Our Investors

Allen Baron. (Back to Top)
Mr. Baron has decades of experience in deal structuring, debt and equity financing, many RTO's and IPO's and private placements ranging in size from $5 million to $75 million. His experience includes management of national accounting and audit teams and structuring simultaneous mergers into single public and private entities. He has acted as interim COO and CFO for many of the companies he has advised.

Ana Misra M.Sc. CPA CGA. (Back to Top)
Ana Misra is a result-driven executive with focus on value creation, with solid entrepreneurial and corporate experience. As the Vice President of Finance and one of the Managing Partners of Troy Group of Companies, she has been involved in many acquisitions and divestitures including companies in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Ana is a founding member of the York Angel Investors Inc. and serves as the Director of Finance. As an Executive In Residence at ventureLAB she provides guidance to entrepreneurs in all areas of the business including: strategic planning, operations, to grow to the next level and achieve successful exit.

She has earned a track record of success in managing complex business initiatives, and achieving exceptional results. During her tenure as CFO, at ETL Inc. Ana was instrumental in raising equity capital and taking the company public, on the TSX Venture exchange.

She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of several companies including Troy Holdings International Inc., York Angel Investors Inc. Troy 5 Enterprises Inc. and is past director of ETL Inc. & Telecorp Products, Inc.

Angelo Del Duca. (Back to Top)

Bob Glandfield. (Back to Top)
Bob Glandfield has over 40+ years in the building & managing of growth in small Canadian companies. After graduating from the University of Waterloo, his career has varied from being a Design Engineer to President. In addition to managing Sales & Marketing roles at the national and international level, Bob has also held positions as General Manager, Vice President and President of a number of companies.

In 1984, Bob joined the National Research Council as an Industrial Technology Advisor and worked with many small companies. In 1999, Bob started his first secondment from NRC, acting as VP Finance of a small growing high-tech company, and experienced the financial frustrations of growing a company through the boom to bust era of the early 2000’s. At the end of his secondment Bob returned to IRAP.

The unique blend of experiences, understanding and knowledge Bob gained from working in the Government and Private sectors and with the encouragement and assistance of a number of colleagues, he developed the concept of the Innovation Synergy Centre in Markham (ISCM) (currently known as ventureLAB). ISCM was established to provide entrepreneurs and owners of small business owners’ access to highly experienced business mentors and advisors to assist them in all aspects of growing their business. In 2003, with the support of The Town of Markham, National Research Council/IRAP, York University and others, the Synergy Centre was launched. Bob held the position of President and CEO until his planned retirement in 2010.

Bob has been a Board Member of a number of organizations, including 17 years with the York Technology Association. He has served as member of several advisory committees both at the College and Municipal level. Bob continues to participate on the Boards of several non-profit organizations.

Bob Millar. (Back to Top)
Bob has spent over 35 years in business, mostly in Fortune 500 companies. His early career was in marketing, advertising & sales with packaged goods companies Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo and Nabisco, where he was involved in numerous successful new product launches, advertising campaigns and business makeovers. He then left the corporate world to become an entrepreneur, successfully starting up an importing and retailing business. The last 14 years of his full time business career were spent as President of two different organizations, ConAgra Grocery Products Canada, and CKF Inc., a private Canadian owned packaging company.

Upon retirement, Bob has pursued other interests, including joining York Angels. To date he has served two volunteer assignments in Eastern Europe and Asia for the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO). Currently, he provides consulting services to the Grocery Foundation.

He is the Chair of the Board of Directors of ABC Life Literacy Canada, and is member of the board of advisors for AIESEC at York University. He has previously served on the boards of Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC), Corporations Sharing Responsibility (CSR) and the Food & Packaging Institute in Washington, D.C. Previous community service organizations include YMCA Geneva Park, Scouts Canada & the United Way.

He holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Manitoba and earned the Chartered Director designation from McMaster University in 2008.

Christopher Cowan. (Back to Top)
Chris has an Hons. B.A. in Labour & Management Relations, and History from the University of Toronto, 1989. He began his career with marketing/advertising and promotional sales and shortly thereafter joined the family business, Sacor Inc., in 1995. The company acts as an importer and distributor of surgical equipment and medical devices primarily in the fields of Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, and other niche surgical areas.

In the year 2000, Chris became President & CEO of the company which currently employs 5 people full-time with sales and distribution across Canada. In 2012, frustrated with traditional investing, Chris formed an informal, on-line community of "angels & entrepreneurs" from which to farm potential investments. He hopes to be able to incorporate some of its members into the York Angels group going forward.

