Canadian Talent Crucial to US Tech Giants, Says Venture Capitalist Lars Leckie

Lars Leckie has a lot of praise for Canadian talent in the technology sector.

A managing director at Hummer Winblad in San Francisco, the prominent venture capitalist says that Canadian influence in tech runs deep.

“I’ve often said in the past that there’s a Canadian on the exec team of every important tech giant, and if you don’t know who it is, you have to look deeper,” he writes on peHUB. “These Canadians are CEOs, CFOs and CTOs. They are sitting in board meetings, driving innovative products that are having a global impact—and increasingly, helping fellow Canadian entrepreneurs.”

Here are some of the examples Leckie cites:

• Jeff Mallett from Vancouver is the former president and CEO of Yahoo!, and is now one of the owners of the San Francisco Giants;

• Gary Kovacs from Toronto was formerly CEO of Mozilla and is now CEO of AVG Technologies;

• Patrick Pichette from Montreal is senior vice president and CFO of Google and for a time held senior management positions at Bell Canada;

• Clarence So from Toronto is currently executive vice president of strategy at Salesforce;

• Robert Lloyd from Montreal is president of development and sales at Cisco Systems;

• Don Mattrick from Vancouver went on to become CEO of Zynga after holding important positions for Microsoft.

In June, Lars wrote on Techvibes that Vancouver’s GROW Conference is “the best conference on the planet for entrepreneurs.” He held this viewpoint after the event’s fourth run in August, noting that over 1,200 people attended this year, which represents 50% growth from 2012.