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John Ruffolo

Chief Executive Officer
OMERS Venutres


Mr. Ruffolo is the Chief Executive Officer of OMERS Ventures, the venture arm of OMERS, one of Canada’s leading pension funds. OMERS Ventures is a multi-stage investor in growth-oriented, disruptive technology companies. In addition, he is also the Executive Managing Director with OMERS Platform Investments, the innovation investing arm of OMERS.

Mr. Ruffolo serves as the following:


  • Hootsuite | Board Member
  • Desire2Learn (D2L) | Board Member
  • Point North Capital | Investment Committee Member
  • Purpose Investments Inc. | Board Member
  • Gain Energy | Chairman
  • Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) | Board Member
  • OneEleven | Board Member
  • Council of Canadian Innovators (CCI) | Vice Chair
  • Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) | Member Council


He is also the Vice-Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and is a board member of the Royal Ontario Museum, Caldwell Partners “Top 40 Under 40” and League of Innovators. In addition John is a Dean’s Advisory Council Member to the Schulich Business School as well a member of the Toronto chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). 

Prior to joining OMERS, Mr. Ruffolo was a Partner at Deloitte, as well as the Global Thought Leader, the Global Tax Leader and the Canadian Industry Leader for Deloitte’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) practice. He was also a member of the firm’s Tax and TMT Global Leadership teams and a member of Deloitte’s Board of Directors.

A chartered accountant, Mr. Ruffolo was formerly a partner with Arthur Andersen LLP and has also spent time as an instructor for both the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and York University’s Schulich School of

Business, from which he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration