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About Venbridge

bringing new and innovative solutions to venture debt

our mission

We help build great companies by offering non-dilutive venture debt and tax credit consulting services. Our services allow you to maximize your government tax incentives, better manage cash flow, and invest more in the areas you need.

If you are a growing business that is looking to take advantage of the tax incentives the Canadian government has in place, Venbridge is your best business partner. See below to learn a little bit more about Venbridge!

our story

Venbridge was born to help technology companies grow. The company is powered by Merchant Advance Capital. Merchant provides the funding source, some back office functions and key talented people. We are stronger together by offering a full suite of solutions to small and medium businesses in Canada.

Merchant Advance Capital provides a range of small business financing solutions to Canadian businesses. Merchant is proud of its proprietary technology that allows it to deliver credit of up to $500K in as little as 1 business day.

national team
world class results

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CEO Venbrige

Garron Helman

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Garron helps company founders grow their businesses- providing bridge financing to hundreds of great Canadian firms. As a recognized leader in SR&ED identification and with expert knowledge in tax credit programs here in Canada, Garron became a partner at Espresso Capital to build Central and Eastern Canada’s financing portfolio.

Prior to advising and financing growth firms in Canada, Garron was on the ground floor at Creo, one of Canada’s earliest unicorns, establishing their marketing operations and then as President of the Asia Pacific region. After reaching a market cap of over $2B, Creo was sold to Kodak and Garron stayed on to run the $300M commercial division, doubling profit within a year before returning to Canada with his wife and two children.

B.A. in Psychology, B.ESc. in Mechanical Engineering, M.B.A. 

David Gens

David Gens

CHAIRMAN

David is the co-founder of Venbridge and founder, President and CEO of Merchant Advance Capital. David has placed thousands of loans and helped small companies. David is also the Executive Chairman of progressa.com. Previously, David was a partner with GBA Equity Partners, a Vancouver-based small to mid-market private equity firm.

He is a UBC business grad and loves playing music. In 2014, David was named in Business in Vancouver’s Top Forty Under 40, and in 2015 he was named in BCBusiness Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30. In 2016, David was a finalist in the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards in the fintech category.

B.Comm. Leslie Wong Fellow

Heather Nicol CFO Venbridge SR&ED Financing

Heather Nicol

CFO & COO

Heather has diverse business experience in senior financial roles in the corporate sector, financial services and not for-profit.  Her past roles include CFO for the MaRS Discovery District and EVP for an investment company specializing in pharmaceutical royalties. Earlier in her career, she worked in investment banking, creating new relationships and leading financings at TD Securities and in various investment banking roles at Burns Fry Limited. She has also served non-profit organizations including The Bishop Strachan School’s Board of Governors, BioDiscovery Toronto, the Danny Grossman Dance Company, and the Hollow Hill Foundation.  She holds a Honours Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Business Administration from the Ivey School at the University of Western Ontario.

B.S. Mathematics, M.B.A., CMA, CPA, ICD.D
David Gens

Peleg Bartfeld

CRO

Peleg heads the finance and risk functions at Venbridge using analytical capabilities developed from over a decade of experience in the investment industry. He joined in 2018 from RBC Global Asset Management, where he was a senior member of the PH&N Canadian Equity Team, and a key contributor to its management of roughly $10 billion in AUM. Peleg was directly responsible for investments in the financial services sector giving him valuable experience with a diverse range of financial institutions and lenders.

He was recognized as a ‘TopGun Investment Mind’ in the 2017 Brendan Wood International Survey.

Peleg is a CFA Charterholder and an alumnus of UBC’s Portfolio Management Foundation.

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