TEAM

Our team of founders, entrepreneurs, operators, climate advisors, engineers, and investors are here to help our portfolio companies navigate the challenges and opportunities that accompany growth and transition to a low-carbon economy.

Paul is one of Canada’s most successful technology entrepreneurs. An experienced founder, investor and operator, Paul’s foresight and commitment to innovation led him to co-found Solect Technology Group (Solect), a leading provider of enterprise billing and customer care for ISPs globally. Paul was Solect’s Chair and CEO and led the expansion of Solect to customers on five continents and was responsible for bringing the internet to nine different Caribbean countries. Solect was sold to Amdocs in 2000.

As an entrepreneur, Paul has founded and served as CEO of several companies including Casero, AudienceView Ticketing, Solect Technology Group and Southwest Technology Group. Until 2019, he was Executive Chair of Scalar Decisions, one of Canada’s leading Information Technology Integrators. Scalar was sold to CDW Inc. a global leader in IT Solutions. Paul also serves as the Chair of the Investment Advisory Committee Imperial Capital, a Canadian Private Equity Firm with over $2 Billion in Assets Under Management.

Mr. Atkinson is a Managing Partner of Southwest Sun Inc., a diversified investment partnership with interests in the technology, food and beverage, automotive and real estate industries. He is a founder of Southwest Sun and has been a Managing Partner since 1990. As part of his role at Southwest Sun, he is a founder and Managing Partner of Equals Brewing, an integrated contract manufacturer that provides supply chain solutions to the Ontario Craft Beer industry.

Paul was Chair of the Board of the Toronto International Film Festival from 2007 to 2013. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Richard Ivey School of Business Administration at The University of Western Ontario. From 2003 until 2007 he was Vice-Chair of the Board of ClubLink Corporation. He has also served on the boards of Montcrest School, Variety Village and the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival.

Kevin is a graduate of the University of Waterloo (1988) with a Bachelor degree in Mathematics, majoring in Computer Science and Statistics, and has spent over 35 years working in the Technology industry, with a focus on the creation and operational management of new ventures.

Kevin was the Founder, President and COO of Solect Technology Group (1993-2000), an ISP Billing & Customer Care company acquired by Amdocs for $1.6 billion. Under the executive team’s leadership, Solect expanded to 450 people, achieved ARR of $50 Million, and operated in six continents with over 75 major carrier clients.

Kevin also founded and operated broadband services company Casero Software, and live-event ticketing services company AudienceView Ticketing. Casero was acquired by Radial Point in 2009 while AudienceView Ticketing was acquired by Rubicon PE in 2016, where Kevin remains an investor and board member. Audienceview is the 3rd largest ticketing company globally, with over 4700 venues under management.

From 2013 through 2015, Kevin was one of three Managing Directors at Omers Ventures, managing notable portfolio companies, Vision Critical, Vidyard, Shopify, HootSuite, Hopper, Desire to Learn and Wave Accounting. Then, in 2016, Kevin became a founding General Partner of ScaleUP Ventures, a $106M fund targeting Series Seed and Series A investments in SaaS based B-to-B opportunities. ScaleUP was a unique venture fund in Canada, ideated by Nadir Mohamed, and including eight of Canada’s largest corporations as LP’s in the fund. ScaleUP has investments in notable companies Sonder, Solink, Canalyst, RoseRocket, Rewind and Nylas.

In April of 2003, the Globe & Mail named Kevin a Top 40 Under 40 in its Report on Business Magazine and in 2006, Kevin was awarded the designation of Top 10 of the 400 award winners of the previous 10 years.

Mr. Kimsa is married with 6 children, and lives in Toronto.

Nelson began his career as an environmental engineer pioneering environmental credit risk valuation methodologies for asset managers in Canada, the US and the EU. His innovations led him to hold positions at leading organizations including as Chief Sustainability Officer and Sustainability Leader, Nestlé Waters and Nestlé; Director & Leader of Sustainable Business Solutions at PwC; Head of Corporate Responsibility, Centrica plc NA; and Senior Manager of Environmental Affairs, Royal Bank of Canada.  He has also held adjunct positions and executive-in-residence status at leading universities including Northwestern University,  the University of Waterloo and Ivey School of Business.

