Russell Samuels is a Principal at Whitecap Venture Partners. Whitecap is a $100M early stage venture capital fund focused on investments across: Enterprise/SAAS software, MedTech and FoodTech. Whitecap’s current portfolio includes: Real Matters, Affinio, Qvella, Clearwater Clinical, ClassCraft and Reunion Foods. Prior to joining Whitecap, Russell was a Senior Manager on the Corporate & Business Development team at Freshbooks, a growth stage startup and North America’s 2nd largest cloud accounting provider. Prior to Freshbooks, Russell spent nearly three years as an Associate at Mantella Venture Partners (“MantellaVP”), a $20M seed stage venture capital fund in Toronto. At MantellaVP, he worked on a number of new and follow-on investments including: SurfEasy (Acquired by Opera Software), Unata, Joist, Flixel, Crowdcare/Wysodm, Brave Commerce (Acquired by Rogers, TSX: RCI) and others. Prior to joining Mantella Venture Partners in July 2011, Russell spent 2 years as an Analyst at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPPIB”) in the Private Investments group. At CPPIB Russell worked on three investment teams: Infrastructure, Funds & Secondaries and Principal Investing. Russell holds an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a JD from the University of Western Ontario.