TORONTO, Feb. 25, 2014 /CNW/ -Peter van der Velden, President of the CVCA- Canada's Venture Capital
and Private Equity Association, is pleased to announce the appointment
of Mike Woollatt as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Woollatt is the first
CEO of the CVCA and his appointment reflects the evolution of the
association and the influence of the venture capital and private equity
industry in Canada.
Mike Woollatt brings significant experience in a variety of capacities,
including entrepreneurship, public affairs and economics. Prior to
joining the CVCA, he co-founded Beaconsfield Group, a successful
management consulting and public affairs firm. Mike has held senior
executive roles at various major Canadian corporations, including Bell
Canada, CTVglobemedia, and Canwest Global Communications. Before
entering the private sector, Mike worked for the Government of Canada,
both as an economist in the bureaucracy and as a political advisor at
the Department of Finance. He has also worked overseas as an economist
on international development projects. Mike has both a B.A. and M.A. in
Economics from the University of British Columbia.
"I am delighted to welcome Mike to the CVCA. Mike's wide-ranging
experience from Government to senior executive to entrepreneur will
lend him well in his leadership role at the CVCA," said Peter van der
Velden, President of the CVCA and Managing General Partner of Lumira
"I am excited about the opportunities ahead for the CVCA and I am
honoured to be asked to lead the association through the next phase of
its evolution. I also know that I inherit an organization that has made
great strides for the venture capital and private equity industry in
Canada and I look forward to building upon that momentum," said Mr.
With the transition of operational leadership of the CVCA to Mr.
Woollatt, the Board of Directors of the CVCA would like to thank and
acknowledge the many contributions of Richard RÉmillard who served as
the CVCA's Executive Director for 10 years. "On behalf of myself and
many past Presidents and Boards who had the pleasure or working with
Richard, I would like to thank him for helping to make the organization
what it is today," said Peter van der Velden.
The CVCA is the voice of Canada's venture capital and private equity
industry. The CVCA's members manage the vast majority of private
capital that drives innovation and growth in Canadian businesses. The
CVCA fosters professional development, networking, communication,
research and education, and represents the venture capital and private
equity industry in public policy matters. The CVCA was founded in 1974.
SOURCE CVCA - Canada's Venture Capital & Private Equity Association
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