Meet The Team

We’ve walked in your shoes — or similar ones. 

We’ve been through the ups and downs of the entrepreneurial journey ourselves.

of early-stage
investing experience in BC
  • They have many exits worth over 1 billion dollars in value, and are a team with amazing experience in tech startups and angel investing.
  • They can provide access to capital, mentorship, resources and a community of founders who have been where you are.

James DeGreef

Managing Director & President

  • Tech entrepreneur and active angel investor
  • CEO and Board Member of SureSwift Capital
  • Co-founder of GenoLogics, acquired by Illumina
  • Venture Partner at Good News Ventures
  • Lead investor in multiple Victoria startups – FreshWorks Studio, VitaminLab, Cuboh, Swede, and many more


General Partner & CFO

  • Founder of Women’s Equity Lab and Capital Investment Network
  • Former Vice President of Finance at TIMIA Capital Corporation
  • Associate Partner – Diligence at Expresso Capital Partners
  • A Client Advisory Board Member with the University of Victoria’s Innovation Centre
  • Former Board Member with the CFA Society Victoria
  • Completed an MSc in Molecular Biology and Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto and an MBA at the Schulich School of Business and is a CFA Charterholder


General Partner

  • Chief Operating Officer at SureSwift Capital
  • Community Mentor in the Venture Accelerator Program at VIATEC
  • Founded and led two technology startups
  • Successfully raised Seed and Series A rounds, and completed significant sell side transactions



  • 10+ years of managing family run business – Quality Foods 
  • Founder and CEO of Care2Talk
  • Community Director of the Capital Investment Network 
  • Co-Founder of Vic Foundry Inc. 

Lisa Grandbois


  • Founder and CEO of FrontierCFO
  • Early investor in Women’s Equity Lab
  • Entrepreneur and active angel investor
  • 10+ years advising startup founders to maximize growth and extend runway
  • Completed a B.Com. from UBC, holds a CPA designation, and completed the three-year In-Depth Tax Course program from CPA Canada


Venture Associate

  • Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a double specialization in service management and entrepreneurship from Gustavson School of Business
  • Former President of Young Women in Business
  • Office Manager at Vic Foundry Inc
  • Co-Founder of Simply You Canada


Founder and Former General Partner

  • Honours Undergraduate Science Degree from University of Toronto
  • 20-year career in industry and government
  • Founding member of the Women’s Equity Lab
  • Board Director of Craigdarroch Castle and the United Way of Greater Victoria
  • Board member of the Capital Investment Network


Founder and Former General Partner

  • CEO of the Alacrity Foundation
  • Spearheaded Alacrity’s Investor Readiness Program, which brought $225M of investment into the BC technology sector.
  • Led real estate development projects with values upward of $50M across Western Canada and the U.S.
  • Completed a B.Com in Entrepreneurship from Royal Roads University and an MBA from the University of Victoria with a specialization in real estate, venture capital, and finance