York Angel Investors Newsletter June 2019

York Angel Investors

York Angel Investors Inc.’s focus is to create a superior return on investment for our angels and for the entrepreneurs with which we work. YAI Angels come from a wide variety of business backgrounds. This diversity ensures our investees receive SMART money; money with experience and connections.


Monday, June 17, 2019
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Monday, September 23, 2019
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Upcoming Events

Thurs. June 20th: Thinking North - Think Diversification (email Cass for details)
Wed. June 26th: Access IO
Mon. July 8th: PitchItTO City Hall
Thurs. July 18th: OneEleven Tech Summer Social
Tues. July 23rd: MMIE Investors Day in Toronto (email Cass for details)
Wed. July 24th: PitchItYork 
Thurs. Sept 5th - 8th: Fireside Conference 2019
Thurs. Sept 12th: 2019 Angel First Look Investors Meeting

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Thank You Jess

As you are probably aware, Jess Joss will be leaving York Angels effective June 30, 2019 to take on the newly created role of CEO of a three-way angel group alliance between the Golden Triangle Angel Network, Angel One Investor Network, and Southwestern Ontario Angels. This is a tremendous opportunity for Jess and we wish her great success in her new endeavor.  We would also like to take this opportunity to again thank Jess for her tireless work and dedication to York Angels over the last 5 years as she will be missed.To keep in touch with Jess, please use connect@jessjoss.ca

We would also like to welcome Terry Mocherniak as the interim Executive Director, effective July 1, 2019.  Terry will take on the task of finding a permanent replacement for the Executive Director role and will manage the transition process through to early fall.  For those of you who don’t know Terry, he is an Osgoode Hall Law grad, YAI member since 2011, YAI Board member since 2012, and a serial entrepreneur with extensive start-up, venture capital and M & A experience.We have now formally started our search for a new Executive Director and would like to encourage all YAI members and ecosystem partners to help us find the perfect candidate.


If anyone is interested in the role or can recommend someone for the position, please send your resume or email us at jobs@yorkangels.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  For further information on the role please click on the following link: Executive Director Job Description.
Thanks again to everyone for your help and we look forward to hearing from you.

JUNE 26, 2019 

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A Message From Jess
Read Here Jess was Interviewed by Female Funders
Read Here Jess & YAI Members: Mike, Alan & Paul were interviewed for NACO's Blog
Read Here Women In Venture Report: A Baseline Look at Gender in Venture Capital


On May 12th, Angelo & Nikhil attended the Founders Forum
On May 13, Jess had the pleasure of being on a panel with Enthusiast Gaming CEO Menashe at Queen's University event.
York Angels was well represented at OCE Discovery by Angelo, Ana, Cass, Jess, Teresa, Marat, Mohan, Mona, Garry, JP, Jennifer on May 13 & 14.
On May 16th, Teresa was delighted to attend the LatAm Startups Conference, where YAI Member Randy, was the keynote speaker!
Our angels had a great time attending the Collision Conference in Toronto, May 21 & 22.
We had a full day on May 30th! We started with a board meeting, followed by our AGM & Investment Meeting! We had two dynamic pitches, two updates from YAI Portfolio Companies, community partner updates, awards & a presentation from our Sponsors, Dentons!
On June 3rd, Jess & Douglas had the pleasure speaking on a panel at PropTech Society event in Calgary!
From June 5 - 7th, York Angels was well represented at the NACO World Summit in Calgary by: Frank, Jason, Jess, Jennifer & Scott. Jennifer, Jess and Frank all participated in panels at the WAIS. We were very pleased to find out we had won the 'Top Canadian Angel Group by Number of Investments' Award.
Jess traveled to Ottawa June 10th & 11th for Invest Ottawa's AccelerateOTT conference where she moderated a panel on
'Scaling In Canada'.
On June 12th, Jess had the pleasure of speaking at the Private Capital Markets Association of Canada (PCMA)
"Cutting the Red Tape" conference on the Angel Investors Ontario Panel.