OUR TEAM

A fund built by successful entrepreneurs, who have a track record for growing business

Owen Matthews

Managing Partner

Richard Egli

Managing Partner

Todd Tessier

CFO and Finance Partner

Owen Matthews - Emend Vision Fund

Owen Matthews
Managing Partner

Richard Egli - Emend Vision Fund

Richard Egli
Managing Partner

Todd Tessier - Emend Vision Fund

Todd Tessier
CDO and Finance Partner

Golriz Fattahi

Senior Advisor

A seasoned operations professional, Golriz provides advisory support to entrepreneurs and small businesses across a wide range of sectors.

By establishing and fortifying relationships with investors, government partners, community collaborators, and other stakeholders, Golriz has successfully fundraised, launched and managed 11 multi-million dollar programs supporting entrepreneurial teams in British Columbia.

Since 2010, she has aided in the start and scale-up of hundreds of technology products and companies. Golriz provides expertise and guidance in impact focused research, fundraising, and recruitment, with particular focus on hiring practices built upon Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) principles.

Burak Evran

Venture Partner

Burak works with Alacrity’s Cleantech portfolio companies to address challenges in target markets (Mexico, Singapore, India and Northern Europe), and facilitates their marketing and business development efforts.

A past senior manager and C-suite executive at Fox, Motorola, McCann Erickson, Turkish Telecom and multiple large retail operations.

Peter van der Gracht

Venture Partner

Peter Van der Gracht is a senior mentor for Alacrity Canada’s Cleantech program, supporting portfolio companies with market penetration, business model development, and alternative financing solutions.

Based in Canada, Peter also works closely with in-market advisors and cleantech companies pursuing opportunities in the India and Northern Europe markets.

Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber

Senior Impact Advisor

Corporate Sustainability Strategist and Founder, Ideas for Impact Sustainability Agency; EIR Coast Capital Innovation Centre, University of Victoria; Chair Scale Institute for Social Finance and Social Enterprise Solutions; Previous Executive Director League of Innovators;

Previous Managing Director Centre for Social Innovation and Impact Investing at UBC. Impact startup advisor to many. Joanna brings over 15 years of experience working at the nexus of entrepreneurship, strategic growth, and impact.

Her holistic approach considers every aspect of ESG and Impact as it aligns company values with desired growth outcomes.

Diya Courty-Stephens

Jr Impact Analyst

Diya is currently completing her BA in Environmental Analysis, Economics, and Politics. While working at her university’s environmental research center, she has consulted for a number of investment firms and startups. In high school she started a non-profit to diminish food waste and increase food availability in underserved communities. She has a passion for sustainability and helping companies increase their impact.

Lauren Camp

Community Manager

Lauren leads Strategic Initiatives and Marketing for Alacrity Canada, and brokers/leverages partnerships to support our community of founders. She also facilitates Account Management for Maplegro, a financing POC for early stage companies as a Strategist and Account Manager.

Lauren helped launch F-Cancer as their Chief Strategist, supported Kit and Ace’s initial brand boom running their campaigns on the Content Team before working on their charity’s strategy. Before Alacrity, she was a Creative Director for Architectural Competitions at DIALOG, an international design firm.

Golriz Fattahi

Venture Partner

A seasoned operations professional, Golriz provides advisory support to entrepreneurs and small businesses across a wide range of sectors. By establishing and fortifying relationships with investors, government partners, community collaborators, and other stakeholders, Golriz has successfully fundraised, launched and managed 11 multi-million dollar programs supporting entrepreneurial teams in British Columbia.

Since 2010, she has aided in the start and scale-up of hundreds of technology products and companies. Golriz provides expertise and guidance in impact focused research, fundraising, and recruitment, with particular focus on hiring practices built upon Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) principles.

Peter van der Gracht

Venture Partner

Peter Van der Gracht is a senior mentor for Alacrity Canada’s Cleantech program, supporting portfolio companies with market penetration, business model development, and alternative financing solutions.

Based in Canada, Peter also works closely with in-market advisors and cleantech companies pursuing opportunities in the India and Northern Europe markets.

Burak Evren

Venture Partner

Burak works with Alacrity’s Cleantech portfolio companies to address challenges in target markets (Mexico, Singapore, India and Northern Europe), and facilitates their marketing and business development efforts.

A past senior manager and C-suite executive at Fox, Motorola, McCann Erickson, Turkish Telecom and multiple large retail operations.

Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber

Senior Impact Advisor

Corporate Sustainability Strategist and Founder, Ideas for Impact Sustainability Agency; EIR Coast Capital Innovation Centre, University of Victoria; Chair Scale Institute for Social Finance and Social Enterprise Solutions; Previous Executive Director League of Innovators;

Previous Managing Director Centre for Social Innovation and Impact Investing at UBC. Impact startup advisor to many. Joanna brings over 15 years of experience working at the nexus of entrepreneurship, strategic growth, and impact.

Her holistic approach considers every aspect of ESG and Impact as it aligns company values with desired growth outcomes.

Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber

Senior Impact Advisor

Corporate Sustainability Strategist and Founder, Ideas for Impact Sustainability Agency; EIR Coast Capital Innovation Centre, University of Victoria; Chair Scale Institute for Social Finance and Social Enterprise Solutions; Previous Executive Director League of Innovators;

Previous Managing Director Centre for Social Innovation and Impact Investing at UBC. Impact startup advisor to many. Joanna brings over 15 years of experience working at the nexus of entrepreneurship, strategic growth, and impact.

Her holistic approach considers every aspect of ESG and Impact as it aligns company values with desired growth outcomes.

Diya Courty-Stephens

Jr Impact Analyst

Diya is currently completing her BA in Environmental Analysis, Economics, and Politics. While working at her university’s environmental research center, she has consulted for a number of investment firms and startups. In high school she started a non-profit to diminish food waste and increase food availability in underserved communities. She has a passion for sustainability and helping companies increase their impact.

Lauren Camp

Community Manager

Lauren leads Strategic Initiatives and Marketing for Alacrity Canada, and brokers/leverages partnerships to support our community of founders. She also facilitates Account Management for Maplegro, a financing POC for early stage companies as a Strategist and Account Manager.

We are part of a global ecosystem

A fund built by successful entrepreneurs, who have a track record for growing business. Our formula is simple, take a markets-first approach which means assess the market need and the viability of a successful outcome.

It takes great knowledge and experience to build the ecosystem needed to assess the viability of a technology. This is even more so with clean and climate tech given the complexity and interdependency with infrastructure and policy frameworks.