Category:Canadian venture capitalists
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The following 17 pages are in this category, out of 17 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 17 pages are in this category, out of 17 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Justin Bieber – Justin Drew Bieber is a Canadian singer and songwriter. After a talent manager discovered him through his YouTube videos covering songs in 2008 and signed to RBMG, Bieber released his debut EP, My World and it was certified Platinum in the U. S. He became the first artist to have seven songs from a record chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Bieber released his first full-length studio album, My World 2.0 and it debuted at or near number one in several countries, was certified triple Platinum in the U. S. and contained his single Baby. He released his studio album, Under the Mistletoe, in November 2011. Bieber released his studio album, Believe, in 2012. His fourth studio album Purpose was released in November 2015, spawning three number one singles, What Do You Mean and his U. S. album and singles sales total 44.7 million. He has sold an estimated 100 million records, making him one of the world’s best-selling music artists, Bieber has won numerous awards, including the American Music Award for Artist of the Year in 2010 and 2012. In his career, he has won one Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for the song Where Are Ü Now at the 2016 ceremony. He has been listed four times by Forbes magazine among the top ten most powerful celebrities in the world in 2011,2012, Bieber also became the first artist to surpass 10 billion total video views on Vevo. Bieber was born on March 1,1994, in London, Ontario, at St Josephs Hospital and he is the only child of Jeremy Jack Bieber and Patricia Pattie Mallette. Pattie raised her son with the help of her mother, Diane and his mother is of French-Canadian descent, his paternal great-grandfather was of German ancestry, and his other roots are English, Scottish and Irish. He has also claimed that he has some undetermined Aboriginal Canadian ancestry, through Jeremy, Bieber has two younger half-siblings, Jazmyn and Jaxon. Pattie worked a series of low-paying office jobs, raising Bieber as a mother in low-income housing. Bieber has maintained contact with his father, Bieber attended a French-language immersion elementary school in Stratford, the Jeanne Sauvé Catholic School. Growing up, he learned to play the piano, drums, guitar and he graduated from high school in Stratford, Ontario, the St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in 2012 with a 4.0 GPA. In early 2007, aged 12, Bieber sang Ne-Yos So Sick for a singing competition in Stratford and was placed second. Mallette posted a video of the performance on YouTube for their family and she continued to upload videos of Bieber singing covers of various R&B songs, and Biebers popularity on the site grewJustin Bieber – Bieber at the 2012 NRJ Music Awards
2. Arlene Dickinson – Arlene Dickinson is a South African Canadian businesswoman, investor, author, and television personality. She is the CEO of Venture Communications and is represented by CBC Television as a self-made multi-millionaire, Dickinson joined the cast of the CBC business reality show Dragons Den during its second season in 2007 and departed in the ninth season in 2015. She is also an entrepreneur on another CBC business reality show, born in Germiston, South Africa and raised in Canada, Dickinson graduated from high school in Calgary, Alberta. She married at age 19 and had four children, today, she is single and a grandmother of five. When her former Dragons Den co-star Kevin OLeary entered the race for the Conservative Party of Canada. This prompted speculation that Dickinson was planning to run for office, afterwards, she continued to criticize OLeary for referring to the national debt as the deficit. Dickinson joined Venture Communications in 1988, taking sole ownership in 1998, during her tenure, she has taken the company from a local firm into one of Canadas largest independent marketing and communications firms, with offices in Calgary and Toronto. Apart from her business accomplishments, Dickinson is also a public speaker represented by several speakers bureaus, in October 2012, she launched Arlene Dickinson Enterprises to fund and target Canadas entrepreneurs. Businesses she has invested in include Urban Cultivator, The Carbon Farmers, under the ADE umbrella, she also launched YouInc. com, a social website designed to celebrate the entrepreneurial lifestyle. Future plans for the multiplatform entity include a magazine, radio shows, apps. Over the years, Dickinson has served on boards including Ad Rodeo, Kids Help Phone, in October 2016, Dickinson was appointed to the Board of Directors of one of Canadas largest licensed medical marijuana producers, Aphria. She published her first book, Persuasion, in 2011 in hardcover as an autobiography, on the bestseller list for many weeks, the book is now available also in paperback and electronic formats. Her second book, All In, subtitled You, Your Business, Arlene Dickinson starred as a Dragon investor on Dragons Den starting in 2007 for the second season. She also starred in her own spinoff The Big Decision, in 2015, Dickinson announced that she was leaving Dragons Den making the ninth season her last. Dickinson guest starred as a past version of herself on the Canadian TV series Murdoch Mysteries, in 2012, in the episode called Invention Convention and she has also appeared as a judge on Recipe to Riches in the 2014 season. In 2011 she received the WIFTS Lifetime Achievement Award and she is an honorary degree recipient from Mount Saint Vincent University and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. She is also a captain of the Royal Canadian Navy. In June 2016, Dickinson received a degree from Concordia UniversityArlene Dickinson – Dickinson on Canada's Walk of Fame
