Jun. 01, 2023 by CVCA Staff

VANCOUVER, BC – June 1, 2023 - The Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel Skelton as its new incoming chair, succeeding Hans Knapp, Partner, Yaletown. Rachel, Partner at TorQuest, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role.

Rachel Skelton joined TorQuest in 2013, bringing with her extensive knowledge in growth and turnaround strategies, as well as operational improvements. Prior to her tenure at TorQuest, Rachel advised clients on various business aspects while working at McKinsey & Company. She also held pivotal roles in both investing and portfolio management at Teachers' Private Capital, and contributed to the Mergers & Acquisitions group at RBC Capital Markets.

Before Rachel takes on the leadership of the CVCA, the team would like to sincerely thank Hans Knapp for his exceptional leadership and all the energy he deployed in helping grow the organization and make CVCA better for all of its members.

"I am honored to assume the role of Chair at CVCA and would like to express my sincere gratitude to Hans Knapp for his exemplary leadership during his tenure,” said Rachel. “Under his guidance, CVCA has made significant strides in advancing the private capital industry in Canada. I am excited to build upon this foundation and work alongside CVCA’s board members and CVCA’s team to drive further growth, and advocate for an environment conducive to investment.”

In addition to the appointment of Rachel Skelton, CVCA welcomes four new directors to its board:

  • Christophe Bourque, General Partner, White Star
  • Mark Brodkin, Managing Director and Head of Roynat Equity Partners
  • Alfred Chuang, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Kensington Capital Partners
  • Johanna Salloum, Senior Director of Investments & Partner, PFM Capital Inc.

These accomplished professionals bring a wealth of leadership experience to CVCA, gained from their extensive service in guiding and growing organizations both domestically and internationally. As board members, they will play a crucial role in delivering on CVCA's mandate to advocate for sound public policies that foster a favorable investment environment, enhance connection, and increase industry awareness.

CVCA extends its appreciation to the outgoing board members for their exceptional contributions to both the organization and the advancement of the private capital industry in Canada. CVCA looks forward to the evolution of its board, which will guide the organization in achieving its strategic objectives.

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