The TIMIA Team

 

The executives and board members of TIMIA Capital have been around the technology finance space a long time. Long enough that they have seen the ups and downs of multiple economic cycles. There are easier sectors to grow a business—but one thing we all share—is a passion for technology. More importantly—we share an incredible passion to helping our clients win by executing on their business plans and driving returns for investors. Our diverse experience and varied backgrounds creates an environment of governance and accountability for shareholders.

Management Team

MIke Walkinshaw - Timia Capital - Chief Executive Officer

Mike Walkinshaw

Chief Executive Officer & Director

Mike joined the company as the CEO in August 2015. He is experienced in revenue financing, venture debt and venture capital investing. Previous to TIMIA, he was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Fronterra Capital, as well as Managing Partner, CFO at Chrysalix Energy. Before working on the finance side, Mike worked in the technology manufacturing sector in product and program management, strategy and planning.

Mike has a Bachelor of Commerce from University of BC, and a formal CPA designation.

Greg Smith - Timia Capital - Chief Investment Officer

Greg Smith

Chief Investment Officer

Greg joined TIMIA as the CIO in September 2015. He has been on both sides of the table as an entrepreneur and investor. Previous to TIMIA, he was a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Espresso Capital, an early leader in debt and revenue financing for the tech sector, for 6 years. Prior to Espresso, Greg worked for the Business Development Bank of Canada’s (“BDC”) Technology Seed Investment Group. Before BDC, Greg founded and bootstrapped for seven years, his own start-up which he successfully exited in March 2000.

Greg has a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of BC.

Andrew Abouchar

Chief Credit Officer

Andrew has 20-plus years of experience in Canada’s venture capital and private equity industry. He is a cofounder and partner in Tech Capital Partners Inc, a Waterloo-based venture capital management company and founder of TCP Property Inc, a private real estate fund. Earlier in his career, Abouchar worked as an accountant at PwC and as an investment manager at Working Ventures. His also an advisor to the Government of Canada and Province of Ontario, and currently serves on the board of Ontario Centres of Excellence.

Darren Seed

Vice President, Capital Markets & Communications

Darren joined TIMIA as the Vice President, Capital Markets & Communications (VPCMC) in January 2018. He has been on both sides of the finance table as an investor and capital markets executive. Previous to TIMIA, Darren was the VPCMC of Avigilon Corporation. Darren is also the President of Incite Capital Markets Inc., an independent capital markets advisory and investment corporation.  Mr. Seed has over 20 years of capital markets experience across various exchanges and industries including Biotech, Fuel Cell, High Tech and the venture capital arena raising in excess of $750 million for previous companies.

Stephanie Andrew

Vice President, FINANCE

Prior to joining TIMIA, Stephanie spent seven years at Espresso Capital where she led due diligence and risk assessment efforts on over 100 financial transactions, managed the company’s due diligence team across Canada and developed the company’s early credit scoring approach. She is also a Founding Partner of the Women’s Equity Lab (WEL), a collaborative women investors fund and is Executive Director of the Capital Investment Network (CIN), a Victoria-based non-profit angel investors organization which she Co-Founded in 2014. Stephanie completed a MSc in Molecular Biology and Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto, an MBA at the Schulich School of Business and is a CFA charter holder.

Rob Foxall

Director, Business Development

Rob joined TIMIA Capital in the Spring of 2017 as Director of Business Development. Previous to TIMIA, he was an Associate Director at Espresso Capital, an early provider of debt and revenue financing for the tech sector. Rob is actively involved in the startup community both advising early stage software companies and he is on the Selection Committee for both the Canadian Financing Forum and BC Tech Summit Investor Showcase.

Rob has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Finance from the University of British Columbia.

Mark Bakker

Director of Marketing

Mark joined TIMIA Capital in the Fall of 2018 as Director of Marketing. Previous to TIMIA, he held senior positions at a variety of SaaS start-ups and private equity firms including Thinkific, Filestack, and Xenon Ventures. He also teaches part-time at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).

Sheldon Chang

FINANCIAL ANALYST

Sheldon joined TIMIA Capital as an intern in January of 2018. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Commerce at the UBC Sauder School of Business, specialized in Finance and Business Technology Management. Previously, he worked as a Junior Legal Administrative Assistant at Thorsteinsson & Co. and as a Customer Service Representative at TD Canada Trust.

Board of Directors

Mike Volker

Chairman of the Board

Mike is a Co-Founder of TIMIA (formally GreenAngel Energy), which he launched back in 2008. For over 30 years, Mike has been active in the development of new high technology ventures.  He was recently the Director of Simon Fraser University’s Innovation Office, actively participates in the Vancouver Angel Network and New Ventures BC business plan competition. Mike began his entrepreneurial journey back in 1973, when he started his own company (Volker-Craig Ltd), which he successfully exited in 1981.

Mike holds an Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo.

Thealzel Lee

Director

Thealzel joined the board of TIMIA in April 2014. She manages the monthly Vancouver Angel Technology Network (VANTEC) and the Vancouver chapter of the Keiretsu Forum (Northwest Region) for the local startup community of entrepreneurs and angel investors.  She also serves on committees with the National Angel Capital Organization (Canada) and the Angel Capital Association (U.S.). She is a founder of two angel seed funds: Nelsa Investment (VCC) Inc. and VANTEC Entrepreneurs Fund (VCC) Inc., which has 40 percent of its portfolio invested in “green technology” companies based in British Columbia.

Thealzel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Alberta, and an Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

James Pratt

Director

James joined GreenAngel Energy as a Director in November 2012 and is the Co-Owner of Prosnack Natural Foods, which makes Elevate Me energy bars and other healthy lifestyle food products. Before Prosnack, James invested in Sepp’s Gourmet Foods, joined the company in an operational capacity and eventually became the CEO. Under his leadership, the business grew from $1M in sales to $88M. Sepp’s was sold to a NYSE listed multinational in 2010. Jim is an active angel investor, has served as a Director of the Food Innovation Centre of BC and was Chairman of the Functional Foods Alberta Centre of Excellence.

James has a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.

Howard Atkinson

Director

Howard Atkinson has over 30 years of investment management experience, and has published four books on Exchange Traded Funds. He is the former President of Horizons ETFs Management (Canada), and is a member of the S&P/TSX Canada Index Advisory Panel.

Howard holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Economics at the University of New Orleans.

David Demers

Director

David Demers was the CEO and Co-Founder of Westport Fuel Systems (TSX:WPT) for over 20 years. He has extensive TSX and board experience, as well as strong knowledge of the technology sector.

David has a Bachelor of Science (Physics) from the University of Saskatchewan.