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Annual Ontario Reception with Guest Speaker John Ruffolo, CEO, OMERS Ventures

January 23, 2013


Thanks to everyone who attended the Reception. Here is John Ruffolo’s speech.

Download John Ruffolo's presentation (PDF)



5:30 pm Welcome
Introduction of 2013 Ontario Executive
ITAC Update - Karna Gupta, ITAC President & CEO
6:00 pm Special Guest Speaker:
John Ruffolo, Chief Executive Officer, OMERS Ventures
"A Vision for Canada - The Future of Canada for our Children and our Children's Children"
6:30pm - 8:00pm Reception:
Take advantage of this opportunity to chat with your colleagues in the industry, our government guests, and our newly elected 2013 Ontario Executive and Board of Directors. A great way to start the year!

Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.


Location Intercontinental Hotel (Ontario/Niagara Rooms)
225 Front Street West, Toronto
Cost ITAC Members $75.00
Non-members $125.00
Government $75.00
Registration Click here to register for this event
Contact For more information please contact
Donna White, Manager, Membership Relations or 905-602-8345 x2230

John Ruffolo Biography

John Ruffolo

In addition to his role as Chief Executive Officer of OMERS Ventures, John Ruffolo also serves as Senior Vice President and Head of Knowledge Investing, OMERS Strategic Investments, where he leads the build-out of OMERS Strategic Investments' world-class Knowledge Investing management team. Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, John 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. John has over two decades of experience advising public and private companies around the world. He has extensive experience providing strategic advisory services to Canadian and foreign-based TMT companies.

John has been recognized as one of the country's leading clean-tech advisors. In addition, he has worked closely with a number of North America's leading venture capital and private equity firms and has advised many of the companies in which they invest. Mr. Ruffolo serves as Chair of the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association's Government Relations Committee and is a member of its Executive Committee. John also serves as Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation Friends of Ontario and serves on the Board of Communitech. Mr. Ruffolo is also Chair of the Corporate Advisory Committee for the Art Gallery of Ontario, and is a member of the Toronto chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. A chartered accountant, John 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.