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Rob Barbara

Build Ventures

Rob is co-founder of Build Ventures, a Canadian early-stage venture firm based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Build focuses on the underserved Atlantic Canadian innovation ecosystem. Its second fund was raised in February 2019.

Prior to Build, Rob founded Beaujolais Private Investment Management, a private wealth management firm that was part of Burgundy Asset Management. He grew the firm to $400M in assets under management. He also founded eSalveo, a messaging and transaction platform for the primary care physician market. Rob has been an investment banker and an economist as well.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Rob has a Bachelor and a Master of Arts in economics from Queen's University and an MBA from Western University's Ivey Business School, both schools located in Ontario, Canada. He is also a CFA charterholder.

Rob is married (Robin) and has three sons. He is active in his community, currently co-chairing a capital campaign for the Sacred Heart School of Halifax and serving as the Director of the Lunenburg Yacht Club's learn-to-sail program; he is actively competitive in sailboat racing.

Rob is serving his fellowship at Build Ventures as a member of Class 24.