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Richard Osborn

Managing Partner

 

Richard is the Managing Partner of TELUS Ventures, the venture capital arm of TELUS Corporation.

 

TELUS is a leading Canadian based, internationally focused telecom company with advanced offerings in wireless, data, voice, Internet Protocol (IP), IP-television, high-speed internet and Health IT.  TELUS Ventures invests in promising start-ups that will benefit from the reach and scale that TELUS as a $25+ billion Market Cap, full-service telecom provider can deliver.  Ventures' investments include such companies as Get Real Health, Mogo, Sprout and Vision Critical.

 

Before joining TELUS Ventures in 2016, Richard was the founder and Managing Partner of RecapHealth Ventures, a leading Canadian based investor in North American health care companies.  Richard and his partners invested in 13 companies in sectors such as Electronic Medical Records, Telehealth, patient engagement, caregiver support and "Healthy Aging".  Richard also acted as an interim executive (President/CFO) supporting capital raises, restructurings, geographic expansions and partnership development in several portfolio companies.

 

Prior to founding RecapHealth, Richard was a partner in a private equity firm acquiring majority ownership positions in leading mid market companies and was a co-founder of an institutionally supported venture capital fund operating in Canada and the Western US.  Early in his career, Richard co-managed two Business Development Bank of Canada funds alongside external General Partners.

 

Richard began his career as a sales and business development executive with Multiactive Technologies an award winning CRM vendor based in Vancouver.  He is the founder of one of Canada's first social impact funds, BC Social Venture Partners.  He also acts as an advisor to an international microfinance fund, as well as to a leading US incubator, is a guest lecturer at UBC and is active in supporting groups building health solutions for the developing world.  Richard is a frequent speaker on technology, finance and impact investing and was named one of Vancouver's Top 40 under 40 by Business in Vancouver.

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Alan Strachan, P.Eng.

Director

A founding member of TELUS Ventures, Alan is responsible for evaluating all potential investment opportunities including technology and management assessments. Alan has more than 35 years of experience in data communications, software engineering, IP and fibre optic communications. Alan has worked in network planning, data communications, major account sales, special services, TELUS Internet Services, the TELUS IP-One (managed VoIP telecom) initiative, as well as on the original DARPA project.

 

Alan has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering specializing in Photonics from the University of Victoria. Alan is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. He has been a member of the IEEE for over 35 years, speaking at conferences throughout the world and has held various executive positions including Chairman of the Victoria Section.

 

Alan sits as an Observer on the Rx Networks, SecureKey and Veracode Board of Directors, as well as sitting on the advisory board of the Continuing Studies Program at the University of British Columbia in Internet Administration and e-Business. Prior Board roles include Ruckus Wireless, SentitO Networks and Jajah.

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Rob Peets, MBA, CFA

Director

Rob is responsible for the evaluation of investment opportunities across a wide range of synergistic industries, as well as co-ordinating the financial analysis and valuation of prospective investment opportunities. Since joining TELUS in 2007, Rob has held positions in Consumer Product Development (Optik TV and Satellite TV) and Capital Forecasting and Governance. Prior to TELUS, he was an Assistant Vice President within the Technology Corporate Finance group at an international accounting firm and an Equity Research Analyst covering publicly listed Technology, Medical and Industrial small cap companies. Rob has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the Vancouver CFA Society.

 

Rob sits as an Observer on the board of Sprout Wellness Solutions.

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Vijay Grover, MBA, CFA

Financial Analyst

Vijay is responsible for generating leads and identifying potential investment opportunities.  He is also responsible for analysing business plans and preparing financial models and shares responsibility of the fund's portfolio management and governance activities.  Before joining TELUS Ventures in 2014, Vijay worked in the Investment Banking and Venture Capital Industry in India since 2009.  He has also worked in the IT industry with Infosys and Oracle for 4 years.  Vijay has an MBA from Indian Institute of Calcutta, India and is a CFA Charter holder.

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Iris Benbassat

Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Iris is responsible for managing the governance, information and documentation flow of all Portfolio companies, assisting in the tracking of all deal flow, budget, various projects and office management.  Iris joined TELUS Ventures in 2003.  Prior to TELUS, she spent 6 years at Electronic Arts working on the largest Franchise - FIFA Soccer - as a Production Co-ordinator, Iris was responsible for team management, budget & event planning.  Prior to that, Iris worked for 11 years in several positions from Manufacturing to Customer Services for Mobile Data International later acquired by Motorola.

 

 

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