Being an entrepreneur herself, and working to fund and grow early stage companies for over 20 years, Sophie Forest knows venture inside and out. Prior to joining Brightspark Ventures, she was a partner at CDP Capital Technology Ventures, a subsidiary of la Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec. As one of Brightspark’s Managing Partners, Sophie has led and overseen more than 50 investments in technology companies. Notably, she has played a pivotal role in the investment, growth and exit of Radian6, leading to a 23x multiple on capital invested and becoming one of the most successful technology exits in Canadian history. Sophie was also involved in the creation and growth of Jewlr.com and iStopOver.com. She is still an active Board Member of Jewlr inc., a leading online personalized jewelry company. She sits on the Board of Directors of a number of companies, including Hopper, nGUVU and Jewlr. Sophie works closely with the startups she invests in and is known for her nurturing and listening qualities. In October 2017, Sophie was awarded the NACO Angel of the Year Award.