George is a technology entrepreneur with a lifelong fascination with technology’s impact on our world, and with the people and teams that successfully bring beautiful products & innovative technologies to the market. He is currently the co-founder of the startup Kindred.ai, working at the intersection of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI).
In 2013, George joined OMERS Ventures as a Director, working on early-stage investments in a number of sectors. He lead OMERS’ participation in InteraXon’s Series A round (makers of the Muse, a consumer brain sensing headset), and worked on the deal teams responsible for OMERs’ lead investments in Shopify’s $100M Series C round (Commerce), and Wattpad’s $46M Series C round (Consumer). During this time, he began studying the advances in the robotics and AI sectors, and developed a conviction that we were at the beginning of a long cycle of rapid advances in those fields.
Earlier, George was VP Operations for Greylock-backed Wrapp, a Swedish social gifting company. His responsibilities included building out and managing Wrapp’s US-based team and negotiating customer & partnership deals. Before that, he co-founded Rypple, a social enterprise software company (acquired by Salesforce in 2012), where he was responsible for internal operations, recruiting, and assisting with company strategy as well as financing and managing the acquisition process.
George began his career at RIM, spending a fascinating decade there during the iconic firm’s rise from underdog to disruptor. He initially worked on RF Circuit & Systems Research & Design, and then managed RIM’s patent portfolios in the areas of RF, Cryptography, and other portfolios. He also assisted with various cross-border IP Litigation cases including NTP and Inpro.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
George holds BA.Sc. (engineering science, electrical), JD, and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto. He has also studied product management at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and is a Registered Patent Agent in Canada and the holder of two patents. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Engineering Science at the University of Toronto.
George is an avid biker and runner, and although he can’t swim, he is training for an Ironman Triathlon; he recently developed an addiction to obstacle races.
As a member of Class 18, George served his fellowship at the OMERS Ventures under the mentorship of CEO, John Ruffolo.