Russell Samuels is a Partner at Whitecap Venture Partners, a leading early stage venture capital fund based in Toronto. Whitecap is focused on companies across ICT, MedTech and Food/FoodTech. Russell works closely with Reunion Foods, Clearwater Clinical (acquired by Sivantos), and Irystec.
Prior to joining Whitecap, Russell was a Senior Manager on the Corporate & Business Development team at Freshbooks, a growth stage startup and North America’s 2nd largest cloud accounting provider. Russell also spent three years as an Associate at Mantella Venture Partners, a $20M seed stage venture capital fund in Toronto, where he worked on a number of new and follow-on investments including: SurfEasy (Acquired by Opera Software), Unata (Acquired by Instacart), Brave Commerce (Acquired by Rogers, TSX: RCI) and others. Prior to Mantella Venture Partners, Russell spent 2 years as an Analyst at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPPIB”) in the Private Investments group.
Russell holds an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a JD from the University of Western Ontario.