Team

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Jim Oosterbaan

Jim was President and CEO of NGX, a wholly owned subsidiary of the TMX Group and a leading North American Energy Exchange. Previously, he spent over 10 years with Capital Power and its’ predecessor company, EPCOR, an energy and water conglomerate. Jim has served in a variety of senior roles in the areas of Operations, Corporate Development, Commodity Portfolio Management, Capital Execution, Government Relations and Environmental Affairs. He has a record of helping organizations grow to attain sustainable levels of profitability and performance, with an emphasis on culture and leadership.

Jim holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business, attended the Stanford Advanced Management Programme and earned his undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds the ICD.D designation.

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Harry Zarek

Harry is the Founder and CEO of Compugen, one of Canada’s largest IT Solution Providers. Headquartered in Ontario, the company provides technology infrastructure solutions focused on medium and large sized corporations and governments and has strong alliances with all the major hardware and software manufacturers, including Cisco, IBM, HP, Microsoft.

Harry is a former Director of RuggedCom and is an active investor and member of the Board of Directors of a number of early stage technology companies in Canada and the US. Additionally, he also serves on the Board of Directors at the EPRA, an industry-led not-for-profit organization chartered with improving the efficiency of regulated end-of-life electronics.

He holds an undergraduate degree in Engineering Science and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Toronto.

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Dr. Peter Williams

Peter is the former CTO of IBM’s Big Green Innovations incubator, created to launch environmentally focused businesses. He was responsible for assembling, maintaining and developing the portfolio of businesses and technologies, and played a major role in developing IBM’s water management solution framework and associated IP. Peter has also been heavily involved in creating the intellectual foundation for IBM’s “Smarter Planet” initiative.

Peter holds the title of IBM Distinguished Engineer and is a management consultant with well over 20 years experience of bringing technology and business issues together to develop novel solutions and business models.

He holds or co-holds 6 US patents with others pending. His PhD was awarded by the School of Management at the University of Bath, England.

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Ron Sege

Ron is the former Chairman, President, and CEO of Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON). A long time Silicon Valley veteran, he served as President, CEO and Board Director of 3Com Corporation from 2008 through to its acquisition by HP and has also been the President & CEO of Tropos Networks, a provider of wireless broadband networks and President & CEO of Ellacoya Networks, a provider of broadband service optimization solutions based on deep packet inspection technology.

He is currently on the Board of Ubiquiti Networks (NASDAQ:UBNT) and is an operating partner at Benhamou Global Ventures. Ron holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Pomona College.

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Marzio Pozzuoli

Marzio is the founder and CEO of NuraLogix, an AI company using transdermal optical imaging to extract and utilise facial information. Prior to NuraLogix, he founded RuggedCom, a highly successful substation automation company acquired by Siemens for $440 million in an all cash transaction in 2012.

With over 20 years of experience in developing technology for the industrial process and electric power markets, Marzio was earlier responsible for the development and successful introduction of major new product lines in power system protection and control for General Electric’s Power Management division. He is the inventor of record of multiple patents related to advances in communications, protective relaying technology and automation.

Marzio holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Ryerson University, Toronto.

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Scott MacDonald

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

"Mediocrity is a sin"

Scott is an entrepreneur at heart and a venture capitalist by training. An early pundit on the digital transformation and venture investments in the industrial sector, he wanted to create the world’s first investment firm focused exclusively on the Industrial IoT. In 2012, he co-founded McRock Capital and his dream was alive.

Scott embraced diversity & inclusion as a competitive advantage from the very inception of McRock and has long been a champion for underrepresented groups in private capital. In particular, he has strongly advocated for an increase in female representation on public and private company boards.

He currently serves on the boards of ThoughtTrace, SkySpecs, Worldsensing, Invixium, Serious Integrated and the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA). He previously served as Chair of RuggedCom (acquired by Siemens), Chair of RtTech (acquired by AspenTech and Vinci Energies), director of Pure Technologies (acquired by Xylem), and director of PPIC (acquired by Pure).

Prior to co-founding McRock, Scott was a Partner with a Zurich-based venture capital firm and Managing Director in the venture capital subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation, a large North American utility. Scott represented Canada at the 1989 and 1991 World Gymnastics Championships and was a voting member of the Canadian Olympic Committee for the quadrennial leading up to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

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Whitney Rockley

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

"Keep on keeping on" - Joe Dirt

Whitney co-founded McRock Capital in 2012 with the belief that better compute power, data collection and analytics would transform industrial businesses. Today, her vision is true with the world’s largest industries amidst a digital revolution.

Whitney has had a trail blazing twenty-year career in private capital. She was the first female Chair of the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA) and created the first taskforce on diversity and inclusion, which evolved into a committee that she chaired for many years. She deeply believes that diverse teams dramatically outperform and is a strong voice for these initiatives within the technology and private capital ecosystems.

She currently serves on the boards of Praemo (Chair), Invixium, Miovision, and Clearpath in addition to being on the management advisory committee at the Haskayne School of Business. She was the Chair of Decisive Farming (acquired by Telus) and served on the boards of mnubo (acquired by AspenTech), RtTech (acquired by AspenTech), PPIC (acquired by Pure Technologies, which in turn was acquired by Xylem), SpectraSensors (acquired by Endress + Hauser), the Venture Capital Association of Alberta (VCAA) and Ryerson’s Centre for Engineering, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She was one of the key investors behind RuggedCom (acquired by Siemens) and an early investor in Silicon Energy (acquired by Itron) and Capstone (NASDAQ: CPST).

