Michelle Scarborough


Michelle Scarborough is Managing Director, Strategic Investments and Women in Tech. In this position, she leads the origination and execution of strategic initiatives to fill current and future financing gaps in the Canadian ecosystem. She is also responsible for BDC’s $70M investment to bring capital to high-growth tech companies with women in the lead.

Michelle has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneurs and investor across various industries and sectors. Before joining BDC, she was Senior Vice President at Kensington Capital Partners Limited, where she was responsible for the growth and management of its fund of funds and direct investment activity in Western Canada including venture capital, private equity, infrastructure and energy technology investments. Previously, serving as Managing Director of the Invest Ottawa Regional Innovation Centre, she founded one of the first technology accelerators in Ontario, a model that was replicated in 13 accelerators across the province. She also structured and launched the $250M Ontario Emerging Technology Fund, and was a co-founder and Managing Partner of Fronterra Ventures—an oil and gas technology venture fund. She has served as CEO of Smart Seed Ventures Management Inc., and of Scarborough Associates Management, and she was Interim CEO of Solflex. Michelle has been a founder or co-founder of various private and public companies including Roll Up Capital Corp., Rodeo Capital Corp III, Metropolitan Energy Corp., and Bonita Capital Inc.

Ms. Scarborough is a director of the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association and is past chair of the National Angel Capital Organization. She is a founder of the Women’s Angel Network in Canada.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary. She also holds the Corporate Director (ICD.D) designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

My Sessions

Breakout: Finding the Right Partner That Will Help You Scale Can be the Difference Between Growing Quickly and Meaningfully or Getting Left Behind in a Cloud of Dust.

Room 206

The best partners are strategic, mutually beneficial and aligned with your goals from the beginning. Your first task should include identifying who best fits with your objectives (and do you fit with theirs’s). Then you will need a roadmap to navigate this partnership and ensure the onboarding of your new relationship is well-managed for both […]