Member Directory


Member Directory click here to view pdf. Published March 2016


Institutional Investor

Alberta Enterprise Alberta Enterprise promotes the development of Alberta's venture capital (VC) industry, by investing in VC funds that finance early stage technology companies. Our focus is on funds that have a strong commitment to Alberta including a full-time presence in the province. We also support Alberta's VC ecosystem by connecting investors, entrepreneurs, and experienced technology executives who share our passion for building a bright, innovative Alberta.

Kensington Capital Kensington is a leading independent Canadian investor in alternative assets. Founded in 1996, and with over $700 million invested to date in private equity, venture capital, infrastructure and hedge funds, Kensington's active management approach and relationship based business has generated top quartile returns for investors.

Venture Capital / Private Equity Firms

32 Degrees Capital Founded in 2004, 32 Degrees Capital is an energy-focused private equity firm based in Calgary, Canada. The Firm follows a diversified energy strategy, making investments in partnership with management teams in early stage oil and gas companies and energy service, equipment and manufacturing businesses. Typically the Firm looks to make investments in business models that have significant growth opportunities and that operate with or provide a significant cost advantage. The majority of the Firm's investments are made in Canada; however, consideration is made for U.S. and International opportunities.

500 Startups Canada The nation's largest early stage seed fund with offices and partners in Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, and Waterloo. They seek diverse investments in promising products, great entrepreneurs, and outstanding teams. As an extension of the global 500 venture fund, 500 Canada provides its portfolio for the opportunity to leverage our global investment team, accelerator program and mentor network that has operational experience at companies such as PayPal, Google, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Twitter and Apple. A global team of 150 people in 20 countries, and have invested in over 1,800 startups that come from more than 60 countries. RBC helps communities prosper, supporting a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments and employee volunteer activities. For more information visit us online.

Accelerate Fund II The Accelerate Fund will co-invest alongside Angel investors in financing rounds. The Accelerate Fund typically invests up to $500,000 on the same terms and conditions as private investors. The Fund invests in private, early stage Alberta companies in knowledge-based industries including: information and communications technology, clean and energy technology, as well as life sciences, including agriculture and biotech.

AVAC AVAC Ltd. is an Alberta-based investment company investing in promising early-stage commercial ventures in value-added agribusiness, information and communications technologies, life sciences, and other industrial technology sectors. AVAC also manages an active early-stage venture capital fund-of-funds investment pool and the new Accelerate Angel Co-investment Fund. AVAC's mandate is to help bridge the critical investment gap that exists between innovative ideas and commercial business success.

Avrio Ventures Avrio Capital invests in innovative food and agriculture companies that provide solutions to global challenges in the areas of health, wellness, and sustainability. Avrio is a hands-on investor who works alongside its portfolio companies to provide the support and resources needed to transform emerging companies into successful globally competitive enterprises.

Azure Capital Partners Founded in 2000, Azure is a San Francisco-based venture capital firm with over $750 million under management. Azure invests in early stage technology companies that are at the forefront of a transformative opportunity for growth. They have served as trusted advisors to some of the most successful and important technology companies created in the last decade, including VMware (NYSE: VMW), Bill Me Later (acquired by eBay), Calix (NYSE: CALX), Top Tier (acquired by SAP) and World Wide Packets (acquired by Ciena), and have helped to generate billions of dollars of value in these companies for entrepreneurs and investors.

BDC Venture Capital With more than $1 billion under management and more than 25 years of industry experience, BDC Venture Capital is an investor of choice focusing on venture funds as well as IT, healthcare, and energy/clean technology companies with high growth potential. From seed through expansion to exit, our mandate is to help build outstanding Canadian companies, while working to create a sound financial ecosystem for Canadian technology ventures. BDC Venture Capital is part of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), the only bank dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs.

Bioenterprise Capital Bioenterprise Capital focuses exclusively on innovative global agricultural technology. Targeting high growth potential companies from seed capital through to mature expansion opportunities, Bioenterprise Capital provides a truly diversified agriculture portfolio. Bioenterprise Capital brings its comprehensive domain expertise to all investments, using sector knowledge, market insights, extensive contacts and decades of business experience. This ensures portfolio companies can expand their markets, grow profits and create value and prosperity. Bioenterprise Capital maintains a diligent focus on delivering strong return on investments while driving the commercialization of innovation in agricultural technologies. That's the definition of intelligent capital.

