Steve Leightell

Partner

About

Steve Leightell is a Partner on our Investment team. In this role, he looks for great teams leading companies that are likely to be break-out leaders in our thesis areas. He’s happiest when working with our portfolio companies and helping them engage our Impact and Investment teams to find new revenue opportunities and lock out competition. Having twice gone from startup to acquisition prior to joining Georgian, Steve loves working with our portfolio companies on the exciting journey of growth through to exit.

Steve sits on several boards as either a board director or board observer, including Ritual, Flashpoint, Cority, Risk IQ, Welltok, and Data Candy. He also serves on the board of the Canadian Venture Capital Association.

Experience

Steve started his career in Internet sales in the early 1990s and was always a top sales rep before transitioning to business development. By the early 2000s, he was the Director of Business Development at DWL, where he managed a team that built partnerships with Accenture, Oracle, Tata Consulting, Wipro, Cognizant and IBM. Steve designed the channel and strategy that ultimately culminated in the acquisition of DWL by IBM in 2005. He went on to lead a global team within IBM that was responsible for major system integrator partnerships. In 2008, he left IBM to found a niche consulting firm focused on business development for SaaS organizations.

Education

Steve holds a BA in anthropology and sociology from Carleton University in Ottawa.

Did you know?

Steve is a weekend farmer, loves old things with engines and is a lousy drummer. He’s also a keen ski and hockey dad.

Contact Steve

(416) 868-9696

Areas of Expertise

Business Development

M&A

Sales

Negotiations

Team Building

Companies

Cority

Cority leverages its cutting-edge SaaS-based technology and broad environmental, health and safety (EHS) product suite to partner with organizations around the world to effect meaningful change in the way environmental, health, and safety is managed. Cority stands by its customers as they attain performance goals, reduce EHS risks, enhance corporate productivity, and create a healthier workforce.

Team: Jason Brenier, Steve Leightell, Madalin Mihailescu, Jane Podbelskaya, Michael Robinson, Parinaz Sobhani, Ben Wilde

DataCandy

DataCandy is a leading provider of loyalty and gift card programs for the retail, hospitality and convenience-store/fuel sectors. Since its inception in 2002, DataCandy has led the way in providing customer engagement solutions to more than 9,700 locations across Canada and the United States.

Team: Nick Chen, Steve Leightell

FlashPoint

Flashpoint delivers Business Risk Intelligence (BRI) to empower business units and functions across organizations to make better decisions and mitigate risk. The company’s unique deep & dark web data, expertise and technology enables customers to glean intelligence that informs risk and protects their ability to operate.

Team: Nick Chen, Steve Leightell, Emily Walsh

RiskIQ

RiskIQ is a cybersecurity company that helps organizations discover and protect their external-facing known, unknown and third-party web, mobile and social assets. The company’s external threat management platform combines a worldwide proxy and sensor network with synthetic clients that emulate users to monitor, detect, and take actions against threats.

Team: Jason Brenier, Nick Chen, Steve Leightell, Liliana Panic

Ritual

Order ahead app Ritual connects restaurants with customers to offer a simple time-saving tool to place, pay for, and pick-up lunch orders for themselves and their workplace teams.

Team: Nick Chen, Steve Leightell, Margaret Wu

Welltok

Welltok is transforming the way population health managers guide and incentivize consumers to optimize their health. The CafeWell Health Optimization Platform organizes the growing spectrum of health improvement and condition management resources, obtains unparalleled consumer insights through advanced analytics and leverages cognitive computing to create personalized, adaptive health itineraries.

Team: Steve Leightell, Liliana Panic, Jane Podbelskaya, Michael Robinson