Mr. Fowlie was the President and CEO of RDM Corporation, a public company providing specialized hardware and software solutions in the electronic payment industry from March 2011 to April 2017. From July 2006 until March 2011, Mr. Fowlie was a private consultant. From January 2005 until July 2006, Mr. Fowlie held the position of Vice President and General Manager, Digital Media, of Harris Corporation, formerly Leitch Technology Corporation (Leitch), a company that was engaged in the design, development, and distribution of audio and video infrastructure to the professional video industry. From 1998 to January 2005, Mr. Fowlie held the position of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Inscriber Technology Corporation (Inscriber), a computer software company. Inscriber was acquired by Leitch in January 2005. Prior to Inscriber, Mr. Fowlie was a partner with KPMG LLP, Chartered Accountants, where he worked from 1984 to February 1998. Mr. Fowlie is currently a director of Open Text Corporation, a public company traded on the TSX and NASDAQ exchanges. Mr. Fowlie is also a director of Dye & Durham Corporation. Mr. Fowlie received a B.B.A. (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Accountant/Chartered Professional Accountant.
Director, Growth Equity – Growth and Transition Capital, BDC
Zulf Karim is Director, Growth Equity in BDC’s Toronto office where he has lead private equity investments in Amazon Springs Water Co., Prodomax, Rx Drug Mart, and InvestorCOM. Zulf brings over 20 years of experience spanning functional roles in operations engineering, investment banking and private equity.
Prior to joining BDC, Zulf was Head of Business Development for TSX Private Markets at TMX Group, Canada’s leading stock exchange group, where he helped companies access private capital in the exempt market. Before TSX, as a Principal in a private capital and advisory firm, Zulf helped raise and invest over $65 million in technology and healthcare companies, lead numerous strategic planning initiatives for small enterprises, and facilitated various mergers and acquisitions for growth. Having worked as a Director in Investment Banking at UBS Securities and a Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions at RBC Capital Markets, Zulf has completed over $35 billion in M&A and advisory mandates in a wide variety of industries resources, technology, infrastructure and finance.
Zulf remains an engineer at heart, using his experience as a process control engineer at Falconbridge when working with businesses to optimize value. His passion comes from working hand-in-hand with entrepreneurs as they take on the challenges of building a great business to help them to become the best at what they do.
Zulf has an MBA degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business as an Ivey Scholar and a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University.
Senior Advisor, Growth Equity
John MacKinlay is a Senior Advisor to Growth Equity clients and funds. Most recently John advised Omers Platform Investments and was responsible for exploring strategic opportunities for OMERS Platform Investments in the area of Financial Services, Fintech as well as Agriculture and Food Technology.
Prior to joining OMERS Platform Investments, John led PwC Canada’s Financial Services Consulting & Deals Practice and prior to that, John was the Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Corporate Development for National Australian Bank’s Americas business unit. John started his career in Corporate Finance with CIBC.
David Reeve is founder and CEO of InvestorCOM. Over the last 25 years, InvestorCOM (and its predecessor companies) has built long-term outsourcing relationships with Canada’s leading financial services firms. From 1984 – 1992, David held a variety of marketing management roles at IBM Canada Ltd. His expertise is in developing high-performance outsourcing relationships with leading financial services organizations. David graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a BA in Economics. He has served on the board of Pathways to Education and is current board chair of Outward Bound Canada.