Sanjana Basu is an Investment Associate with Radical Ventures. Radical Ventures is a $350 Million Series A fund investing in bold entrepreneurs developing and applying artificial intelligence and other deep technologies to invent the future. Sanjana is passionate about the healthcare space and the many companies that are using deeply disruptive technology to advance the sector. Prior to Radical, Sanjana worked at the strategic investing and incubation arm of the Tata Group, the $100B Indian conglomerate based out of Mumbai, India. Here she was involved in investing in and incubating technology enabled ventures in the fintech, retail-tech and mobility-tech space, the operational support of early stage portfolio companies as well as the end to end management of exits. Sanjana also worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Barclays focused on M&A and DCM.
She completed her MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and her undergraduate in Economics & International Relations from Tufts University in Boston, US.
Blair Bernholtz is Chief Financial Officer of Radical Ventures, responsible for investor relations and financial matters relating to Radical’s corporate entities, limited partners and investments.
Prior to joining Radial, Blair was at Onex for over nine years, where she served as a Director in the Finance group as well as a Director in the Investor Relations & Fund Development group. In her roles at Onex, Blair was responsible for financial reporting for various large- and mid-size funds; assisting the investment teams on transactions within the funds from a treasury and reporting perspective; implementing internal processes and software solutions within the Finance group; and assisting in the company’s fundraising and investor relations efforts.
Blair started her career in Audit and Assurance at PricewaterhouseCoopers, working in both the Toronto and San Francisco offices.
Blair holds an Honors Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and is a Chartered Professional Accountant in Ontario and a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois.
Blair sits on the Finance Committee of the Bernard Betel Centre.
Partner, Radical Ventures
Aaron oversees public affairs for Radical Ventures, developing and supporting strategic communications efforts for Radical’s portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Radical, Aaron was at Google for over eight years, where he served as its head of public affairs in Canada. In his time at Google, Aaron helped shape the company’s narrative and strategic communications north of the border. At Google, Aaron also managed public affairs for Google AI in Canada, supporting AI pioneer Geoffrey Hinton and working to amplify his team’s groundbreaking research.
Prior to joining Google, Aaron straddled the worlds of technology and journalism. He served as the Director of Marketing at Vancouver-based Incognito Software, before joining the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC News) as one of the founding producers of the national current affairs program The Current where he served as Documentary Producer and Assignment Editor. Aaron sits on the board of the Canadian Journalism Foundation.
Aaron’s side-hustle is TV writing – he has developed dramatic series for CBC and CTV, and was a writer for the CTV/CBS series Flashpoint.
Ed has been honoured numerous times for his vision, integrity and strong leadership. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2010 – one of the country’s highest distinctions – for his “contributions to Canada’s banking and financial industry, and for his voluntary and philanthropic endeavours.”
In 2010, Ed was named Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year – widely viewed as the most prestigious award in Canadian business. In 2011, Ed was named Ivey Business Leader of the Year by the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. In 2012 and 2013, Ed was named to Barron’s prestigious annual list of the World’s 30 Best CEOs. Canadian Business awarded Ed CEO of the Year in 2013, and in 2014, American Banker named Ed a Lifetime Achievement Honoree. In October 2014, the Harvard Business Review named Ed to The 100 Top Performing CEOs in the World. Most recently, he was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame for his “outstanding professional achievements and enduring contributions to Canadian society.”
Currently, Ed is a Director of Thomson Reuters, Chair of the Vector Institute, an independent non-profit institution dedicated to Artificial Intelligence.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Jordan is a founder, GP and Managing Director of Radical Ventures. He co-founded Layer 6 AI and was co-CEO prior to its 9-figure acquisition in January 2018 by TD Bank Group where he joined as Chief AI Officer (Business & Strategy) & SVP.
Jordan is also a founder of the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, a concept he devised and initiated with Layer 6 co-founder Tomi Poutanen, Professor Geoffrey Hinton (widely recognized as the godfather of AI) and Professor Richard Zemel.
Jordan is a Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), and he also sits on Canada’s AI for Health (AI4H) Taskforce, and mentors startups at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management’s Creative Destruction Lab, the world’s largest AI accelerator.
Jordan previously co-founded Milq, a cultural content discovery platform that was an early adopter of machine learning for personalization.
Director of Talent
Meg Lizza is the Director of Talent of Radical Ventures. She currently leads Radical’s human capital efforts by supporting the firm’s talent network and partnering with portfolio companies on their talent management strategy and technical recruitment needs.
Prior to joining Radical, Meg specialized in machine learning recruitment in New York City, where she helped build machine learning research and engineering teams in various hedge funds, private equity groups and other fintech startups, including Layer 6 AI.
Meg holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Georgetown University, where she majored in Government and minored in French and History.
She was born and raised in Southern California, but is enjoying her new transition to Toronto.
Daniel is an investor at Radical. He spends his time with mission-driven founders that are building businesses that leverage new knowledge generated by machine intelligence systems in language, vision, physics, and biology.
Before Radical, he helped build and scale the Creative Destruction Lab, the world’s largest AI startup accelerator program, where he wore various hats including building a network of superstar scientists and entrepreneurs, sourcing companies, operations, and developing an incubator for quantum technologies. Daniel was born and raised in Guatemala, holds a B.A. in Political Science & Economics from the University of Guelph, and an M.S. in Global Affairs focussed on energy policy from NYU.
