Investment Team

John Ruffolo, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Ruffolo is the Chief Executive Officer of OMERS Ventures, the venture arm of OMERS. OMERS Ventures invests in early to late stage companies in the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications sectors. In addition, he is also the Executive Managing Director with OMERS Strategic Investments.

Mr. Ruffolo serves as board chair of MMM Group Ltd., and is a board member at HootSuite. He is chair of Canada's Venture Capital and Private Equity Association's Government Relations Committee and a member of its Executive Committee. He also serves as a board member and committee chair at numerous other organizations including OneEleven, Communitech, the Next Big Thing Foundation, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. In addition, he is the Vice Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is a member of the Toronto chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization.

Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, Mr. Ruffolo was a Partner at Deloitte, as well as the Global Thought Leader, the Global Tax Leader and the Canadian Industry Leader for Deloitte's Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) practice. He was also a member of the firm's Tax and TMT Global Leadership teams and a member of Deloitte's Board of Directors.

A chartered accountant, Mr. Ruffolo was formerly a partner with Arthur Andersen LLP and has also spent time as an instructor for both the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and York University's Schulich School of Business, from which he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration.