.
  • PilotsFriend West — Precision crafted by bio-scientists and nutritionists, originally made for active duty jet pilots, PilotsFriend is a vitalizing energy tonic that promotes optimal concentration, performance, and health.
George Whitesides Angel · Watertown, Massachusetts, United States
Whitesides joined Harvard’s Department of Chemistry in 1982 and served as department chairman from 1986 to 1989. From 1963 to 1982, he was a faculty member at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Whitesides held advisory positions on the National Research Council, National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense’s Defense AdvancedResearch Projects Agency (DARPA), and he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and the American Philosophical Society, among other organizations. He has received dozens of honors, including the American Chemical Society (ACS) Award in Pure Chemistry (1975), the Arthur C. Cope Award (1995), the DARPA Award for Significant Technical Achievement (1996), the National Medal of Science (1998), the Von Hippel Award (2000), the Kyoto Prize (2003), the Dan David Award (2005), the Welch Award (2005), the Priestley Award (2007), the American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal (2007), the Prince of Asturias Foundation Award (2008), the Nanoscience Prize (2008), the Wheland Medal (2008) and the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry (2009). In addition to Aresenal Medical, George is a co-founder of a number of companies including Genzyme, GelTex, Theravance and 480 Biomedical. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University in 1960 and a doctorate from the California Institute of Technology in 1964.
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Investment focus
  • Energy, Hardware, Software
  • Seed
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Validere — Measure and capitalize on emission reductions while improving operations with all-in-one commodity & carbon management platform for oil and gas.
Lane Merrifield Angel · Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Lane is a passionate advocate of the convergence of creativity and technology, which has fueled his life long journey of entrepreneurship. Regarded as a pioneer of virtual worlds for children as co-founder of Club Penguin and former executive vice president at the Walt Disney Company, he was inspired to shift his focus to the challenges of today’seducation system and co-founded FreshGrade, a learning collaboration tool focused on the challenges facing teachers, parents, and students in the 21st century classroom.The recipient of several leadership awards, Lane continues to give back to the community through his many philanthropic endeavors, mentoring and investing in early stage technology companies, and volunteering on several boards including his recent appointment to the Premiers Technology Council.
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Commerce/Shopping, IT
  • Angel, Funding Round
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Operation Take Two — Operation Take Two is a social enterprise revolutionizing the global issue of waste by empowering communities to turn trash into treasure.
  • Caravan Digital Studios — At Caravan, entrepreneurship runs deep. We are pioneers in the celebrity-founded model of company creation. We pride ourselves on diving into product categories that are often overlooked or untouched and creatively solving real consumer problems. Our team excels at leveraging proprietary data and reach to identify unique opportunities and build authentic brands with an immediate audience. Our extensive experience co-founding, operating and investing in companies allows us to serve as trusted partners to the artists we co-create with.
Douglas Gray Angel · Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Douglas Gray is the Founder, President and CEO of Graycon Group Ltd. He is a recognized leader in the IT industry and often speaks on how to use IT to achieve business goals, protect the organization and add value to the people and the bottom line. He began Graycon in 1989, with a goal to shift IT from being technology focused to being an enablingfoundation of the business. Since Graycon’s beginnings, Douglas has led the company to support over 1,000 organizations, has gone public and then re-privatized and has built an steadfast IT firm that employs over 170 IT professionals. Graycon has grown to be the reliable and practical choice for IT Support and Solutions throughout Western Canada.While Douglas has a passionate vision around technology solutions that provide clear business value, he also holds an uncompromising commitment to both the Grayconians who have helped make his vision a reality, and to Graycon’s local communities. Graycon Karma, the belief in “do good things and good things happen”, plays a powerful, guiding role in the partnership between Graycon’s clients, staff and local charities. Graycon’s quarter century of success is based on passionate leadership, enabling management, spectacular people and a sincere belief in being part of the community and giving back.
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Investment focus
  • Energy, Hardware, Manufacturing
  • Seed
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • G2V Optics — G2V Optics manufacturers the most advanced LED solar simulator products for scientific testing use - early-stage, research & development, production, or certification.
Andrew Perlman Angel · New York, New York, United States
Andrew Perlman is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at North Equity. He attended The George Washington University School of Business in 1996.