Christopher Gilliss. (Back to Top)

D'Arcy McConvey. (Back to Top)

Earl Epstein. (Back to Top)

Eva Tomory. (Back to Top)

George Silagadze. (Back to Top)

Gordon Mawdsley. (Back to Top)
Gord Mawdsley has been working with Dr. Martin Yaffe in imaging physics since 1979, on the improvement of the detection of Breast cancer. He is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine, with specialty certification in Mammographic Physics. He currently works in the Imaging Research group at Sunnybrook Research Institute, which has produced a number of spin-off companies. Two examples are Sentinelle which just sold for $85 Million and Visualsonic which sold for $75 Million.

His earlier work included the development of a clinical full-field digital mammographic unit, and co-coordinating the physics quality control program for the Digital Mammography Screening Trial (DMIST) which showed that digital mammography was better for women with dense breasts.

He is currently a director of Mammographic Physics Inc, the corporation that provides physics consultation and quality control assistance to the 168 sites of the Ontario Breast Screening Program. Profits from this corporation are returned to Sunnybrook for SR&ED projects and for the incubation of startup companies.

Govi Ravindran. (Back to Top)

Irene de Gooyer-Collins. (Back to Top)

James Lowe. (Back to Top)
James Lowe is a former Deloitte Partner and A.T Kearney consultant turned entrepreneur and has been involved in 7 start-ups since 2002.

James is currently actively involved in three different companies:

Founder & Managing Director BottomLine Group & BLG Capital
BLG is a boutique consultancy that services clients in Canada and globally across a broad range of industries and service lines. With four Partners and 70+ resources, BLG has conducted over 300 consulting projects since inception and continues to support 20+ clients across a broad range of service and industries. BLG Capital is an investment arm of BLG formed to support BLG clients with Capital in addition to consulting support - BLG Capital has made 2 equity investments since 2014.

Co-founder and Investor - STEM Village - a leading edge online education solution helping to put youth on the path to real opportunity in today's rapidly changing job market.

Co-founder and Investor - Landscapes Club Solutions (LCS) - a Canadian business partnership with Landscapes Unlimited, a Nebraska golf managment and gold construction company. LCS provides consulting and outsourced services for the strategic and operational management of Gold Clubs in Canada.

Jason Falbo. (Back to Top)
Jason is responsible for the overall management of the engineering team at the Mircom Group of Companies (MGC). Jason’s primary responsibility areas include new product development, regulatory approval, and customer support for MGC’s portfolio of real-time embedded systems to serve industrial, commercial, multi-tenant residential, educational, and health care markets. Additionally, Jason is involved with business strategy, marketing, and operations for the company.

Jason obtained his bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario Canada in 2004. Jason’s early career was with a global IT consulting firm working in the areas of finance, insurance, and utilities management. In 2007 Jason worked as an independent consultant in the government/health care space, and in 2008 he returned to academia to pursue a master’s degree in business administration. Jason obtained his M.B.A from The SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milano, Italy. During his M.B.A studies, Jason was able to specialize in technology management while participating in the international exchange program with The Anderson School of Management at UCLA, in Los Angeles, California. In 2011 Jason obtained his professional engineering designation as a P.Eng in Toronto, Canada.

Jeremy Goldman. (Back to Top)

Jess Joss. (Back to Top)
Jess brings 16 years of business experience in both entrepreneurial endeavors and not-for-profit organizations to York Angel Investors (YAI). With extensive business and angel investing experience Jess looks forward to continuing to grow the YAI's membership, increase and diversify the number of companies seeking funding, and continue to build strong relationships within the Angel Investing community

Jess is eager to work closely with YAI angel members and related organizations, to connect dedicated angels with innovative, young companies looking to grow. The goals of the YAI are:

1) Mentorship

2) Growth

3) Exceptional exits

To facilitate this, Jess is currently focusing on high-quality deal opportunities, membership expansion, sponsorship, and extending YAI’s marketing reach.

Jess received her BAH from Queen's University and during her last year was a Vice President of the Alma Mater Society (student government). Following her time at Queen’s, she completed the University of Toronto's Internet Business & Technology program. In 1997, she founded a web design and development firm that was located in downtown Toronto. In 2002, as the company had grown and the range of services offered expanded (to include on and offline marketing), Jess relocated the offices to Markham, and rebranded the firm as Insiteful Solutions.

Jess is also an active volunteer in the community She has served twice as President of the Don Mills Rotary Club and is Past-President of the International Board of the Queen’s University Alumni Association.

