Speaker David Harris Kolada

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David Harris Kolada

Managing Partner

Yaletown Partners

A seasoned financier, strategist and business builder, David combines a proven track record in Venture Capital investing (direct, fund & Corporate VC) with operational and domain expertise in the ICT and Cleantech sectors. With a top quartile career IRR, David has managed several hundred million dollars’ of venture investments, facilitated hundreds of financing and commercial transactions and raised over $6 billion in private and public equity, debt and structured finance. As an operating executive, David has hired and led high performance teams and scaled organizations en route to 100% per annum growth.

David is passionate about helping entrepreneurs achieve sustainable growth and value creation. He uniquely embraces a business development mindset grounded in operational and financial discipline. David’s priorities in life and business start with People and Purpose with the conviction that great people and a clear, meaningful purpose, are prerequisites to building anything of lasting value. His approach to operationalizing plans, whether it be raising capital, establishing go to market partnerships, or building and leading a world class team is to sweat the details, set clear goals and relentlessly pursue results.

David recently became a Venture Partner with Yaletown Partners, to assist in raising their new Innovation Growth Fund targeted at $175 million, and to build deal flow in Ontario. Yaletown invests in emerging-growth technology companies in Canada that enhance productivity and sustainability for enterprise and industrial customers. In addition to his work with Yaletown, David is currently advising startups on their financing, growth and corporate strategy. This includes his role as a Growth Coach with the Communitech Hub in the Kitchener-Waterloo region.

Previously, David was Vice President, Venture Capital at OpenText Corporation (Nasdaq: OTEX), where he managed the global software company’s $100 million VC portfolio and received the Global Corporate Venturing Rising Star Award. In this role, David managed investments in VC funds, funds of funds, pursued direct investment opportunities, established revenue-producing partnerships between OpenText and VC portfolio companies and supported OpenText’s active M&A strategy as part of the Corporate Development team.

David has held several senior management positions over the course of his 25 year career, including those of Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Financial Officer at marketing SaaS pioneer Eloqua Corporation (now Oracle) and Senior Director, Strategic Investment at Cognos (now IBM). David managed the market transaction team at Sustainable Development Technology Canada, a $1 billion Cleantech fund, facilitating over 115 SDTC portfolio company market transactions valued at approximately $1 billion. Previously, David gained experience in venture capital investment management at Jefferson Partners, where as a Partner he jointly managed over $200 million of assets. David began his career as an investment banker in the U.S. on Wall Street and in Canada, where he developed relationships with world class companies and professionals and a deep understanding of the capital markets.

David holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen’s University.


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