Ray Sharma

Founding Partner & CEO

Ray is Co-Founder and CEO of EVP and has an international reputation as a thought leader in the evolution of the app economy. Ray has relationship capital with technology investors and government leaders, built upon an unmatched track record in Canada for technology M&A and financing experience. Previously, Ray spent over 10 years in wireless technology 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. Ray is an advisor to the Treasury Board of Canada, sits on the National Council, CD Howe Institute, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Ontario Museum.

Ken Teslia

Founding Partner & Chairman

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, and Director of Demeure.

Imran Bashir

Founding Partner & COO

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.

Sunil Sharma

Managing Partner

Sunil is the Managing Partner of Extreme Accelerator and a hyper-connected venture capitalist in the Toronto-Waterloo corridor. Sunil Sharma was Co-founder of Extreme Startups, one of Canada’s leading technology accelerators. Backed by 5 of Canada’s best venture capital funds, Sunil has co-lead investments into more than 18 companies. Sunil is very active in the technology ecosystem across Canada and particularly in the Toronto-Waterloo corridor, where he serves as EIR at Communitech. Sunil is Co-Director of the Founder Institute, the world’s most global accelerator program. Prior to that, Sunil was the Global Practice Lead, Venture Capital and Private Equity in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Government of Canada.

Ian Ainsworth

Managing Partner

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

Managing Partner

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 Bashir


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.