In his role as Managing Director of OMERS Ventures, Jim Orlando is responsible for leading investment activities in the North American market focusing on high-growth companies in the technology, media, and telecommunications sectors. With more than 14 years of experience in the venture capital and private equity sectors, Jim has a strong track record of finding deals, closing investments, and in working with strong founders, CEOs and management teams on the ongoing development and growth of their businesses. He is responsible for OMERS Ventures’ investments in BuildDirect.com (www.builddirect.com ), RANOVUS (www.ranovus.com ), Shopify (www.shopify.com ) and Wattpad (www.wattpad.com).
Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, Jim was a Managing Director at OMERS Private Equity, which directly owns and actively manages a diversified, multi-billion dollar portfolio of investments in North America and Europe. Jim was involved with direct investments in the software, manufacturing, mobile and retail sectors.
Prior to that he held key roles with Bell Canada Capital and Battery Ventures in Silicon Valley, and also has ten years of operational experience in the telecom industry.
Jim holds Bachelor of Computer Engineering and Management, and Master of Electrical Engineering degrees from McMaster University.