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Arranged in alphabetical order, the following individuals make up Venture 17.

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As a member of Venture 17 as well as Co-Founder and Managing Director of Kluane Partners, Charles is an accomplished finance executive. He is highly regarded for his national and international expertise, strategic insights and disciplined approach, further maximizing investment opportunities and driving operational excellence for a diverse group of clients.



As a member of Venture 17 as well as the CEO and President of Clear North Capital, Cody is extensively involved in creating value for lower mid-market Canadian private companies through overall investment strategies, deal-flow generation, facilitating key lending relationships and investment banking relationships. 


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A member of Venture 17, Zdenek Hezky is an accomplished and results-driven capital markets professional with expertise in financial analysis, credit structuring, contract negotiation, debt pricing, and the syndication of various loan and fixed income transactions.  As the founder of Tahoe Green Capital Inc., Zdenek is focused on working with small-to-mid sized private companies and improving their access to capital.



A member of Venture 17, Ritesh is a highly reputable international leader with over 20 years of extensive experience in investment-management which is further complimented by his demonstrated success in applying creativity to creation of policies, risk management and market experience in developing wealth and portfolio growth for investors and companies.


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A member of Venture 17, Ken is also President of ColMac Capital Inc., participating as an investor, owner, founder, executive, and board member for numerous corporate organizations from start-ups to established companies. Ken’s responsibilities in these various ventures included structuring investment capital, formulating business plans, sales and marketing strategies, locating and developing key operational and managerial talent, and in some cases, taking on an executive managerial role within the company and/or sitting as a Board Director. 


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A member of Venture 17, David is also Managing Principal at Navitas Asset Management, and underpinned by 15+ years of experience in private equity, capital markets, corporate planning, strategy and engineering. David is highly reputable in bridging both technical and commercial aspects of the energy business to deliver strong investment returns by providing alternative capital to the lower-mid market segment of the upstream oil and gas sector. 


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A member of Venture 17, Robert Reddekopp is a respected leader in global brand development, marketing and communications.  Uniquely experienced in both business to business and business to consumer strategies, Robert is committed to delivering strategic solutions that bring creative ideas to life.


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A member of Venture 17 and President of Assurgo Enterprises, Gerry Robitaille is a highly regarded business executive and corporate finance advisor. Focused on a mix of leadership responsibilities, operations management, governance and corporate finance mandates related to acquisitions, management buy-outs and infrastructure financings, Gerry has established himself as an effective leader and trusted advisor, representing a diverse portfolio of successful organizations. 


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As a member of Venture 17 as well as Senior Vice-President, Portfolio Manager and a Director of Qwest Investment Fund Management Ltd, Don is responsible for leading his Calgary-based portfolio management team in the research, analysis and selection of investment opportunities for private equity limited partnerships, alternative asset management strategies and mutual funds. Don's responsibilities include monitoring existing investments, conducting investment analysis, designing, backtesting and implementing quantitative trading systems and performing strategic and financial due diligence.


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A member of Venture 17, Sriram is also Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Navitas Asset Management, an alternative investment management firm focussed on the Canadian Energy sector.  Sriram is an experienced and highly regarded investment banker with 17+ years of domestic and cross-border corporate finance and M&A experience.  In his investment banking career, Sriram led the execution of several landmark M&A, Equity and High Yield Debt transactions and has built an extensive network of corporate clients, institutional investors and family offices.


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