OMERS Ventures

OMERS Ventures is the venture capital arm of OMERS, the pension plan for Ontario’s municipal employees. The Firm is interested in investing in early or later stage companies in the technology, media, and telecommunications sectors in North America.

TypeInvestor
HQToronto, CA
Founded2011
Websiteomersventures.com
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

CEO
Michael Yang

Michael Yang

Managing Partner
Damien Steel

Damien Steel

Managing Partner
Sid Paquette

Sid Paquette

Managing Partner
Jim Orlando

Jim Orlando

Managing Partner
Hooman Mehranvar

Hooman Mehranvar

Associate
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OMERS Ventures Office Locations

OMERS Ventures has an office in Toronto
Toronto, CA (HQ)
100 Adelaide St W
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OMERS Ventures News and Updates

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...

OMERS Ventures leads Series C round for Crunchbase

Crunchbase, a provider of private-company prospecting and research solutions, has secured US$30 million in Series C funding. OMERS Ventures led the round with participation from Emergence, Mayfield, Cowboy Ventures and Verizon. In addition to the funding, Michael Yang, managing partner at OMERS Vent…

Omers Ventures outs €300M European fund — Q&A with Managing Partner Harry Briggs

Omers Ventures, the venture capital arm of Canadian pension fund Omers, is officially launching a new €300 million fund aimed at European technology startups. Headed up by Harry Briggs, who was previously at BGF Ventures, Omers Europe will back companies at Series A to B stage. The new fund will typ…

OMERS Ventures Opens Silicon Valley Office, Extending Global Presence

Expands Leadership Team Adding Venture Capital Veteran Michael Yang SAN FRANCISCO and TORONTO, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - OMERS Ventures today announced its expansion to the U.S. through the opening of its Silicon Valley office and the hiring of venture capital veteran Michael Yang....

OMERS Ventures Online and Social Media Presence

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OMERS Ventures Blogs

Motivating Canadian Moonshots:

Why we believe there is huge opportunity in CanadaWritten by OMERS Ventures team members Laura Lenz and Lauren EpsteinThere can be no denying that Canada has emerged as a leading global tech ecosystem, home to extraordinary companies. At OMERS Ventures, we are fortunate to be so deeply connected in …

Does the World Need Another Auto Insurtech Like We Need Another TV Commercial with Flo or the…

Does the World Need Another Auto Insurtech Like We Need Another TV Commercial with Flo or the Gecko? Yes, if it’s Clearcover!Written by OMERS Ventures team members Alyssa Spagnolo and Michael Yang.Every six months, if you own a car and plan to drive it, you must buy personal auto insurance. It’s lik…

2019 Highlights: Our First Year in the Bay Area

L-R: Michelle Killoran, Evan Lee, Eugene Lee, Michael Yang, Alyssa SpagnoloAs we head into the last week of the calendar year, we wanted to wish everyone a festive holidays and happy new year. It’s been an incredible year for OMERS Ventures here in the U.S. — never in our wildest dreams could we hav…

Why you won’t own a home the way your parents do

Home Ownership 2.0Written by OMERS Ventures team members Michelle Killoran, Michael Yang & Evan Lee.When thinking about venture investable opportunities, it comes as no surprise that housing and residential real estate are particularly interesting for us at OMERS Ventures.The sum total value of …

Five steps to protect your privacy in 2020

Resolve to take back control of your personal data online with these few quick steps, and protect your privacy in 2020.

wefox Group Extends Series B to USD$235M led by OMERS Ventures

● wefox Group closed an additional USD$110 million, extending its overall 2019 funding to USD$235 million fuelling its hyper-growth.● Funding was led by OMERS Ventures in their first European insurtech investment.● Additional investors in this round include Merian Chrysalis, Samsung Catalyst Fund, M…
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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, Michael Yang and Damien Steel.

  • Where is OMERS Ventures headquarters?

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

  • Where are OMERS Ventures offices?

    OMERS Ventures has an office in Toronto.

  • How many offices does OMERS Ventures have?

    OMERS Ventures has 1 office.