The CBGF Team

The CBGF team was built with one thing in mind – helping mid-sized Canadian businesses grow.

With over 100 years of experience in entrepreneurship, leadership, and investing, our team brings a broad perspective and a successful track record across a broad range of industries, investment types, and geographies.

We have a passion for entrepreneurship and growth; no matter the opportunities or challenges that lie ahead, our team is here to help!

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  • Abigail Griffiths
    Abigail Griffiths
    HR ADMINISTRATOR
  • Anna Gilliatt
    Anna Gilliatt
    MANAGER, OFFICE OF THE CEO
  • Arlene Paterson
    Arlene Paterson
    SENIOR ASSOCIATE
  • Brian Hefter
    Brian Hefter
    INVESTOR (PORTFOLIO)
  • Clarissa Campoli
    Clarissa Campoli
    ASSOCIATE INVESTOR
  • Cole Bradley
    Cole Bradley
    INVESTMENT ANALYST
  • Dale Tingley
    Dale Tingley
    SENIOR INVESTOR
  • Erica Calizon
    Erica Calizon
    ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
  • Erica Carnicelli
    Erica Carnicelli
    Investment Analyst
  • George Rossolatos
    George Rossolatos
    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
  • Grace Reynolds
    Grace Reynolds
    EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
  • Hai Tran-Viet
    Hai Tran-Viet
    SENIOR INVESTOR
  • Jamie Learmonth
    Jamie Learmonth
    ASSOCIATE INVESTOR
  • Jason Zhou
    Jason Zhou
    CRM APPLICATION DEVELOPER
  • Jordan Allen
    Jordan Allen
    INVESTMENT ANALYST
  • Karoline Elkind
    Karoline Elkind
    CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
  • Keith Townsend
    Keith Townsend
    VP INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
  • Kyle Zacks
    Kyle Zacks
    VICE PRESIDENT
  • Lilian Wong
    Lilian Wong
    SENIOR MANAGER, ACCOUNTING
  • Marisa Tartari
    Marisa Tartari
    ASSOCIATE (PORTFOLIO)
  • Mark D’Silva
    Mark D’Silva
    INVESTOR (PRINCIPAL)
  • Naxin Zhang
    Naxin Zhang
    SENIOR ACCOUNTANT
  • Nelson Zhang
    Nelson Zhang
    INVESTOR
  • Sheri Herblum
    Sheri Herblum
    VALUATION MANAGER
  • Tiffany Wan
    Tiffany Wan
    ASSOCIATE INVESTOR
  • Tommy Stamadianos
    Tommy Stamadianos
    ASSOCIATE INVESTOR
  • Abigail Griffiths

    Abigail Griffiths

    HR ADMINISTRATOR
    .VCF CARD

    At the Canadian Business Growth Fund, Abigail is responsible for providing HR support including HRIS data management, onboarding and offboarding, policy and benefits administration, as well as leading various HR initiatives.

    Prior to joining CBGF, Abigail worked as a Talent Acquisition Specialist with experience in HR support, administration, and customer service roles. Outside of work, Abigail enjoys reading, travelling, listening to music, and spending time with her friends and family.

    Abigail holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from University of Guelph. After completing her degree, Abigail went on to complete her Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Sheridan College.

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  • Anna

    Anna Gilliatt

    MANAGER, OFFICE OF THE CEO
    .VCF CARD

    At the Canadian Business Growth Fund, Anna is responsible for supporting the CEO in achieving the Fund’s strategic objectives. In addition, she is responsible for managing marketing & branding initiatives, supporting the HR function and business development, as well as overseeing the day-to-day office operations of the Fund.

    Anna developed her skills over the 2 and a half years spent as Executive Assistant to the CEO, while increasing her responsibilities over that time. She has four years of administrative and customer service experience in the public sector. Prior to joining CBGF, Anna worked with the York Region District School Board where she was responsible for assisting with the development, implementation and monitoring of student support strategies in the classroom.

    Anna graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree with a Major in Psychology and Minor in Linguistics.

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  • Arlene Paterson

    Arlene Paterson

    SENIOR ASSOCIATE
    .VCF CARD

    Arlene is involved in all aspects of the investment process. She is responsible for carrying out research, analyzing new investment opportunities and monitoring portfolio investments.

    Arlene joins CBGF with 8 years of experience in corporate development, strategy and investment banking. Prior to joining CBGF, Arlene worked at Purdue Pharma (Canada) and CIBC Capital Markets. Arlene graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business with an Honours Business Administration with Distinction and spent time studying at the National University of Singapore.

