Management

Brad Aelicks, B.Sc.
Brad Aelicks, B.Sc.Co-Founder & Director
Brad has extensive finance experience, and has served as Board Member and Senior Officer in 12+ public and private companies. He has managed companies and their subsidiaries in North America, South America, Africa, and Asia. Additionally, he founded Napier Environmental Technologies, an International Manufacturing and Distribution company with global sales. In 2004 Brad founded a company, B&D Capital Partners, and through Private Equity, Public Funding, Off-Take Agreements, and Development Partnerships, Brad helped B&D clients raise in excess of $600 Million.
James Gu, MBA, CFA
James Gu, MBA, CFADirector
James specializes in cross-border equity investment and strategic partnership. He has over fifteen years of business consulting and investment management experience in China and Canada. Over the years, James has helped dozens of North American SMEs in equity financing and JV partnerships, with combined value north of $500 million. Before moving to Vancouver, James was VP in Shanghai York Investment Management, overseeing $120 Million in real estate, and venture capital investments. Prior to that, he was asset manager in Shanghai Guosheng Group and participated in multi-billion dollar NPL transactions. James is a CFA charter holder, and has a finance MBA form UBC.
Praveen Varshney, FCPA, FCA
Praveen Varshney, FCPA, FCADirector
Mr. Varshney is a driving force in the Vancouver business world. After obtaining his B.Comm at UBC, Praveen joined KPMG from 1987 to 1991 where he obtained his C.A. designation in 1990. He is a long time member and past President of the Vancouver chapter of The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and a founding director of the Vancouver chapter of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE). Mr. Varshney was a 12 year member of the Sauder School of Business Faculty Advisory Board, a former Director of The Vancouver Board of Trade, and a past recipient of Business in Vancouver’s 40 Under 40 Awards. He is also a director of the Varshney Family Charitable Foundation, a SVP Vancouver Partner, and a Director of OneProsper.org. and a Founding Member of instrumentbeyondborders.org. He’s also on the Advisory boards of Room to Read – Vancouver, Heart & Stroke Foundation – BC Yukon and The Thomas Edison Innovation Foundation in New Jersey, USA.

Our Valuable Team Members

Robert Kang, CPA, CA
Robert Kang, CPA, CACompliance
Mr. Kang is a results-driven Leader with comprehensive Canadian Securities market and business background. He has a combined 27 years of public practice and company management advising corporations and their executives on financing, mergers and acquisitions, going public transactions, continuous disclosure obligations, and corporate governance.

Mr. Kang brings 20+ years experience as the former Director of TSX Venture, Listed Issuer Services.

Karan Thakur, BBA
Karan Thakur, BBAAssociate
Mr. Thakur leverages his passion for start-ups and venture financing by identifying and helping early stage companies raise capital. His approach to start-up financing focuses on working with passionate entrepreneurs with a strong and clear vision for their ventures with a deep driving desire to make an impact. Mr. Thakur’s areas of interest include Insurance Tech, FinTech, and Social Impact Ventures.
Zachary Dolesky
Zachary DoleskyAssociate
Coming from an athletic career, Mr. Dolesky brings a competitive perspective to venture financing. At Pyfera Capital, he is a core member of the due diligence team and primarily focused on the technology sector. In this role, Zac streamlines deal intake, facilitates internal evaluation, due diligence and integration processes. He also assists in the development and execution of transactions, as well as the monitoring and managing of portfolio investments.