Advanced materials have the ability to solve the world’s most fundamental challenges.
Entrepreneurs who figure out how to go farther and faster with the same resources.
Entrepreneurs who solve the world’s most fundamental problems with advanced materials.
Entrepreneurs who are making a meaningful impact.
Established in 2000, our team has spent decades standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our entrepreneurs, rolling up our sleeves to help them solve problems.
Chris is the founding general partner of Pangaea Ventures and has helped entrepreneurs change the world for over 25 years. Chris is based in Phoenix and sits on the boards of several portfolio companies. Prior to starting Pangaea in 2000, Chris was a partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, specializing in environmental and corporate law. Chris has been on the board of the Canadian Venture Capital Association and several non-profit organizations.
Chris has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Toronto and a B.Comm from the University of Calgary.
Partner, Health Investment
A passion for improving the delivery of healthcare through innovation is what drives Janelle. With over 12 years of healthcare experience, she has a background in private investments, scaling ventures and management consulting.
As partner at Pangaea, with a focus on healthcare investment, Janelle brings her expertise in entrepreneurial endeavours (including launching a population health technology platform; becoming a joint venture with Microsoft and GE), her extensive network in private capital, public and private healthcare sectors. Janelle spent most of her career at GE Healthcare collaborating with global teams across Europe and US. She is enthusiastic about working closely with Modulim, Aspect Biosystems, Correlia Biosystems and Redlen.
Janelle holds MBA from the University of British Columbia in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.
Andrew joined Pangaea Ventures in 2006 and over that time has developed a deep understanding of the challenges around advanced materials commercialization. His expertise lies in helping companies navigate the early growth stage of their development as they work to build out high performance teams, cultivate a culture of excellence, nail product-partner-market fit and optimize how to finance explosive growth. He currently works closely with CarbonCure Technologies, ESS Inc. and Aspect Biosystems and previously worked with a numerous energy related companies in Pangaea’s portfolio.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of British Columbia.
Purnesh has been involved in developing and commercializing advanced materials across diverse industries over the past 25 years. He has held leadership positions in both large enterprises and startup companies. He is now applying his entrepreneurial passion and well-honed skills to help build startup companies leveraging advanced materials innovation to make the world better by addressing global challenges, such as, climate change, energy, food, water, and health. Purnesh also shares his knowledgebase by providing mentoring and advisory services with groups promoting entrepreneurship and advanced materials commercialization.
He received his B.Sc. (chemistry/biology), with distinction, from the University of Guyana, Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia where he was a Commonwealth Scholar and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Delaware."
Rejoining Pangaea Ventures in 2020, Sarah brings almost a decade of venture capital and company building experience to the team. Sarah has cultivated expertise in building entrepreneurial teams, scaling early stage ventures, and venture financing. Sarah is an active mentor to early stage entrepreneurs and a startup community activator and advocate.
Sarah led Pangaea’s investments into PolySpectra and Correlia Biosystems. Sarah holds a Bsc. From Dalhousie University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.
Blending a formal background in marketing, strategic partnerships, and social impact expertise, Kookai brings her experience in using impact evaluation, numbers and stories to help organizations capture untapped growth opportunities. Prior to joining Pangaea Ventures, Kookai launched an award-winning startup in Thailand and was a partnership consultant at the United Nations Development Program.
At Pangaea, Kookai contributes to all aspects of investments from sourcing new opportunities to due diligence and investment executions. She launches Pangaea’s first impact report and helps portfolio companies tell their stories through impact lens.
Kookai is an active speaker, mentor, and contributor to the startup communities globally. She holds an MBA from the University of British Columbia in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and a Bachelor of Arts from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.
Matt joined Pangaea Ventures in 2012. Prior to joining Pangaea Ventures, Matt was part of a start-up in printed electronics utilizing nanotechnology and has experience with companies in biotechnology and environmental bioremediation. He performed various functions ranging from R&D to business development to devising international launch strategies while gaining valuable start-up understanding. He works closely with TruTag Technologies and is on the NREL Investor Advisory Board.
Matt holds an MPhil in Micro- & Nanotechnology Enterprise from the University of Cambridge and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BSE in Materials Science & Engineering.
Director, Finance & Admin
Tracy Hedberg is a Chartered Accountant with a scientific background. She worked six years as Senior Securities Analyst, Corporate Finance, for the British Columbia Securities Commission. Tracy served as Controller for Lion One Metals Inc., a TSX-V listed company, before establishing her own practice and later joining Pangaea. Tracy has a BSc. with a double major in Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Victoria, as well as her CA designation.
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