Lance Laking

MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund

Lance is  Sr. Investment Director with the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund, a seed-stage venture investor, and a General Partner with StandUp Ventures.  StandUp invests in Women led seed-stage technology companies.    Lance is also a mentor, advisor and facilitator of Entrepreneurship Programs for MaRS Venture Services.   In addition to MaRS, Lance is a member of the Board at Expertfile, and an active Angel Investor.    He previously served as President and CEO of BTI Systems where he was responsible for securing more than US$55M in growth capital (BTI acquired by Juniper Networks in January 2016).


  • University of Waterloo, BA (Accounting and Economics)
  • Certified Professional Accountant / Chartered Accountant
  • Queens University, Executive Development Program
  • University of Western Ontario, Ivey School of Business, Quantum Shift Program

My Sessions

SEED Fundraising Strategy Redux: How Early SEED Opportunities Have Exploded for Startups in 2020-2021


Finding the best way to fund your SaaS company is not easy, and there are more options to consider than ever as fundraising continues to change with the post-COVID19 economic rebound.    Our panel will provide tips on how to navigate the world of virtual fundraising, prospecting, referrals, pitching and due diligence when you can’t meet investors face-to-face. They will […]