Full Name
John Ruffolo
Job Title
Founder & Managing Partner
Maverix Private Equity
Speaker Bio
John is the Founder and Managing Partner of Maverix Private Equity, a private equity firm focused on
technology-enabled growth and disruption investment strategies. As a firm run by entrepreneurs,
funded by entrepreneurs, and for entrepreneurs, Maverix is investing out of an inaugural fund of
USD$500 million in the areas of health and wellness, financial services, transportation and logistics, live,
work, play and learn, and retail. John chairs the Investment Committee, guides the strategy of the firm,
and is deeply involved with sourcing and leading investment opportunities, particularly within the
technology industry.

John is also the Founder of OMERS Ventures and Co-Founder and Vice Chair of the Council of Canadian
Innovators. Over the course of his leadership as the CEO of OMERS Ventures, they invested over
USD$500 million in over 40 disruptive technology companies across North America, including growth
investments in Shopify, Xanadu, Wattpad, Wave, Hootsuite, Rover, Desire 2 Learn, Hopper,
DuckDuckGo, TouchBistro and League. During his tenure at OMERS, John also formed OMERS Platform
Investments, and as its Executive Managing Director, he led investments in Purpose Financial,
PointNorth Capital, District Ventures, OneEleven and ArcTern Ventures. John co-founded the Council of
Canadian Innovators with Jim Balsillie, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping high-growth
Canadian technology firms scale globally.

Before joining OMERS, in addition to being a Partner at Deloitte, John was their Global Thought Leader,
Global Tax Leader, and Canadian Industry Leader for their Technology, Media, and Telecommunications
(TMT) practice, and a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to Deloitte, John was a Partner at Arthur
Andersen LLP.

As an active board member in the profit and not-for-profit sectors, John works with many leading
innovative organizations including AI Partnerships Corp., engineering.com, Ether Capital, OneEleven,
ArcTern Ventures, RIV Capital, the David Suzuki Foundation, the CIBC Foundation, the Royal Ontario
Museum, Caldwell’s Top 40 Under 40, the Investigative Journalism Foundation, and the Dean’s Advisory
Council for the Schulich School of Business.
John Ruffolo