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  • Brian Hefter

    Brian Hefter

    INVESTOR (PORTFOLIO)
    .VCF CARD

    Brian is responsible with leading follow-on investments and value creation for CBGF portfolio companies. He also works closely with CBGF’s portfolio companies management teams and helps monitor overall portfolio financial and operational performance.

    Prior to CBGF, Brian worked at BMO Capital Partners, Grant Thornton Corporate Finance, and TD Securities. He received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and holds the Chartered Business Valuator designation.

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  • Clarissa Campoli

    Clarissa Campoli

    ASSOCIATE INVESTOR
    .VCF CARD

    Clarissa is involved in all aspects of the investment process. She is responsible for carrying out research, analyzing new investment opportunities and monitoring portfolio investments.

    Prior to CBGF, Clarissa worked at KPMG LLP in the Transaction Services practice where she was responsible for performing financial due diligence in relation to buy-side transactions. Clarissa also spent several years in the Audit & Assurance practice, specializing in real estate and funds.

    Clarissa graduated from the Ivey School of Business with an Honours Business Administration with Distinction and holds a Chartered Professional Accounting designation.

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  • Cole Bradley

    Cole Bradley

    INVESTMENT ANALYST
    .VCF CARD

    As a member of the investment team, Cole is responsible for carrying out research, analyzing new investment opportunities, and monitoring portfolio investments.

    Prior to joining CBGF, Cole worked as an Investment Analyst at ScaleUP Ventures. He enjoys snowboarding and playing basketball and golf. He also enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures and cuisines along the way.

    Cole holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Finance from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.

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  • Dale Tingley

    Dale Tingley

    SENIOR INVESTOR
    .VCF CARD

    Dale helps to lead the investment team’s activities in origination, execution, and portfolio management. Having grown up in an entrepreneurial family, he enjoys partnering with ambitious entrepreneurs and helping them take their business to the next level.

    With 18 years’ experience in private equity, Dale has invested $750 million in over 50 companies. His investments have ranged from early-stage companies to large growing enterprises with thousands of employees.

    Prior to CBGF, Dale worked at BMO Capital Partners, CAI Capital Management, and Working Ventures. He received an MBA from Schulich School of Business, a BA Economics (Honours) and a Diploma of Engineering from the University of Prince Edward Island, and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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  • Erica Calizon

    Erica Calizon

    ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
    .VCF CARD

    At the Canadian Business Growth Fund, Erica is responsible for supporting the day-to-day and administrative operations of the office.

    Erica has 6 years of combined customer service and administrative experience. Prior to joining CBGF, Erica worked in the restaurant industry taking on increasingly senior roles. Erica was responsible for managing the front of house staff, a team of between 7-10 people, to ensure smooth operations and that a high quality of service was maintained.

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  • Erica Carnicelli

    Investment Analyst
    .VCF CARD

    As a member of the investment team, Erica is responsible for carrying out research, analyzing new investment opportunities, and monitoring portfolio investments.

    Prior to joining CBGF full time in 2022, Erica completed a summer internship at the firm as a recipient of the CBGF Women in Private Equity Scholarship. She previously completed internships at Brookfield and RBC. She enjoys hiking, spending time with friends and family, and travelling to explore new cultures.

    Erica holds a Commerce degree with First Class Standing from Queen’s University.

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  • George

    George Rossolatos

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
    .VCF CARD

    George Rossolatos has over 20 years’ experience as an investor, entrepreneur, and leader. At CBGF, he is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the Fund.

    George joined CBGF as its founding CEO in January 2018, bringing a passion to help entrepreneurs across Canada grow their companies and ‘think bigger’. Prior to CBGF, George was CEO of Avante Logixx Inc. (TSXV:XX). As an investor and operator at Avante for 7 years, his mandate was to determine the company’s strategic direction and vision and execute the go forward plan which included an operational turnaround.

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  • Grace Reynolds

    Grace Reynolds

    EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
    .VCF CARD

    At the Canadian Business Growth Fund, Grace is responsible for supporting the Senior Investors day-to-day operations and overseeing the administrative aspects of the investment team.

    Grace joins CBGF with four years of administrative and customer service experience in the private sector. Most recently, Grace was employed as a preschool teacher responsible for ensuring smooth daily operations by developing and implementing structured programming for preschool aged children.

