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

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.

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).

Catherine Daly

Content Strategist

Catherine joined TIMIA Capital as a freelance copywriter and social media manager in January 2019. She has 15 years experience in marketing and held senior positions at a number of technology companies including Hootsuite, Absolute, and Avnet Technology Solutions. Catherine is an expert writer and marketer and holds an executive Masters in Marketing, a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Journalism, and a Diploma in Digital Marketing.

Priyal Shah

Systems Engineer

Priyal Shah joined TIMIA Capital as a Systems Engineer Co-op Student in May 2019. Prior to TIMIA Capital, She worked as a Sales Operations Analyst at StemCell Technologies in 2018 and she has experience with data analysis, Java programming, SQL Database Management and Salesforce. She will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Combined major in Mathematics and Economics) from The University of British Columbia on 28th May 2020.

Board of Directors

Robert Napoli

Director

Robert is co-founder and managing director of Promerita Capital Partners, and has twenty years of experience in corporate finance and investment. For the past fourteen years, Robert has focused on subordinated debt, mezzanine and equity investing. He has completed over 80 deals across various industries, including buyouts, acquisitions and growth financing. Prior to Promerita Group, Robert was co-founder and vice president of First West Capital, an institutionally backed subordinated debt and mezzanine finance provider for small and medium sized companies. Robert previously held executive roles in investment management and corporate finance with other leading global and regional firms including Vancity Capital & PricewaterhouseCoopers. Robert is the past President of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), BC Chapter, the middle market deal association for corporate finance and M&A professionals. He holds two Honours Degrees in Commerce and Law from Monash University, Australia along with a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, is a CPA-CA in Canada and Australia and is a former adviser to the Accounting Standards Board of Canada (AcSB) on Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (ASPE).

Paul Geyer

Director

Paul Geyer is a successful Medtech Entrepreneur, experienced Board member, Angel Investor and Venture Capitalist. Over the past 27 years as an investor and serial entrepreneur, Paul has built several successful companies, including Mitroflow International Inc., Neovasc Inc. and LightIntegra Technology Inc. Paul is well known for his work supporting and mentoring entrepreneurs and future leaders of the tech industry. His passion for giving back is seen in the many board roles he has held, including: Administrative Chair, LightIntegra Technology Inc.; Chairman of the Board, Neovasc Inc.; G7 Fellow, Creative Destruction Labs – CDL West; Board of Directors, Entrepreneurship at UBC; Board of Directors, BCTECH; Advisory Council Member, UBC Engineering, Applied Science; and Industry Advisory Council, UBC Electrical Engineering department. In 2010 Paul was awarded the British Columbia Angel Investor of the year, and in 2011 he received the BC Life Sciences Leadership Award. He holds a B.A.Sc, Electrical Engineering from The University of British Columbia (1983 – 1988) and Certified Director, Certified Director Program, UCLA Anderson School of Management (2006), Canadian Securities Course (1988).

Jan Lederman

Director

Jan is a Co-Founder & President of Valhalla Private Equity and a Director at Genome Canada. She is a past Chair of the Board of Governors at the University of Manitoba; retired senior partner at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman, LLP; and a co-founder of Innovate Manitoba, a private sector led non-profit formed to drive innovation, accelerate startup growth, and stimulate access to capital in Manitoba. Jan is an active angel investor and a Director of a number of startups. Jan practiced business law for 30 years and retired as a partner of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP in 2015. In practice, Jan focused on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, startups, investment, and finance. Jan was for many years named to the Best Lawyers in Canada in Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Leveraged Buy-Outs and Private Equity Law. In addition to her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor, Jan holds a Certificate from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and a Blue Belt in Innovation Engineering. Jan was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012 and the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Award in 2002 in recognition for her contributions to the community. In 2018 she was honoured with the Distinguished Alumni Award of Excellence by the University of Manitoba.

Thealzel Lee

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.

Howard Atkinson

Chairman

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:WPRT) 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.