Mike is an entrepreneur who has been in the Canadian venture capital industry for more than 40 years. He is a co-founder and former Chairman of the Board of Chrysalix EVC. Mike was previously co-founder and President of Ventures West Capital Ltd., which became Canada's largest private early-stage technology fund. His activities at Chrysalix EVC are as a key person in each of the firm’s first three funds.
Mike has been directly involved in several early stage companies in the clean energy sector. Notably, he was the first venture investor in Ballard Power Systems in 1987 and remained on its Board until 1998. He was a co-founder and Director of Cellex Power Products and was a Director of Questair Technologies and other private companies, some of which he also co-founded. He was also the first venture investor and Chair of MDI Mobile Data International, an early wireless data products company, as well as a Director of MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates and several other public companies. He was a co-founder of Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Canada, and of the Canadian Task Force on Early Stage Funding, and has been on several government committees on technology and securities matters. Mike is currently a Director of General Fusion and Agilyx Corporation. He is a published author and speaker on topics such as climate change, alternate energy technology, and venture capital.
Mike graduated from UBC with a BA Honours in Economics. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar (BA (PPE) 1962). In 2000, the Science Council of BC named Mike as the winner of the Cecil Green Award for Entrepreneurialism, and the following year the Vancouver Board of Trade named him one of eight BC Pioneers of Innovation. In 2005, Mike received the Pioneer Award from the Cleantech Venture Network. He is a Member of the Order of Canada.