Joseph (Joe) Regan is Managing Partner for BDC’s Industrial Innovation Venture Fund. In this role, Joe leads the $250-million Fund, which focuses on addressing key underserved, yet high potential industrial sectors in Canada, such as ag/food tech, resource tech and advanced manufacturing.
With a venture career that spans over two decades, Joe brings deep venture capital expertise to the Fund. He joined BDC in 2019 from Export Development Canada, another crown corporation, where he was head of the cleantech investment team and launched their internal seed investment fund. Previously, Joe was Founding Managing Partner at Bioenterprise, where he created the direction and strategy for an ag-tech venture fund positioned to accelerate agricultural and food-related innovation. Prior to that, he held Vice President positions at GrowthWorks Capital and Ventures West.
Joe has directly invested over one hundred million dollars and served as a member of the Board of Directors of over thirty companies. Notable ag-tech transactions include Targeted Growth Inc. (two multi-national agricultural biotechnology partnerships), Sustainable Oils Inc. (acquired by Global Clean Energy Holdings), Matrix Genetics Inc. (global petro-chemical conglomerate partnership), and MCN BioProducts Inc. (acquired by Bunge Limited).
Joe has an Honours B.Sc. from the University of Guelph and an MBA from McMaster University
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