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Investment focus
  • Gaming, Advertising, Health Care
  • Seed, Funding Round
  • Canada, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Flow Alkaline Spring Water — Naturally alkaline spring water in a sustainable package, delivered to your door.
  • Recurrent Ventures — Recurrent is an innovative digital media company that empowers brands to grow, and connect with consumers in a way that is enjoyable, sustainable, inspiring, and profitable—while maintaining editorial integrity. Its best-in-class brands like Popular Science, The Drive, Domino, MEL, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Car Bibles, SAVEUR, Futurism, andTask & Purpose engage a combined audience of more than 50 million monthly unique visitors. Initially founded in late 2018 with the acquisition of The Drive, the portfolio rapidly expanded under the ownership and backing of North Equity LLC to include 20 digital media brands across automotive, home, lifestyle, military, outdoors, and science and tech verticals.
Mohamed Hage Angel · Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Mohamed Hage is a young entrepreneur with a demonstrated track record of success and over 10 years of experience running software and real estate companies. He has a talent for inspiring passion in employees and an incredible knack for forging connections with experts from a diverse range of specialties. He conceived of Lufa Farms in the early2000s based on his childhood experiences with agriculture and fresh produce in a village just outside of Beirut.
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Investment focus
  • Gaming, Consumer Goods, Sustainability
  • Funding Round
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Lufa Farms — Find out how to subscribe to weekly fully customizable local food baskets.
David LeGresley Angel · Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Mr. LeGresley is a corporate director. He was an executive of National Bank Financial and spent 12 years with that company, most recently serving as Vice Chairman (2006 to 2008). Mr. LeGresley has extensive experience in the financial services industry, including positions at Salomon Brothers Canada (1990 to 1996) and CIBC Wood Gundy (1986 to1990). He also serves as a director of one TSX-listed company and one private company.He received a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1981 and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1986.Mr. LeGresley is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors – Rotman Directors Education Program and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
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Investment focus
  • Energy, Sustainability, Natural Resources
  • Funding Round
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Woodland Biofuels — Woodland Biofuels Inc. is a privately-owned Canadian company that has developed and patented a low-cost process technology to produce cellulosic ethanol from waste biomass, such as wood chips and agricultural waste. Woodland's efficient catalytic process puts them on track to be North America's lowest-cost cellulosic ethanol producer.Their strategy is to build, own and operate cellulosic ethanol plants, together with pursuing selected licensing opportunities.
Barney Pell Angel · San Francisco, California, United States
Barney Pell was the co-founder, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of LocoMobi Inc. Barney has a long history as a leading technology innovator, product visionary, entrepreneur and angel investor based in Silicon Valley. Barney is known for being an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Mayfield, a top Venture Capital firm, which he left to becomeFounder and CEO of Powerset, which built a natural-language based search engine that read each sentence in Wikipedia and answered user queries in plain English. Microsoft acquired Powerset in 2008 to help create its new search engine, Bing. Barney then served Microsoft as Search Strategist, Evangelist, and Chief Architect for Local Search at Bing, until leaving Microsoft in September 2011 to return to the start-up world full-time.Barney also has active investor, board member, and advisory roles with multiple start-up companies and non-profits across a variety of industries. Barney is Co-Founder, Vice Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Moon Express, a private company building autonomous robotic lunar landers to enable exploration and commercial development of the solar system. This builds on his earlier career managing advanced software technologies at NASA. Highlights of innovations during Barney’s career at NASA include mission critical software to support planning and collaboration for the Mars Exploration Rovers mission; Clarissa, the first spoken dialog system in space; and the development of the Remote Agent, the first AI system to fly onboard and control a deep space probe. Remote Agent is widely considered one of the top achievements in the history of Artificial Intelligence and was awarded NASA’s "software of the year" award in 1999. Barney is also Associate Founder and Trustee of Singularity University (SU), a new university created to educate leaders for life in a future driven by accelerating technological change.Other recent active angel investments and advisory positions include: Getaround, Robotex, Halcyon Molecular, SpaceX, and CrowdFlower. Recent start-ups that have had successful exits include: Appjet (now Google), Aardvark (now Google), Hot Potato (now Facebook), Etacts (now SalesForce.com), Movity (now Trulia), and LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional social network which recently went public after acquiring its hundred-millionth member.Barney received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and his B.S. degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was a National Merit Scholar.Barney is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities. These include keynote talks at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, the Association for Computational Linguistics, Search Marketing Expos, International Semantic Web Conference, World Wide Web Conference, the Informational Retrieval Conference, and panels at SXSW Interactive. Barney has also spoken at the NPA and IPI conferences and has been featured in all major Parking industry magazines.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Mobile, IT
  • Seed, Series A, Angel
  • United States, Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Workwolf — Workwolf is a Toronto-based start-up with a management team who has led 7 start-ups, had 2 successful exits, and has taken a company public with a $1.8B IPO. Workwolf CEO Erik Simins is an SME in HR who previously founded MAGNUS HRS, a staffing company now servicing over 150 enterprise customers. The technology at Workwolf solves two of the biggestpain points in employment: applicant filtration and verification, and does so by empowering users to identify better candidates faster. Winner of global awards in both 2020 and 2021 for innovation and market potential, Workwolf is ramping up for its multi-national roll-out with ManpowerGroup in September that will coincide with a $4.5M Seed financing round.
