Meet our team

Together, we offer investee companies a knowledge base and expertise in the food and beverage and health and wellness sectors that is unparalleled in the Canadian venture capital industry.  

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Founder and General Partner
Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson is one of Canada's most iconic entrepreneurs. From her starring role on the Gemini award-winning CBC series, Dragons' Den, to her bestselling books Persuasion and All In, Arlene Dickinson is a household name in Canada. At the helm of Venture Communications for 30 years, Arlene has established herself as one of the country's most recognized marketing, sales and communications experts, and knows how to build powerful consumer brands. Her leadership and business acumen have been recognized with a number of awards, including Venture's selection as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for 3 consecutive years. She has also received multiple honours and awards including the Marketing Hall of Legends, Canada's Most Powerful Women Top 100, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, and PROFIT and Chatelaine's TOP 100 Women Business Owners.

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Partner & CFO
Jason Berenstein

Jason has been active in the Canadian accounting and finance industry for nearly 25 years. Before joining District Ventures Capital, Jason was working as the CFO of an institutionally backed wholesale bakery company. Prior to this, he spent over 10 years with a prominent Toronto-based family office where he was a Principal in two Private Equity funds focused on the buy-out of and growth capital investing in mid-market Canadian companies across different industries. Jason has worked with Deloitte’s Transaction Advisory group performing due diligence assignments on behalf of financial and strategic acquirers and began his career in public accounting qualifying as a CPA, CA in 1998. At District Ventures Capital, Jason is responsible for transaction origination, due diligence and execution as well as helping to manage Fund operations. Jason graduated with an M.B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1997. 

Vice President Marketing
Andrea
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As one of the most recent additions to the Park, Andrea Stodart joined our team as vice president of marketing for District Ventures Capital, helping to support our brand partners. Her role brings additional marketing expertise and perspective to the investment choices our capital fund makes, and she brings a wealth of experience in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry to Venturepark as a whole. Stodart completed her BA Hons. Political Science at Western University, and has worked at Unilever with Dove on their Real Beauty campaign, at Tetley Tea as a brand manager, as well as Conagra to lead their snacks portfolio (with brands like Orville Redenbacher’s, Duke’s, etc.)

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Operating Partner
Jeremy Daveau

Jeremy Daveau has spent over 26 years in the CPG industry, holding operational and leadership roles in sales, marketing, supply chain, customer strategy and general management. He is a dynamic executive with diversified background in consumer goods and retail industries across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Culturally sensitive to local environments, he has facilitated successful outcomes, while leading organizations through changes, mergers, and acquisitions. Prior to joining District Ventures Capital, Jeremy was the President and General Manager of Mars Inc. in Canada. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the INSEEC Business School, Bordeaux, France which included a stint at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. 

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Vice President
Pete Cobban

Pete is responsible for the origination, execution and management of early-stage investments in consumer brands across North America in addition to running ad hoc strategic initiatives and supporting Fund operations. Prior to joining District Ventures Capital, he worked in the Corporate Development group of a leading Canadian healthcare company primarily focused on driving acquisitive growth.

 

Pete has also worked with PwC’s Corporate Advisory and Restructuring group, developing tactical solutions for lenders, companies facing underperformance and other stakeholders. He began his career in public accounting at PwC in 2012, qualifying as a CPA, CA in 2014. Pete holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Co‐op Option) degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Controller
Andrea Pember

Andrea is an experienced Controller who has worked both internationally and in Canada. Andrea received her Chartered Accountant designation while working for KPMG in 2013. She has held senior finance positions for companies backed by private equity. She understands the financial challenges and opportunities experienced by small businesses and entrepreneurs. Andrea strives to add value by actively partnering with businesses to provide financial information for strategic decision making.