Enertech Capital EnerTech Capital, a pioneer in energy and clean energy, investing since 1996, is a firm focused on funding energy technology ventures that address the global opportunity for cleaner, cheaper and more efficient energy usage. The firm has committed nearly $400 million to companies and projects worldwide and recently closed their fourth fund at just under $120 Million. EnerTech is located in Toronto, Calgary, Montreal, and Philadelphia. Contact: Wally Hunter, Managing Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Evok Innovations A first of its kind investment partnership uniting Canada's oil and gas companies and the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance to fund and accelerate the development and commercialization of transformative energy solutions. As an entrepreneur-led fund with the ability to connect portfolio companies to industry partners, Evok can ensure that the right energy innovations - along with the entire value chain - are getting to market faster.

Fasken Fasken is a leading international law firm with more than 700 lawyers and nine offices on four continents. Clients rely on us for practical, innovative and cost-effective legal services. We solve the most complex business challenges, providing exceptional value and putting clients at the centre of all we do. Fasken possesses unrivalled experience in key Canadian industries that PE and VC firms invest in. Our mining, life sciences, infrastructure and communications lawyers are ranked among the very best in the country. We combine this industry experience with practice expertise such as tax, intellectual property, employment, banking, finance and litigation to provide a considered, creative approach to client goals.

iNovia Capital iNovia Capital partners with exceptional entrepreneurs to build successful companies in high-growth sectors. The team is comprised of founders, builders, and engineers that are passionate about building market-leading technology companies. iNovia has $275M under management across three seed and early-stage funds.

McRock Capital McRock Capital is a venture capital firm focused exclusively on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Back by Cisco Systems, BDC Capital, Alberta Enterprise, Teralys Capital, Kensington Capital and other Institutional LP's, McRock invests in companies throughout Canada and the US that are providing software solutions to enable the digital oilfield, grid automation, advanced manufacturing and smart city markets. Follow them on Twitter @McRockCapita

McRock Capital McRock Capital is a venture capital firm focused exclusively on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Back by Cisco Systems, BDC Capital, Alberta Enterprise, Teralys Capital, Kensington Capital and other Institutional LP's, McRock invests in companies throughout Canada and the US that are providing software solutions to enable the digital oilfield, grid automation, advanced manufacturing and smart city markets. Follow them on Twitter @McRockCapita

Panache Ventures Panache Ventures is Canada's most active seed stage venture capital fund. Panache is led by a team of experienced operators, with a strong angel investor track record, years of institutional VC experience and a strong network in Canada, in Silicon Valley and worldwide. The fund has a founders-first philosophy, a commitment to diversity and strategically coinvests with smart angel investors and seed stage funds.

Pangaea Ventures Ltd. Pangaea Ventures is a global leader in advanced materials venture capital. It invests in start-up companies that use advanced materials to make our world better. Established in 2000, Pangaea has a portfolio addressing multi-billion dollar markets in energy, electronics, health, and sustainability and a network that includes sixteen major multinationals as strategic limited partners. Their offices are located in Vancouver, BC.

RBC Royal Bank of Canada is Canada’s largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We have approximately 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 35 other countries. To support the VCAA, RBC has specialized Small Business and Commercial Account Managers throughout the province. These individuals are dedicated to helping businesses grow and prosper from start up to commercialization and exit. RBC helps communities prosper, supporting a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments and employee volunteer activities. For more information please visit us online.

Relay Ventures An early stage capital firm focused exclusively on mobile software, services, technology and content with offices in Toronto and Menlo Park, CA. It has also recently expanded to open an office in Calgary, AB. Since its inception in 2008, Relay has invested $355 million in 76 companies (24 of which have left) that have collectively raised over $1.3 billion and employ 3,400 people. Today, Relay has $670 million under management and is the largest private early-stage fund manager in Canada. Over the last eight years, the firm has maintained an exclusive focus on mobile and today one in two smartphones in the world run software from Relay portfolio companies.

