Lisa Melchior, a former managing director of OMERS Private Equity, has launched a new investment firm that targets a key capital gap faced by Canada’s late-stage tech companies.
Melchior, a 17-year OMERS veteran, founded VERTU Capital in November. She told PE Hub Canada the decision was inspired by her belief that many quality Canadian tech companies lack sufficient funding to leverage early commercial success.
“I spent over 20 years on Bay Street in an institutional environment, much of it leading OMERS North American technology group,” Melchior said. “When I left, I felt I wanted to work with entrepreneurial teams and tech companies seeking breakout growth and needing a partner to get there.”