Annette Verschuren Named Chairwoman of Ottawa’s Venture Capital Expert Panel

Chancellor of Cape Breton University, Annette Verschuren has been named chairwoman of Ottawa’s Venture Capital Expert Panel.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced the appointment stating, “It is a pleasure to announce the appointment of Annette Verschuren as the Chair of the Venture Capital Expert Panel. With her extensive professional and public experience, Ms. Verschuren has the depth of understanding to help our Government make the decisions necessary to improve financing for Canada’s venture capital sector.”

Verschuren has extensive experience in the business community and the venture capital sector as Chair and CEO of NRStor Inc., a company focused on accelerating the commercialization of energy storage technologies through the planning and development of energy storage projects. As well as Chancellor, Verschuren is the namesake of the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in energy and the environment, and leads fundraising efforts to help move the Centre’s mission forward.

Minister Flaherty established the Venture Capital Expert Panel in May 2013 in order to advance key elements of the Venture Capital Action Plan (VCAP), and Verschuren has been a member of the panel since that time.