Trust Science adds veteran tech investor to board of advisers
Sourcing, screening and decisioning platform Trust Science has chosen a veteran tech investor and innovation guru to its board of advisors.
Chosen for the position is John Ruffolo, whose background includes stints as the founder and managing partner of Maverix Private Equity, founder of OMERS Ventures, and co-founder and vice chair of the Council of Canadian Innovators.
While CEO of OMERS Ventures, he invested more than $500 million U.S. dollars in over 40 disruptive growth technology companies across North America, including Shopify, Hootsuite, and Wattpad.
In 2014, Ruffolo was recognized as Canada’s No. 1 of 100 Most Powerful Business People by Canadian Business Magazine, among other accolades.
His current private equity fund, Maverix, is also a $500 million fund.
Ruffolo will be providing direct guidance to Evan Chapko, founder and CEO of Trust Science.
“I have witnessed Evan’s gift for outsized technology commercialization as a serial entrepreneur. And I’ve been watching Trust Science since its birth, long before the rest of the world even understood the potential of AI & Machine Learning. This may be Evan’s biggest play yet, which says a great deal given his track record,” Ruffolo said in a news release.
Also on the Trust Science board are Don Guloein, most recently the CEO of Manulife Financial; Imran Khan, TD Bank Group’s global head of innovation and TD Invent; and David Ebersman, the chief financial officer of Facebook (now Meta).
“John is one of the most credible, trusted people in North American technology commercialization and policy. What he has single handedly done for the sector, and for his country, is immeasurable. John makes the perfect addition to my CEO’s Advisory Board given the extent of Trust Science’s ambition and long-held vision to allow deserving people to get what they deserve, starting first by helping lenders to find & ‘decision’ great borrowers,” Chapko said.