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Governance in Venture Capital & Private Equity Startups

Getting value from your board and navigating inherent conflicts of interest.

Governance tools for long-term success

For startups and early stage ventures, establishing an appropriate governance structure is often overlooked or modelled after large corporations. However, establishing the right governance structure for the stage of the organization is essential to long term success. Understanding and managing the roles and, inherent tensions, of all stakeholders in the startup governance structure is vital for all involved.

Join leading governance academics, globally recognized Private Equity and Venture Capital practitioners and entrepreneurs at this informative and engaging half day to understand how to optimize the governance of your startup organizations.

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An exclusive event. An enlightened lineup.

We’re proud to bring together an outstanding group of governance, venture capital, and startup experts at Rotman. The schedule below is subject to change. ICD.D’s earn 3 ICD CEUs for attendance.


Canadian VC & PE Partners

Scott Kupor »

Scott Kupor

Scott is the Managing Partner of Andreessen Horowitz. He has overseen the firm’s rapid growth to 150 employees and over US$7 billion in assets under management. He is also cofounder and codirector of the Stanford Venture Capital Director’s College and teaches venture capital and corporate governance courses at the Stanford Law School and the Haas School of Business and Boalt School of Law at UC Berkeley. He was previously the Chairman of the Board of the National Venture Capital Association. Scott graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in public policy with honors and distinction. He also holds a law degree with distinction from Stanford University and is a member of the State Bar of California.

Evan Epstein »

Evan Epstein

Evan Epstein is the Founder and Managing Partner of Pacifica Global, a corporate governance advisory firm based in San Francisco, CA. He has been retained as an expert in governance litigation both in the U.S. and Latin America. Some of his cases have involved a major U.S. tech company shareholder dispute, venture-backed company governance litigation and a major NYSE-listed lithium company dispute, including a $4.1 billion minority stake acquisition.

Elizabeth Pollman »

Elizabeth Pollman

Elizabeth Pollman is a Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School (as of January 2020), previously at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.  She teaches and writes on a wide variety of topics in business law, with a particular focus in her scholarship on corporate governance, purpose, and personhood, as well as startups, entrepreneurship, and law and technology.  She has taught as a visiting professor at the University of Sydney Law School and UC Berkeley School of Law, and served as a fellow at the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford Law School.

Janet Bannister »

janet bannister

Janet is a Partner at Real Ventures, a leading source of capital for entrepreneurs who are building the next generation of leading tech companies. Janet has led investments in over a dozen companies and works actively with founders to help them build large, industry-defining companies. In addition to working with her large portfolio of rapidly growing tech companies, Janet is very active in the Canadian tech ecosystem; she is on the Board of Communitech in Waterloo and Vector Institute in Toronto as well as the Toronto Region Board of Trade. She is also an active advisor at MoveTheDial, DMZ, Creative Destruction Lab and the Research Board of the University Health Network.

Yung Wu »

Yung Wu

Yung is CEO of the MaRS Discovery District, the largest urban innovation hub in North America, and Canada’s premiere science and technology innovation ecosystem.  As a serial entrepreneur and investor, Yung has built breakthrough scale-stage companies in mobile analytics and big data, media and entertainment, enterprise software, financial services and pharma.  Yung serves as a Board Director on the boards of OMERS, a leading Canadian  institutional investor with $100 billion AUM, the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Antibe Therapeutics Inc. and a member of Green Shield Canada, one of Canada’s foremost social enterprises in healthcare.

Yung was recognized as one of Canada's “Top 40 under 40” leaders earlier in his career and as chief executive of one of Canada’s “50 Best Managed Private Companies”.


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