David Raffa MC/Chair

David Raffa MC/Chair

President, Valeo Corporate Finance Ltd.

David has had several business careers: from scientist at an environmental engineering firm to corporate lawyer specializing in venture capital and representing technology companies, to co-founder and portfolio manager of a $100 million venture capital fund.  David has been a corporate advisor, angel investor and board member to both public and private companies, and most recently was a co-founder of Emerald Health Therapeutics, which trades on the TSX and has a market cap of a half a billion dollars.  David now spends the majority of his time providing sell-side investment banking services to small cap industrial and technology companies.

Named as one of BC’s top 25 “New Elite” innovators in technology, David is a popular speaker and lecturer at business events and post-secondary institutions. He’s the co-author of “Everything I Wanted to Learn About Business I Learned from a Canadian,” a bestselling business book that’s on the required reading lists of several business programs.  During his career he has helped build multiple technology companies, contributing to the growth of BC’s vibrant technology community.  Known for his tough, no-nonsense approach and hands-on style, he is currently taking on a limited number of investment banking engagements for small cap technology and industrial companies based in British Columbia.