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CVCA names new CEO

The Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) has appointed Kim Furlong as its new Chief Executive Officer.

After a decade in the corporate world, leading external affairs for Amgen Canada; a world-leading biotechnology company, Furlong brings an impressive network and a proven track record as a seasoned public affairs executive. Before joining Amgen in 2008, she held the position of Vice President Federal Government Relations for the Retail Council of Canada.
“The Board of Directors of the CVCA is ecstatic to have Ms. Furlong join the CVCA as our new Chief Executive Officer,” says Mark Usher, Chair, CVCA. “The staff and membership of the association will benefit tremendously from Kim’s unique mix of corporate and political background, leadership skills, and enthusiasm. I’m extremely confident Kim will guide the CVCA through the ever-changing private capital landscape, helping our members reach new heights and realise our industry’s full potential.”
Prior to entering the private sector, Furlong was the Director of Communications to Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, the Hon Pierre S Pettigrew. Prior to joining Minister Pettigrew’s office, Furlong was an advisor for the Honourable James S Peterson, Canadian International Trade Minister on trade policy issues such as aerospace, intellectual property, and emerging markets.
Furlong is an active member of Equal Voice, a multi-partisan action committee devoted to the idea that more women must be elected to every level of government in Canada and sits on the Canada2020 advisory Board, a non-partisan progressive think tank.
“The venture capital and private equity sector is crucial to the growth of the Canadian economy,” says Furlong. “I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the CVCA and join the remarkable staff in our ongoing effort to establish a favourable and competitive ecosystem and lay the foundation for greater collaboration, partnerships, innovation and growth with governments and other stakeholders.”

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