Fixing the Growth Capital Gap in Canada: Canadian Business Growth Fund
George Rossolatos, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Business Growth Fund
George Rossolatos has over 20 years’ experience as an investor, entrepreneur, and leader. At CBGF, he is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the Fund.
George joined the CBGF as its founding CEO in January 2018, bringing a passion to help entrepreneurs across Canada grow their companies and ‘think bigger’. Prior to CBGF, George was CEO of Avante Logixx Inc. (TSXV:XX). As an investor and operator at Avante for 7 years, his mandate was to determine the company's strategic direction and vision and execute the go forward plan which included an operational turnaround. Under George’s leadership, Avante’s value grew significantly as it turned to profitability with revenue quadrupling via organic growth and strategic acquisitions. Prior to Avante, George worked in the private equity industry for 10 years. He was a partner and co-founder of TorQuest Partners Inc. a mid-market Canadian private equity fund from its inception in early 2002 until 2010. While at TorQuest, George and his partners raised over $700 million to invest in mid-market buyout opportunities for institutional investors and successfully invested this capital in building growth platform companies across manufacturing, business services, retail, insurance and other industries. Prior to TorQuest, George was an investment principal at Harrowston Inc., a publicly traded merchant bank where he assessed and analyzed investment opportunities. Prior to Harrowston, he spent five years with Ernst & Young LLP managing a group focused on middle market companies.
As a Chartered Public Accountant (CPA - Ontario), George holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a B.Com. (Honours) from Queen’s University. He was recognized in 2007 as one of Canada's Top 40 under 40 and is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization and a past member of the Entrepreneurs' Organization. He has served as a director for a number of private and public company boards.
George has dedicated time to several not for profit organizations as a volunteer and board member. He has served on the Advisory Board for the Queen's MBA program and as a director for the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation, the Association for Corporate Growth Toronto Chapter, the Hellenic Heritage Foundation and the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs, where he has since been named an Honorary Director for his efforts in the organization's operational restructuring and turnaround.