William is a seasoned finance and operations leader with a unique perspective of the Canadian innovation ecosystem. Prior to joining the IAF, William was a Director of Technology Banking at Silicon Valley Bank, where he was responsible for developing new business relationships and focused on helping Canadian tech companies grow and succeed.
Before joining SVB, William was head of finance and operations at Validere, an enterprise SaaS startup focused on data analytics in the energy industry, where he led the Series B financing backed by investors that included BlackRock and Greylock Partners. He also co-founded a Y-Combinator-backed enterprise SaaS startup focused on investor relation marketing and analytics.
William launched his career in financial services with roles in corporate strategy and sales operations at BMO Financial Group and investment banking with TD Securities Inc. He earned his bachelor’s degree in commerce and economics with high distinction from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and is a CFA charter holder.