Triwest Capital Partners

Vanedge Capital A venture capital fund with an investment focus driven by the team's relevant and deep operating domain experiences in Cloud Infrastructure software, Cyber Security, Machine Intelligence, Big Data, SaaS and Digital Media. Vanedge is a hands-on value-add investor in early stage companies that have developed disruptive technology within our investment strategy focus. With strong industry connections and deep domain expertise, the team seeks investment opportunities throughout North America that align with our core investment objectives.

Yaletown Venture Partners yaletown.comYaletown is backed by leading institutional investors and a network of successful technology entrepreneurs, executives, and angel investors. Yaletown leverages its network to seek out the most promising early stage Cleantech and IT companies in Western Canada and the US Pacific Northwest. Founded in 2002, Yaletown's team has more than 120 years' collective experience building and financing technology companies. Yaletown is headquartered in Vancouver, with offices in Calgary and Seattle.

Strategic Investors

Enbridge Enbridge Inc., a Canadian company, is a North American leader in delivering energy and has been included on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World ranking for the past five years. As a transporter of energy, Enbridge operates, in Canada and the U.S., the world's longest crude oil and liquids transportation system. The Company also has a significant and growing involvement in natural gas gathering, transmission and midstream businesses, and an increasing involvement in power transmission. As a distributor of energy, Enbridge owns and operates Canada's largest natural gas distribution company, and provides distribution services in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and New York State. As a generator of energy, Enbridge has interests in more than 1,600 megawatts of renewable and alternative energy generating capacity and is expanding its interests in wind, solar and geothermal energy. Enbridge employs more than 10,000 people, primarily in Canada and the U.S. and is ranked as one of Canada's Greenest Employers, and one of the Top 100 Employers for 2013. Enbridge's common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol ENB.

Professional Advisors

Bennett Jones LLP bennettjones.comBennett Jones LLP is an internationally recognized Canadian law firm founded and focused on principles of professional excellence, integrity, respect and independent thought. When you plug into Bennett Jones, you get a network of more than 360 domestically and internationally recognized lawyers and 500 staff working together to fulfill your legal and business objectives. With offices in Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton, and Ottawa, and represented internationally in Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dubai and Beijing, you are connected to individuals with world class reputations, knowledge and experience to guide you through the present and potential outside influences on your business and your industry.

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Borden Ladner Gervais LLP or BLG is the largest Canadian full-service law firm focusing on business law, litigation and intellectual property solutions. BLG provides bilingual services in virtually every area of law and represents a wide range of regional, national and multinational organizations. BLG has a vibrant private equity and venture capital practice representing private equity and venture capital firms as well as limited partners and investment funds at all levels of the vertical.

Collins Barrows Collins Barrow, Canada's largest association of Chartered Accountancy firms, works with entrepreneurial companies by providing advice and a wide range of services that assist with profitability, tax minimization, regulatory compliance and more. We are committed to guiding principles that include excellence in standards, accessibility, fast assignment turn-around, seamless communications, integrity and adding value.

Gowlings Gowling WLG is an international law with more than 1,400 legal professionals in 18 cities worldwide, we provide our clients with in-depth expertise in key global sectors and a suite of legal services at home and abroad. We see the world through our clients’ eyes, and collaborate across countries, offices, service areas and sectors to help them succeed, no matter how challenging the circumstances.

Innovate Calgary Innovate Calgary is a full-service organization offering technology transfer and business incubator services to researchers, entrepreneurs, and businesses within the advanced technology sector.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP Osler is a leading business law firm uniquely positioned to advise Canadian, U.S. and international clients on domestic and cross-border legal issues, recognized for providing business-critical advice and strategic counsel in key industry sectors, and in transactions and litigation for some of the world’s largest enterprises. Our “one firm” approach is based on collaboration, empowering a cross-organization team of top-ranked legal experts dedicated to providing clients with innovative, solution-oriented advice in a practical and cost-effective manner.Founded in 1862, Osler has over 400 lawyers working together from offices across Canada in Toronto, Montréal, Calgary, Ottawa, Vancouver and an office in New York.

Torys LLP Torys LLP is an international business law firm with a reputation for quality, innovation and teamwork. Our team of over 40 private equity partners leads the way in Canadian and U.S. private equity transactions, advising Canada’s most recognized and most active private equity and pension funds on their investment activities. We have a long history working hand in hand with funds, investors and issuers on their VC investments at every stage in the investment life cycle, including a very active practice advising various entities in Canada’s oil and gas industry.

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