Canada’s Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) has appointed Mike Woollatt as its first CEO.

The organization says his appointment reflects the evolution of the association and the influence of the venture capital and private equity industry in Canada.

Prior to joining the CVCA, Woollatt co-founded Beaconsfield Group, a successful management consulting and public affairs firm.

He has held senior executive roles at various major Canadian corporations, including Bell Canada, CTVglobemedia and Canwest Global Communications. Before entering the private sector, Woollatt worked for the Government of Canada, both as an economist in the bureaucracy and as a political advisor at the Department of Finance. He has also worked overseas as an economist on international development projects.

“I am delighted to welcome Mike to the CVCA,” says Peter van der Velden, president of the CVCA and managing general partner of Lumira Capital. “Mike’s wide-ranging experience from government to senior executive, to entrepreneur will lend him well in his leadership role at the CVCA,”

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