  • Ada — Answer common support questions, deliver personalized interaction, and anticipate user needs, all from one AI-driven customer service automation platform.
  • Careteam Technologies — Innovating solution that enables virtual care coordination and collaboration within and between health organizations, including the patient, family and community. We enable patient medical home care continuity, care transfers, care pathways, patient engagement, and quality improvement methods using data in health.
Alex Blikstad Angel
Alex Blikstad
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Investment focus
  • Energy, Payments, Software
  • Seed
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Mintgreen — MintGreen specializes in heat recovery from Bitcoin mining. Our proprietary Digital Boilers heat communities sustainably.
Rus Newton Angel
Co-Founder of Global Advisors & CoinShares. Previously JP Morgan, Salomon Brothers & Shell International
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Investment focus
  • Energy, Payments, Software
  • Seed
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • UTU Technologies — Trust infrastructure for the sharing economy.
  • Mintgreen — MintGreen specializes in heat recovery from Bitcoin mining. Our proprietary Digital Boilers heat communities sustainably.
Michael Kordyback Angel
Michael Kordyback
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Investment focus
  • Energy, Payments, Software
  • Seed
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Mintgreen — MintGreen specializes in heat recovery from Bitcoin mining. Our proprietary Digital Boilers heat communities sustainably.
Kevin Shaw Angel
Kevin Shaw
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Investment focus
  • Energy, Payments, Software
  • Seed
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Mintgreen — MintGreen specializes in heat recovery from Bitcoin mining. Our proprietary Digital Boilers heat communities sustainably.
Vipul Goyal Angel
Vipul Goyal
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Investment focus
  • Energy, Payments, Software
  • Seed
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Mintgreen — MintGreen specializes in heat recovery from Bitcoin mining. Our proprietary Digital Boilers heat communities sustainably.
Max Schmeiser Angel · Seattle, Washington, United States
Max Schmeiser is the Head of Data Science at Twitter.
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Investment focus
  • Hardware, Software, Health Care
  • Seed
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • KEEP Labs — The Modern medicine Cabinet and Data Platform. We partner with healthcare organizations to improve patient adherence by integrating and augmenting their programs, not displacing them.
  • Prairie Robotics — Prairie Robotics is developing artificial intelligence that can sort the types of waste entering landfills and estimate its approximate weight through imaging.