A sustainability expert in issues including climate change, water and pollution, Nelson is an architect of the restoration economy principle, which holds that we must restore the Earth’s environmental capital in order to ensure a future of abundant natural resources, social equity and economic prosperity – to sustain humankind’s compulsion to grow and prosper.

Leveraging the principles of sustainable development, decarbonization and the restoration economy for more than two decades, Nelson has advised and helped asset owners, asset managers, corporations and governments create financial value by contributing to a future of abundant natural resources, social equity and shared economic prosperity. He is considered one of the world’s leading experts and impact makers in these areas.

Nelson has appeared as an expert commentator on major news networks and is regularly tapped as a keynote speaker and panelist at events around the world. His forthcoming book ‘The Gigacorn Hunter: Seven Principles for a Climate Investor” frames the incredible opportunity that the decarbonization of the global economy presents for investors and the world at large.  

Nelson holds a Master of Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Brunswick. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.

Zoe began her career with Mackenzie Investments’ business management rotational program in 2016. She then joined the Mackenzie Investments Product Equities team, covering three active equity boutiques. Previously, Zoe interned at Echelon Wealth Partners in their equity research, institutional sales and trading, and retail brokerage divisions.

Zoe has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and is a CFA charter holder.

Leanne brings 25 years of diverse experience to her role as Executive Assistant to ClimateIC. Throughout her career, she has excelled in various industries including banking, manufacturing, IT, and climate, holding key roles in project management, account management, and executive support. Her broad expertise and exceptional organizational skills ensure the ClimateIC team can focus on driving innovation and achieving our goal.

Leanne is a certified Scrum Master in project management, and holds a diploma in Hospitality from Algonquin College. Her dedication and strategic acumen make her an invaluable asset to the team as we work toward creating a more sustainable future.

Adam joined ClimateIC in 2023. He graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in Applied Science & Engineering, specializing in the dually accredited Engineering Chemistry program. He has a strong foundation in chemical diagnostics, alternative energy, and process synthesis. His published work focuses on designing improved materials for the electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide into commonly used industrial chemicals and fuels.
 
Adam hopes to combine his technical background with a strong understanding of finance and asset management. He passed Level I of the CFA program in 2023, and is currently a Level II Candidate. 
 
In his spare time, Adam enjoys playing golf in the summer, and skiing through the winter months. 

Jackie is Executive Assistant & Administration at ClimateIC and its predecessor fund, ScaleUP Ventures.  Jackie helps keep the investment team humming, ensuring the team provides the highest degree of care to its partners.  These responsibilities include fund administration, stakeholder engagement and communication.  Committed to more than just her day to day responsibilities, Jackie leads with a sense of kindness, which adds to the culture of shared responsibility and purpose at the fund.  

Jackie comes to ClimateIC with over 30 years experience being in an Executive Assistant role supporting C-suite management.  Prior to ScaleUP Ventures, Jackie led Nadir Mohamed, CEO of Rogers Communications’ office as an Executive Assistant encompassing all facets of the office. 

Jackie is a grandmother to two grandsons and in her personal time, is an avid traveler and photographer.  Favourite place to visit – Greece.

Affiliations:

  • XPA 2011 – Present 
  • Young Presidents’ Assistants (YPA) 2005 – 2011

Education:

  • Centennial College – Human Resources Management Certificate Completed 1988

Lilliana previously worked in the Private Equity and Financial Sponsor Coverage group of the Bank of Montreal (BMO) and has a background in mining finance. Prior to her role at BMO, she worked in equity research and corporate banking at Dundee Capital Markets and at Societe Generale, respectively.

Lilliana has a Bachelor of Science in Geology and an MBA from Schulich.

Prior to joining Climate Innovation Capital, Ariel was a senior analyst at The Atmospheric Fund, where he sourced and performed due diligence on a wide array of climate tech investment opportunities across venture, project, and fund levels.
 
Ariel began his career in climate tech investing during his summer analyst role at Active Impact Investments, an early-stage climate tech VC fund based in Vancouver. He further developed his interest in climate venture investing by taking on a fund manager role at a student-run impact investing fund during university.
 
Ariel graduated with distinction from Ivey Business School with an Honors Business Administration (HBA) and Sustainability Certificate.
 
Outside of work, Ariel enjoys fly fishing, golf, skiing, squash, and playing Settlers of Catan with his friends.