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Janet Bannister

Real Ventures

Janet is Managing Partner at Real Ventures, a leading source of capital for Canada's game-changing entrepreneurs. As Managing Partner, Janet sets the strategy for the firm, leads investor relationships, and oversees all firm operations. In addition, she has led investments in over a dozen companies and works actively with founders to help them build large, industry-defining companies. Janet is also active in the Canadian tech ecosystem; she sits on the boards of Communitech in Waterloo and Vector Institute in Toronto.

In 2004, Janet launched Kijiji.ca and grew it to become one of the most visited websites in Canada. Subsequently, she led the Kijiji Global business, launching the site in new countries and accelerating growth in North America, Europe, and Asia. Janet also spent 4 years at eBay in Silicon Valley where she helped transform the company from collectibles to a mainstream marketplace. Janet started her career as a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble and then joined McKinsey & Co., where she was an Engagement Manager.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Janet received an HBA (Honours Business Administration) degree from Western University's Ivey Business School in Canada, where she was awarded the Gold Medal for the highest standing in her graduating class. Janet also received a Western Athletic Letter for her participation on the Varsity Cross Country, Track and Field, and Nordic Ski teams. She was on the Canadian National Triathlon team for 3 years and represented Canada at the World Championships. Kanet is happily married and has a 15-year-old son, who is the light of her life.

A member of Class 24, Janet is serving her fellowship at Real Ventures under the mentorship of Managing Parter John Stokes.