Venture Capitalist Panel
Online | October 2, 2020 | 10:00 – 11:30 am
Are you looking for investors in your business? Have you ever considered venture capital funding?
Join WESK for a stimulating and informative panel discussion as we learn from three local venture capitalists. Moderated by Christine Hrudka, our panelists will share their thoughts on the current venture capitalist landscape in our province and discuss what women entrepreneurs must consider to secure venture capital support.
Eric Clark, COO and Partner, PFM Capital Inc.
Eric Clark is the Chief Operating Officer and a partner of PFM Capital. Mr. Clark joined PFM in 2010 and as the head of Business Development is responsible for the creation and implementation of the firm’s fundraising and deal origination functions. Mr. Clark’s role touches on a number of key areas of the firm including investor relations and fund compliance, with particular focus on managing stakeholder relationships.
Mr. Clark is a member of the board of directors of the Regina Chamber of Commerce, the Saskatchewan Capital Network, and the Canadian Venture Capital Association (CVCA).
Jason Drummond, President, Drummond Group of Companies
Jason Drummond is a local entrepreneur and business owner. Jason is a very active investor and founder in various sectors such as technology, hospitality, cannabis, retail and real estate.
Jason’s passion for promoting his home province of Saskatchewan has led to the formation of numerous companies and brands such as Leo’s Hospitality Group which owns and operates 15 restaurants across the prairies, Path CoWork in downtown Regina, Farmer Jane Cannabis in Regina as well as two venture funds with Sask roots – Broad Street Bulls VC Fund, an early stage tech and high growth fund as well as Green Acre Capital, a 110MM venture capital fund.
Jason is currently serving his fourth year as a board member of Economic Development Regina and his third year serving as Chair of the Council for Entrepreneurship Growth which created the Audacity YQR movement to promote and inspire local business owners and entrepreneurs.
Laurie Dmytryshyn, Chief of Equity Investment, PIC Investment Group Inc.
Laurie is the Chief of Equity Investment for PIC Investment Group Inc. PIC is a private company focused on growth financing in the chemical, transportation, real estate, and northern Saskatchewan outfitting industries. Laurie is responsible for supporting PIC’s minority investment portfolio and helping facilitate the growth and success of the portfolio companies.
Prior to joining PIC, she was Executive Director of the Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan and the Agriculture Institute of Management in Saskatchewan. She also worked for Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food at the start of her career.
Laurie is on the Board of Directors of Ag-West Bio Inc. and the Raj Manek Mentorship Program and participates on the Board of Directors for several of PIC’s minority investment companies including: Verdient Foods, Stellar Power and Control Solutions, and TinyEYE Technologies. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and an MBA from the University of Saskatchewan and has earned her ICD.D designation.
Christine Hrudka, Pharmacy Owner and Chair of the Canadian Pharmacists Association
Christine is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan. She currently is an owner of Pharmacy First on 8th and Pharmacy First at Lifebridge. Previous to this, Christine was a Shoppers Drug Mart franchise owner for 16 years in both Regina and Saskatoon. Christine served and chaired the Pharmacy Economics Committee for 5 years. She served on the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Council for 3 years and was President in 2010. Christine serves on the PAS Board currently and chaired for 2 years. Christine is the appointed PAS representative on the Canadian Pharmacists Association board. She has volunteered for many community boards such as SREDA, YWCA, United Way and WESK. Christine lives in Saskatoon with her husband Gordon Wyant.