Great post this week by our Advisory Board member, Lisa Suennen about the bias that some women entrepreneurs experience when dealing with venture capitalists.  While, not nearing equality, I am proud to say that in my prior fund at Physic Ventures, we intentionally recruited women to bring both a different perspective and to be more welcoming to female led enterprises.  Fortunately, we have been able to replicate this at BDC Capital as well with 50% of our current team comprised of women.  It is a struggle though – not a struggle to work together, but a struggle to attract a high number of female applicants.  We recently posted three analyst positions and received a disproportionate number of applications from male candidates (~80%) so the law of averages would say that we are likely to hire more male candidates than female from that candidate pool.  So here is the question:  What can we do as an industry to encourage more women to follow this path and what can we do to encourage them to apply to our team?  What obstacles are out there that we need to remove?

Dion Madsen

Those that know me well, know that my favorite words are “Super”, “Great” and “Awesome”. The geek part of me is energized solving the complexity of biology and improving the delivery of care.  I learned patience, hard work and entrepreneurship growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan and teamwork in the rinks and ballfields of my hometown.  After working in Europe and then dealing with bare-knuckle politics in Saskatchewan, I migrated west to Alberta where I began to hang out with some crazy guys doing something called “the Internet” which led to me being the CFO of a publicly-traded company.  After selling the company, I crossed over to the VC side and during a meeting with a vaccine company I had the epiphany of “I can make money and help people at the same time? Awesome!” and I have been working for or financing healthcare companies ever since.

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1 Comment

  • Allison

    September 3, 2015 at 12:24 am

    Great post Dion and thank you for opening the conversation here.