Canadian pension PSP gets major LP for CEO

Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) has named André Bourbonnais, the private equity chief at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, as its new president and CEO, effective March 30, 2015.


Canadian PE’s father-and-son team: Rod and Derek Senft

Travel almost anywhere in North American PE circles and you’ll encounter people who know and speak highly of Rod Senft, founder and managing director of Tricor Pacific Capital. Now his son Derek is making a name for himself at Pender West Capital.

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Super angel Boris Wertz’s seed fund makes quick ascent to North America’s top 10

Boris Wertz launched Version One Ventures with the aspiration of making it “one of the top 10 seed funds in North America.” Less than a year later, he appears to have realized that ambition. U.S. data platform Mattermark last month ranked Vancouver-based Version One as No. 8 on a list of 115 leading VC investors. PeHUB Canada Editor Kirk Falconer sat down with Wertz to find out his secret to success.

Canadian Investment Company Chief to Retire

Doug Pearce, CEO and CIO of British Columbia Investment Management Corp. (BCIMC), has decided to retire in 2014, following 25 years with the Victoria-based public pension fund manager. Pearce will continue to lead BCIMC until the board of directors names a successor, which is expected to happen by March 31, 2014. During Pearce’s tenure, assets managed by BCIMC grew from $15.9 billion in 1988 to more than $100 billion in 2013.

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Smart Apparel Startup OMsignal Gets $1M in Seed Funding

Montréal-based OMsignal Inc., a startup company which develops bio-sensing clothing that connects with mobile devices, has obtained a $1 million seed-stage round of financing. The deal involved Canadian venture capital firms Real Ventures and Golden Venture Partners, as well as TechStars CEO David Cohen. OMsignal said it would open its apparel platform to external parties this summer.

First Close of Espresso Fund III Attracts $35M

Vancouver’s Espresso Capital, which provides venture debt financing to technology companies, announced the first close of its Espresso Fund III at C$35 million. The fund, which is focused on tax credit financing, is expected to be capitalized at over C$150 million. Since 2009, Espresso has deployed over C$40 million in loans to over 130 clients in Canada. Companies recently backed by Espresso include CollabwareMConcierge and Nakina Systems and Skyreader Media.

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