Article, Avenue, Curatio, FISPAN, Klue, Pressboard, Sokanu, Thinkcx, Thinkific
As co-founder and former Chairman of Recon Instruments, Fraser and Dan are recognized for bringing the first consumer heads-up display technology to market. After a successful exit to Intel in 2015, Fraser, Dan, and Jay founded Rhino to support entrepreneurs in a way that was severely underserved in Western Canada.
As a founder, operator, advisor, and angel investor, Fraser has a wealth of experience with both bootstrapped and venture-backed businesses - most notably Article.com and Recon Instruments. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience with companies to enable them to learn from his successes, and more importantly, his mistakes. He credits some of his success to never backing down from a challenge, having an uncanny ability to remain level headed when sh*t hits the fan, and being unapologetically scrappy. He brings an adventurous, yet pragmatic, approach to all aspects of life, and as a lifelong entrepreneur, activist, and technology leader, he has a natural ability to bring order and calm to fiery situations.
Fraser received his Bachelor of Computer Science degree from the University of Western Ontario and his MBA from UBC Sauder School of Business. Fraser is also a longstanding animal activist who has served as Captain for Sea Shepherd on multiple campaigns worldwide.
Article, Aspect Biosystems, Beanworks, Edvisor.io, Fatigue Science, FISPAN, Showbie, Thinkific, Side Door, Peerboard
As a reformed corporate financial analyst and twice-failed entrepreneur, Jay brings a pragmatic and analytical approach to Rhino, which he co-founded with Fraser and Dan.
Jay’s passion for business is undeniable and he is a true utility player, working with companies on everything from business strategy to fundraising to executive recruiting. His genuine personality enables him to build strong, trusting relationships quickly and is often the one to get calls late at night from founders when they need someone to lean on.
Jay is an Adjunct Professor at UBC, where he teaches New Ventures Design, and is an Associate at Creative Destruction Lab, where he mentors founders of early-stage startups.
Jay received his Biology degree from Queen’s University and his MBA from UBC Sauder School of Business. In his spare time, Jay pores over business books and loses himself in marine aquaculture publications.
After a career in corporate finance, David brings a wealth of capital markets, valuation, and transaction expertise to Rhino.
Always attracted to the dynamism and innovation of high-growth enterprises, David has spent much of his career working with emerging companies in the eCommerce and technology sectors. Having worked on several founder-backed IPOs in recent years, including Thinkific’s, he is excited to focus on his true passion of helping founders reach their goals and solve big problems.
Prior to joining Rhino, David spent several years in the investment banking group at a Canadian bank-owned dealer advising on billions of dollars worth of transactions for companies across the Americas.
David received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University and his MBA from McGill University. In his spare time, he can be found reading about geopolitics, looking for his tee shots in the woods, or catching the week’s NCAA lacrosse highlights.
Whether it’s planning the perfect event to create meaningful connections or providing a realtor recommendation to help find their new office, Candace feels privileged to be given the opportunity to assist and support Rhino's amazing founders every day.
Candace is responsible for finding and creating innovative ways to support Rhino companies including organizing events, creating resources, recruiting, and everything in between. She is also responsible for LP communications and fund management.
Prior to joining Rhino, Candace’s background is in traditional finance having worked in client relations at both an investment brokerage firm and in retail banking. Although new to venture finance, her love for helping people made her a natural fit to build and support the Rhino Community.
Candace received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Outside of Rhino, you will find Candace actively seeking out new experiences, travelling, or dying her hair a different colour of the rainbow*.
*photo unlikely to represent current hair colour
Originally from Denmark, Nicholas is passionate about technologies that have a global impact. At Rhino, he is responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence, industry research, and supporting portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Rhino, Nicholas has worked in both enterprise SaaS startups and venture capital in Europe and Canada. He enjoys working with founders and has always appreciated the fast pace and forward-looking mentality of the technology industry.
Nicholas received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the UBC Sauder School of Business with a specialization in Finance. When he’s not performing due diligence on prospective investments, Nicholas can be found on the soccer pitch or exploring new trends in music.
Curatio, Side Door
Peter brings both a business and technical perspective to his role at Rhino where he is responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence, industry research, and supporting portfolio companies.
He joined the world of venture capital to work at the forefront of innovation, which complements his passion for product and technology. Prior to Rhino, Peter spent two years working in software development and product management roles at various technology companies. Throughout his journey, he’s launched multiple products and also started his own venture in university. Peter’s background enables him to be flexible and tackle challenges from multiple perspectives.
Peter received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia, specializing in Business Technology Management. If he’s not immersed in pitch decks and spreadsheets, Peter enjoys photography, app development, and following competitive esports.
As Sr. Director of Finance at Thinkific, Zuzanna is completing a secondment as an Investor with Rhino to gain insight and experience on the other side of the table. At Rhino, she is responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence, industry research, and supporting portfolio companies.
She brings over 10 years of experience in public practice accounting with KPMG, where she served organizations ranging from start-up companies to multi-billion dollar corporations in the mining, forestry, tech, and biotech industries. As the first finance hire at Thinkific, she led the development and execution of Thinkific’s finance strategy, implementing the necessary controls and processes to support the scalability of the company from Seed through to IPO. Zuzanna looks forward to drawing on this valuable knowledge and experience to support early-stage entrepreneurs at Rhino.
Zuzanna holds a Commerce Degree from Queen’s University and earned her CA, CPA designation in 2008. Outside of the office, Zuzanna is busy raising three kids, training for the next running race, and skiing or mountain biking with her family.