Prior to co-founding McRock, Whitney was a Partner with a Zurich-based venture capital firm and Nomura New Energy Ventures in London, England. She has a deep global network through her work across London, Zurich, San Francisco, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto.


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Siddharth Srivastava

Vice President

"Imagination is the highest form of research" - Albert Einstein

Siddharth grew up dreaming of a career as a writer of short story fiction but found his true calling in venture capital. He finds the process of helping passionate and brilliant founders build their dreams to be a humbling and gratifying experience in equal parts.

As a former investment banker with Rothschild and EY in London and Mumbai, Siddharth spent his pre-VC career orchestrating creative transactions in the technology M&A and private capital universe.

Active at all stages in the company lifecycle – he is most excited by mid to late stage companies and was drawn to the world of venture capital as he often found himself acting as a sounding board to entrepreneurs on questions of strategy and growth.

Through his work on cross-border transactions, he brings a deep global network and outlook to portfolio companies. Siddharth is personally inspired by founders that have the unique ability to combine a ‘grand vision’ with great attention to detail.

Siddharth earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from Grinnell College, a liberal arts school in the United States, and holds a master’s degree in finance from the London School of Economics in the UK.

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Ha Nguyen

Vice President

"If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities" - Maya Angelou

Ha believes that it is a privilege to work with founders of all kinds. As a venture capitalist, she hears entrepreneurs share their dreams and businesses in a very personal way. To her, this often means that her role comes with the responsibility of hearing stories intently and helping translate dreams into reality.

She developed a passion for technology and early stage investing through her work with IDG Ventures and MAJ Invest in Vietnam, where she immersed herself in helping companies grow, and engaged with entrepreneurs from the consumer to enterprise technology sectors. Through her international VC experience, Ha brings unique perspectives and deep global connections.

The IoT space is meaningful for Ha, because of her vision in connecting the physical and digital worlds. She is excited to have a front-row seat to the change unfolding in the industrial world and enjoys working with companies that have a resilient sense of mission and the creativity to navigate through unprecedented business challenges.

Ha received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Foreign Trade University in Vietnam and holds a Master of Science degree in Finance and Investment from Aston Business School in the UK.

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Udit Bhatnagar

Vice President

"In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd" - Miguel de Cervantes

Udit firmly believes that venture capital and entrepreneurship are players on the same sports team - the team wins when players truly compliment each other and live by the same playbook. He is inspired by founders who upend the status quo and started his career in the technology sector, building products and advising blue chip companies on some of their best creations.

After developing a passion for helping entrepreneurs and funding innovation while working as a fellow at IE Business School’s Center for Entrepreneurship, he went on to take up a role in early stage investments in India. As a technologist, he enjoys exchanging product ideas with founders and CTOs, and is always on the lookout for the next innovation.

While his roots are Indian, Udit has lived in several countries including Spain, Japan, Denmark and now Canada. It was during his MBA at IE Business School in Spain that Udit spent an exchange semester at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School, fell in love with Canada and decided to make it his permanent home.

In addition to his MBA, Udit holds an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from VTU in India.

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Shohei Nagatsuka

Investment Team

"The right balance of the finer qualities of knowledge, generosity, and intention is the key to great success" - Eiichi Shibusawa

Born in Baghdad, Shohei has found life to be a journey with pit stops in Norway, Tokyo, Singapore, Australia, the UK, Tokyo (for the second time) and now, Toronto. As an ambassador of multiculturalism, he has deep thoughts about cultural inclusivity in the workplace and is happiest when meeting people who offer him the chance to learn something new.

Professionally, Shohei’s experiences are similarly varied. While at Mitsubishi Corporation, he wore many hats – at times, selling industrial-sized compressors and at times, undertaking the development of energy sector projects as contract manager. He has gained extensive oil & gas experience from structuring and negotiating a variety of large infrastructure projects around the globe.

After getting involved on the software side of production optimization of an energy plant with Chiyoda Corporation, Shohei developed a passion for digital technologies and eventually found his way to McRock through the investor secondment program. Since then, he has been reaching out to passionate entrepreneurs and often finds himself thinking about technologies that could make the world better.

Shohei received a BA degree in Business Administration from the International Christian University in Japan.

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Akira Tanabe

Investment Team

"Docendo discimus (by teaching, we learn)" - Lucius Seneca, Roman Philosopher

Akira has a license for teaching high school math in Japan but now finds himself in venture capital in Canada. The connection? He loves to guide passionate individuals and teams, no matter if they are students or entrepreneurs, towards a greater goal.

He developed a keen sense of engineering and field operations as an engineer with Chiyoda Corporation, a Japanese engineering mammoth, where many of his experiences were centred in the oil and gas sector. Some of these included leadership roles in the implementation of rotating-machinery, chemical process, control, and safety designs in energy sector installations across Thailand, Indonesia, and Qatar.

Akira was drawn to the investor secondment program at McRock because he wanted to play an active role in the ongoing digital revolution of industrial segments. He enjoys working with founders and businesses that leverage the use of deep technology to scale and brings technical insight through his substantial domain expertise in engineering, especially as it relates to the energy sector.

Akira earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Keio University in Japan and holds a Master of Science in Engineering degree from the Science and Technology School at Keio University.