Francesco is a Canadian businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He has been a managing partner of Vancouver-based Aquilini Investment Group LP, the parent company of several diverse subsidiaries since 1980. Aquilini Investment Group LP is best known for its ownership of the Vancouver Canucks and Rogers Arena. He obtained his BBA from the Simon Fraser University in 1984 and his MBA from University of California, Los Angeles in 1994.
John is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Relay Ventures, a venture capital firm with investments from start-up phase to late venture and growth capital across North America. Founded in 2008, Relay Ventures is headquartered in Toronto and has a significant presence in San Francisco. Throughout his career, John has helped entrepreneurs shape their vision and capital plans for long-term, sustainable growth. His tenure in finance spans both venture capital and private equity, where he has assisted entrepreneurs through all stages of the start-up lifecycle, from seed financing to IPO and M&A advisory. John holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of theScore, Playmaker Capital, ecobee, TouchBistro, Alate Partners, and the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, in addition to other professional and philanthropic endeavours.
Nicole is a Partner at RedBird Capital Partners and currently serves as a member of the board of Playmaker, a digital sports media company. Prior to joining RedBird, Nicole served for over a decade as a senior leader at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, in portfolios including Managing Director, Teachers’ Private Capital, and Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific, a role in which she established Teachers’ office in Hong Kong, leading all investment activities in the region, and Senior Managing Director, Public Equities.
Following her time at Ontario Teachers’, Nicole was Senior Managing Director, Private Markets at Investment Management Corporation of Ontario, where she was responsible for the $20 billion investment program across Private Equity, Infrastructure, and Real Estate. Nicole is a graduate of the MBA and HBA programs at the Ivey School of Business at Western University, and holds a B.Sc in Kinesiology from Western University.
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