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BC Discovery Fund


Investment Team

 

John McEwen

John is a co-founder of Discovery Capital, and a Director and the CEO of BC Discovery Fund (VCC) Inc. He has worked with nearly 250 technology companies, and has over 25 years experience in advising early-stage technology companies, managing technology sector investment funds, and sourcing, analyzing and closing venture capital investment opportunities. John has spearheaded corporate finance initiatives for companies such as Sierra Wireless Inc. and Tantalus Systems Corp., accelerating their development by attracting key corporate and additional venture capital backing. He is well known in the B.C. technology community as past Operations Chair of the Vancouver Enterprise Forum. Prior to co-founding Discovery Capital, he worked with IBM Canada Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia. John is a director of portfolio company Tantalus Systems Corp.

Harry Jaako

Harry is a co-founder of Discovery Capital, and a Director and the President of BC Discovery Fund. He has worked with nearly 250 technology companies, and has over 25 years experience in advising early-stage technology companies, managing technology sector investment funds, and sourcing, analyzing and closing venture capital investment opportunities. Harry was appointed as a Public Governor of the Vancouver Stock Exchange in 1998, served as an independent Director of the Canadian Venture Exchange (CDNX), and in 2001 was appointed a Director of the Toronto Stock Exchange (TMX Group Inc.), North America's first publicly traded stock exchange group. Harry is an active member of BC's technology and investment communities, and frequently appears as a key advocate for the BC technology sector through numerous local and international media outlets. Prior to co-founding Discovery Capital, he was a consulting manager with DMR Group, and worked with IBM Canada Ltd. Harry holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Lakehead University. Harry is a director of portfolio companies Navarik Corp. and Vigil Health Solutions Inc.

Charles Cook

Charles identifies and structures investments for BC Discovery Fund, and works with the management of portfolio companies to assist in creating value, typically as a member of the board of directors. He is also CFO of the Fund, and responsible for its financial management and capital raising activities. Charles brings nine years of investment banking experience in advising private and public companies to Discovery Capital, and assists Discovery Capital portfolio companies in structuring financings and in completing acquisition and divestiture transactions. Prior to joining Discovery Capital, Charles was a director of Dundee Securities Corporation, providing investment banking services in Alberta and British Columbia, prior to which he worked in a similar role in the Vancouver office of a national investment dealer. He holds an MBA from the University of British Columbia and is a CPA, CMA. Charles is a director of portfolio companies Rx Networks Inc. and PHEMI Systems Corporation.

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