New Head Of Business Development and Member Engagement at CVCA

October 19, 2017 | By: Jon Jackson

It is our pleasure to introduce you to Fil Varino, the Head of Development and Member Engagement at CVCA. Take a look at what he has to say in response to the mix of questions we asked him!

Can you give us a snapshot of your background and how it prepared you for your role at the CVCA?

Prior to taking on this role at the CVCA, I held roles at Causeway Work Centre, Next Canada, The DMZ, and RightBlue Labs. The last ten years of my career have been focused on economic development and innovation.

I am of the mindset that education, service, and access to funding will continue to allow Canadian innovation to succeed on a global stage. Thus far, my experiences have allowed me to advocate for Canada’s most promising businesses by securing support for programming as well as connecting them to customers, investors, and strategic partners.

I’m hoping to bring my knowledge and experience in service and business development to investors and service providers at the CVCA.

If you were to describe the CVCA in 3 words, what would they be?

Collaborative, tenacious, agile.

What is your view of Canadian private capital industry today and your vision for growing it?

This is an exciting time for the private capital industry. Now, more than ever, Canada has a huge opportunity for growth and innovation. The investment ecosystem has been growing exponentially to seed and incentivize growth in Canadian business. I believe as the representative body of the private capital industry, it is our duty advocate for continued equitable policies that promote growth in funding for innovative ideas and companies.

If you have any ideas on how we can better serve your needs, I’d love to hear from you!

What are your favourite mobile apps and why?

Blinkist is my favourite new app on the market. As an avid reader, I spend a lot of my off time reading. Sometimes it takes me a few days to realize that I’m not getting anything from a book. Blinkist summarizes thick nonfiction books into digestible summaries that take 15 minutes or less to comb through, so that even if the book is of no real value to me, I’ve only lost 15 minutes.  I highly recommend Blinkist for any avid reader (and no, I don’t have equity in it).

Jukely is by far my favourite lifestyle app. I’m a big fan of music and love supporting independent artists. Jukely is a subscription app that provides its users with concert membership that gets them into a different show every day for a relatively low monthly fee.