Our vision is to enhance the deployment of smart capital from and in the region, improve access to investment opportunities and facilitate the flow of capital to great businesses. Our team includes founders with successful exits, high impact angel investors, business leaders, and all have a passion for developing Victoria’s investment community.

Highlight companies founded by members of our board:

Learn more about our board members and the whole team who make Capital Investment Network possible.

Marci Hotsenpiller

Board Director

Marci joined CIN in 2017. She is a strategic communications consultant who helps tell the public what is going on during community projects and “big build”​ infrastructure projects.Throughout her 20+ years in PR and communications, Marci has managed communications and earned media coverage for disruptive projects, whether for consumer tech startups (for 10yrs) or multi-partner, civic projects. As founder of ZINC, she leads a fearless, award-winning Canadian communications/PR team of seven from offices in Victoria and Courtenay BC.

Dr. Hannes Blum

Board Director

Dr. Hannes Blum is currently Venture Partner North America for Acton Capital, a Munich based VC fund focused on consumer internet. He started his career with The Boston Consulting Group in Germany and founded his first company (JustBooks GmbH) with colleagues of his PhD program in 1999. After selling his business to AbeBooks.com, he was asked to take over as CEO of AbeBooks which brought him and his family to Canada in 2003. After acquiring 5 companies, he sold AbeBooks to Amazon.com in 2008 and stayed on as a VP for Amazon until May 2015. He is an active Angel Investor and loves to spend time with his wife and 2 children, on tennis courts, ski hills and golf courses.

Hannes joined the Board because he would love to see more start-up success stories in Victoria.

Owen Matthews

Board Director

Owen joined Wesley Clover as a General Partner in 2004 and has invested in Echosec Systems, Encepta Corp., HYAS, Pretio Interactive, Referral SaaSquatch, and Tutela Technologies.

Prior to joining Wesley Clover, Owen founded NewHeights Software, a pioneer in enterprise unified communication software which was eventually acquired by CounterPath Corporation.

With his love of tech and creating opportunities for young entrepreneurs, Owen co-founded Alacrity Foundation. The Alacrity Foundation provides an intense incubation environment to prepare graduates for entrepreneurship in the tech industry. We warmly welcomed Owen onto the CIN baord in late 2017.

Rodger Banister

Board Director

Rodger Banister is a marketing and communications executive with 20 years experience helping companies with brand management and strategic marketing planning. He currently serves as the VP of Marketing for Helm Operations, and leads their global marketing initiatives as well as their lead generation and nurturing programs.

Rodger joined the board of CIN because as a part time investor and long time resident of Victoria, he has a vested interest in the sustainable development of the investing community in Victoria.

James DeGreef

Chairman

James co-founded GenoLogics, grew a great team, raised Venture Capital, and sold genomics systems into pharmaceutical companies, biotechs, and hospitals in North America and Europe. James lead the GenoLogics product efforts and market strategy. GenoLogics was recently acquired by Illumina, the world leader in Human Genome Sequencing.

James recently co-founded ChatterBlock, a local web company for parents in cities throughout North America, and is involved in many other Victoria start-ups, angel investing, and keen to give back to the Victoria start-up and technology scene.

Stephanie Andrew

Executive Director

Stephanie Andrew is VP Finance at TIMIA Capital.  Previously Stephanie was Associate Partner, Diligence at Espresso Capital, an innovative financial firm that provides tax credit and recurring revenue financing to growing technology companies. At Espresso, Stephanie led due diligence and risk assessment efforts on over 100 corporate debt/equity financings ranging from one hundred thousand to several million dollars and was actively involved in shaping the company’s credit scoring methodology and compliance practices. Stephanie is an active investor in early stage companies, a Client Advisory Board member with the University of Victoria’s Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurship program and a former Board member with the CFA Society Victoria. Stephanie completed a MSc in Molecular Biology and Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto, an MBA at the Schulich School of Business and is a CFA charterholder.

Contact Stephanie at stephanie@capitalinvestmentnetwork.ca.

Jordan Schley

Community Director

Jordan grew up in the quiet town of Qualicum Beach. In high school, he joined the family’s grocery business, Quality Foods (QF). At the age of 26, Jordan was given the opportunity to run a Quality Foods store in Courtenay. He later opened award-winning stores in Langford and View Royal and managed various aspects of the QF business until it was sold. Jordan has also founded a mobile app company for enabling hospitality businesses to send out real-time promotions to monetize unused capacity and has run a company with his brother that provides nutritional bars. Jordan is passionate about community involvement and is involved with the Food Bank, The Soup Kitchen and Jeneece Place.

Contact Jordan at jordanschley@gmail.com

Joelle Blaikie

Digital Marketing

After attending CIN events for 2 years Joelle officially joined the team in 2019 to help with digital marketing.

As VP Product & Marketing for a local web company, ChatterBlock, Joelle has over 6 years of experience in the startup industry and first-hand knowledge of growing and scaling a company.

Joelle also works with James DeGreef at Haro Ventures to help with screening potential companies, due diligence, and helping companies with pitches.