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 & A's 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 Clarius Mobile Health and BasicGov and an observer on the board of Tantalus Systems. She is also on the SFU Beedie School of Business Advisory Board. 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.
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Vice President, PE/VC Investments
Rolf Dekleer joined Pender’s investment team in March 2019 as Vice President, Investments PE/VC. Rolf has 19 years of venture capital investment experience. He also has 15 years of operating experience with private and public technology companies such as Cymbolic Sciences, MacDonald Dettwiler, Agilent Technologies, Hewlett-Packard and Schlumberger. He has extensive experience in operations, product management and business development, including over 10 years with venture capital backed firms.
Rolf has an MA and an MBA from York University, and graduated from BCIT's Electronics Engineering program. He currently serves as Lab Investigator at CDL-West.
Current board positions: Boreal Genomics, Cooledge Lighting, Copperleaf Technologies, D-Wave Systems, General Fusion, Switch Materials and VEF. Past board/investment activity includes: Angstrom Power (sold to BIC), Cellex Power (sold to Plug Power), Clearwater Technologies (sold to Terasen), Distrix Networks, Dyaptive Systems (sold to JDSU), EQO Communications, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Assoc., JGKB/Versawave Technologies (sold to Optelian), NxtGen Emission Controls (sold to Westport), Photonics Industry Assoc., QImaging (sold to Roper), Radiant Communications (sold to Comwave), Redlen Technologies, and Zeugma Systems (sold to Tellabs).
Investment Associate, PE/VC
Tony Rautava is an Investment Associate, PE/VC with the Pender investment team with responsibilities for the ongoing management of financial and operational aspects of existing PE/VC investments. He has worked with investment funds since 2003 in the areas of operations, investment management and financial reporting. He is also experienced with compliance and continuous disclosure obligations, having served as the corporate secretary of a TSX listed reporting issuer.
He is active in the technology and venture capital community in Vancouver, currently serving as a director of the Vancouver Entrepreneurs Forum (VEF).
Tony holds a BBA with a specialization in Finance from Trinity Western University and has completed several industry related courses.
Current portfolio board positions include Inetco Systems, Methylation Sciences, Redlen Technologies, Teradici and Vitrium Technologies.