Speaker Janet Bannister

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Janet Bannister


Real Ventures

Janet is a General Partner at Real Ventures, Canada’s largest and most active early-
stage venture capital firm. Janet has led investments in over a dozen companies and
works actively with the founders to help them build large, sustainable businesses.

Janet launched Kijiji.ca and grew it to become one of the most visited websites in
Canada. Subsequently, she led the Kijiji Global business, accelerating growth in
North America, Europe, and Asia.

Prior to launching Kijiji, Janet was at eBay in Silicon Valley where she helped
transform eBay from a collectibles to a mainstream marketplace.

Janet started her career at Procter & Gamble and then joined McKinsey & Co where
she was an Engagement Manager. She also founded and built a successful consulting
business and was CEO at a Toronto-based start-up prior to joining Real Ventures.

Janet was a varsity long-distance runner and competed internationally in triathlons.
Today she balances her active lifestyle with being a wife and mother.


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