Jie Zhao. (Back to Top)
Jie Zhao has over 15 years’ experience in the translation/software localization industry. After graduating from the University of Electronic Science and Technology(Chengdu, China), his career has varied from being a tech geek, a salesman to an entrepreneur. This unique blend of experiences, understanding and knowledge, Jie has gained from working in the government and private sectors.

In 1990, Jie started his career as a software programmer. In 1993, Jie co-founded his first company JiJin Ltd., a PCB factory, acting as CEO. In 1996, he exited his first venture and started Boffin China to provide translation/localization services to multinationals who were tapping into Chinese markets such as Microsoft, HP, Cisco and etc. Jie and his family immigrated in Canada in 2009 and he setup Boffin's Canadian operation in Markham Ontario.

Jie is currently enrolled in the MEEI(Master of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation) program in McMaster University. After his two successful start-ups, Jie is standing by to disrupt translation and language education industry with the state-of-art internet technology.

Jonathan Light. (Back to Top)

Joseph Kung. (Back to Top)

Justin Wu. (Back to Top)
Justin is currently an active investor focusing primarily on private company investments. Key criteria include highly scalable business models with strong margins, attractive free cash flow profile, and backed by highly motivated and aligned entrepreneurs. Recent investments have centered around healthcare products and services, technology and energy.

Justin has 21 years of experience in the capital markets - 19 of those years were in equity research. He has been ranked as a top-3 analyst in his sectors by Thomson Reuters Starmine in 2004-2008, 2010, 2013 and 2016. He has a broad knowledge of a diverse cross-section of industries including automotive, steel, industrial fabrication, capital equipment, automation, construction, distribution, ag equipment, energy services and equipment, specialty chemicals, and packaging.

His core competencies include:
• Fundamental investment analysis and valuation • Credit analysis • Asset pricing • Analyzing secular and cyclical trends • Financial modeling and forecasting • Comprehensive company and industry research • Due diligence • Effective interaction with executive management teams/C-Suite

Kathryn From. (Back to Top)

Kay Chen. (Back to Top)

Ken Haggerty. (Back to Top)
Ken has extensive engineering and management experience in the fields of custom factory-built industrial housing, design/build construction, shopping center construction, development and management, and research and development of wastewater treatment equipment. Ken's investment portfolio consists of real estate, publically traded companies, as well as several start-up and early stage companies.

Kumar Ratnam. (Back to Top)

Linda Zhang. (Back to Top)
Education
University of Western Ontario/Ivey School of Business - Executive MBA
York University - International Relations, Political Science, B.A
George Brown College - Fashion Management

Professional Experience
2013-Present ABZ Consulting Ltd, Director and Partner, In charge of business development between China, Hong Kong, France and Canada
2012-Present CNT Group (Holdings) Ltd (HKSE 701), Business Consultant to Deputy-chairman
2012-2013 Sino Shine (HK) Ltd, Director & Partner (HKSE 8195), Responsible for P&L, operation management and business plan for IPO
2008-2011 Gay Giano International Ltd, Vice President (HKSE 686) In charge of company opertiaon management: retail, product design, purchasing and sales & marketing

Other Experience
2013-Present Mon Sheong Foundation - Ambassador
2005-Present International Teochew Youth Federation - Director
2009-Present Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre of Hong Kong - Member
2010 Overseas Chinese Affairs State Council of China - Outstanding Youth Hong Kong

Lou Poliacik. (Back to Top)

Lucas Chang. (Back to Top)

Marat Mukhamedyarov. (Back to Top)
Marat is an early-stage investor and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Mogul Capital, an investment company focused primarily in technology companies. He assists start-ups with optimizing the business process and accelerating growth, providing seed capital and marketing expertise, preparing business to raise additional capital and to navigate throughout the going-public process.

Marat is an active member of York Angel Investors and has sat on the screening committee as well. He has his Certified Management designation from International Business School and has Master's Degree in Engineering from RSU of Moscow. He also serves on the Boards of York Angel Investors, Masters Alliance and Alumoplast.

Madhavi Mehta. (Back to Top)

Michael Flux. (Back to Top)
Michael G. Flux, CFA, CFP, CIM, MBA. Mike is a Senior Vice President of Connor, Clark & Lunn Private Capital Ltd. and a Partner in the Connor, Clark & Lunn Private Capital Limited Partnership. Mike joined the firm in 2003 but has worked in the investment management industry since 1998. His prior work experience includes Mackenzie Financial Corporation, CIBC Securities Inc. and Procter & Gamble Inc. His primary focus is delivering tailored investment solutions to his clients, which include individuals/families, business owners, corporations and foundations. Mike works in partnership with his clients and their other trusted advisors to deliver a comprehensive wealth management solution.

