Venture for Canada

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors

Abigail Slater
Barlow Holdings Limited

Abigail Slater is the director of Barlow Holdings Limited, a private investment fund focusing on traditional industry and asset-backed lending investments, including an impact investment strategy. Abigail has over 20 years of experience more

Niall W. MacGillivray
Nephila Capital Ltd

Niall W. MacGillivray is a portfolio analyst for Nephila Capital Ltd, a leading investment firm specializing in reinsurance and catastrophe risk. He is particularly interested in the cross-section of stochastics and modern portfolio theory and, more

Vanessa Paesani
C-Therm Technologies

Vanessa Paesani brings a focus on people to all of her endeavours.  She’s an artist and teacher trained in science, who believes that process frees people to be more creative.  Vanessa’s worked across the non-profit and for-profit sectors in a wide-range of more


Avi Pollock
Avi Pollock Ventures
Avi Pollock is seasoned executive who is truly passionate about helping technology driven companies big and small innovate, grow and transform their businesses. His 20+ year career has been split evenly between leading, scaling and advising entrepreneurial growth oriented companies more
Parm Gill
Gill Group

Parm Gill is a serial entrepreneur with a myriad of start-up experience and has guided the growth and development of numerous startup companies. As Managing Partner of the Gill Group, he acts as a strategic advisor, mentor, investor, more

Kelly Bennett
Communications Nova Scotia

Kelly Bennett brings passion, energy and drive to every endeavour. She’s a skilled communicator with more than ten years experience in the government, business, nonprofit and university sectors. Kelly currently works for Communications Nova more

Preston Russell Aitken

Preston Aitken has a decade of experience in the social impact space and is currently the CEO of HireUp, a certified B Corporation that enables companies to find, hire and retain untapped talent. That talent just happens to be young people who more