Venture capital firm Portag3 Ventures p3vc.com appointed Chris O’Neill as a Partner, based in San Francisco.
O’Neill is a 20-year veteran of the technology world with broad operational experience that includes the turnaround of Evernote as Chairman and CEO and key leadership roles at X, Google’s Moonshot Factory, where he continues to serve as an advisor, and Managing Director, Google Canada, where he led Google’s Canadian operations.
O’Neill has been an advisor and active angel investor for several years, where he has primarily focused on helping entrepreneurs build enduring companies such as Ritual, Relay (acquired by Kik), Milq/Layer 6 (acquired by TD Bank), and Helpful (acquired by Shopify). He currently serves on the board of directors of Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) and is a former board member of Tim Hortons (NYSE: THI), and Shop.org.
O’Neill is a Charter Member of the C100, and a former member of the Canadian Council for Chief Executives (now Business Council of Canada). He graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.A in Economics and holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
In his new role at Portag3, O’Neill will work with Portag3 portfolio companies as they pursue their next wave of growth and navigate the complexities that come with it. He will also work with the Portag3 and Sagard Holdings team on developing the Portag3 Ventures platform to encompass adjacent investment strategies.
Led by Adam Felesky, CEO, Portag3 Ventures is an early-stage investor supporting the world’s most innovative financial technology companies. Portag3 — alongside Diagram Ventures, a fintech venture builder — is a part of the venture capital strategy of Sagard Holdings, a multi-strategy alternative investment platform. The firm has a presence in Toronto, Montreal, New York, San Francisco, Europe and Southeast Asia.