CVCA Governance

The CVCA is the voice of Canada’s venture capital and private equity industry.

We are focused on broadening industry awareness through market research and networking opportunities so that our members can make the best decisions for their investments. We also advocate on behalf of the industry to ensure sound public policy that encourages a favourable environment for investment.

The CVCA works alongside its members (private and public sector firms managing the vast majority of venture capital and private equity in Canada) to improve the industry and drive innovation and growth.


past presidents  committees  board of directors



Chair: Dave Mullen, Highland West Capital Ltd.

Vice-Chair: Whitney Rockley, McRock Capital

Vice-Chair: Mark Usher, Wellington Financial LP

Past Chair: Peter van der Velden, Lumira Capital

Treasurer: Peter Dowse, Ironbridge Equity Partners

Secretary: Gary Solway, Bennett Jones LLP


Jocelyn Blanchet, KPMG LLP

Rob Connoly, Westcap Mgt. Ltd.


Rob Barbara, Build Ventures

Tom Birch, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Cheryl Brandon, Waterton Global Resource Management

Joseph Catalfamo, Partner of Whitecap Venture Partners

Ching-Yen Chen, InstarAGF Asset Management

Paul Day, Export Development Canada

Alain Denis, Fonds de solidarité (FTQ)

Chris Erickson, Pangaea Ventures

Steve Faraone, Teachers’ Private Capital

Aki Georgacacos, Avrio Capital

Ryan Giles, TriWest Capital Partners

Wally Hunter, EnerTech Capital

Edmund Kim, ONCAP

Kent Kirkpatrick, Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund

Hans Knapp, Yaletown Partners Inc.

Steve Leightell, Georgian Partners

Alan Lever, TorQuest Partners

Erik Levy, CPPIB

Jeff Linner, PFM Capital

Geneviève Morin, Fondaction

Rob Normandeau, SeaFort Capital

David Nowak, Brookfield Asset Management

Jérôme Nycz, BDC

Jim Orlando, OMERS Ventures

Marc Paiement, Novacap

Michelle Scarborough, Kensington Capital Partners

Wray Stannard, Roynat Equity Partners

John Stokes, Real Ventures

Kent Thexton, Scale Up Ventures

Rob Wildeman, Parallel49 Equity