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YCIF TOR - The Exciting Life of a Venture Capitalist with Damien Steel, Managing Partner and Head of OMERS Ventures

September 17, 2019
From 5:30 PM to 8 PM

Join us for that evening with Damien Steel, Managing Partner and Head of OMERS Ventures.

Young Canadians in Finance (Toronto) is pleased to cordially invite you to an interactive fireside chat with Damien Steel, Managing Partner & Head of OMERS Ventures.

In his role at OMERS, Damien is responsible for leading OMER’s $1 billion global venture portfolio and investment strategy and brings over 15 years of venture investing and operating experience. Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, Damien was CEO and co-founder of Novo Dental Studios (sold to one of North America's largest dental labs), a leading digital dental laboratory that leveraged technology to service the dental market. Damien is known for his disciplined and cultivated investment approach and is a frequent speaker at industry events across North America.

As a venture capitalist, Damien has worked on deals that have had a profound impact on our lives today. In this interview he will walk us through few of his best investments to date and his professional journey that brought him to OMERS. During the session, we will wear an ‘investor’s hat’ and learn how top investors evaluate growth, teams and market opportunities. Damien will also talk about the current venture capital ecosystem in North America, specifically Canada, and share his insights on the outlook of the industry.

Once the fireside chat wraps up, attendees are encouraged to ask questions as the diversity of questions will lead to an interactive discussion. The event will then wrap up with a networking session where refreshments and drinks will be served.

When: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: Aird & Berlis LLP, Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St Suite 1700, 17th Floor

This event is free, registration is required, and space is limited.

About Damien Steel: 

In his role as Managing Partner & Head of Ventures, Damien is accountable for investments and fund operations, while providing strategic oversight to the business globally. Damien joined OMERS Ventures in 2011, having been with the team since its inception that year. Under his leadership, OMERS Ventures expanded to include offices in London and Silicon Valley.

Damien has over 15 years of venture investing experience, including prior roles with BridgeScale Partners and EdgeStone Capital Partners. Before joining OMERS Ventures, Damien was an entrepreneur in the healthcare sector, having founded and exited a digital dental laboratory startup.

Damien also serves as a board member with current OMERS Ventures portfolio investments Hopper, TouchBistro, and Wave. He formerly led the investment in PasswordBox (acquired by Intel).

Damien is from Toronto, Canada and holds a business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is also a CA and a CFA charter holder. Damien is an avid golfer and poker player.



About YCIF

Young Canadians in Finance was founded by Paul Desmarais III and Michael Blickstead in 2006. The organization is present in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, New York and Vancouver.

The Young Canadians in Finance network is a unique meeting place for young professionals and entrepreneurs who want to cultivate a network of privileged contacts and develop their skills through knowledge sharing experiences and networking.