Mike is a member of the Leadership Team for St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation in Toronto and is also volunteering time on the Foundation’s Inner City Health Program fundraising committee. His designations and degrees include: CFA; CFP; CIM; BComm, Queen's University (1995); MBA, Edinburgh Business School (2008).

Moe Kirpalani. (Back to Top)

Mohan Markandaier. (Back to Top)
Mohan Markandaier was one of the founders of Pulse Voice in 1996 with customers in over 40 countries.  As the CEO of Pulse Voice, Mohan’s focus was on Sales/Marketing and responsible for overall strategic vision and growth of the company. In 2009, Pulse Voice was acquired by Enghouse, a publicly traded company.

Mohan’s expertise include identifying market opportunities and developing technology solutions to address the challenges.  Currently, Mohan is actively involved in providing capital and mentorship to early and mid-stage companies in high growth technology space.

Mohan graduated from University of Toronto with a degree in Engineering.

Mona Kung. (Back to Top)

Morris Klid. (Back to Top)

Muneer Hirji. (Back to Top)

Nick Zamora. (Back to Top)

Nikhil Rodye. (Back to Top)

Noel Kirthiraj. (Back to Top)

Norman Light. (Back to Top)

Oded Levi. (Back to Top)

Parag (Raj) Agarwal. (Back to Top)
Parag (Raj) Agarwal is an experienced medical (rehabilitation) and investment management professional. Raj is a serial entrepreneur and an early stage investor in biomedical devices, biotechnology, clean tech, healthcare services and software technology companies. Raj holds a degree in Bachelors of Physiotherapy and has been practicing in Ontario and successfully consulting both public and private clinics for more than a decade. Raj's involvement in investment management started as an interest from his voracious financial and economic news analysis lifestyle.

Raj has a focused, goal-oriented approach to understand the operations and perform a sector and industry-wide economic and financial analysis and valuation of a company. He has been involved in investment and capital-asset management for almost half a decade. Out of his interest for valuation of public and private companies and securities, Parag is also pursuing his CFA designation. Apart from providing his consultation services as a Licensed Physiotherapist, Raj currently manages and is a principal in a privately held corporation - Agar Capital Management Services. He manages the portfolio of Agar Capital through investments in public securities, alternate investments and venture capital and private equity investments.

Peter Aghar. (Back to Top)
Peter was formerly the President, Chief Investment Officer and a founding Partner of KingSett Capital. KingSett is Canada's leading private equity real estate business co-investing with pension fund and high net worth individual clients where active management can achieve premium risk weighted returns.

KingSett raised over $1.5B in equity in four separate funds during Peter’s tenure (2002-2010) and completed over $5B in real estate transactions. KingSett invested through Growth Funds, Mortgage Funds and an Income Fund, each with their own risk/return strategy.

Peter began his career with General Electric in a series of finance, accounting and comptrollership roles culminating as the Managing Director of Institutional Accounts for GE Capital Real Estate. In that position, he led debt and equity real estate transactions with commitments totaling over $2 billion.

Peter is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with an Honors Mathematics Degree, is a Certified Management Accountant and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization. Peter is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, canoeing, climbing, sailing, running and scuba diving.

Reza Roohi. (Back to Top)
Reza Roohi established his first company in software development at age 21 even before earning his BSc in computer software engineering. While he was developing his company internationally, he continued his education and earned his MBA and PhD in economics and business administration.

Reza has over 25 years of experience as CEO and board member of international companies in software, telecommunication and broadcast engineering. He is a veteran international business developer with extensive experience building and managing strategic market development in Middle East, Africa and Canada.

Reza as an entrepreneur and angel investor has been managing and mentoring in several profitable high tech start-ups and early stages internationally in last 25 years.

Ranjan Pillai. (Back to Top)

Rudy Joss. (Back to Top)
Rudy Joss graduated in Engineering and worked as an Industrial Engineer for General Motors before moving to IBM Canada. Over a 15 year career with IBM he served in Product Planning and Business Development roles before moving into sales management as Reseller Country Manager for IBM Canada. In 1986 Rudy left IBM to found CMS Manufacturing Systems and was CEO up to the merger with XKO Software in 2007.

