John Pinsent - Winner of the Fourth Annual Rod Charko Service Award

John Pinsent - Winner of the Fourth Annual Rod Charko Service Award

November 17, 2017 - Calgary, AB | John Pinsent is the winner of the fourth annual Venture Capital Association of Alberta (VCAA) Rod Charko Service Award. The Rod Charko Service Award has been established to recognize, on a yearly basis, an individual that has gone above and beyond to build on the legacy Rod left in this Province.

Rod had a vision for the Alberta Technology Ecosystem where technology companies, investors and mentors would collaborate and work towards a common goal of enhancing the ecosystem in Alberta. Rod was instrumental in the formation of many of the groups that have gone on to continue his work, including the likes of the A100, AccelerateAB, the Accelerate Fund and the VCAA. Rod passed away mid-2012 before he could see his vision come to fruition.

John Pinsent, a Chartered Professional Accountant by trade, founded St. Arnaud Pinsent Steman (“SPS”) Chartered Professional Accountants in 2004 following a distinguished ten-year career with Ernst and Young LLP. Passionate about the technology sector, John made his first angel investment in 2005. A founding member of VA Angels, John has since invested in over 65 early-stage companies - primarily in the areas of ICT, medical devices, O&G enabling technologies and social media.

John has a well-earned reputation for being a strong supporter of knowledge-based businesses. He is active in ICT and biotechnology initiatives within the Province and serves on the board of Capital Road, is an A-100 member and serves as a lead mentor in the University of Alberta’s Venture Mentorship program. John is always prepared to use his Rolodex and his insights to assist organizations to improve their reach, revenues and relevance.

Also, John understands the need to always give back to the greater community and has been heavily involved in a number of local charities including the Special Olympics Alberta and the Muttart Foundation. In 2012, John received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work and leadership within Special Olympics and his ongoing commitment to supporting the not for profit sector in Canada.

The VCAA Rod Charko Service Award is presented on an annual basis.

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