Senior VP, Private Equity and Portfolio Manager
Maria has been investing in emerging growth companies, with a focus on technology businesses since 2001. She spent 11 years with one of Canada’s largest venture capital firms where she invested in multiple early‐stage ventures and served on a variety of boards, mostly in the areas of enterprise software, e‐commerce and medtech. Prior to that, she worked at a digital media firm assisting the company in operational activities and strategic initiatives. She also worked in financial and technology M&A for the Canadian subsidiary of an international investment firm.
Maria’s experience includes operational roles at early‐stage companies, serving on boards, facilitating M&As and leading financings. She has built an extensive technology network across North America, notably in Silicon Valley, and has been a member of C100. She is currently a director on the board of GreenSpace Brands Inc. and an observer on the board of Microdermics Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, is a CFA charterholder and an active member and a past president of CFA Society Vancouver.
Read full biography
President, CEO & Portfolio Manager
David is the President and CEO of Pender. He is also the Portfolio Manager of several of Pender’s funds having begun his investing career in 2000. The Pender Small Cap Opportunities Fund, which he manages, has won a Lipper Fund Award in 2015, 2016 and 2017 for Best Canadian Small/Mid Cap Equity Fund over both three‐ and five‐year performance periods. The Fund has also received a Fundata FundGrade A+ Award in each of the last six years, with the Pender Value Fund winning in 2016 and 2017.
David holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UBC and an MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business. He earned his CFA designation in 2003 and is a past president of CFA Society Vancouver, having also served on its Board of Directors for four years. He remains an active member. David is a regular guest on BNN and has been interviewed for his opinions by the Financial Post, the Globe & Mail and other media. In December 2012, David was recognized as one of British Columbia’s “Top Forty Under 40” business leaders by Business in Vancouver.
Read full biography
The Portfolio Managers will be supported by the entire Pender investment team.
They will also draw on the expertise of an advisory group of experienced individuals, our "Venture Partners" who have worked closely with Maria and/or Dave in the past. The Venture Partners are expected to make significant contributions to the Tech Fund in areas that included deal flow, due diligence, portfolio company operations, business development, management and other areas crucial to the Tech Fund's continued success.