Neal Hill was appointed Vice President, Market Development with BDC Capital in 2016. His main responsibilities are to ensure the continued execution and future development of Canada’s Venture Capital Action Plan (VCAP) and to identify and develop high-potential Canadian general partners (GPs).
Neal has more than 30 years of experience in technology management and marketing, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions in Canada and the U.S. Before joining BDC Capital as Vice President, Fund of Funds, in 2012, he was founder and Senior Managing Director of Great Northern Capital, Canada’s first attempt to create a growth-stage venture capital fund of substantial size focusing on emerging technology firms.
Prior to this, he was Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, for Cognos Incorporated, an Ottawa-based $1 billion worldwide leader in business intelligence and performance management software, now a unit of IBM. In this role, he was responsible for mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances, including the IBM alliance that led to its $5 billion acquisition of Cognos.
Earlier in his career, Neal was Managing Director of a Boston-based venture capital firm, as well as a co-founder of 3 start-ups. He has also served on the boards of over 20 early-stage companies in Canada and the U.S.
Neal attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he pursued a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Physics and Political Science.