Banff Venture Forum

Nicole Leblanc - Information Technology Chair

Director, Investments & Partnerships

Nicole LeBlanc is Director, Investments & Partnerships for Sidewalk Labs. Before joining Sidewalk, Nicole was a Director at BDC Capital, where she managed the seed stage investments and associated portfolio. She has over 10 years of experience as an investment professional, with a focus on early-stage financing opportunities and ecosystem development. Before joining BDC Nicole was the Director of Finance at NBIF, an East Coast seed fund, and held initial finance & operational roles in several early stage startups.

Nicole began her career as a staff accountant and later controller at Ganong Bros. Ltd., a family-run confectionery manufacturer. She holds a Chartered Professional Accountant designation and is a dynamic member of the Toronto start-up community.

When she is not supporting the tech ecosystem, Nicole can be found hiking off the beaten path and cheering on the Toronto Blue Jays, preferably when the dome is open.


Andrew Haughian - Sustainable Technology Chair

General Partner

Andrew Haughian has over 15 years of energy and industrial experience. Andrew began his career in the upstream oil and gas industry before transitioning into engineering risk management consulting. He has a deep understanding of advanced materials commercialization and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal, Translational Materials Research. Andrew serves on the board of CarbonCure Technologies, Energy Storage Systems Inc. and Tivra Corporation. He previously served on the boards of RSI Inc. and Boulder Ionics which were sold in 2014. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Business Administration degree from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.