Ray is the founder and CEO of Extreme Venture Partners. Previously Ray spent 10 years on Bay/Wall Street in investment banking research. During that period Ray was the top-ranked wireless technology analyst based on Greenwich and Brendan Woods International surveys of fund managers for 5 of 8 eligible years. The highly specific job title in 2001 at Credit Suisse First Boston of Vice President, Mobile Internet Devices and Applications, reflects a long term professional focus in mobile. Ray was uniquely able to remain top-ranked during both the mania of the bull market but also subsequently in the severe bear market correction of that era. Ray has been a regular keynote at a variety of events such as TiECon Canada, Cantech, YPO National Conference, YPO Gold, GTEC; guest lectures at MIT Sloan School of Mgmt, UofT Rotman School of Mgmt, Stanford Business School. Ray has also spoken in over 25 countries such as the Milken Institute Global Conference (Los Angeles), FICCI Frames (Mumbai), Mobile Games Forum (London), CTIA Mobile Web & Apps (San Francisco). Community service: Ontario Judicial Council; Royal Ontario Museum; Treasury Board of Canada; CD Howe Institute; founder and leader of national hackathon competitions Great Canadian Appathon, Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE), and Hackergals.
Ken is Co-Founder and Chairman at EVP, and a veteran of capital markets transactions. During his tenure as a leader at RBC Dominion Securities, CSFB Canada, and GMP Securities Ken worked on hundreds of capital markets transactions worth billions in combined value. Ken’s comprehensive understanding of shareholder value, combined with his strong moral compass has translated to board success across several of Canada’s most successful growth companies such as Chairman of EVP, Chairman of Wellpoint, Director of Kognitive.
Imran Bashir is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of EVP and has spent 36 years working in the technology sector as an entrepreneur. Mr. Bashir is currently Chairman of Extreme Innovations. Prior to his work at EVP, Mr. Bashir was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Envision Mobile Inc., and prior to that was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Octanewave Software Inc. and the President and Chief Executive Officer of ISG Inc. Mr. Bashir has a Master of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Toronto.
Ian Ainsworth is a Managing Partner of EVP and one of Canada’s top asset managers, with particular expertise investing in technology. Mr. Ainsworth was previously the Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Altamira, where he was responsible for over $10 billion in assets, including $3 billion of dedicated public and private tech assets. Under his management, tech funds outperformed all other funds in North America, resulting in his unique selection as Fund Manager of the Year over two consecutive years. More recently, Mr. Ainsworth led the growth investing team at Mackenzie, a large investment management firm. Mr. Ainsworth is a director of the renowned Fields Institute for Mathematical Science.
Shaun MacDonald is a Managing Partner of EVP who reflects our thesis that Canadian entrepreneurs serve global markets, and can leverage our relationships. Shaun has completed over $ 1 Billion in M&A, investment and fundraising transactions in Canada, the US, Europe and Latin America. He drove global corpdev deals in the Silicon Valley for Cisco while it set market cap records, led international sales at Toronto and Montreal software companies through IPO’s, and most recently was an executive with Mariner Partners as its Internet TV business achieved exceptional profit growth. As a deal-maker Shaun leads acquisition deals from both the buy and sell side. As EVP grows, Shaun will lead regional expansions in Atlantic Canada, and drive global M&A strategies for our portfolio.
Amir is an Associate at EVP and a former management consultant with experience advising technology companies across North America, Middle East and North Africa. Amir was previously at Ericsson’s Strategy Consulting Group working with companies on product strategy in the categories of Mobile, Cloud, and IoT. Prior to Ericsson, Amir was a Financial Analyst at HP and Blackberry responsible for developing KPIs and tracking financial metrics. Amir holds an Honours Business Administration from Ivey Business School.