Canadian Growth Investments builds and funds innovative companies in high-impact industries.
Working with cybersecurity entrepreneurs to build their business. Utilizing our unique framework that brings together resources, a network of business partners and exceptional business experience.
Building Value with Passion
We believe in passionate people. The entrepreneur is the heart of the business. CGI has combined expertise assisting in bringing those elements of the vision together and to life.
Our focus is to develop the story for sustainable growth and scalable revenue. We believe in providing the appropriate financial resources, management and technical expertise to develop a tailored business strategy.
We focus on identifying passionate and visionary entrepreneurs. Our team’s deep domain expertise in security, will allow the entrepreneur to evaluate the opportunities via our assessment frameworks.
Ensuring there is a strong connection and partnership with our entrepreneurs and their business. Supporting our portfolio companies in the development of a business and investment plan is a key priority for us to which we commit resources and time without reservations.
The goal of the CGI team is working with entrepreneurs to support their vision - with the appropriate capital investment, executive coaching, market and sales development, and fostering strategic relationships.
The CGI rich network delivers high value to our portfolio companies. We are connected to a vast pool of talent which our portfolio companies require to accelerate growth.
CGI supports our portfolio companies to scale until they achieve market leadership. Our model is about building the business, and the financial component is the result of hard, collaborated work.
Why Partner With Us?
Access to International markets.
Offices in Canada and Switzerland.
ACCESS TO TALENT
Access to international experts in mobility, security and academic partners.
COMPANY BUILDING SKILLS
Access to experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts. Agile and highly responsive structure.
Canadian Growth Investments offers its partners unique benefits to build and grow companies faster.
John was a member of RBC Royal Bank for 30+ years, and worked within the Commercial and Retail Banking lines of business, first as a sales professional and then subsequently as a Sales Leader and Executive Officer of RBC. As a Sales Executive, John gained a great deal of experience throughout Canada and the United States as a Regional President with RBC Centura, where he led the region’s sales network in North Carolina and South-East Virginia.
John also lead RBC’s Canadian Banking National Performance and Capacity Management Team. The goal of this team was to ensure a high level of day to day and ongoing performance reporting analytics aimed at supporting sales coaching routines, as well as providing field management with the tools to support better alignment of resources against growth markets across the country. John is married, with four children and lives in Port Credit, just outside of the greater Toronto area.
Chief Operating Officer
Founder and Chairman
Nagy Moustafa is an experienced venture capital investor and entrepreneur with an extensive record of building business ideas from conception to successful exits. His international experience includes ownership across several portfolio companies based in Canada, Europe, and the Middle East.
Nagy has a passion for communications security and is currently the Executive Chairman and major shareholder of several successful technology and telecoms companies including Toronto-based Gryphon Secure, Swiss-based Sysmosoft and Agora. He is currently the CEO, Chairman, and major shareholder of Toronto-based InfoSec Global. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Nagy held senior positions in technology at Rogers Communications in Toronto. He is an active member of The World Presidents Organization.
Mr. Minevich is a highly regarded and trusted Digital Cognitive Strategist, Artificial Intelligence expert, Venture Capitalist, and the principal founder of Going Global Ventures. Mark collaborates and advises large global enterprises both in the US and Japan (Hitachi), and is the official AI and Future of Work Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group. Currently, he serves as the strategic advisor and Global ambassador to the CEO and Chairman of New York based IPsoft Inc. Mark holds the role of senior fellow as part of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness in Washington, D.C., and maintains a position as senior adviser on Global Innovation and Technology to the United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS). He is an appointed member of the G20/B20’s Digital Task Force, supplementing the group with expert knowledge on digitization, advanced autonomous systems, and the future of AI.
Mark is also the founder and Co-Chair of the World Artificial Intelligence Organization and AI Pioneers based in New York, and was appointed as the Global Digital Ambassador to the World Assessment Council in early 2020. He is the Strategic Advisor to SwissCognitive - "independent" Global AI think-tank in Switzerland, which aims to share, connect, and unlock the fullest potential of Artificial Intelligence.
Forbes named Mark one of the Leaders to Watch in 2017. He has received the Albert Einstein Award for Outstanding Achievement and the World Trade Leadership Award from the World Trade Centers and World Trade Center’s Association. Mark has served as a venture partner with GVA Capital in Silicon Valley, advising the fund on AI startups. He has also served as venture advisor to Global Emerging Markets, an alternative investment group that manages a diverse set of investment vehicles. Mark was also involved with Research Board, a Gartner company and international think-tank advising CIOs at some of the world’s largest corporations, such as: Deutsche Bank, BTM Corporation, Geotek Communications, Qwest Communications, Comcast, and USWEB/CKS.
A retired soldier with over 35 years of varied experiences in senior leadership and policy positions responsible for teams ranging in size from 10 to 55,000 people. While in the Army, he had command experience both at home and overseas at Sub-Unit, Regimental, Brigade, Area, Joint Task-force and Army levels, including a variety of missions with the UN and NATO. Staff positions included duties focused on human resources management, equipment requirements, operational planning, administration and support, and strategy.
His final years with the Canadian Armed Forces were as the Army Commander and he served in that capacity for four years at the height of the most recent Afghan War. His last job in uniform was as the Chief of Transformation, where he worked with a wonderful team that produced the 2011 Report on Transformation. On retirement from the military he has worked for a variety of corporations, and is active on several charitable and corporate boards.