Richard Osborn, Managing Partner, TELUS Ventures

Richard Osborn Rich leads the TELUS Ventures team to source, structure and optimize investments of strategic importance to TELUS. TELUS Ventures has been Canada’s most active corporate venture capital fund over the last 5 years and Rich was named one of the Top 100 Corporate Venture Capital Investors in the world by Global Corporate Venturing Magazine in 2017.

His board responsibilities include Continuum, Fortius, Moj.io, Right Health, ScaleUP Ventures, Vision Critical and ZenEdge (Sold to Oracle in 2018).

Before joining TELUS Ventures in 2016, Rich was the founder and Managing Partner of RecapHealth Ventures, a leading Canadian-based investor in North American healthcare companies. Rich also acted as an interim executive (President/CFO) in successfully leading restructurings, capital raises, partnerships and international expansions in a number of portfolio companies. Previously he was a Partner in both mid-market LBO funds and VC funds investing in US and Canada. He started his career as an entrepreneur building a successful company in the enterprise software sector.

Rich is a strong believer in using financial tools to effect positive social change. He founded BC Social Venture Partners, one of Canada's first social impact funds was an investor in Canada’s first social impact bond and acts as an advisor to a number of social impact funds including Deetken and MaRS. He is also an Associate at CDL, a Board Member at LifeSciences BC, AGE-WELL and an angel investor in over 20 companies across US and Canada.

Rich earned degrees at UBC and Queen’s University and has completed Executive Leadership courses at Harvard.

Rob Peets, MBA, CFA, Investment Director

Rob Peets, MBA, CFA 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.

Jon Wolkin, Investment Director

Jon Wolkin 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 Ghirra 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, Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Brendan Byrne A doctor by vocation and an entrepreneur by profession, Brendan 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.

Kelly Reinsborough, Director, Business Enablement

Kelly Reinsborough Kelly is responsible for working with the business units within TELUS to identify opportunities where Ventures investments can accelerate growth. After the initial investment is complete, Kelly ensures a working relationship between the Ventures team and Operations to optimize the partnership.

Prior to joining TELUS Ventures in 2017, Kelly worked as Senior Strategy Manager with TELUS Health overseeing the development of strategy, product and portfolio management.

Kelly previously worked with the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board helping to shape their provincial strategy and optimize financial performance. She holds degrees from Dalhousie University and most recently a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Toronto.

Karan Mavai, Investment Director

Karan Mavai Karan is responsible for evaluating investment opportunities for the portfolio, as well as leading and coordinating the technical analysis and due diligence of potential investee companies. Karan works closely with our portfolio companies on their product and technology strategy to help build high-performing product teams and accelerate their success in the market.

Prior to joining TELUS Ventures, Karan has held a variety of product and strategy roles at world class software companies. Most recently, he led Platform & Ecosystem strategy at Hootsuite, building a leading B2B SaaS ecosystem. He’s led product & user experience teams at Vision Critical and Elastic Path. He was also Solution Manager at SAP and started his product management career in the Business Objects analytics portfolio.

Jay Crone, Senior Associate

Jay Crone Jay 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 2018, Jay was responsible for M&A and strategic partnerships at Hootsuite. He is also the founder of BreakingBayStreet.com and previously worked in the Investment Banking and M&A divisions of Scotia Capital.

Jay has earned a Masters in Financial Economics from the Rotman School of Management and an economics degree from the University of Ottawa.

Leah Nguyen, Director, Business Enablement

Leah Nguyen Leah is responsible for leading the engagement activities with TELUS business units across the investment lifecycle; from identifying opportunities where Ventures investments can accelerate growth, to facilitating the post-investment working relationship between Ventures, the business units, and investment companies to optimize the partnership.

Prior to joining TELUS Ventures in 2019, Leah worked as Senior Program Manager for TELUS Smart Security where she helped launched the consumer and business brands. Leah has also worked in Consumer Products and Services where she managed a team focused on driving improvements to TV reliability.

Leah was previously a management consultant with Accenture, working across a variety of industries, including telecommunications, retail, utilities, and natural resources. She was also a project manager at lululemon. She holds a BBA (first class honours) from Simon Fraser University.

Chris Robertson, CFA, Senior Associate

Chris Robertson, CFA Chris 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 2018, Chris was Senior Associate at Cardin Partners, providing M&A and capital raising transaction advisory to global technology companies. Chris previously worked at Garibaldi Capital Advisors advising Canadian technology companies, and at a PE/VC firm investing in and acquiring high-growth technology businesses.

Chris holds a BCom from the Sauder School of Business, and is a CFA Charterholder.