Leadership Team

Derek Lew

President & CEO


Derek Lew an active member of the technology startup community in Vancouver. He is a Partner with Initio Group, a Vancouver, BC-based early-stage angel investment firm, and a lawyer experienced in the areas of corporate, commercial and real estate law. Active in his community, he is a Director of the Frank and Joan Lew Charitable Trust and the FJL Housing Society, which focuses on matters related to social housing in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Professionally, he is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia. Derek holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta.

David Levi

Founder and Executive Vice President


David Levi founded GrowthWorks Capital in 1999. In 1992 he founded WOF, where he was CEO until 2016. WOF has invested $600 million in more than 130 growth-oriented, entrepreneurial BC companies.

Prior to launching WOF, David was Chair of VanCity Credit Union and remained as a director until 1996. He is a past director of the Canadian Venture Capital Association. David has provided strategic direction to many portfolio companies and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Avcorp Industries.

Mark Leung

Vice President, Finance


Mark Leung has over 15 years of experience in finance and accounting. He has diverse industry experience which includes investment management, telecommunications, and gaming. Responsibilities included overseeing all aspects of financial planning & analysis and strategic planning. Professionally, he is Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), and a graduate of University of British Columbia (MBA).

Jim Charlton


Jim Charlton has over 30 years of venture capital experience; 20 years with GrowthWorks Capital. After beginning his career with Discovery Enterprises (an early stage venture capital firm) and then Ventures West Management, Jim joined GrowthWorks Capital in 1996 before stepping away in 2015. Jim rejoined the team in Spring 2018.

Jim’s board/investment activity includes: Apparent Networks, Cellex Power, Cellfor, Chancery Software, fSONA Communications, Gemcom Software, HotHaus Technologies, LightHaus Logic, Mixpo, SFG Technologies, Silicon Chalk and Teradici.

Jim has a BSc in Physics/Astronomy from UBC and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

Rolf Dekleer

Vice President, Investments



Rolf Dekleer has 18 years of operating experience with technology companies such as Cymbolic Sciences, MacDonald Dettwiler, Agilent Technologies, Hewlett-Packard and Schlumberger. He has extensive experience in product management and business development, including 10 years with venture capital backed firms. He also has 2 years of investment experience with Innovation Ontario Corp., an early stage venture capital firm in Toronto. Rolf has an MA and an MBA from York University, and graduated from BCIT's Electronics Engineering program. He serves as Lab Investigator at CDL-West.

Current board positions: Boreal Genomics, Cooledge Lighting, Copperleaf Technologies, D-Wave Systems, General Fusion, Switch Materials and VEF.

Past board/investment activity includes: Angstrom Power (sold to BIC), Cellex Power (sold to Plug Power), Clearwater Technologies (sold to Terasen), Distrix Networks, Dyaptive Systems (sold to JDSU), EQO Communications, Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Assoc., JGKB/Versawave Technologies (sold to Optelian), NxtGen Emission Controls (sold to Westport), Photonics Industry Assoc., QImaging (sold to Roper), Radiant Communications (sold to Comwave), Redlen Technologies, and Zeugma Systems (sold to Tellabs).

Peter Clark

President & CEO of GrowthWorks Atlantic Venture Fund

Vice President, Atlantic Canada


Peter Clark, appointed President & CEO of GrowthWorks Atlantic Venture Fund on July 1, 2015, has over 18 years of experience in private company investing, corporate development, transaction execution, and business planning with public and private companies in Canada and the United States. Peter joined GrowthWorks in 2006 at the Regional Investment Manager for New Brunswick and was promoted to Vice President of Investments for Atlantic Canada in 2012. Prior to starting at GrowthWorks Peter served as VP Finance and Corporate Development with Barrett Xplore (Canada's leading wireless broadband Internet service provider), and VP Corporate Development with TeleTech Holdings (a NASDAQ listed provider of outsourced customer management services). Also, Peter served as Vice President and Treasurer for Covad International, a subsidiary of the largest independent DSL wholesaler in the United States. Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

Current and past board positions include: Smart Skin Technologies, Introhive, Lymbix, Enovex Technology, and Spinzo Corp. Peter is a member of the Advisory Board of the Huntsman marine Science Center and a member of the Endowment Board of the Fredericton YMCA. Previously, Peter served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fredericton Community Foundation and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Fredericton Playhouse.

Tony Rautava

Investment Manager & Chief Compliance Officer


Tony Rautava brings 15 years of experience working with investment funds in the areas of operations, financial reporting, compliance, client service and fund product development. He also has experience with continuous disclosure obligations having served as the corporate secretary of a TSX listed reporting issuer. Tony holds a BBA with a specialization in Finance from Trinity Western University and has completed several industry related courses, including the Partners, Directors & Officers course and the Chief Compliance Officers Qualifying Exam. In his role as Investment Manager, Tony serves on boards of portfolio companies managed by GrowthWorks Capital. He is also involved in the technology and venture capital community in Vancouver, currently serving as a director of the Vancouver Entrepreneurs Forum (VEF).

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