3. Kimbal Musk – Kimbal Musk is a South African-born Canadian-American entrepreneur, venture capitalist and environmentalist who has invested in several technology and food companies. He owns The Kitchen Cafe, LLC, a family of community restaurants located in Boulder, Fort Collins, Denver, Glendale, Chicago and he co-founded The Kitchen Community, a 5013 nonprofit that brings outdoor vegetable gardens called Learning Gardens to schoolyards and community spaces. He sits on the boards of Tesla Inc and he is the younger brother of billionaire businessman Elon Musk and a major Tesla shareholder. Musk grew up in a household, with his brother Elon, sister Tosca. His mother was a prominent dietitian, and his father had his own engineering practice, after finishing high school in Pretoria, South Africa, Musk left to meet his brother in Kingston, Ontario and enrolled in university to pursue a degree in business at Queens University. While in school, Musk first worked at Scotiabank and he graduated with his degree from Queens University in 1995. Musks first entrepreneurship venture was a painting business with College Pro Painters in 1995. Zip2 Corporation was a city guide that provided content for the new online versions of the New York Times. The company was sold in 1999 to Compaq for $307 million, after selling Zip2, Musk invested in several young software and technology companies. Musk was an investor in his brother’s venture X. com. X. com merged with PayPal, which in October 2002 was acquired by eBay for $1.5 billion in stock, while Elon stayed in California, Kimbal moved to New York and enrolled into the French Culinary Institute in New York City. In April 2004, Musk opened The Kitchen Boulder, a community bistro in Boulder, Colorado with Jen Lewin, the Kitchen has been named one of America’s Top Restaurants according to Food & Wine, Zagat’s, Gourmet, and the James Beard Foundation. Musk and Matheson expanded their restaurant for the first time and opened The Kitchen Upstairs, a cocktail lounge, from 2006 to 2011 Musk served as the CEO of OneRiot, an advertising network for the real-time, social web. In September 2011 Walmart-Labs acquired OneRiot for a purchase price. In 2011, Next Door opened in downtown Boulder as an urban casual, Next Door has locations in Glendale and Denver Union Station. In 2012, The Kitchen Denver opened on the 16th Street Mall, each of The Kitchen restaurants donates a percentage of sales to help plant Learning Gardens in their local community. In 2012, The Kitchen Community built 26 gardens in Colorado,16 in Chicago, in December 2012, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel handed The Kitchen Community nonprofit $1 million to install 80 gardens in Chicago city schools. By the end of 2015, four years after its founding, The Kitchen Community built 260 Learning Gardens across Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and MemphisKimbal Musk – Kimbal Musk
4. Kevin O'Leary – Terence Thomas Kevin OLeary is a Canadian businessman, author, television personality, and political candidate. He co-founded OLeary Funds and SoftKey, in 2008, he appeared on Discovery Channels Project Earth. Since 2009, he has appeared on Shark Tank, the American equivalent of Dragons Den, OLeary co-founded SoftKey Software Products, a technology company that sold software geared toward family education and entertainment. During the late 1980s and 1990s, SoftKey acquired rival companies such as Comptons New Media, The Learning Company, SoftKey later changed its name to The Learning Company and was acquired by The Mattel Toy Company in 1999, with the sale making OLeary a multimillionaire. OLeary was soon fired by Mattel after the acquisition resulted in significant losses and he became a candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada which will be decided in May 2017. OLeary was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the son of Georgette, an owner and investor, and Terry OLeary. His father was Irish, and his mother was of Lebanese descent, because of his father, OLeary also holds Irish citizenship and carries an Irish passport. OLearys parents divorced when he was a child, and his father died shortly thereafter, after his fathers death, OLearys mother ran the business as an executive. His mother later married an economist who worked with the UNs International Labour Organization and his stepfathers international assignments caused the family to move frequently, and OLeary lived in many places while growing up, including Cambodia, Tunisia, and Cyprus. OLeary attended Quebec schools Stanstead College and St. Georges School and she kept her investment portfolio secret, so OLeary only discovered his mothers skill as an investor after her death, when her will was executed. Many of his investment lessons came from his mother, including the admonition to save one-third of his money, after graduating from Nepean High School in Ottawa, he studied for two years at the Royal Military College Saint-Jean. OLeary had aspired to become a photographer, but on the advice of his stepfather attended university, OLeary credits his later success at The Learning Company to the skills he developed in marketing during his days at Nabisco. After leaving Nabisco, OLeary began a career as a television producer. With two of his former MBA classmates, Scott Mackenzie and Dave Toms, OLeary co-founded Special Event Television, SET was an independent television production company that produced original sports programming such as The Original Six, Don Cherrys Grapevine and Bobby Orr and the Hockey Legends. The company achieved limited success with minor television shows, soccer films, sports documentaries, one of his partners later bought out his share of the venture for $25,000. After selling his share of SET, OLeary started Softkey in a Toronto basement in 1986, along with business partners John Freeman, the company was a publisher and distributor of CD-ROM-based personal computer software for Windows and Macintosh computers. He used the proceeds from the sale of his share of SET, the software and personal-computer industries were growing rapidly in the early 1980s, and OLeary convinced printer manufacturers to bundle Softkeys program with their hardware. With distribution assured, the company developed a number of software products focused on mathematicsKevin O'Leary – Kevin O'Leary with Margaret Atwood at the 2011 Writers' Trust of Canada Gala
