In our team you will discover a wide spectrum of skills, an extensive network of contacts, and deep individual commitment channelled into a team effort. Yaletown's culture is one of shared objectives, hard-work, and passionate entrepreneurship – much like the teams we get behind with our money, our time, and our resources.
Brad Johns brings 24 years of operating, business development, private equity and venture capital experience in the Information Technology and Energy sectors to Yaletown. Brad manages Yaletown's investment in Chaordix, nFluids, Pretio Interactive and Zanttz.
As the Vice President of Business Development for Moneta Energy Services, a private natural gas storage and marketing company, Brad was responsible for identifying, negotiating and acquiring assets for conversion into natural gas storage facilities. Brad has also worked in private equity, as a Partner with Moneta Capital Partners and in venture capital as a Vice President of Launchworks.
Brad brings significant IT and Oil and Gas experience to the team. As the Senior Partner at Moneta Capital Partners, he was responsible for the IT and Oil and Gas Technology portfolios. As part of the founding team at Calgary-based Launchworks, Brad contributed to the firm’s strong performance returns in a challenging market environment. Brad also has extensive operational experience in the IT sector, including a decade as engineer and manager with Nortel, and as an executive with two technology startups.
Brad has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Queen’s University, a Masters in Engineering from McMaster University and an MBA from INSEAD, consistently ranked among the top ten business schools globally.
Hans co-founded Yaletown Venture Partners and brings over 15 years of legal counsel, corporate governance, turn-around, and investing experience to the Yaletown team. Hans manages Yaletown's investment in Redlen Technologies, Equicare Health, Genologics, Thetus, and Mixpo. In addition, as Yaletown's General Counsel he directs our firm's investment transactions, operations and legal affairs. Prior to Yaletown, Hans was Vice President of Investments and Corporate Counsel for Brigill Investments, a private Vancouver-based venture capital firm. Earlier in his career he practiced law in the commercial litigation group of Borden Ladner Gervais and held a judicial clerkship at British Columbia's highest court, the BC Court of Appeal. A recipient of Business in Vancouver's "Top 40 Under 40" award, Hans has B.A. and LLB degrees from the University of British Columbia and is called to the Bar of British Columbia.
Salil brings 20 years of senior executive, private equity and public board experience to the Yaletown team. He manages Yaletown's investment in Solegear and Vizimax. Salil is both an experienced technology investor and operator, having served as a partner at Penfold Capital, a leading merchant bank and earlier served as Chief Operating Officer of Leitch Technology, a prominent technology company (NASDAQ and Toronto Stock Exchange) that was sold to Harris Corporation (NYSE) for over $560 million in cash. In his role as COO, Salil was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Company, including leading all of engineering, strategy, acquisitions, product management and sales. Earlier, Salil served in other senior leadership positions, including heading corporate development and strategy at a clean technology company. Salil has led numerous financings and is also an experienced board member having served on a variety of public company boards, providing board leadership to companies undergoing significant growth and change. Salil began his career as a corporate lawyer at Torys LLP (New York and Toronto) where he focused on mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance. Salil obtained a B.Sc (Chem.) from the University of Toronto and a law degree from Queen’s University. Salil is a past recipient of the Canadian Society for Chemistry Silver Medal and is a member of the bars of New York and Ontario.
Mike brings over 25 years of entrepreneurial and senior operating experience in the software industry to the Yaletown team. Mike manages Yaletown's investment in Indicee, GrowLab, ePACT, Tutela, Elastic Path and Tasktop. Mike has built product development and management teams in Canada and the US, devised and executed business plans, established strategic partnerships, raised venture capital from US and Canadian investors, and participated in the sale of two companies he founded. Prior to co-founding Yaletown, Mike was CEO of Simba Technologies (acquired by Pivotal). Prior to that he co-founded Paradigm Development, a Vancouver-based contract software development firm whose client roster included Microsoft, Adobe and Symantec. Mike has a B.Sc. degree from the University of British Columbia.
Kirk brings over 25 years of technical, operational, and investment experience in energy technologies to the Yaletown team. Kirk manages Yaletown's investment in Cooledge Lighting, Endurance Wind Power, EnerG2 and Columbia Green. Kirk joined Yaletown in 2002 after 13 years with fuel cell company, Ballard Power Systems, where he directed numerous activities including research & development, operations, corporate administration, and special projects. Most recently, as Director of Corporate Development he analyzed target companies for strategic transactions, negotiated intellectual property licenses, formed joint development agreements and conducted post-merger integrations. While at Ballard, Kirk was also a member of the investment committee of Chrysalix Energy LP, a clean-energy venture capital fund. He previously managed engineering teams and major projects at MacDonald Dettwiler here in Vancouver, and several disk drive companies in Silicon Valley and Canada. Kirk attended San Jose State University and holds 11 patents related to his work in clean energy technology.
Eric brings experience in both investment banking and consulting to the Yaletown team. As an Associate, Eric is responsible for evaluating investment opportunities and assisting portfolio companies with strategic and investment initiatives. Eric focuses on both the information technology and the energy technology sectors for the firm. Eric manages Yaletown's investment in Foodee, Wantering and Mover. Before joining Yaletown, Eric performed equity research on the infrastructure software sector in San Francisco for Jefferies & Co., an investment bank and securities firm focused on mid-sized companies. Prior to Jefferies, Eric worked in Menlo Park for Analysis Group, an economic, financial and strategy consulting group, where he focused on market analysis, complex securities and business valuation, and corporate strategy for telecom, technology and energy sectors.
Eric obtained his B.A. in Economics from Pomona College. Eric is a CFA charterholder and also serves as a director on the board of CFA Vancouver regional society.
David DunnisonEntrepreneur in Residence
David brings over two decades of executive and Board experience. David actively consults to a variety of PV companies, including industry leader Q-Cells. David has been an invited speaker at multiple PHOTON conferences as well as at the Lux Research Executive Summit in Boston. David’s blog, d-bits.com, is one of the most popular Cleantech and Solar PV industry websites in Canada. As VP of Business Development at Yaletown portfolio company 6N Silicon, David developed extensive customer, partner and investor relationships and secured over $2.7 billion in revenue commitments. An innovative provider of purified silicon for the solar industry, 6N received the Deloitte Technology Green 15 Award two years in a row as a leading Green Technology Company. David’s experience spans the clean-tech, semiconductor, software and not for profit industries. CEO roles include Protexis and Accuzone. In fuel cells, David launched Ballard’s $400m distributed generation business. David has two science degrees from UBC and a Harvard MBA. David is a five time national Rowing champion and a successful road cyclist.