What started as a bi-monthly dinner series between 5 women has grown in to a community of more than 350+ members

Our Journey


Start of Dinner Series!

Our group started with a few ladies in the Toronto VC industry getting dinner together regularly to share and support each other.

The group got bigger

Our group of women VC quickly got too big for dinners. We launched a Slack group in late 2018 and started organizing larger events for our community.



Launch of the first Bootcamp Cohort

During the pandemic, our group hosted the first edition of our professional Bootcamp and organized multiple virtual events, growing our community coast to coast.

Formalizing the Organization

We recruited a new management committee, formalized our offering, and incorporated Canadian Women in VC as a not-for-profit.



Scaling our impact

We brought on our first official sponsors & partners, and launched four new chapters to grow and scale our impact in the community.

Core Committee

The Core Committee is the organizational group that is responsible for planning, executing and scaling the Canadian Women in VC Community.

Nabeela Merchant
Principal, TELUS Pollinator fund
Eleonore Jarry
Partner, Brightspark
Roxanne Leduc
Founder, Cap Inclusive
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Amodini Chhabra
Investor, Compass Digital Ventures
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Karen Rakotondralambo
Analyst, AQC Capital
Emily Tiessen
Associate, Diagram Ventures
Emily Mcllquham
Analyst, Relay Ventures
Shivani Chitroda
Associate, InBC Investment Corp
Fiona McCarten
Associate, Espresso Capital
Chapters and Chapter Leads

We have four chapters throughout Canada, led by the chapter leads to organize and host networking events for our community across the country.

Michelle McKay
Sr. Associate, Deloitte Ventures
Miriam Dong
Director of BD, Boast AI, Partner ID3 Ventures
Rania Ajakane
Investor, Inovia Capital
Sydney Wong
Founder & Investor,
Nadia Lachman
Analyst, Panache Ventures
Chelsea Gillett
Senior Associate, The51
Kathy Kelly
Director, iGan Ventures
Shelley Li
Director, CIBC innovation banking
Advisors and Previous Committee Members

Our advisors have supported CWVC in growing and scaling the community to its current stage.

Caroline Tkatschow
Laura Samarze
Snita Balsara
Niamh Barry
Kookai Chaimahawong
Jennifer Schram
Madison Wright
Nathalie Smith
Aashna Kumar
Annika Lewis