Sophie Forest

Sophie has been in the venture business for close to 20 years. She has lived through and understands the passion and the challenges of start-up entrepreneurs. Working with the best teams to build successful companies is what she is passionate about.

Sophie has more than 18 years of experience in the high-tech venture capital industry. Prior to joining Brightspark, she was a partner at CDP Capital Technology Ventures, a subsidiary of la Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec, a position she held since 1996.

She has led or overseen more than 50 investments in technology companies in Canada and abroad over the past 15 to 20 years. Sophie played a pivotal role in the investment, growth and exit of Radian6, leading to a 23x multiple on capital invested — one of the most successful technology exits in Canadian history.

As co-CEO of Brightspark 3.0, Sophie helped develop Internet solutions that led to the creation and growth of Jewlr.com and iStopOver.com.

Sophie is a member of the advisory committee on small business and entrepreneurship for the Canadian government, as well as a member of the Canadian Digital Media Network advisory board.

She sits on the Board of Directors of a number of companies, including Protecode, Hopper, eXludus, b5media, Jazinga and others.

Sophie is a Managing Partner of Brightspark and is based in Brightspark’s Montreal office.

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Going to the CVCA

I am on a plane to Vancouver heading for the CVCA annual conference. (No wireless access to e-mails with Air Canada so got lots of time on my hands). For those of you not familiar with the Canadian venture capital …

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Interview with a 7 year old

Last weekend, my daughter, 7 years old, had to prepare an interview with one of her parents about their job.  She chose me, lucky her – I am a venture capitalist. Explaining what a venture capitalist does to most people …

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The WOW Meeting

A few weeks ago, I walked out of a pitch meeting with an entrepreneur and the only thing I could think about was how to close this deal quickly and make sure that I scooped it from the competition. These …

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