Steve has led financings and been an active business partner to management teams in numerous emerging and growth-stage companies in Western Canada and the US Northwest for over 20 years. He has had the good fortune to participate in a number of successful exits with great companies driven by talented management teams.
Prior to co-founding Lighthouse in 2012, Steve co-founded Vancouver-based Yaletown Venture Partners in 2001 and played a central role in building the firm, its investment portfolio, and capital under management to $165M during the firm’s formative decade. During the 1990’s Steve started and built TD Bank's technology industry group in Western Canada where he structured growth financings for more than 45 innovation-driven companies, following success in building a mid-market diversified industries portfolio for the bank. Steve has held operationally focused roles with global management consulting firm Accenture, where he designed and implemented enterprise management systems for major corporations in the energy industry, and with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he led business development strategy and execution for the Technology, Information & Communications group.
Steve currently serves on the boards of several emerging and growth stage business in western North America and is Vice President of the board of directors for Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA), representing 130 firms managing more than $75 billion in private investment capital.
SELECT INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP ROLES:
Chair, Editorial Board, Canadian Private Capital Magazine
Investment Board, Entrepreneurship @UBC Accelerator Fund
Advisory Board, Canadian Innovation Exchange
Board of Directors, CapitalRoad Foundation
Board Vice President, Canadian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association
Chair (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), Canadian Financing Forum
Chair (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016), Banff Venture Forum
Chair (2011), Canadian Private Equity & Venture Capital Annual Conference
Board of Directors, Association for Corporate Growth, BC Chapter
Co-Chair (2015), BC Capital Connections Conference
EARLIER PRIVATE CAPITAL FUNDS MANAGED:
Yaletown Ventures II LP
Yaletown Ventures I LP
TD Advanced Technologies Fund
TD Environmental Technologies Fund