Montreal, March 22, 2018 – Andrée-Lise Méthot, Founder and Managing Partner of Cycle Capital Management, Canada’s most active cleantech venture capital investment platform, is pleased to announce the appointment of Shirley Speakman to the position of Senior Partner.
“In combination with her almost 20 years of corporate finance and venture capital experience Shirley’s ability to get behind the numbers, find the best entrepreneurs and most compelling companies in the market, represents a key asset for Cycle Capital,” said Andrée-Lise Méthot. “Her nomination consolidates the gender parity of our partnership.”
“I am truly honoured to be able to contribute to the development of Cycle Capital’s investment platform and to continue helping entrepreneurs benefit from our expertise in helping to build great companies in the cleantech sector,” stated Shirley Speakman.
Before joining Cycle Capital Management in 2014, Shirley worked in corporate finance advising mid to large enterprises. During this time, she participated in corporate finance transactions with a cumulative value of over $100 million at Ernst & Young Corporate Finance. She supported the creation by RBC Ventures of an early stage seed fund which raised $40 million on its first close (VIMAC/MMC) and advised RBC Ventures’ seed investment funds in structuring and negotiating investments. As a director for the Investment Accelerator Fund, a $40 million seed and early stage investment fund focused on investing in high potential technology-based companies in Ontario managed by MaRS, she was responsible for sourcing, vetting and managing investments.
Shirley holds a MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Bachelor of Economics and Management Studies from the University of Waterloo and an ICD.d from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business.
About Cycle Capital Management
Cycle Capital Management (CCM) is an impact investor and Canada’s most active cleantech venture capital firm. With offices in Montreal, Toronto and Qingdao, in continental China, and a presence in New York and Seattle, CCM has more than $350M in AUM (assets under management) and invests in companies at the development and growth stages that commercializes clean technologies striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, optimizing resource use and improving process efficiency throughout North America.
CCM regroups seasoned investment professionals, strategic advisors and industrial partners with in-depth knowledge of the sector. The firm has a special relationship with its strategic partners, notably Brookfield Renewable Energy, Rio Tinto, Cascades, Group M3, Lonza, Gaz Métro, Systemex Énergies, Aluminerie Alouette and Hydro-Québec. For more information on Cycle Capital Management, visit: www.cyclecapital.com .
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