Dylan Taylor Angel · Denver, Colorado, United States
Dylan Taylor is a global business leader and philanthropist. He is an active pioneer in the space exploration industry as a CEO, investor, commercial astronaut thought leader and futurist. Currently, Dylan serves as Chairman & CEO of Voyager Space, a multi-national space exploration firm that acquires and integrates leading space explorationenterprises globally.Dylan has been cited by Harvard University, SpaceNews, the BBC, Pitchbook, CNBC, CNN and others as having played a seminal role in the growth of the private space industry. As an early-stage investor in more than 50 emerging ventures, including Accion, Kepler, York, Astrobotic, LeoLabs, Relativity, and Planet, Dylan is widely considered the most active private space investor in the world.On December 11th, 2021 Dylan became just the 606th human to go to space as part of the crew of Blue Origin’s NewShepard Mission 19. Accordingly, Dylan earned his commercial astronaut wings with the FAA.Dylan’s technical background, global business experience and unbridled passion for space make him a unique figure within his industry. He regularly speaks and writes about the future of the space economy and is sought after by the media for his expertise in the financial aspects of space investing as well as industry dynamics. As a writer and columnist, he has written several widely read pieces on the future of the space industry for SpaceNews, ROOM, The Space Review, Apogeo Spatial and Space.com. As a speaker, Dylan has keynoted many of the major space conferences around the world and has appeared regularly on Bloomberg, Fox Business, and CNBC. dylan-taylor-headshot-1 Dylan Taylor Chairman & CEO Voyager Space Dylan has extensive global business experience as both a board director and CEO. He previously served as a Director for UMB Bank, a Fortune 500 company based in Kansas City and as a mutual fund director for the Jackson Funds where he oversaw assets of $8B across 130 distinct funds. Dylan has been a Fortune 1000 CEO with P&L responsibility in excess of $3B and operations encompassing 16,000 employees in 60 countries. In addition, Dylan has participated in 4 IPOs over the course of his career.Dylan is a leading advocate of space manufacturing and the utilization of in-space resources to further space exploration and settlement. In 2017 he became the first private citizen to manufacturer an item in space when the gravity meter he co-designed and commissioned was 3D printed on the International Space Station. The historic item is now housed in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.Dylan has also had an extensive philanthropic impact on the space industry. In 2017, Dylan founded the nonprofit and social movement, Space for Humanity, which seeks to democratize space exploration and develop solutions to global issues through the scope of human awareness to help solve the world’s most intractable problems. Additionally, Dylan is the Co-Founding Patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, which seeks to promote the growth of commercial space activity. Additionally Dylan serves as a strategic advisor for both the Archmission and the Human Spaceflight Program.Dylan is the founder and Chairman of Multiverse Media, parent company of the popular space philosophy website 2211.world as well as the Ad Astra Dinners, a Jeffersonian styled dinner series featuring some of the world’s leading influencers discussing the future of humanity in space. Another subsidiary of Multiverse Media, Multiverse Publishing, publishes books by leading authors including Frank White, Isaac Asimov and Gerard K. O’Neill. It is also the executive producer of the documentary film, The High Frontier.For his influence as a global leader and his commitment to creating a positive impact on the world, Dylan has been honored with numerous personal and professional accolades in recent years. The World Economic Forum recognized Dylan as a Young Global Leader in 2011 and he was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute in 2014. In 2020, Dylan was recognized by the Commercial Spaceflight Federation with their top honor for business and finance, following in the footsteps of 2019’s inaugural winner, the late Paul Allen.Dylan Taylor earned an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago and holds a BS in Engineering from the honors college at the University of Arizona, where he graduated Tau Beta Pi and in 2018 was named Alumnus of the year. In 2013, he attended the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century program at Harvard University.Dylan and his family live in Denver where he is active locally with Colorado Concern and the Colorado Spaceport. In his spare time, Dylan enjoys hiking, competing in triathlons and spending time outdoors. He is married to author Gabrielle V. Taylor and has two teenage daughters.
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Investment focus
  • Science/Engineering, Hardware, Transportation
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • United States, Canada, Finland
Portfolio highlights
  • Xplore — Xplore is flying commercial missions in Earth orbits with their XCRAFT™, and they invite you to join us. They take civilian, commercial and national security payloads to their desired orbit around Earth for their science or reconnaissance missions.
  • Space Forge — Space Forge make super materials in space that cannot be made on earth.
  • Spaced Ventures — Spaced Ventures is a public investment platform for the space industry. Their platform gives direct access to investment deals and lets them back the hottest space startups. It was founded in 2020 and is based in Florida.
