Tony Van Bommel is Senior Managing Partner in the Energy/Cleantech Venture Fund for BDC across Canada and is located in the Toronto office. He has been with BDC Venture Capital since 2001. He holds or has held numerous Board of Directors seats and currently is working with Axine, Regen, Nexterra, CarbonCure and Vizimax, all emerging Canadian Cleantech companies.
Prior to joining BDC, he spent four years at InNOVAcorp, a General Partner for the Nova Scotia First Fund, an early stage knowledge-based venture fund. For 10 years prior to this, he worked as a lawyer and partner in the business law firm Little & Wright in London, Ontario. Tony has held multiple directorships in both public and private emerging growth companies across Canada and holds the CVCA “VC Deal of the Year award” for Q1 Labs in 2012.
Tony earned the Dalhousie Governor General’s Gold Medal for the top graduate student chosen from all faculties at Dalhousie University and the gold medal from the Dalhousie University MBA program. He received his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Western Ontario where he won the Pitney Bowes Award for the top graduating law student in Ontario who combined academics, athletics and service to the community. He is a past Chairman of Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia and Volunteer of the year for that organization. As
BDC Venture Capital is the most active industrial Energy/Cleantech (ECT) investor in Canada, BDC Venture Capital tailors its investments towards capital-efficient and scalable businesses with the potential to reach and operate across a global market. With $152M under management in the ECT fund, we invest in early and development stage companies using our experience in Canadian materials, electronics and ICT to build global companies to be commercial successes. Active in the industry since 2001, BDC has successfully strengthened our expertise in smart grid, energy storage, green IT, building energy management, energy-efficient lighting and water treatment technology sectors. Some of our successful exits in ECT are Tundra, Xantrex, Satlantic, Pyrophotonics, Welaptega Marine, Ballard Power and Cellex.