Investment Manager, Innovacorp
Dawn Umlah is an investment manager at Innovacorp, where her focus is on identifying attractive seed and early-stage investment opportunities. She manages all aspects of the investment review, approval and closing cycle, and works hands-on with Innovacorp’s portfolio companies to assist them in building teams, accelerating their growth, achieving milestones and securing additional financing. She is a board member at The Rounds, LeadSift, Karma Gaming, TopLog, Up My Game and TitanFile.
Prior to joining Innovacorp, Dawn held various senior roles in finance, operations, strategic planning and corporate development. She was the first non-founding employee at DHX Media Ltd. and was an integral part of propelling the company through various growth transitions and corporate development activities, including two private placements, an IPO on TSX and AiM, two secondary offerings, a reverse take-over bid, and six acquisitions and integrations. While at Blackberry in Waterloo, Ontario, she was the finance business partner for senior management, covering business development, strategic alliances and multimedia. Altogether, Dawn has been involved in corporate development transactions and fundraising activities aggregating more than $350 million in value.
VP of Client Engagement & Communications, Innovacorp
Dawn House is vice president of client engagement and communications at Innovacorp, an organization enabling innovative early stage Nova Scotia companies to accelerate commercialization of their technologies and increase competitiveness in export markets. In this role, Dawn leads the development and implementation of Innovacorp’s marketing and communications strategy. She also works one-on-one with the organization’s many clients to assist them with their marketing and communications strategy and activities.
Her previous work experience through the years has included stints with Health Canada and the Solicitor General in Ottawa, as well as with visual and performing arts organizations and individuals.