Canadian Corporate Innovation Summit
Managing Partner, TELUS Ventures
Richard is the Managing Partner of TELUS Ventures, the strategic investment arm of TELUS Corporation. TELUS Ventures invests in promising start-ups that will benefit from the reach and scale that TELUS can provide. TELUS Ventures' investments include such companies as Get Real Health, Otono and Vision Critical.
Before joining TELUS Ventures in 2016, Richard was the founder and Managing Partner of RecapHealth Ventures, a leading Canadian-based investor in North American healthcare companies. Richard also acted as an interim executive president/CFO, supporting capital raises, restructurings, geographic expansions and partnership development in two portfolio companies.
Prior to founding RecapHealth, Richard was a partner in a private equity firm acquiring majority ownership positions in leading mid-market companies. He was also a co-founder of an institutionally supported venture capital fund.
Richard is a strong believer in using financial tools to effect positive social change. He is the founder of one of Canada's first social impact funds, BC Social Venture Partners. Richard also acts as an advisor to an international microfinance fund, a number of Canadian impact funds and is active in supporting groups building health solutions for the developing world. Richard is a frequent speaker on technology, finance and impact investing and was named one of Vancouver's Top 40 under 40 by Business in Vancouver. Richard earned his undergrad at Queens University and his MBA at the University of British Columbia.