Praveen has been a principal of Varshney Capital Corp., a Vancouver based merchant banking, venture capital and corporate advisory services firm since 1991. He’s also a Founding Director of Pyfera Growth Capital & a Founding Director of Humanitas Smart Planet Fund, both with a social impact focus. Mr. Varshney obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia in 1987 and is a FCPA, FCA.
He has been a Director or Officer of many publicly traded companies over the years including Canada’s largest fintech co., Mogo (Co-Founder). He is also a Co-Founder of G-PAK, Co-Founder of Little Kitchen Academy, CFO of The Plastic Bank and former CFO of Carmanah Technologies which became Canada’s largest solar company. He was also Co-Founder of a predecessor of Mountain Province Diamonds (“MPV”) who’s Gahcho Kue in September 2016 became the world’s largest new diamond mine since 2003 & De Beer’s (MPV’s partner) second-largest producer behind its Jwaneng mine in Botswana.
Praveen is a member of Toniic, TiE Vancouver (Founding Director) & Silicon Valley Blockchain Society – Vancouver Chapter (Founding Director). He’s also on a number of non-profit boards such as The Varshney Family Charitable Foundation, Dalai Lama Center for Peace + Education & a Founding Member of Instruments Beyond Borders. He’s also an SVP Vancouver Partner, a Vancouver Police Foundation Trustee and on the Advisory Boards of Room to Read Vancouver and The Thomas Edison Innovation Foundation in New Jersey. He also Co-Founded with his daughter, Jaiya, Down to the Last Straw, a global movement to reduce plastic waste with a major focus on single-use plastic straws.
Praveen is also a past recipient of Business in Vancouver’s 40 Under 40 Awards.