Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative Selection Committee

The selection of recipients under the Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative (VCCI) used a rigorous assessment and selection process informed by the advice and recommendations provided by the VCCI Selection Committee.

To create the VCCI Selection Committee, the Government of Canada sought applications from diverse and talented Canadians through a public application process. A number of highly qualified candidates submitted applications. Further details on the application process and requirements for the Selection Committee can be found at Departmental Appointment Opportunities.

Following the open call for applications, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) established the five-member Selection Committee, comprised of individuals with diverse expertise, backgrounds (venture capital investors and managers, entrepreneurs and start-up support specialists), regions and perspectives.

The selection committee that evaluated submissions under VCCI Streams 1 and 2 was co-chaired by Gilles Duruflé and Serra Erdogmus. The members were:

  • Gilles Duruflé, venture capital investor and researcher
  • Serra Erdogmus, institutional investor
  • Catherine Lacavera, technology acquisition and intellectual property specialist
  • Bill Tam, start-up support specialist
  • Rebecca Yu, start-up support and life sciences specialist

For Stream 3, two of the members were unavailable to participate on the Committee. As such, the Government appointed two new members to the VCCI Selection Committee with expertise in the clean technology sector. The members were:

  • David Bookbinder, growth equity investor and clean technology specialist
  • Gilles Duruflé, venture capital investor and researcher
  • Serra Erdogmus, institutional investor
  • Catherine Lacavera, technology acquisition and intellectual property specialist
  • Mike Walkinshaw, venture capital investor, entrepreneur and clean technology specialist

For each stream, the Selection Committee recommended applications based on the evaluation of the relative scores of their application, the impact they would have on the Canadian venture capital ecosystem, and the role each would have in meeting the objectives of VCCI.

Members of the committee acted on a part-time, volunteer basis.

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