Chair of the Board
Paul Hollands is also the Chairman of the Board of privately held A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. A graduate of the Sauder School of Business, Paul joined A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. in 1981, became Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 1995 and Chief Executive Officer in 2005. In February 2018, Paul retired as CEO and currently holds the position of Chairman. Paul is a recipient of the first class of Canada’s national Top 40 Under 40 Leadership Award. He was recognized as B.C. CEO of the Year for 2015. He is past Chair of the Faculty Advisory Board of the Sauder School of Business at the University of B.C. and served on the Board for over 10 years. He has been an active leader with St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation for over a decade, first as a Board Member, Chair of the Board, Governor and now as a Director of the Board and Chair of the Campaign Executive for the new St. Paul’s Hospital project. He served on the Board of the Canadian Restaurant Association for 10 years as a Director and as Chair of the Board.
Intense, boisterous, imaginative. Brendan King, co-founder and CEO of Vendasta Technologies, is the innovative force of the company. Responsible for providing the vision, thought leadership and business strategy, it is Brendan’s ability to focus on the big picture while maintaining quality on the finest details that facilitates Vendasta’s success. Prior to co-founding Vendasta, Brendan proved his worth through many business ventures, including founding two other successful companies, one of which was nationally franchised. He also provided the entrepreneurial force behind Point2 Agent, a real estate software, where he grew its membership to over 165,000 agents and brokers in 85 countries. Brendan and Vendasta are almost synonymous. Both are governed by four core values: drive, innovation, respect and agility. Brendan is extremely passionate about upholding these core values while leading Vendasta down a path of innovation to become the number one provider of essential brand management products.
Amy Rae is a principal at Vanedge Capital. She is the former vice president and general manager of mobile and social commerce with Ziplocal (USA), where she was responsible for the development of their local search apps and new digital product rollout. Prior to that, she held the position of director of business development at Canpages after they acquired Ziplocal Canada. In this capacity at both companies, she leveraged her deal-making and relationship-building skills to attract and broker new partnerships to enhance their online local search businesses.
Amy’s previous venture capital experience was as an associate with JLA Venture Partners (co-managing partner of the Blackberry Partners Fund), where she provided due diligence and investment candidate screening that eventually led to the financing deal that saw the formation of ZipLocal in August 2006. Prior to joining JLA, she was an analyst with Latitude Partners, a private equity and strategic advisory firm focused on the technology sector. Amy holds a BComm with a finance specialization.
Robert Simon joined BDC Capital in 2011 as senior managing partner in the IT Venture Fund. He is responsible for overseeing the IT Venture Fund investments and maximizing value creation across the portfolio.
Robert brings over 25 years of experience as a successful serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist in the field of information technology. He began his career as co-founder of T/Maker Graphics, a developer of Macintosh and IBM PC graphics and desktop publishing products. After founding and co-funding other high-tech businesses, in 1997, he moved into venture capital as a partner with Sierra Ventures, where he identified, sourced and evaluated business opportunities in the internet e-commerce and enterprise software sectors. During this time, he also founded DotBank, a direct competitor to PayPal, where he negotiated partnerships and its sale to Yahoo. In 2000, Robert became general partner with Alta Partners, with an investment focus in Internet infrastructure, enterprise software, network security and wireless. More recently, he has been the managing director/venture partner with Saints Dakota/Saints Capital, a portfolio of companies purchased from Safeguard Scientifics. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.
Dan Baldwin is a corporate director. He also serves on the board of directors of StorageVault Canada Inc. and Hospitality Network Canada (2011) Inc., and is an advisor to the board of directors of Solido Design Inc. From 1994 to 2005, he served as senior vice president of business development at Saskatchewan Telecommunications, Inc. In this position, Baldwin played a major role in corporate strategy, planning, marketing and product and business development.
From 1984 to 1994, Baldwin held various roles with Saskatchewan Department of Finance, Treasury and Debt Division, culminating in the position of executive director of treasury operations. Here he played a key role in world-wide capital market transactions and the maintenance and development of the province’s banking syndicates and relationships around the world. Baldwin holds a law degree from the University of Saskatchewan and was admitted to the bar of Saskatchewan in 1976.
