As a Managing Director of OMERS Ventures, Jim Orlando leads investments in North American high-growth technology, media, and telecommunications companies. With more than 17 years of experience in venture capital and private equity, Jim has a strong track record of finding deals, closing investments, and working directly with founders, CEOs and management teams on the development and growth of their businesses. He is responsible for OMERS Ventures' investments in Citizen Hex, Digital Currency Group, Jobber, Mojix, Nudge, Ranovus and Wattpad. Jim also led OMERS Ventures’ investment in Shopify (NYSE, TSX: SHOP).
Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, Jim was a Managing Director at OMERS Private Equity, which directly owns and actively manages a diversified, multi-billion dollar portfolio of investments in North America and Europe. Jim led direct investments in the manufacturing, software, mobile telephony and retail sectors.
Prior to that he held key roles with Bell Canada’s Venture Capital arm and Battery Ventures in Silicon Valley, and he also has ten years of operational experience in the telecom industry. Jim holds Bachelor of Computer Engineering / Management and Master of Electrical Engineering degrees from McMaster University. In his spare time Jim writes iPhone games.