Board of Directors
Jennifer Francis, Chair
Jennifer is a technology mentor, advisor and angel investor. She is a former executive in the information technology and services industry, with experience in Enterprise Software, SaaS, Go-to-market Strategy, Strategic Partnerships. Advocate for girls and women in STEM. Jennifer holds board positions with Invest Ottawa & the Wabano Centre. She is also a Co-Founder of the SheBoot bootcamp program.
After receiving his PhD in Petroleum Engineering, in 1998 Dan founded The Permedia Research Group, an Ottawa-based company focused on the numerical modeling and visualization of subsurface oil and gas flows. Permedia software was used all over the world by the industry’s leading oil and gas companies. In 2010, Permedia was acquired by Halliburton.
Dan has invested in and supported a number of emerging technology companies including Blacksumac, the developer of Piper. Dan is now the Co-Founder & CEO of Raven Connected.
Dane Bedward is CEO of NBot Inc a global commercialization advisory group with experience in a number of biopharmaceutical and medical device product categories. We work with major multinational companies as well as start-ups to ensure global business success. Dane has also recently joined the board of the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO).
Laurie Davis, Secretary
Laurie has many years of experience in technical and business management as well as technical expertise in hardware and software development. Laurie spent most of his career as a technology executive responsible for developing and delivering large complex hardware and software products. Laurie has been an angel investor since 2002 and was one of the founders of the Capital Angel Network in 2009. Laurie currently spends most of his time mentoring new entrepreneurs and sitting on various boards.
Mike Foster, Treasurer
Retired executive manager with engineering degrees and 40 years of practical experience in general management, engineering, R&D and operations, product and business development, product line management and marketing in the semiconductor, telecommunications, computer-telephony, software, network equipment and network security industries.
Passionate about building and launching new companies, Mathieu is actively involved with the Ottawa startup community. Mathieu sits on multiple boards and is Managing Director at Ventured Synergy, a private investment firm focused on early-stage and growth-stage companies. Mathieu has a strong inclination for startups with deep technology roots but also works with any outstanding teams with disruptive business models, regardless of the industry. Mathieu has many years of experience in managing complex technology development projects with embedded systems, distributed measurement and automation systems, e-commerce, IIoT, and robotics. His latest venture, Inclusum AI, works at the intersection of AI and IoT to help companies bring machine learning to the Edge and embedded devices. Mathieu received a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from U. of Ottawa and an M.Sc in Electrical Engineering from Université Laval.
Julia Elvidge works with high technology companies as an advisor, board member and investor. Educated as an electrical engineer, Julia designed microchip circuits before she moving into the business side of technology. As co-founder and President, Julia helped build Chipworks into a global industry leader delivering patent and technology analysis products and services to electronics companies in Asia, Europe and North America. Key business experience includes building SaaS products within a services business, strategy and leadership development. Chipworks was sold to Techinsights in June 2016. Now semi-retired, Julia works part-time at Invest Ottawa as an Advisor, is a co-founder of SheBoot bootcamp program for womxn entrepreneurs and remains a constant advocate for girls and womxn in technology.
Nolan Beanlands, Executive Director
Nolan is a passionate champion for the Ottawa startup ecosystem. He previously ran the Startup Garage program out of the University of Ottawa. Through Capital Angels, Startup Garage, Founder Institute, Scaleup Garage and iD Gatineau Nolan's worked with over a hundred startups in helping them secure the millions of dollars in funding and sales.
Kasey Boudreau, Program Manager
Kasey has been a part of the Capital Angel Network team since 2016. She is a small business entrepreneur, owning Cellar 82, an airstream mobile bar and lounge which operates throughout the summer months all across Ontario.