A prolific serial technology CEO, investor and philanthropist, committed to building world leading high growth technology organizations through “Venture 2.0” boutique VERDEXUS. We have a globally portfolio of business-to-business, “Enterprise 2.0” companies in which I help drive strategic execution as founding General Partner.
Currently, General Partner at Verdexus, a transatlantic strategic advisory firm, primarily delivering our "Venture 2.0" hands on investment playbook to early and mid-stage companies in Canada and Europe. Prior to 2001 was founder and CEO of MKS, a global lead in application lifecycle management solutions, which was sold in 2011 to Parametric Technology Corporation for $304 million.
I am passionate about building a globally competitive tech ecosystem locally and helped grow Golden Triangle AngelNet by driving its Selection process such that over 40 transactions were completed from inception in 2009.
Finally, I have a passion for transformation and growth in the world of Social Enterprises and believe that a new crop of "Social Innovation" can truly change the world. In that regard, am Director since founding of Innovation Guelph, Board Chair of Centre Wellington Community Foundation and Director and Treasurer of Roseneath Theatre. In late 2013 was invited to the “Group of Seven” by Governor General David Johnston to assist in nation building around Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.
I bring long experience as a corporate director with strong knowledge of governance, strategic risk assessment and financial literacy.
Industry Expertise (7)
Areas of Expertise (12)
Canadian Angel of the Year (professional)
National Angel Capital Organization
Entrepreneur of the Year (professional)
1997 High Technology Entrepreneur of the Year
1st Annual Community Builder of the Year (personal)
"Pauli" Award from GTAN
Alumni Achievement Award (personal)
Faculty of Mathematics, University of Waterloo
Communitech Impact Award (professional)
Awarded for work building Waterloo technology ecosystem.
University of Waterloo: Honours B.Math, Computer Science and Pure Math 1977
- C100 Supporting Canadian Entrepreneurs
- MKS Inc. Alumni
- National Angel Capital Organization
- Golden Triangle AngelNet
- Roseneath Theatre Company
Event Appearances (10)
Panellist: Overview of the Canadian Investment Ecosystem
UK Re$earch Money Conference Canada House, London, UK
Keynote: Canadian Angel Investment Poised for a Quantum Leap
National Angel Capital Organization Sumit Quebec City
Panel: Best Practices for Building a Private Equity Portfolio
Angel Capital Association Summit San DIego, CA
Expert Commentator: CIX Top 20
Canadian Innovation Exchange Toronto, ON
International Syndication with Co-Investment Funds
Angel Capital Association Summit Washington, DC
Panel: Show Me The Money
Gearing Up For Growth Conference London, ON
International Venture Club
Roundtable of International Startup Financing WOW Convention Center, Istanbul, Turkey
Investor Mentor and Judge
7th European Space Agency Investment Forum Hôtel de Région, Toulouse, France
Keynote: Animating Future Innovation Via Angel Groups
Niagara Venture Forum St Catharines, ON
Mobile Thought Leadership Panel
Mobile Monday Toronto MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, ON