Parasvil Patel is a Principal with Radical Ventures. Prior to joining Radical, Parasvil was most recently with KKR Capstone where he supported diligence and post acquisition value creation efforts for multiple asset classes including private equity, technology growth equity, private credit, turnaround investing, and impact investing. His diligence experience spans various industries including technology (SaaS, web services, and cloud infrastructure), consumer & retail, and healthcare.
At KKR, he also provided portfolio oversight and governance support to the Americas Portfolio Management Committee and led various internal technology initiatives.
During business school, he led go-to-market and fundraising activities for an early stage cloud startup called Jisto (MassChallenge 2014).
Parasvil started his career as a consultant with BCG where he advised senior management on strategic and operational topics. He worked with clients across India and US on topics related to growth strategy, operational improvement, organizational transformation, investment evaluation, and ‘big data’ analytics.
He received a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay and an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar and co-president of the Business Analytics & Big Data Club.
He is a board member of the IIT Bombay Heritage Foundation (IIT Bombay’s alumni organization in the US).
Tomi is a founder of Radical Ventures, and co-founder of Layer 6 AI and was co-CEO prior to its by TD Bank Group in 2018 where he is now Chief AI Officer and SVP.
Tomi is also a founder of the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, a concept he devised and initiated with Layer 6 co-founder Jordan Jacobs and Professor Geoffrey Hinton. Tomi is a Founding Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Rotman Business School’s Creative Destruction Lab, the world’s largest AI accelerator. Tomi and Jordan have invested in technology startups for over a decade, and now do so together through Radical Ventures.
Tomi previously co-founded Milq and is a serial tech entrepreneur with exits to Microsoft and Yahoo! The technology acquired by Microsoft (while Tomi was a student at University of Waterloo) is used over 20 years later for Azure’s cloud storage, while the technology acquired by Yahoo’s was deployed in the search ranking algorithm of Bing and Yahoo Web Search, becoming the world’s largest machine learning stack when launched in 2011. While at Yahoo, Tomi led Search internationally, built a novel $200M search advertising program called Paid Inclusion, and launched Yahoo! Answers.
Tomi holds a BSc in Computer Engineering from University of Waterloo, and both an MSc in Computer Engineering and an MBA from University of Toronto.
Director of Administration
Donna oversees administration at Radical Ventures. Before joining the fund, Donna worked closely with Jordan Jacobs overseeing administration at Milq, a cultural content discovery platform, and then Layer 6, an AI-focused platform company.
Born in Jamaica, Donna moved to Canada as a young adult.
Adithya is part of the investment team at Radical Ventures and is primarily involved in sourcing and diligence of our deal flow. He also assists our impact team as a Board Observer for RoadBotics and Sensibill.
Prior to Radical, Adithya was a Venture Capitalist at NJF Capital in London, covering early-stage technology deals across European and North American markets. Previously, he worked as an engineer and M&A specialist for the National Grid of New Zealand.
Adithya holds an MBA from The University of Oxford, and a Bachelor’s in Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Co-Founder & General Partner
Benji is a founder and General Partner of Radical Ventures. Prior to Radical Ventures, Benji was Chief Operating Officer of Layer 6 ahead of its acquisition by TD Bank Group in 2018.
Before Layer 6, Benji was a VP of M&A and Corporate Development within Constellation Software Inc. where he was responsible for sourcing, leading, integrating and managing companies around the world. Benji also worked in private equity and holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (“CPA”) designation.
He is an associate at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management’s Creative Destruction Lab where he mentors early-stage startups.
Benji is a graduate from the Ivey Business School at Western University in Canada.
Partner, Impact Team
Salim is a Partner and the General Manager of Radical Ventures. Prior to joining Radical, Salim was most recently President of Venture Services at MaRS, which is North America’s largest urban innovation centre.
In his role at MaRS, Salim oversaw a portfolio of over 1200 ventures across 4 sector areas including Health, Cleantech, Fintech and Enterprise. Salim also led a team of over 100 employees delivering programming and advisory to these high growth science and technology ventures. In addition to his Venture Services role at MaRS, Salim also led the MaRS Corporate Innovation Program (>90 global corporate partners), the MaRS Capital Program (>65 participating venture funds) and the MaRS Talent program.
Salim was previously Vice President of Corporate Development at Indigo Books & Music where he worked closely with CEO to define and operationalize the firm’s digital innovation strategy. He has held roles as Chief Operating Officer of B5media (acquired by New York-based Alloy Digital) and Chief Operating Officer of CX Digital/Cyberplex Inc. (where he scaled annual revenues from $5M to $80M).
Salim was also a partner with Brightspark Ventures, an early-stage fund focused on software and Internet opportunities where he led some of its most successful investments including Radian6 (acquired by Salesforce). Before Brightspark, Salim co-founded San Francisco-based MobShop Inc. where he and his executive team raised $49M in venture financing from investors including Marc Andreessen prior to the acquisition by Groupon Inc.
Salim is a graduate of the Ivey Business School at Western University.