Hai Tran-Viet is passionate about working with entrepreneurs and has a track-record as an active partner with portfolio companies. He has nearly 20 years’ experience in private equity and investment banking, and is primarily focused on leading the CBGF investment team’s activities in transaction origination, execution, and portfolio management. In addition, he assists the CEO in management of the Fund.
Prior to CBGF, Hai worked at Regimen Equity Partners, Signal Hill Equity Partners, and TD Capital (TD Bank’s merchant banking group). Hai graduated with an MBA from Columbia Business School and received a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
V. Paul Lee is the Managing Partner of Vanedge Capital. As the former President of Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA), the global leader in interactive software, he was responsible for its Worldwide Studios group. EA had fiscal 2008 revenues of US $3.67 billion. He managed more than 6,000 employees and US$1 billion in annual capital and operating expenses in the development studios making it the largest entertainment studio in the world. Lee joined EA in 1991 when EA acquired Distinctive Software, Inc. (DSI), a leading independent videogame developer where he was an executive and part owner.
In 1996 Lee was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Lee was awarded the British Columbia Technology Industries Association Person of the Year Award in 2002. Lee has also received numerous awards for his community service including the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for significant contribution in the form of public service in 2003. In 2005 he was recognized as an Honorary Fellow of the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. Lee has served as Chair of the British Columbia Technology Industries Association from 1998 to 2001. Lee currently serves as a member of the Premier’s Technology Council and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Sauder School of Business at UBC. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of DigiBC and is one of Canada’s representatives to Asia Pacific Economic Council’s Business Advisory Council.
Lee has been an active and successful investor for over 20 years, starting with DSI’s sale to EA in 1991. He was an investor A.L.I. Technologies, a digital radiology information systems company, until it was purchased by McKesson in 2002; and in leading strategic interactive marketing agency Blast Radius until its sale to WPP Group. Lee was also an investor in ActiveState, a spam-management and open-source software company, which was sold to Sophos in 2003 and in Bycast, an enterprise cloud storage provider until its sale to NetApp in 2010. Lee remains active as an angel investor and Director in Pacific Bio-Energy, the leading manufacturer of wood pellet biomass fuel; and D-Wave Systems, developer of the first commercial quantum computer of which he is also Chair.
David Little is the Senior Vice-President of Enterprise Sales at Comporium Inc., one of Vendasta’s longest-served customers. David has more than 20 years’ experience helping evolve Comporium from a yellow page solutions company to the digital leader it is today, and has been instrumental in implementing customer-driven sales strategies. David currently oversees and directs Comporium’s sales strategies and execution for all Enterprise sales channels including residential, business, and media services. He is a member of the Local Search Association (LSA), National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) and South Carolina Telecommunication and Broadband Association (SCTA).
Eric Clark is the Chief Operating Officer and a partner of PFM Capital. He joined PFM in 2010 and as the head of Business Development is responsible for the creation and implementation of the firm’s fundraising and deal origination functions. Eric’s role touches on a number of key areas of the firm including investor relations and fund compliance, with particular focus on managing stakeholder relationships.
Eric is a member of the board of directors of the Regina Chamber of Commerce and the Saskatchewan Capital Network.
Saif Hashmi is an Associate with BDC Capital’s IT Venture Fund, based out of Toronto. He joined BDC Capital in 2016 with the Co-Investments Fund where he worked on some of the top later stage technology deals in Canada.
Prior to BDC, Saif worked as a trading analyst with BroadGrain Commodities where he was responsible for analyzing active trading strategy. He previously served as an equity research associate at Industrial Alliance Securities where he closely worked with analysts on research publications covering mid-cap financials, technology, oil & gas, and mining industries. Saif started his professional career working as a private equity associate at MTL Capital in Montreal, where he participated in buy-side diligence and negotiations with business owners in the SMB space.
Saif is also President of the Toronto Chapter of Young Canadians in Finance, a group of diverse ambitious young professionals within the field of finance, with a common goal of becoming the leaders of tomorrow in their respective fields through the many networking and professional development opportunities.
Saif holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Finance (Joint Honours) from McGill University. He has also completed levels I and II of the Chartered Financial Analyst program. Saif is also a recipient of a Mark J. Bertus prize for his outstanding research and publication in the Journal of Undergraduate Research in Finance.
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