Moving Forward – Accessing Capital Post COVID-19

DATE AIRED:7/8/2020


Duration:60 minutes

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how Canadian technology companies access capital. How do investors continue to invest without meeting founders in person? 

In this session, our Vancouver Technology Leader, Mark Zastre will lead a group of experts from the Venture Capitalist, Private Equity, and Angel Capital, in a discussion about their own insights on what the post-pandemic world may look like. 

What you should expect:
- Current state of the investing landscape;
- Valuable insight concerning the market environment; 
- How are valuations being impacted? Are investors investing?
- Advice to companies on how to think about your own investors and those relationships;
- Outlook on where they see new opportunities ahead; the future of accessing capital in a post-pandemic world; and
- How do you get in front of investors right now?

If you're already registered for the Moving Forward – Accessing Capital Post COVID-19 webcast, click below:



Mark Zastre

Vancouver Technology Leader

BDO Canada

Mark is a Partner in BDO’s Vancouver office, with over 25 years of professional experience providing financial statement auditing, internal control reviews and recommendations, as well as regulatory compliance and financial statement disclosure advisory services for public companies listed in Canada and the United States

Annika Lewis


Vanedge Capital

Annika focuses on a range of areas, including SaaS and Applied Analytics. Before joining Vanedge, Annika spent more than six years at Capital One, where she held a number of roles in both New York City and in Toronto. Her background at Capital One was in Strategy, Analytics, and Corporate Innovation in the Financial Services sector, with a focus on emerging technologies. Annika holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from McGill University.

Kevin Brent

Chief Investment Officer

Bluesky Equities Ltd.

Kevin leads a multi-disciplinary investment team at Bluesky Equities, a Calgary based family office. Having seen hundreds of pitches and invested in dozens of early stage companies over the past 5 years, he is constantly searching out disruptive business models with sustainable competitive advantages. In addition, Kevin is a member of the Alberta Securities Commission’s New Economy Advisory Committee, providing insight into the challenges and benefits of new technologies in relation to the regulation of capital markets. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University and is a CFA charterholder.

Randall Lucas


Voyager Capital

Randall focuses on new investments in Washington and British Columbia, primarily in the areas of analytics software and financial technology. He previously worked at Voyager Capital before leaving in 2010 to lead finance for Fund III portfolio company Lighter Capital, and returned as a full-time investor in 2017.

Kristina Milke

Co-Founder of Valhalla Private Capital and President and Member of Valhalla Angels

Valhalla Private Capital

Kristina is the co-founder of Valhalla Private Capital and President of Valhalla Angels, one of Canada’s most active angel investing groups. She is also a mentor and a Board of Advisors for University of Alberta Venture Mentoring Services. Kristina is a CPA/Chartered Accountant with a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Alberta whose career has spanned over various industries. In 2012 she completed her role as General Manager of Investopedia where she oversaw all of its operations for 4 years. Kristina originally joined Investopedia in 2008 when it was still under the management of the original co-founders but owned by Forbes out of NY. Six months into her tenure with Investopedia, she accepted the role of general manager and then transitioned the organization towards focused growth. Kristina also assisted with the efforts in the marketing and sale of Investopedia to ValueClick in 2010. Prior to joining Investopedia, Kristina was the Corporate Divisional Controller for Intuit, Canada as well as the Divisional Controller and Ethics Officer for Spar Aerospace. In addition to her role with VA Angels, Kristina also has her own consulting practice that focuses on helping smaller organizations who need Finance and Business Advisory bench strength but are not yet ready for a full time CFO.
First Name
Last Name
Email Address
Work Phone
Company Name
Job Title

You can submit your questions to the panels in advance and we will try to include them in the discussion.

I would like to speak with a Partner.
I agree to receive marketing communications from BDO Canada. You may withdraw your consent at any time. | Privacy Statement | Accessibility Policy
BDO Canada LLP, a Canadian limited liability partnership, is a member of BDO International Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, and forms part of the international BDO network of independent member firms.

BDO is the brand name for the BDO network and for each of the BDO Member Firms.