Board of Directors

Ian Bandeen


Ian Bandeen is a financial consultant specializing in capital markets. A Founding Director in 2002, Ian is currently a Co-Chair of NACO and is Chair of the Finance Committee. He is also Chairman and co-founder of Wantfolio Group Inc. Read More

Robert L. Douglas, CPA, CA


A chartered accountant by profession, Rob Douglas is distinguished by his strong entrepreneurial spirit and his wealth of experience in owning and managing private businesses. Mr. Douglas’ business career spans more than three decades, with employment experience ranging from investment counselling with a major Canadian brokerage to senior financial management with a large, multi-plant manufacturing company. Since 1978, Mr. Douglas has pursued interests as an owner and partner in several successful private businesses.
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Andrew Wilkes

Andrew Wilkes


Andrew Wilkes is an active Angel investor, who helps high-growth potential businesses accelerate growth in traditional and technology sectors – including software/transaction processing, clean technologies, biomaterials, warehouse automation, water technologies and financial services. He has a personal passion to help grow globally oriented businesses internationally. Mr. Wilkes is a partner at Management Initiatives Inc., a business advisory and investment firm located in Toronto, Ontario where he invests, mentors, raises capital and advises business owners and investment funds.
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Barbara Wilkes

Corporate Secretary

Barbara Wilkes is a proven senior business executive and angel investor.  Ms. Wilkes is a partner at Management Initiatives Inc., a business advisory and investment firm located in Toronto, Ontario working with business owners and investment funds.With over 30 years of experience in working with new technology development and a strong background in marketing and finance, she knows the challenges of successfully commercializing a technology.
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Mike Cegelski

From successful entrepreneur to angel investor and mentor, Mike gets involved where it counts and where he can bring value. He has invested in an mentored over 30 companies in the past 10 years, after having taken a key role to grow succesful businesses out of Beltron and iBwave as an entrepreneur. Mike is visibly involved in the angel investing community through Anges Québec and many other initiatives. and currently serves as Advisor of TrouveMouPro at 500 Startups. He was named NACO’s 2015 Angel of the Year. Mr. Cegelski holds a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from University of Sherbrooke.


Mike Edwards

A lifelong entrepreneur, Mike Edwards has started and invested in technology companies for over 20 years. Presently, Mike is the CEO of Mobio Technologies Inc. Prior to taking the lead at Mobio, Mike was Executive Director of GrowLab, a startup accelerator based in Vancouver, BC. Mike invests in smart people with big ideas, and thrives on helping other entrepreneurs turn a napkin sketch into a prosperous business. He has invested in more than 40 technology startups including Punch’d, which sold to Google, Summify, which was acquired by Twitter, Wander which was acquired by Yahoo, AreaConnect which sold to Marchex and Dave McClure’s 500 Startups venture capital fund.
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Ross Finlay

Ross Finlay is a Co-Founder and Director of the First Angel Network Association – Atlantic Canada’s largest association for private investors. He is a Director of the U.S. Angel Capital Association and the Angel Resource Institute (of the Kaufmann Foundation). Ross has been an Angel investor since 2000. As well, he has assisted many companies raise private equity. He is a recognized facilitator, business planner, and strategic change advisor who has an extensive background in public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He has assisted in the development and review of countless business plans for start-up companies.
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Sandi K. Gilbert

Founder & CEO, SeedUps Canada

Sandi is a strategic, visionary entrepreneur focused on developing and deploying technology solutions for the private capital markets. She is the Founder & CEO of SeedUps Canada, a FinTech company that enables collaboration between innovative companies and the private investing community of angels, early stage venture funds and engaged investors. SeedUps technologies provide virtual environments where companies and their agents can prepare, present and execute a capital raise and the resources to manage the investors through to exit.

Sandi is a board member of NACO Canada, Canada’s association of angel investors and is a frequent speaker at industry events.

