Managing Partner at Kanata Ventures
Yuri Navarro has more than twelve years of experience working with both government and businesses
in the Canadian startup and technology investment sector.
In his role as Managing Partner of Kanata Ventures, Yuri brings his unique mixture of public and private
sector experience to help expand investment options for promising startups in some of the world’s most
rapidly developing markets. By supporting a global community of founders and their investors Yuri is on
a mission connect tech ecosystems and fund the world’s best startups. In addition to his work at
Kanata Ventures, Yuri also acts as the country investment lead for the Corporate Venture Capital Fund
of a Fortune 500 Company.
Previous to his role at Kanata Ventures, Yuri was a Co-Founder at Panache Ventures, Canada’s most
active seed stage venture capital fund, and worked as CEO to the National Angel Capital Organization,
representing Canadian Angel Investors with industry and government. Over his seven-year tenure at
the National Angel Capital Organization, Yuri presided over the renewal and growth of the Canadian
Angel investor community by focusing on the organization’s value to stakeholders and supporting the
growth and professionalization of Canada’s Angel asset-class with resources, best practices, and
Yuri’s time in Government included working as Policy Advisor and then Chief of Staff to the Minister of
Economic Development and Trade, and as a Policy Advisor to the Minister of Energy and
Infrastructure. In these roles, Yuri was instrumental in supporting Canadian companies to overcome the
challenges of working with government, and took a leading role in developing the provincial strategy on
energy conservation and smart grid for Ontario under the Green Energy and Green Economy Act of
In 2009, Yuri founded NAVY Global Consulting where he has worked with technology clients, mainly
operating in the energy and finance sector, to commercialize their innovative solutions and bring
products to market. As an advisor to Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy, Yuri also supported efforts to
set up the CUE’s business accelerator program and help energy sector entrepreneurs to commercialize
their urban energy innovations.
Yuri is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Commerce program and George Brown College’s Financial
Planning program and holds several designations with the Canadian Securities Institute.