Northleaf announces appointment of technology entrepreneur Michael Hyatt as a Senior Advisor to its venture capital and growth equity program

TORONTO, CANADA (January 26, 2022) – Northleaf Capital Partners (“Northleaf”), a global private markets investment firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Hyatt as a Senior Advisor supporting Northleaf’s venture capital and growth equity investment program. Michael will work alongside the Northleaf private equity and venture capital team to source and evaluate investment opportunities. As a serial entrepreneur and active investor, Michael’s knowledge and expertise in the venture capital space complements Northleaf’s longstanding investment approach.

"We are excited to welcome Michael to Northleaf as a Senior Advisor,” said Ian Carew, Managing Director & Venture Partner at Northleaf. “We have invested successfully with Michael in the past and our venture capital and growth equity program will benefit from his deep knowledge and experience and accomplished track record as both an entrepreneur and investor.”

“I am thrilled to act as a Senior Advisor to Northleaf’s successful venture capital and growth equity program and look forward to working with Ian and the team,” said Michael Hyatt. “I’ve had the opportunity to see the Northleaf strategy at work over the years and I’m excited to collaborate with the team on future investments for the program.”

Michael Hyatt is recognized as one of Canada’s leading tech entrepreneurs and an active investor in the technology community. He is the co-founder of BlueCat (in which Northleaf was an early investor and which was acquired by a private equity firm in 2017) and previously co-founded Dyadem (a software company that was sold to IHS in 2011). He currently serves as a Director of BlueCat. Michael is a regular business commentator on the CBC and the host of “Unplanned Business,” a podcast to help small businesses. He is a Founding Partner at the Rotman School of Management’s prestigious Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) and chairs the Hyatt Family Foundation focused on women’s health, critical hospital research and sponsorship of underprivileged minorities.

Northleaf is one of Canada’s most active venture capital investors. Northleaf manages more than US$800 million in venture capital and growth equity commitments on behalf of investors and has played a leadership role in the development of many successful venture capital / growth equity funds. Northleaf has been making direct investments in later-stage and high growth companies since 2008, leveraging its well-established relationships with leading fund managers, institutional investors and entrepreneurs.


About Northleaf Capital Partners

Northleaf Capital Partners is a global private markets investment firm with more than US$19 billion in private equity and venture capital, private credit and infrastructure commitments under management on behalf of public, corporate and multi-employer pension plans, endowments, foundations, financial institutions and family offices. Northleaf’s team of more than 160 professionals, located in Toronto, Chicago, London, Melbourne, Menlo Park, Montreal and New York, is focused exclusively on sourcing, evaluating and managing private markets investments globally. Its portfolio includes over 400 active investments in 40 countries, with a focus on mid-market companies and assets. For more information on Northleaf, please visit


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