Startup Grind Toronto Hosts Dominique Belanger (BDC Venture Capital)


Dominique Belanger, BDC Venture Capital

Dominique Bélanger is Vice President, Venture Capital Strategic Investments and Initiatives of BDC Venture Capital. He currently manages relationships with Real Ventures, Build Ventures, Growlab, Founderfuel, Launch 36, TandemLaunch Technologies and Execution Lab on behalf of BDC, including a convertible note program that has seed funded more than 60 startups across the country.

Dominique began his professional career as a communications officer for the Canadian Armed Forces in 1994. He went on to carry out several IT strategy operationalization mandates across multiple industries for Deloitte Consulting in Houston, Texas. In 2003, he joined the VC firm Innovatech Montreal as Investment Manager, IT and Telecom. Following the privatization of Innovatech’s portfolio by the Quebec government, he joined the Multiple Capital team to manage the portfolio on behalf of Coller Capital. Before joining BDC in 2010, Dominique was co-founder and President of Gamerizon Studio, Inc. Before that he was Chief Financial Officer of the venture-backed Quazal Technologies, Inc. (acquired by Ubisoft). He also advised various technology companies and private investors on investments, financing, startups and restarts.

Dominique holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada as well as an MBA from the Université de Montréal business school, HEC Montréal, as well as a certificate in entrepreneurship from MIT.




6:30 Networking and Food
7:30 Fireside Chat
8:30 Networking


Hosted By Michael Cayley, Toronto Chapter Director

Hi I'm Michael Cayley, Founder of Cdling (pronounced "seedling"), a platform that builds trust between investors, startups and mentors. I'm also Founder of the Ontario Cross-border Technology Innovation Ecosystem (OCTIE) Study. I've been doing the startup grind my whole career across Canada, the US, in Europe and China over the years. I hope that helps add some value to this conversation!
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What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 100 cities and 42 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

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  • Murray M.

    Great event, Michael has an interview style that brings out the best in his guests. As usual I learned a lot and met some really cool new grinders :)

    1 · June 6

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