Samuel Yen. (Back to Top)

Satheejan Gugananthan. (Back to Top)

Scott MacCannell. (Back to Top)
Upon graduation from the University of Western Ontario (B.A. Political Science and Economics) in 1976, Mr. MacCannell joined Bell Canada's Marketing Group in Toronto. With the deregulation of the telecommunications industry in Canada in 1980, he left Bell to join Canadian Telecommunications Group (CTG), a young "start up" company as the company's ninth employee. The company grew quickly achieving revenues of C$ 80 Million in five years (having become a public company in 1983) and Mr. MacCannell progressed, during that time, through various positions of management to the position of Vice President and General Manager of the Central Region in 1984.

In May of 1986 Mr. MacCannell left CTG to join Mitel Corporation as Vice President and General Manager of their new Information Systems Division shortly after British Telecom PLC had purchased a controlling interest in Mitel and purchased all of the outstanding shares of CTG. He held that position and served on the Executive Committee of the Canada, Caribbean and Latin American Region until he left Mitel Corporation in 1989 to co-found, with two other partners, Troy Technologies Limited. Since that time Mr. MacCannell has served as both an investor in, and as President of Troy as it has progressed through its various phases of development. Today, Troy, which is located in Vaughan, Ontario continues as a boutique investment organization focused on early to mid stage investments in information technology, healthcare, and energy and environmental conservation.

In terms of other business related education, Mr. MacCannell has participated in The Art of Venturing Program at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and numerous programs in business valuation, business planning, and negotiation.

Mr. MacCannell is Co-founder, President and a Director of York Angel Investors Inc., and a Director of York Regional Innovation Centre (ventureLab), Troy 5 Enterprises Inc., Troy Inc., Shiny Inc., eStoreMonster Inc., Telecorp Products Inc., and Bluestone Investments Ltd. He has previously been a Director or Advisory Board member of First Med Inc., The Toronto Center for Advanced Reproductive Technology, , The York Technology Alliance (YTA) , CAYRE (Community Alliance for York Region Education) and the Association of Competitive Telecommunications Suppliers.

Sean Stephens. (Back to Top)

Seymour Epstein. (Back to Top)

Shaji Nada. (Back to Top)

Stan Ivanov: (Back to Top)
Stan is Founder and CEO of Intelligence Media - Performance Marketing Agency. Stan had founded

Intelligence Media in 2009 and prior to that he had worked in a number of Product Marketing and

Operation roles in ATI Technologies, AMD, Q9 Networks and Epson Canada.

Stan graduated from Centennial College and Ryerson University where he majored in Marketing.

Stephen Chan. (Back to Top)
Stephen Chan is the founder and CEO of Dapasoft Inc., an IT consulting company in Toronto that delivers custom software solutions to clients in a variety of business sectors, including healthcare, manufacturing, financial services and the public sector.

Chan has used Dapasoft's success to establish new companies and build strategic partnerships, and currently holds leadership positions in the following companies:
President and CEO of Mayer Information Technology Inc., an IT firm that specializes in ERP software solutions for the recycling industry.
CEO of Fetal Medicine International Inc., which specializes on education, training, audit assessment in the field of fetal medicine.
Co-Founder and Board of Directors of Catalyst Health Inc. Based in Kelowna, BC, Catalyst Health provides state-of-the-art Resident Management Systems for Long Term Care Facilities in North America.
Board of Director of CEO Fusion Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting our members the CEOs and Executives of Canadian companies.
Board of Director of Cleantech Angel Network, a non-profit organization to promote Environmentally Clean Technologies.
Winner of the 2011 ACCE Chinese Canadian Entrepreneur Most Innovation Award.

Stephen Zhang. (Back to Top)

Steve Chan. (Back to Top)
Steve Chan is currently a Controller in Medical Device Distribution and is well versed in Medical Device Applications & Content Laws. He has been a Chartered Accountant for over 25 years and a Real Estate Broker for over 15 years.

Terry Mocherniak. (Back to Top)
Terry is the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Encelium Technologies, a lighting control and energy management software company. Prior to founding Encelium, Terry was Managing Partner of Value Added Ventures Corporation, a Toronto based venture capital fund and was also CEO and co-founder of Lumion Corporation, an electronic ballast and lighting control system manufacturer.

Terry also serves on the boards of the York Technology Alliance and York Angel Investors. Terry holds an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto.

Theva Markandaier. (Back to Top)

Thomas Savundra. (Back to Top)

Wallace Chen. (Back to Top)

Winston Chai. (Back to Top)