OMERS Ventures

OMERS Ventures is a multi-stage venture capital company. It focuses on the technology, media, and telecommunications markets.

HQToronto, CA
Size (employees)40 (est)
Cybersecurity ratingAMore
OMERS Ventures was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Toronto, CA

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Key People/Management at OMERS Ventures

John Ruffolo

John Ruffolo

Damien Steel

Damien Steel

Managing Partner & Head of Ventures Toronto
Brian Kobus

Brian Kobus

Partner, Toronto
Laura Lenz

Laura Lenz

Partner, Toronto
Ken Nickerson

Ken Nickerson

Venture Partner, Toronto
Shawn Chance

Shawn Chance

Venture Partner, London
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OMERS Ventures Office Locations

OMERS Ventures has offices in Toronto, Palo Alto and London
Toronto, CA (HQ)
100 Adelaide St W
London, GB
The Leadenhall Building, 122 Leadenhall St
Palo Alto, US
537 Hamilton Ave
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OMERS Ventures News and Updates Podcast #192: Let’s talk about SPACs, Nokia on the Moon, China threatens Sweden, and we talk to Jambu Palaniappan of OMERS Ventures

This week, we talk about some of the biggest stories in European tech, including the Q3 funding stats, China being upset with Sweden, Nokia's LTE equipment on the Moon, and the prospects of SPACs in Europe. Also check out an interview with Jambu Palaniappan of OMERS Ventures about food marketplaces.…

OMERS Ventures founder John Ruffolo paralyzed following biking accident

OMERS Ventures founder John Ruffolo has been paralyzed from the waist down following a cycling accident that took place in Markham, Ontario last week....

OMERS Ventures announces first transatlantic fund at $750 million USD

OMERS Ventures has announced its new $750 million USD fund, the first transatlantic commitment for the venture capital arm of Canadian-based pension fund OMERS....

Former Uber exec Jambu Palaniappan joins Omers Ventures in Europe

Earlier this year, Omers Ventures, the venture capital arm of Canadian pension fund Omers, outed a new €300 million fund aimed at European technology startups, having recruited local VCs Harry Briggs, Tara Reeves and Henry Gladwyn. And now the firm is adding a fourth member in Europe: Jambu Palaniap…

OMERS Ventures brings on board former Uber executive, Jambu Palaniappan

Jambu Palaniappan has joined OMERS Ventures as managing partner in London. The former Uber executive brings extensive experience from the startup world to the Canadian VC’s team in Europe. Palaniappan joined Uber in 2012 and led its expansion throughout the EMEA region and India over the next 18 mon…

OMERS Ventures adds experienced partner focused on Canada as firm preps for global fund

OMERS Ventures has a new addition focused on funding the firm’s back yard. Laura Lenz joins the venture capital arm of one of Canada’s...
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OMERS Ventures Online and Social Media Presence

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OMERS Ventures Blogs

As Predicted, Google’s Search Preference Menu Eliminates DuckDuckGo

Google's search preference menu auction, as we predicted, has resulted in DuckDuckGo being eliminated, making it harder for people to get simple privacy.

Applying strategic foresight to Voicetech

Applying strategic foresight to VoiceTechWritten by OMERS Ventures Partner, Shawn Chance.If you’ve read our last blog post, you should be clear on the conviction we have around a voice-enabled future. And although VoiceTech’s coming-of-age seems certain, the applications and industries who will most…

My 5 year look-back at VR

Through the eyes of Felix & Paul StudiosA Felix & Paul Studios camera captures life aboard the International Space StationWritten by OMERS Ventures Managing Partner, Michael YangRecently, a good friend reminded me that it was four years ago when many of us got together for the VR 20/20 Confe…

Is the construction sector really ready for disruption?

Photo by Leo Fosdal on UnsplashRecently I had the opportunity to speak with Alex Nicoll at Business Insider about why we are keen on investments in the construction space. The article prompted a lot of questions, and I thought it would be useful to elaborate on one in particular…because it came up s…

New in iOS 14: Simple Everyday Privacy with DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser

New in iOS 14, Apple now allows people to set certain browsers as the default browser (other than Safari), and DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser is now an approved default browser.

2020 DuckDuckGo Charitable Donations: $750,000 to Organizations Around the World

In our tenth year of charitable donations, our continued growth has enabled us to increase our donations to $750,000.
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OMERS Ventures Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was OMERS Ventures founded?

    OMERS Ventures was founded in 2011.

  • Who are OMERS Ventures key executives?

    OMERS Ventures's key executives are John Ruffolo, Damien Steel and Brian Kobus.

  • How many employees does OMERS Ventures have?

    OMERS Ventures has 40 employees.

  • Who are OMERS Ventures competitors?

    Competitors of OMERS Ventures include CyberAgent Capital, RRE Ventures and Atomico.

  • Where is OMERS Ventures headquarters?

    OMERS Ventures headquarters is located at 100 Adelaide St W, Toronto.

  • Where are OMERS Ventures offices?

    OMERS Ventures has offices in Toronto, Palo Alto and London.

  • How many offices does OMERS Ventures have?

    OMERS Ventures has 3 offices.