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DAVID NAULT

GENERAL PARTNER

Montreal

David has been building early stage technology companies as an investor, founder or senior member of the executive team for over 20 years. Prior to co-founding Luge Capital, David was an investor with iNovia Capital, a leading North American venture capital fund. Before becoming a VC, David was president of Callio Technologies, an information security compliance software provider, whose intellectual property was acquired in 2009. Prior to running Callio, he managed business development and partnerships at Pivotal Payments, Canada’s largest privately-owned payment processor, which he helped grow from startup to over 60,000 customers, 400 employees and $8 billion in transaction volume.

David has a BCom with a major in Marketing and a minor in Finance from Concordia University in Montreal.

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KARIM GILLANI

GENERAL PARTNER

Toronto

Karim has an extensive background in fintech, mobile tech, engineering, finance and strategy. Prior to Luge, Karim led Corporate Development for Xoom, a leading cross-border remittance company that was acquired by PayPal in 2015 for USD $890 million. Before that, Karim managed M&A and investment activities for BlackBerry in Silicon Valley. He developed the company’s overall strategy for mobile payments and commerce, including NFC payments, P2P and App World. Karim spent several years working for Redknee Solutions in the UK where he designed network infrastructure, including mobile money solutions, for carriers in East Africa and Western Europe.

Karim has a BASc in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, an MSc in Finance and Economic Policy from the University of London and an LLM Master of Laws from the University of Toronto. Karim is a Charter Member of the C100, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Canadian technology entrepreneurship and investment.

Read Karim’s story: The Path from Coder to Investor.

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LAVIVA MAZHAR

INVESTMENT ANALYST

Montreal

Prior to joining Luge Capital, Laviva was an analyst at Ferst Capital Partners (FCP), a fintech focused investment firm and startup foundry. At FCP, she spent her time helping build portfolio companies and supporting their fundraising processes and operations, finding new investment opportunities and developing the firm’s brand in the fintech community.

Laviva is also a VC advisor at Front Row Ventures. She was an associate at Founder Institute Montreal and part of the Product Hunt Montreal team. Laviva was selected to be on Innovate Finance’s 2017 Global Women in FinTech Powerlist and Canada’s Top 50 Women in FinTech 2019 report by Digital Finance Institute.

Laviva holds a BCom degree with double majors in Economics and Finance from McGill University.

Read Laviva’s story:  From Bangladesh to Montreal — How I became a fintech investor and joined Luge Capital

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RAMIN WRIGHT

INVESTMENT ANALYST

Toronto

Ramin has a valuable background in entrepreneurship, engineering, law and investing. He advised Kevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec on their Shark Tank deals, founded two tech startups, and received and successfully licensed a scientific patent. Prior to joining Luge, Ramin worked at the New York office of Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, advising US and Canadian startups, VCs, and other businesses on legal matters for venture deals and M&A transactions ranging from six-figure financings to ten-figure exits.

Ramin holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University and a JD/MBA from University of Toronto and Rotman School of Management.  He is licensed to practice law in New York and Ontario.

Read his story from Startup Hustler to Shark Tank, and now Venture Investor.

 

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SONIA GASPARINI

MARKETING & OPERATIONS MANAGER

Montreal

Sonia started her career in the credit card group of National Bank of Canada and then moved into retail and commercial banking at TD Bank.  Her curiosity in financial services led her to investment banking in Milan, Italy where she worked in the operations and back office management at JP Morgan.

After spending a couple of years in the dynamic financial markets, her passion for marketing and high tech brought her back to Canada to help software entrepreneurs with their go-to-market strategy.  She then joined Monster (online employment solutions) as they launched The Foundry, a digital agency specializing in employer marketing solutions for their clients.

At Luge Capital, she is responsible for supporting the operations, impact team and ecosystem development activities.

Sonia has BCom degree with a major in Marketing and minor in International Business from McGill University.

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