    Grace graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree with a Major in Psychology and Health Studies. After completing her degree, Grace went on to complete a Child and Youth Worker Diploma from George Brown College.

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  • Hai Tran-Viet

    Hai Tran-Viet

    SENIOR INVESTOR
    .VCF CARD

    Hai is primarily focused on leading the investment team’s activities in transaction origination, execution, and portfolio management. In addition, he assists the CEO in management of the Fund.

    Hai joins CBGF with over 17 years of experience in private equity and investment banking. He is passionate about working with entrepreneurs and has a track-record as an active partner with portfolio companies.

    Prior to CBGF, Hai worked at Regimen Equity Partners, Signal Hill Equity Partners, and TD Capital (TD Bank’s merchant banking group). Hai graduated with an MBA from Columbia Business School and received a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

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  • Jamie Learmonth

    Jamie Learmonth

    ASSOCIATE INVESTOR
    .VCF CARD

    Jamie is involved in all aspects of the investment process. He is responsible for carrying out research, analyzing new investment opportunities and monitoring portfolio investments.

    Prior to CBGF, Jamie spent work terms at Brookfield Financial, InstarAGF, and KPMG LLP. He enjoys sports, especially hockey and golf, and travelling abroad.

    Jamie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (High Distinction) with a specialization in finance from the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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  • Jason Zhou

    Jason Zhou

    CRM APPLICATION DEVELOPER
    .VCF CARD

    As a member of the Information Technology team, Jason is responsible for supporting CBGF’s IT infrastructure including designing and building sophisticated customizations and enhancements to support key business stakeholders and providing general IT support to the team.

    Before CBGF, Jason worked as Dynamics CRM Developer at The United Church of Canada. He enjoys playing basketball, cooking, traveling, and spending time with his lovely cats and dog.

    Jason graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree with a Major in Clinical Laboratory Science. After completing his degree, Jason went on to complete a Software Engineering Diploma from Centennial College.

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  • Jordan Allen

    Jordan Allen

    INVESTMENT ANALYST
    .VCF CARD

    As a member of the investment team, Jordan is responsible for carrying out research, analyzing new investment opportunities, and monitoring portfolio investments.

    Prior to joining CBGF full-time in 2020, Jordan completed a summer internship at the firm. He previously completed internships at the Bank of Montreal (BMO) and Isaac Operations. He enjoys hockey, flag football, behavioural psychology, and cooking.

    Jordan holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) in Applied Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University.

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  • Karoline Elkind

    Karoline Elkind

    CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
    .VCF CARD

    Karoline oversees the finance team’s activities in financial reporting, tax, and investment valuations. She is the liaison to our shareholders and assists the CEO in management of the Fund.

    Karoline joins CBGF with over 15 years of experience ranging from financial statement audit through accounting policy and reporting. In addition, Karoline led her Corporate Expense Team through the transition to a controllership model, executed financial due diligence on over 20 transactions ranging from $5 million to over $1 billion for private and public corporations, as well as private equity and worked on the Asset Backed Commercial Paper and Nortel restructurings.

    Prior to CBGF, Karoline worked for major institutions such as BMO Financial Group, and Ernst and Young LLP and acted as advisor to large and small corporations in audit and transaction advisory. Karoline has an Honours Degree from Queen’s University where she graduated cum laude, a Masters in the Science of Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame, and holds the Certified Public Accountant designation (Illinois).

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  • Keith Townsend

    VP INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
    .VCF CARD

    Keith is responsible for managing Information Technology for CBGF, including implementation and maintenance of current systems and planning future improvements and innovations.

    Keith brings over 20 years experience in an Information Technology leadership role, delivering innovative solutions for both public and private sector organizations – from SaaS start-up with a small team, to multi-national corporations with thousands of employees.

    Prior to CBGF, Keith was Director, Management Information Systems and Data Analytics for the Avante Logixx companies, overseeing all of their Information Technology needs. He earned a Bachelor of Technology – Mechanical Engineering, from Ryerson University.

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  • Kyle Zacks

    Kyle Zacks

    VICE PRESIDENT
    .VCF CARD

    Kyle is involved in all aspects of the investment process. He is responsible for assisting in the identification and execution of new investments, and monitoring portfolio investments.

    With a passion for sports, Kyle enjoys playing tennis and following the NBA. Prior to CBGF, Kyle worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Credit Suisse in Toronto. Kyle holds an HBA from Ivey Business School, graduating with Honors and Distinction.