Owen Matthews Angel · Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Owen Matthews is Executive Vice President at Wesley Clover. In this role, Owen is responsible for strategy and business development activities for the Wesley Clover portfolio, both domestically and internationally. Prior to his position at Wesley Clover, Owen was the founder and CEO of Newheights Software. Newheights was a pioneer in enterpriseunified communication products.As CEO of Newheights, Owen was responsible for all aspects of the business. Achievements worth noting include OEM agreements with major enterprise communication system vendors, carrier equipment manufacturers and direct agreements with telephone companies. Newheights was acquired for $21.6 Million in 2007. Prior to Newheights, Owen co-founded TDC, a web development firm. Owen is an active member on the Board of Directors for Counterpath Corporation and Taraspan.Owen is also passionately committed to the development and growth of Canadian athletes and youth development. He was the co-chair of the Advancement Committee for Canadian Sport Centre Pacific Institute, a $28 million dollar training facility for high performance athletes. He is also active on the board of advisors for the Business school at University of Victoria and Power to Be, a charity founded to enrich the health, education and quality of life for vulnerable youth. Owen studied Computer Science and Psychology at the University of Victoria and joined Wesley Clover in August 2007, following the acquisition of Newheights.
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Investment focus
  • Mobile, Real Estate, Sustainability
  • Seed
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • U-Bicycle — U-bicycle is a multi-modal smart transportation platform that promotes seamless connectivity and supports smart city programs. Bikes and e-scooters are available at specific locations to solve short distance commuting needs. We provide an active, healthy, eco-friendly and affordable mode of transportation for locals, tourists, and anyone who isjust curious. Experience U-bicycle by downloading the app at Google Play or the App Store.
Ashif Mawji Angel · Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Ashif Mawji is the Venture Partner at Rising Tide. He attended NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology).
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Investment focus
  • Energy, Gaming, Hardware
  • Seed, Pre-Seed
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • HonestDoor — Free real estate data on residential and commercial properties - sold prices, estimated value of homes, bed and bath. Exclusive houses for sale
  • G2V Optics — G2V Optics manufacturers the most advanced LED solar simulator products for scientific testing use - early-stage, research & development, production, or certification.
  • Kiwi Grocery — Kiwi Grocery cuts out the grocery store and delivers direct to your door. That means you pay less for your groceries and save on costly service fees. Kiwi users save 35% on their grocery checkout totals compared to other delivery apps.
Matjažek Horne Angel
Matjažek Horne
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Investment focus
  • Energy, Payments, Software
  • Seed
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Mintgreen — MintGreen specializes in heat recovery from Bitcoin mining. Our proprietary Digital Boilers heat communities sustainably.
Dennis Bennie Angel · Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Dennis Bennie is a pioneer, entrepreneur and innovator in the Canadian technology industry. Over the past 20 years, Bennie's entrepreneurial management has powered Mission Electronics, Ingram Canada and Delrina. In 1997, he founded the XDL Venture Capital Fund, focusing on information technology opportunities. The $25 million fund hasyielded exceptional returns to date. One of its most noteworthy investments was a 1997 start-up, Delano Technology Corporation (NASD:DTEC). XDL Intervest, a $150 million fund was started in 1999 and is now fully invested. Bennie currently manages an experienced team investing in private equity opportunities as the XDL Capital Group. From 1988 to 1996, Mr. Bennie was CEO of Delrina Corporation, an independent software developer and publisher, which forged the new software categories of electronic forms and PC fax communications. Under Mr. Bennie's leadership, Delrina pioneered the development of PC fax software called WinFax and became a world leader in the communication software market with annual sales revenue exceeding $130 million. Listed on both the Toronto Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, Delrina cultivated a reputation for leadership, growth and profitability, and completed several public offerings. In November 1995, the company was successfully sold to Symantec Corporation for share consideration valued at $560 million. Mr. Bennie entered the world of technology in 1979, when he co-founded Mission Electronics. He drove the expansion of this leading British audio equipment manufacturer to become a dominant force in the high-end stereo market. In 1982 he sold his interest in Mission Electronics and founded Aviva Software, an independent, mass-market software developer. Under his direction, the company expanded its scope to include software distribution and merged with Ingram Micro Inc. in 1986 to become Canada's largest software distributor. Residing in Toronto, Canada, with his wife Laura and three daughters, Dennis is an avid golfer and runner. A member of the World President's Organization, he also regularly serves on various charitable boards including the Toronto Hospital Board.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Science/Engineering, Internet
  • Seed, Pre-Seed, Series A
  • Canada, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Delphia — Invest with your data, not your money.
