Our experienced team seeks to best align and leverage relationships throughout the TELUS organization and its extensive ecosystem to accelerate growth initiatives and maximize the potential for long-term value creation for our portfolio companies.
Paul Lepage, President, TELUS Health and Chair, TELUS Ventures
Paul leads TELUS Health’s mission to deliver technologies that connect doctors and healthcare practitioners to one another and to their patients. He is dedicated to creating solutions that harness healthcare information to help transform the healthcare system and health outcomes to the benefit of all Canadians. In his commitment to expanding TELUS Health’s position as the leading organization focused on healthcare IT development in Canada, Paul draws from over 30 years’ of experience in the health, telecommunications and information technology sectors.
Before joining the TELUS Health team in 2009, he was the President and CEO of MediSolution Ltd., a leader in the North American IT industry. Prior still, he held various leadership roles including Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Operating Officer and head of Global Sales for several leading technology companies.
Paul has a Master of Business Administration degree from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from École Polytechnique de Montreal. He sits on the board of directors for BlueStreak Technology, Montreal InVivo and is on the Advisory Board for the Ivey Center for Health Innovation. Paul has received the ICD.D certification granted by the Institute of Corporate Directors.
In 2012, Paul received the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his leadership, strategic direction and resulting momentum achieved by TELUS Health in the mobile health and home monitoring areas.
Richard Osborn, Managing Partner
Richard is the Managing Partner of TELUS Ventures and a Vice-President of TELUS. He is a board representative for Fortius Foundation, GetReal Health, iStore, Otono, Sentrian, PatientSafe, Taulia and Visioncritical.
Before joining TELUS Ventures in 2016, Richard was the founder and Managing Partner of RecapHealth Ventures, a leading Canadian-based investor in North American health care companies. Richard and his partners invested in sectors such as Electronic Medical Records, telehealth, patient engagement and "healthy aging". Richard also acted as an interim executive (President/CFO) supporting capital raises, restructurings, geographic expansions and partnership development in two portfolio companies.
Prior to founding RecapHealth, Richard was a partner in a private equity firm acquiring majority ownership positions in leading mid market companies. He was a co-founder of an institutionally supported venture capital fund and co-managed two Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) funds with additional external general partners.
Richard is a strong believer in using financial tools to effect positive social change. He is the founder of one of Canada's first social impact funds, BC Social Venture Partners. Richard also acts as an advisor to an international microfinance fund, a number of Canadian impact funds and is active in supporting groups building health solutions for the developing world. Richard is a frequent speaker on technology, finance and impact investing and was named one of Vancouver's Top 40 under 40 by Business in Vancouver.
Richard earned his undergrad at Queens University and his MBA at UBC.
Rob Peets, MBA, CFA, Director
Rob is responsible for the evaluation of investment opportunities across a wide range of synergistic industries, as well as co-ordinating the financial analysis and valuation of prospective investment opportunities. Since joining TELUS in 2007, Rob has held positions in consumer product development (Optik TV and Satellite TV) and capital forecasting and governance.
Prior to TELUS, he was an Assistant Vice President within the Technology Corporate Finance group at an international accounting firm and an Equity Research Analyst covering publicly listed technology, medical and industrial small cap companies. Rob has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the Vancouver CFA Society. Rob sits as an Observer on the board of Vox Mobile, Group DOmedic and Sprout Wellness Solutions.
Vijay Grover, MBA, CFA, Senior Associate
Vijay is responsible for generating leads and identifying potential investment opportunities. He is also responsible for analysing business plans and preparing financial models and shares responsibility of the fund's portfolio management and governance activities.
Before joining TELUS Ventures in 2014, Vijay worked in the investment banking and venture capital industry in India. He also worked in the IT industry with Infosys and Oracle for 4 years.
Vijay has an MBA from Indian Institute of Calcutta, India and is a CFA Charterholder.
Jon Wolkin, Senior Associate
Jon is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing innovative investment opportunities. He is also responsible for conducting due diligence on potential investee companies as well as working to enhance the financial and operational performance of the existing portfolio.
Before joining TELUS Ventures in 2016, Jon worked as a Senior Strategy Manager at TELUS, overseeing content strategy and evaluating strategic partnerships.
Jon previously worked at Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in the Private Equity group and in the Investment Banking division of Scotia Capital focusing on the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sectors.
Jon has earned a HBA degree (with distinction) from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Neeta Ghirra, Executive Assistant
Neeta provides executive support to the Managing Partner at Ventures. Neeta’s other responsibilities include managing the governance, information and documentation flow of all portfolio companies, assisting in the tracking of all deal flow.
Prior to joining TELUS Ventures in 2016, Neeta was Executive Assistant to the President at Stockhouse Publishing and to the CEO of InvestX Capital working in the investment and venture capital industry, managing private placement deal flow, tracking and arranging funds and maintaining all legal documentation. Neeta also worked in HR where she was responsible for the full employee life cycle, from recruiting, offer letters, and on-boarding to exit interviews.
Neeta also spent 8 years with Amica Mature Lifestyles, known as Canada’s most innovative operator of seniors’ retirement residences.
Brendan Byrne, Chief Innovation Officer, TELUS Health
A doctor by vocation and an entrepreneur by profession, Brendan is currently serving as Chief Innovation Officer for TELUS Health, and is intensely interested in the intersection of personalized medicine, digital health and wellness.
Brendan has spent over 25 years exploring how digital health can transform information into better health outcomes, and co-founded FIRSTEP Innovations Inc. which partners with TELUS to create immersive experiences and facilitate dialogue between cutting-edge innovators and enterprise leaders.
Prior to joining TELUS Health, Brendan founded Wolf Medical Systems, which at the time of its acquisition by TELUS in 2012 had become the largest cloud-based electronic medical record (EMR) provider in Canada.
Brendan has a degree in Neurobiology from Yale University and is a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine.
Stéphane Couture, Senior Director - Corporate Development, TELUS Health
Stephane currently supports M&A and Ventures activities for TELUS Health, with an active role in selecting and evaluating opportunities that align with TELUS Health’s growth strategy. Since joining TELUS Health in 2010, Stephane has held a number of product management, portfolio and strategy leadership positions across the organization.
Prior to joining TELUS, Stephane was Executive Vice-President at MediSolution, a Division of Harris Computer Systems. Throughout his software career, he has developed a recognized expertise in the development and implementation of business, product, marketing, distribution and sales strategies, and has contributed to numerous investment and acquisition projects.
Stephane holds a B.Sc. (Hons., Athletic Therapy) from Concordia University, a M.Sc. (Kinesiology: Exercise Physiology) from the University of Montreal and an MBA from Concordia University.