Yuri Navaro

Yuri Navarro

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

In his role as CEO, Yuri brings his unique mixture of public and private sector experience to help expand NACO’s role as the leading organization representing Canadian Angel Investors with industry and government.

At NACO, Yuri oversee the entire organization’s strategic and operational objectives.

Since 2012, Yuri has presided over the renewal and growth of the Canada’s National Angel Capital Organization with a mission to support the growth and professionalization of Canada’s Angel asset-class through valuable connections, resources, best practices and research.

Yuri has also supported the development of Canadian small businesses through his work in the Ontario Government, where he served as a Policy Advisor, then Chief of Staff, to the Minister of Economic Development and Trade, and as a Policy Advisor to the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure.

A graduate of Ryerson University’s Commerce program and George Brown College’s Financial Planning program, Yuri holds a number of designations with the Canadian Securities Institute.
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Adam Anshan

Operations Manager

At NACO, Adam is responsible for various projects that support the organization’s overall mission and ensure a smooth and valuable experience for members.

Adam is a member of the inaugural cohort of Venture for Canada where he cultivated his passion for entrepreneurship and startups over two years of working for QRA Corp in Halifax. After experiencing the challenges of a early-stage growth first hand, he is excited about supporting the broader ecosystem and increasing the visibility and impact of the Angel investing community.

Adam graduated from Dalhousie University with a degree in Management and Economics.
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Vanessa Wilson

Director, Events & Marketing

At NACO, Vanessa is responsible for managing all events and marketing related initiatives, including the Annual National Angel Summit and NACO Academy Events held across Canada.

Vanessa holds a BA from the University of Waterloo, and brings to NACO over 20 years of events and marketing related experiences.
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Pawan Agnihotri

Research Intern

At NACO, Pawan assists in developing and executing projects in support of NACO’s research strategy and related policy and education initiatives.

Pawan is an MBA graduate from Rotman School of Management and also holds a master’s degree in engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India.
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Elena Dudarenko

Operations Coordinator

At NACO, Elena is responsible for supporting operations and coordinating projects including the Angel Activity Report, Report on Early-Stage Support for Canadian Companies and NACO Academy.

Elena holds a Master’s degree in International Financial Management and graduated from the Centennial College’s Marketing Research and Analytics program.
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Caroline Bracht

Manager of Education and Research

In her role as Manager of Education and Research, Caroline brings over six years of experience leading research at the University of Toronto’s Global Governance Program. In this role she oversaw the annual compliance report, which was distributed to international stakeholders and had international readership.

At NACO, Caroline provides the directs the research into the early-stage financing ecosystem, leading to the development of educational resources and evidence-based policy.

Caroline has a Masters degree from the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Adult Education and Community Development and a degree from Humber College in International Project Management.
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Lucia Gallardo

Marketing Coordinator

At NACO, Lucia is responsible for coordinating and implementing marketing communications projects, including social media, customized analytics, the NACO website, the NACO Messenger, event marketing, and more.

Lucia is a member of Venture for Canada, through which she champions inclusive social entrepreneurship. In 2015, she co-founded Dona un Libro, Cambia una Mente, a non-profit that builds libraries in underserved schools and communities in Honduras. The organization received a 2016 Fellowship from President Obama’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative.

Lucia attended McGill University for Public Relations, as well as International Development and Management. Her previous work experience includes Hopper, receiver of one of Canada’s largest venture-capital deals of 2016, and the General Consulate of Honduras in Montreal.


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Alejandro Gonzalez Fuentes

Research Intern

At NACO, Alejandro is responsible for project support and business development in an effort to increase our membership base and build meaningful partnerships within the Angel community.

Alejandro has a B.Eng in Industrial Engineering from the Monterrey Institute for Technology and Higher Education, and is currently a second year MBA student at the Rotman School of Management.

A former entrepreneur and project manager, Alejandro provides depth to our research of Canada’s startup ecosystem.