Being an entrepreneur herself, and working to fund and grow early stage companies for over 20 years, Sophie Forest knows venture inside and out. She has been one of Brightspark’s managing partners since 2003 and has led and managed more than 50 investments in technology companies.
Prior to joining Brightspark Ventures, she was a partner at CDP Capital Technology Ventures, a subsidiary of la Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec. Notably, she has played a pivotal role in the investment, growth and exit of Radian6, leading to a 23x multiple on capital invested and becoming one of the most successful technology exits in Canadian history.
Sophie was also involved in the creation and growth of Jewlr.com and iStopOver.com. She is still an active Board Member of Jewlr inc., a leading online personalized jewelry company. She sits on the Board of Directors of a number of companies, including Hopper, nGUVU and Jewlr. Sophie is also a member of the Science and Technology Council of Canada, which provides external advice to the federal government in the domain of science, technology and innovation. Sophie was also the recipient of the 2017 Canadian Angel of the Year award at the NACO summit last year.