Venture for Canada (VFC) is excited to announce the appointment of Bruce Sellery, Narinder Dhami and Thomas Park to VFC’s Board of Directors.
“In 2021, VFC will support approximately 3,000 young Canadians to develop entrepreneurial skills through work-integrated learning experiences. These three incoming members of VFC’s Board of Directors will play crucial roles in continuing to grow VFC’s social impact,” said Parm Gill, Chair of the Board of Directors of Venture for Canada.
“We are delighted to have Bruce, Narinder, and Thomas join VFC’s Board of Directors. Their diverse professional experiences across the public, social impact, and for-profit sectors will be a tremendous asset to VFC,” added Scott Stirrett, Founder & CEO of Venture for Canada.
VFC also thanks Abby Slater, who is leaving the Board of Directors, for her four years of service. Abby’s guidance and insights supported VFC to significantly grow its programming and enhance its diversity, equity, and inclusion practices. As part of her continued commitment to VFC’s mission, she recently committed a generous donation to support VFC’s Annual Giving Campaign. Her donation will fully support a scholarship for a young Black Canadian to participate in the VFC Fellowship Program.
More about the incoming VFC Board Directors:
Bruce has prior experience consulting for major financial institutions on innovation in financial literacy. He is currently the CEO of Credit Canada, a long-standing non-profit credit counselling agency in the country and the Money Expert for the lifestyle TV show Cityline, which has a weekly, national money column for CBC Radio.
He hosts a weekly radio show on personal finance for SiriusXM and was a commentator for CBC Television’s The Exchange. He spent a decade as an anchor for BNN Bloomberg in Toronto and New York City.
He has written a column for MoneySense Magazine, hosted Million Dollar Neighbourhood on the Oprah Winfrey Network and was a sought-after keynote speaker on personal finance. He is the author of the two Globe & Mail bestselling books including, “Moolala: Why smart people do dumb things with money (and what you can do about it)”
Narinder is a Managing Partner at Marigold Capital, a gender and social equity lens impact investment fund and the Executive Lead of New Power Labs, a platform to accelerate capital access for underserved groups.
As a Canada Top 40 Under 40 2019 honouree, she has worked across sectors and silos, bringing depth, perspective, and rigour to her work in North America and the Global South.
Some of her many achievements is designing and scaling two social ventures: as the Managing Director she built LEAP | Pecaut Centre for Social Impact, an innovator in venture philanthropy, and as the founding Executive Director of Rise Asset Development she built a micro-fund for individuals with a history of mental health and addiction challenges. Her work spans to the Global South where she helped grow the Première Agence de Microfinance across Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and worked on the portfolio team with Acumen in Ghana and Nigeria.
Thomas Park is the co-founder and lead partner of the BDC Deep Tech Fund, a VC fund focused on supporting Canadian start-ups developing “hard tech” such as quantum computers, photonics, and fundamental AI. Previously, he was the Vice-President, Operations & Ecosystem Development at BDC Capital where he managed all operational and strategic issues related to the venture capital and private equity investments.
Previously, Tom is an alum of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and McKinsey & Co. He currently sits on a number of boards including the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, the McGill University’s Global Health Programs International Advisory Board, Ryerson University’s Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science’s Dean’s Advisory Council and the Banff Forum. Thomas was recognized as one of Canada’s outstanding young leaders in the Top 40 under 40 in 2017.
Thomas holds bachelor’s degrees in Civil and Common Law from McGill University, a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
See the full list of Venture for Canada Board of Directors.