Maria Pacella

Senior VP, Private Equity and Portfolio Manager

Ms. Pacella joined Pender in January 2017. She has over 16 years of investing experience in emerging growth companies, with a focus in IT-related businesses. She spent eleven 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 med-tech. Prior to that she worked at a digital media firm assisting the company in operational activities and strategic initiatives. Ms Pacella also worked in financial and technology mergers and acquisitions for the Canadian subsidiary of an international investment firm in mergers and acquisitions.

Ms. Pacella’s experience includes operational roles at early stage companies, serving on boards, facilitating M&A 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 of GreenSpace Brands Inc., a member of the board of advisors for Reach Social, Inc. and an observer on the board of Microdermics, Inc.

She holds a BBA from Simon Fraser University, is a CFA charterholder and an active member and a past President of CFA Society Vancouver.

As an investor in the rapidly changing world of early stage technology, Ms. Pacella invests in exceptional entrepreneurs and teams that excel at identifying business opportunities, develop world-class products and are dedicated to building great companies.