Working across the globe, we bring disruptive innovation to the world’s fastest-growing markets. We serve as a conduit between philanthropic and commercial investors who are like-minded in their pursuit of sustainable development through market-driven forces.
With decades of combined experience supporting ventures in emerging markets, we’re obsessively focused on providing companies with the tools and resources they need to scale their businesses and impact globally. We advocate for non-dilutive grant funding where appropriate, and help companies become investment-ready for the next rounds of equity funding by helping them build a sustainable company to eventually go public.
John brings over 25 years of operational and transactional experience as Managing Partner at Cambio Merchant Capital working with venture backed high-growth companies where he built teams and assisted organizations from early stage to public offerings. Cambio specializes in creative, value-added financing solutions, including asset-backed (ABL) and cash flow loans, to maximize liquidity support for borrowers that are looking beyond traditional sources of capital for companies requiring liquidity to support business transitions, including turnarounds, restructurings, acquisitions and changes in ownership or control.
In 2014, Cambio was engaged by a large USA Industrial in providing due diligence on a $425M acquisition of an energy group based in Alberta.
From 2007 -2012, John was a Director of Woodrose Corporation, a public company that was a specialized commercial food equipment manufacturer that sold its products to over 69 countries worldwide. He was responsible for the successful negotiation and sale of the company’s assets to a multi-national USA Fortune 500 public company in late 2010. John then transitioned the remaining public shell into a reverse take-over of NovoHeart, a leading global stem cell biotechnology company in late 2018. Since 2019, John is a Director and senior advisor to Agritech Haven International Inc., a 1.3 million sq ft ($1B) real estate development and technology company that master plans, designs, and develops a smart 24 hour secured community providing turn-key facilities to medium and large-scale corporations in addition to providing 25MW of power through its own Co-Gen utility on site. From 2008-2015, John was a licensed mortgage broker and partner with Liberty Mortgage Services Ltd. Liberty was founded in 1996 as a prolific private lender specializing in short term alternative mortgage financings to developers, businesses throughout Western Canada and has originated over $1B in syndicated mortgage financings. From April 2021 to present, John is a Director of Northern Lights Acquisition Corp. a (SPAC) listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange that recently completed its $115M initial public offering. His background and experience in both the private and public company forum through various directorships and appointments has afforded him tremendous experience in the areas of refinancing, venture capital structure, licensing, business reorganization and strategic planning.
Graduate of the University of Calgary, BA Economics and Political Science, Warren has spent more than 20 years as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist.
Warren is Managing Director and co-founder of BioMarine Capital Inc. and has worked extensively in Canada’s start up and venture capital industry. Warren brings a wealth of experience and expertise in strategic planning, international licensing, debt and equity funding, capital markets and a passion for those founders and companies that think differently beyond the status quo. Warren is passionate about the world’s oceans and their direct relationship to our world’s health.
Warren has significant experience in both private and public companies as a founder, advisor and board member in North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.
Warren is currently active as a board member of Agritech Haven International Inc., a $1B smart city real estate development. He is a senior advisor to Genoptic LED Inc, a leading nano optoelectronics group working to change and advance the world’s solar, visual display and vertical farming industries. He is also a founder and Managing Director of Viridis Inc, a technology company creating low carbon green roads to match the transition to green transport.
Previously Warren was the founder of Envoy Capital Management Ltd, a venture capital firm focussed on renewable energy and energy technology. He was a founding director of Railpower Technologies, the world’s first hybrid locomotive company, later acquired by a Berkshire Hathaway company as well as Adeptron Technologies Inc, an electronics manufacturer, which he was instrumental in taking public and which was later acquired by Artaflex, a global electronics group in Israel.
Warren is also a founding director of the National Angel Capital Organization in Canada (NACO) and the Calgary Enterprise Forum.