Karen Grant

Karen is the executive director of Angel One Investor Network. She was instrumental in planning and launching Toronto Angel Group in 2001 and Northern Ontario Angels in 2005. She is currently the Chair of Northern Ontario Angels.
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Marianne Hudson

Ms. Hudson leads the Angel Capital Association (ACA), the world’s leading professional and trade association focused on fueling the success of accredited angel investors and portfolio companies in high-growth, early-stage ventures. ACA provides professional development, public policy advocacy and significant benefits and resources to its membership, comprised of more than 13,000 individual accredited investors throughout North America.
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David Pamenter

David Pamenter is a business law partner in Gowlings’ Toronto office. He is a member of the firm’s Technology Industry Group and a coordinator of the Firm’s cleantech practice. Mr. Pamenter has more than 30 years of experience in technology law, business and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and private corporate finance.
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Louis Saint-Jacques

Louis Saint-Jacques is offering consultant services to entrepreneurs, incubators, Angels and venture capital since 2010. He was a partner at ID Capital, a $75M industrial technologies venture capital fund based in Montreal. Mr. Saint-Jacques has more than 20 years of high-tech and financing experience and holds a Master’s degree in business administration with a specialization in small- and medium-sized enterprise financing. Previously, Mr. Saint-Jacques served as a strategic financing advisor with the Canadian Technology Network.
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Mike Volker

Michael Volker is an entrepreneur active in the development of new high-technology ventures. A University of Waterloo Engineering grad, he started his own company (Volker-Craig Ltd) in 1973. He sold this company in 1981 and then decided to work with entrepreneurs in building new companies. Mr. Volker is Chairman of TIMIA Capital Corp, a Revenue-Based, Angel-Backed fund and WUTIF Capital (VCC), an Angel Fund for startups.
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Laurie Dmytryshyn

Laurie Dmytryshyn is the Chief of Equity Investment for PIC Investment Group Inc.  PIC is a private company focused on growth financing in the chemical, transportation, real estate, and northern Saskatchewan outfitting industries.  Laurie is responsible for supporting PIC’s minority equity investment portfolio and helping facilitate the growth and success of PIC’s portfolio companies.
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Gerry Pond

Gerry Pond has over 45 years of in-depth experience in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. As the CEO of NBTel and the President of its successor, Aliant Telecom, he was at the helm during a period of significant deregulation in the Canadian industry. Under his innovative leadership, NBTel emerged as an international ICT leader.
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Past Directors

Henry Vehovec

Henry Vehovec

Founding Chair and Chair Emeritus

Henry Vehovec is an entrepreneur, investor and independent consultant focusing on clean energy and sustainability. Mr. Vehovec was the founder and co-chair of the first Angel Investor Summits in 2001 and 2002 which led to the creation of National Angel Organization (NAO), later renamed, National Angel Capital Organization (NACO). He conceived and co-wrote The Primer for Angel Investment in Canada published in 2003 and 2004. As founder, and later as president, he recruited many of the NAO’s founding 100 and initial board of directors. He continues to be involved in numerous early-stage funding related boards and committees.
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Name Position Term Served
Bev W. Tudhope Past Co-Chair 2015 – 2017
Michelle Scarborough Past Chair 2006 – 2015
Michael G. Cain, Sr. Director 2012 – 2015
Glenn Yuen Director 2013 – 2015
Michael Palmer Director 2013 – 2013
Matey Nedkov Director 2007 – 2013
Bob Chaworth-Musters Director 2003 – 2013
Ed Alfke Director 2003 – 2013
Andrew Fisher Director 2012 – 2013
Tim Lett Director 2012 – 2013
Lanis Anthony Director 2010 – 2012
Patricia Lorenz Director 2009 – 2012
David Rozin Director 2009 – 2012
Randy Thompson Director 2006 – 2011
Brian Lowe Director 2008 – 2010
Michael Arbow Director 2008 – 2010
W. Daniel Mothersill Director 2004 – 2010
Ken Cooper Director 2008 – 2010
Cathy Favre Director 2008 – 2009
Ken Gordon Director 2008 – 2009
Alkarim Jivraj Director 2007, 2009
Alfred Apps Director 2007
Glen Ballman Director 2007
Paul LaBarge Director 2006 – 2007
Stephen Lougheed Director 2007
Warren Bergen Director 2007
Philip Belec Director 2006 – 2007
Warren Dowd Director 2006
Tony Humble Director 2006
Peter Kemball Director 2006
David Glue Director 2006
Henry Vehovec Founding Chair 2000 – 2006