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  • Lilian

    Lilian Wong

    SENIOR MANAGER, ACCOUNTING
    .VCF CARD

    As Senior Manager, Accounting, at CBGF, Lilian is responsible for supporting the financial and accounting function under the direction of the CFO.

    Lilian joins CBGF with over 7 years of public accounting and industry experience. Prior to CBGF, Lilian worked at Wittington Investments and KPMG LLP.

    Lilian graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in accounting. She also holds a Chartered Professional Accounting designation.

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  • Marisa Tartari

    Marisa Tartari

    ASSOCIATE (PORTFOLIO)
    .VCF CARD

    As a member of the investment team, Marisa is responsible for carrying out research, analyzing new investment opportunities, and monitoring portfolio investments.

    Prior to CBGF, Marisa spent work terms at Hemlock Capital Partners and SAI Global. She enjoys charity work, competitive swimming, and discovering new places.

    Marisa holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (with High Distinction) in Finance and Economics from the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto.

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  • Mark D’Silva

    Mark D’Silva

    INVESTOR (PRINCIPAL)
    .VCF CARD

    Mark is primarily responsible for managing key components of CBGF’s investment process. In addition, he is responsible for assisting in the identification of new investment opportunities and monitoring portfolio investments. Mark enjoys partnering with entrepreneurs to help them realize their growth plans.

    Mark has over 10 years of experience in junior capital investment and investment banking. Prior to CBGF, he worked at RBC Capital Partners and TD Securities. Mark holds an HBA from Ivey Business School, graduating with Honors and Distinction.

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  • Naxin Zhang

    Naxin Zhang

    SENIOR ACCOUNTANT
    .VCF CARD

    As a senior accountant at CBGF, Naxin is responsible for supporting the financial and accounting function under the direction of the CFO.

    Naxin joins CBGF with over 15 years of accounting experience in both private and public sectors. Prior to CBGF, Naxin worked as a senior financial analyst at a public company where she was responsible for co-ordinating month-end closing process, assisting the CFO in the production of consolidated Corporate financial statements and ad hoc analysis.

    Naxin graduated from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Accounting. She also holds the CPA Ontario designation.

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  • Nelson Zhang

    Nelson Zhang

    INVESTOR
    .VCF CARD

    As a member of the investment team, Nelson is primarily responsible for managing key components of CBGF’s investment process. In addition, he is responsible for assisting in identification of new investment opportunities, managing and mentoring Analysts and Associates, and monitoring portfolio investments.

    Nelson joins CBGF with 8 years of experience in both private equity and capital markets. Prior to CBGF, Nelson worked at BMO Capital Partners, InstarAGF and Scotia Capital. Nelson holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Master’s degree in Financial Economics from the University of Toronto.

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  • Sheri Herblum

    Sheri Herblum

    VALUATION MANAGER
    .VCF CARD

    As a member of the Finance team, Sheri is responsible for leading the valuation process and supporting the ongoing monitoring of CBGF’s investment portfolio.

    Prior to CBGF, Sheri worked at FTI Consulting where she specialized in valuations and the quantification of economic losses for international disputes. Sheri also held various finance and consulting roles at TD Bank and Deloitte.

    Sheri holds an Honours Business Administration from the Ivey Business School at Western University. Sheri also holds a Chartered Professional Accountant designation and a Chartered Business Valuator designation.

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  • Tiffany Wan

    Tiffany Wan

    ASSOCIATE INVESTOR
    .VCF CARD

    Tiffany is involved in all aspects of the investment process. She is responsible for carrying out research, analyzing new investment opportunities and monitoring portfolio investments.

    Prior to joining CBGF, Tiffany worked at CIBC in the Strategy & Corporate Development group where she was responsible for supporting the development and implementation of business strategies and executing transactions. Tiffany also spent several years in Corporate Banking, specializing in the financial services industry. Tiffany graduated from the Ivey Business School with an Honours Business Administration degree with Distinction.

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  • Tommy Stamadianos

    Tommy Stamadianos

    ASSOCIATE INVESTOR
    .VCF CARD

    Tommy is involved in all aspects of the investment process. He is responsible for carrying out research, analyzing new investment opportunities and monitoring portfolio investments.

    Tommy joins CBGF with over four years of experience in both private equity and investment banking. Prior to CBGF, Tommy worked at AIMCo and Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets. Tommy holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. He is also a CFA charterholder.

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