  • Tread — Tread's construction fleet management software makes the business of moving construction materials easier and more profitable. Request a demo today!
  • Thriver — Discover, book, and manage workplace culture services and employee experiences all in one place. Empower your team with effective employee engagement activities.
Andrew Ferrier Angel
Andrew has held a number of director and executive positions for large multinationals and has 30 years of experience in international business. He has a strong background in growing businesses including 17 years as a CEO.From 2003 to 2011, Andrew was CEO of Fonterra Co-Operative Group, New Zealand's largest company. Prior to Fonterra,Andrew served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and director of GSW of Toronto, a manufacturer of consumer durable products and, prior to GSW, Andrew was President and CEO of Tate & Lyle North America Sugars of New York and President of Redpath Sugars in Toronto.Andrew currently runs his own investment company, Canz Capital, is Chairman of the New Zealand Government's economic development agency New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, sits on the Council of the University of Auckland and, in addition to Orion Health, sits on the boards of Bunge Ltd. in New York and Lufa Farms Inc. in Montreal, as well as other advisory and charitable boards.Andrew holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick and a Master of Business Administration from Concordia University.
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Investment focus
  • Gaming, Consumer Goods, Sustainability
  • Funding Round
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Lufa Farms — Find out how to subscribe to weekly fully customizable local food baskets.
Jacky Chen Angel
Jacky is dedicated to angel investment and has built up a portfolio of more than thirty startup companies in Canada and the US. His target investments are the early-stage B2B companies with disruptive technologies and business potential in enterprise software, information technologies, MedTech, and Advanced Manufacturing.Jacky has acquiredconcrete business experiences as a successful founder in the startup ecosystem and an executive of Fortune 500 companies over two decades. His remarkable accomplishments range from building startups from scratch to leading a billion-dollar business with the leverage of 14,000 enterprise channel partners. The unique journey has shaped Jacky's outstanding of investing in early startups.Jacky holds the degrees of Mater's E.E. and MBA, and he graduated from CEIBS and The Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Investment focus
  • Software, IT, Hardware
  • Seed, Pre-Seed, Funding Round
  • Canada, United States, China
Portfolio highlights
  • Agile Devices — Agile Devices offer catheter-based interventional procedures helping patients during a stroke. It helps medical practitioners reduce the procedure time to respond to time bound emergencies.
  • Workwolf — Workwolf is a Toronto-based start-up with a management team who has led 7 start-ups, had 2 successful exits, and has taken a company public with a $1.8B IPO. Workwolf CEO Erik Simins is an SME in HR who previously founded MAGNUS HRS, a staffing company now servicing over 150 enterprise customers. The technology at Workwolf solves two of the biggestpain points in employment: applicant filtration and verification, and does so by empowering users to identify better candidates faster. Winner of global awards in both 2020 and 2021 for innovation and market potential, Workwolf is ramping up for its multi-national roll-out with ManpowerGroup in September that will coincide with a $4.5M Seed financing round.
  • Traction Technology Partners — Traction is a powerful SaaS collaboration platform for evaluating, adopting and managing new technologies across the enterprise. The platform includes Project Management and CRM tools designed specifically for enterprise teams tasked with discovering and evaluating new technologies. Traction is used by IT, Innovation and Corp Dev teams toaccelerate their digital transformation projects, and to speed up the way they find, manage, and adopt new technologies. Traction also offers On-Demand Research services delivered through its platform.
Peter Poka Angel
Peter Poka
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Investment focus
  • Energy, Payments, Software
  • Seed
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Mintgreen — MintGreen specializes in heat recovery from Bitcoin mining. Our proprietary Digital Boilers heat communities sustainably.
