Accessing $150-million fund for Mobile Software, Infrastructure Recording Expert Recording Now Available
November 10, 2009

November 10, 2009


This one-hour CATA exclusive Teleforum recording provides critical insights into the unique $150-million Blackberry Partners Fund, co-managed by RBC Venture Partners and JLA Ventures, which is focused on investing in mobile applications and services in the growing Smartphone ecosystem. An informative PowerPoint presentation is included with the recording.

About the Blackberry Partners Fund
Agnostic to both stage and balance sheet, the BlackBerry Partners Fund will not restrict the development of mobile applications and services to any single mobile platform or any specific industry segment. The Fund is designed to advance the industry by fostering development and driving the entrepreneurial spirit to create the most innovative mobile offerings for customers. The Fund's founders believe that the mobile world has evolved well beyond phone calls and simple messaging to require more empowering and liberating solutions that connect people to everything that matters most to them, wherever and whenever they want.

Expert speakers:
Pierre Donaldson is Director, JLA Ventures. Pierre joined JLA Ventures in 2005 and brings an extensive experience in the software and high technology industries. Prior to joining JLA Ventures, Pierre played a leadership role in a number of companies in North America and in Europe: Bioscrypt Inc., Descartes Systems Group, Treasury Services Co. (acquired in 1997 by Oracle Corporation), Virtual Prototypes Inc., Dun & Bradstreet Software Corporation. Mr. Donaldson received his Bachelor of Commerce from Hautes Etudes Commerciales at University of Montreal. He is a director of Nstein Technologies, Espial, Tungle, Digby and Worldmate.

Andrew Arnott is Vice President, Commercial Financial Services - Knowledge Based Industries (KBI) for RBC in Ottawa. In this capacity, Mr. Arnott is responsible for leading the specialized Commercial Financial Services team for Ottawa and Eastern Ontario information technology and life science markets. Mr. Arnott has spent 10 of his 20 years with RBC in the KBI field in Ottawa. Mr. Arnott has a unique interest in the technology market and is an active member of the community through various Board and community Associations including CATA. Mr. Arnott is working with his fellow Board members to ensure that the Ottawa region maintains its leading technology status.

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To receive this exclusive CATA Teleforum recording, please contact Cathi Malette at cmalette@cata.ca. Service fee: CATA Members or Research Subscribers: $25 (plus GST), Non-members: $45 (plus GST).

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