5. Danny Rimer – Danny Rimer OBE is a partner at Index Ventures, a venture capital firm founded by his brothers David and Neil, and Neils partner Giuseppe Zocco. He established the firms London office in 2002 and its San Francisco office in 2012, Rimer was born in Canada, but grew up in Geneva, Switzerland. He graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in history, after graduating, Rimer moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in California. While in the Bay Area, Rimer and some began a company to digitize images of famous artwork. They made exclusive deals with such as the Louvre and the Uffizi Gallery to commercialize the images. In 1994, Rimer joined Hambrecht & Quist, where he began an Internet sector equity research group and he was managing director and underwriting analyst for Amazon, Netscape and Verisign. and helped to take Netscape public. He later co-founded the San Francisco office in 2012 with Mike Volpi, in his early years at Index, Rimer made a series of notable investments in infrastructure and services companies such as Skype, MySQL and Last. fm. Rimer was previously a director at KVS, Last. fm, Lovefilm, MySQL, Neoteris and now part of Juniper Networks, Sky PLC, Skype, and TrialPay (acquired by Visa in February 2017. Rimer has been named to the Forbes Midas List of top global VCs five times, in 2016, he was named one of the top 20 venture capitalists worldwide by the New York Times and CBInsights. He is a fixture at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, a gathering of business leaders, political figures. Rimer was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to business and charity. Rimer serves on the board of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, a network of healthcare centers across the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. He was formerly on the Board of Trustees at San Francisco Museum of Modern ArtDanny Rimer – Danny Rimer
6. W. Brett Wilson – William Brett Wilson, CM SOM is a Canadian investment banker, businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He is a season 3 panellist on CBC Televisions Dragons Den, Wilson was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. He holds honorary degrees from Royal Roads University and his alma mater. As of 2015, Wilson is a member of the Order of Canadas Advisory Council, Wilson graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and worked for Imperial Oil for three years in the oilfields of Western Canada. In 1985 he graduated from the University of Calgary with an MBA in entrepreneurship, Wilson co-founded an investment banking advisory firm, Wilson Mackie & Co. in 1991, and in 1993, co-founded FirstEnergy Capital Corp with Rick Grafton, Jim Davidson and N. Murray Edwards. FirstEnergy is a Canadian stock brokerage firm that provides investment-banking services to participants in the energy sector. With offices in Calgary and London, England, the firm is now 20% owned by the French company Societe Generale, Wilson retired as Chairman of FirstEnergy in 2008. He invests in the energy, agriculture, real estate, sports and he is Chairman of Canoe Financial, a privately owned investment management firm focused on Canadian resources. His sports interests include ownership in English football club, Derby County FC, after announcing his departure from Dragons Den in early 2011, he participated in his own entrepreneurship-themed series, Risky Business. He has written regularly on entrepreneurship for the Oilweek, Alberta Venture, in 2012, he published Redefining Success, Still Making Mistakes through Penguin Books. He regularly speaks to student and business audiences about the importance of marketing, entrepreneurship, Wilson has claimed that he sees corporate social responsibility not as an obligation, but as an opportunity, and believing that strategic philanthropy can create major social and economic benefits. He has shaved his head to support Kids Cancer Care, and he has for many years made annual trips with Youth with a Mission to Mexico to build homes for the poor. He has chronicled his philanthropic perspectives in a series of written for Alberta Venture magazine. Wilson has focused his philanthropic initiatives on his home provinces of Alberta and he established the Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan in 2007 to promote entrepreneurship in all colleges at the university. Specific events hosted by Wilson have supported prostate cancer, David Foster Foundation Right to Play, Little Warriors, Boomers Legacy,777 Run for Sight and Dare to Care and the Veterans Food Bank. He is helping out the Tomorrow Project, a research project to discover more about the causes of cancer. He is active on funding research into the issue of abuse and has funded the Wilson Centre for Domestic Abuse Studies at the Calgary Counselling Centre. He is a supporter of the Canadian Olympic Swim Team and he also supports the sport of volleyball through the Rally Pointe volleyball centre in CalgaryW. Brett Wilson – This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. (March 2014)