Manjit Minhas Angel · Calgary, Alberta, Canada
34-year-old Manjit Minhas is the co-founder and co-owner of Minhas Breweries and Distillery and a Dragon on Dragon's Den. Though trained as a petroleum engineer, she has become a specialist in brand development, marketing, sales management and retail negotiations, having been recognized for several business industry awards such as PROFITmagazine's "Top Growth Entrepreneur", Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs in Canada, Calgary's Top 40 under 40, Chatelaine Magazine's "Top Entrepreneur Woman of The Year 2011" and The Sikh Centennial Foundation Award 2014.When Manjit Minhas was 19 years old, she and her brother Ravinder scraped together $10,000 to launch their first beer in Alberta. In 2006, they purchased the second oldest brewery in the United States and renamed it "Minhas Craft Brewery." At the time, this acquisition officially made the Minhas siblings the youngest brewery owners in the world.Their brewery in Monroe, Wisconsin is now the 10th largest in North America, and as a brand they produce more than 90 beers, spirits, liqueurs and wines that ship all across Canada and the U.S., as well as overseas to 15 different countries. Minhas Brewery makes all of the Kirkland brand beer for Costco worldwide, as well as all the craft beers under Trader Joes' label in the US. Today they run a group of companies that generated over $155-million in revenue last year.Manjit lives in Calgary, where she was born and raised, with her husband and two young daughters.
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Investment focus
  • Energy, Gaming, Software
  • Angel
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Easy Platter — Easy Platter Personal chefs prepare healthy, delicious custom cuisines in your kitchen for $7.75/Meal. Top-Rated Local Personal chefs prepare incredible meals per your dietary preferences. Sit back, relax while your affordable personal chefs prepare meals for you and your family in your kitchen or
  • PilotsFriend West — Precision crafted by bio-scientists and nutritionists, originally made for active duty jet pilots, PilotsFriend is a vitalizing energy tonic that promotes optimal concentration, performance, and health.
  • NEXXBAR — We manufacture All-in-one, one-size-fits-all patented self-treatment tools designed to replace current tools for daily myofascial release, pain management, and recovery. The distinct benefit over other foam rollers, balls, and massage wands is the leverage system, which allows for frequent self-treatment without getting on the floor, contortinginto awkward positions, and exerting the very muscles you are trying to treat. It is portable, convenient, adaptable, and easy to use for all ages and abilities.
Elizabeth Iorns Angel · Palo Alto, California, United States
Elizabeth Jane Iorns is a New Zealand scientist, entrepreneur and researcher, and the founder and CEO of Science Exchange. Scientific Advisor at Rarebase. She is also the Co-founder and Chairman of Perception Biosystems. She has a PhD degree in Cancer Biology from The Institute of Cancer Research.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Health Care, Science/Engineering
  • Seed
  • United States, Canada, Mexico
Portfolio highlights
  • Unima — Unima is decentralizing rapid testing across industries by taking diagnostics out of the lab to the place these are needed the most to secure a timely diagnostic for everyone, anywhere.Unima is solving is the centralization of lab testing, which limits the access to a timely diagnostic for billions. Current technology for diagnostics is veryprecise and can detect almost any disease known, but the problem is these require labs with expensive equipment and specialized technicians making lab testing impossible to scale up to provide universal and timely access to diagnostics.To solve this problem Unima developed Find, a rapid testing technology platform for real time diagnostics which allows anyone to diagnose a disease directly where it is needed, without using lab equipment, with results in 15 minutes or less and at a very low cost. With Find anyone can have access to a timely diagnostic even in the most remote areas of the world.The Find platform uses shark antibodies modified with genetic engineering to detect disease biomarkers in blood, saliva, urine or water samples. These shark antibodies are used in microfluidic cards and generate a visual reactions when in contact with specific biomarkers of the disease to be tested. Then to evaluate the result of the test, a picture of the testing card is taken with the proprietary Xplora smartphone app which runs image analysis process and neural network algorithms to generate an inmediate result. Then this result,along with contextual information like geolocation, date and time, is sent to a cloud server where it can be used for real time disease tracking.
  • Enzyme — Enzyme QMS software includes modules for all stages of the product development life cycle from Design Control to CAPA. Our in-house experts are here to back you up! We can guide you through the quality challenges and regulatory submission process. Sign up for a Demo today.
  • Torch — Harness the power of trusted relationships to fuel employee growth and success. Seamlessly design, manage, and measure programs with Torch.
Bayode Okusanya Angel
Bayo Okusanya is the Owner of Bayo LLC. Bayo attended Princeton University.
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Investment focus
  • Other, Software, Commerce/Shopping
  • Pre-Seed
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • frenter — Helping equipment rental businesses manage their day-to-day operations so they can focus on growing their business in-person and online. Request a Demo today
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