Maria Pacella

Venture Partner


Maria has been working with emerging growth companies since 2000, with a main focus in IT-related businesses.  She was most recently Acting CFO of Terramera, Inc., an early stage Ag-tech company, responsible for overseeing general operations. Maria spent eleven years with GrowthWorks Capital Ltd., one of Canada’s largest venture capital firms where she invested in multiple early-stage ventures and served on a variety of boards, mostly in the areas of enterprise software, e-commerce and med-tech. Prior to joining GrowthWorks Capital, Maria worked at a digital media firm assisting the company in operational activities and strategic initiatives. She also worked for Deutsche Bank Securities in mergers and acquisitions across a variety of industries including financial services and technology. She holds a BBA from Simon Fraser University and is a CFA charterholder.

Maria has also served on a number of non-profit boards including BC Centre For Ability and Growing Chefs and is a Past President of the CFA Vancouver Society. As a lover of great food and wine, preferably together, Maria can be often found at a new restaurant or biking/skiing down a Whistler or Vancouver mountain.

Current Investments

Select Past Investments

Copperleaf Technologies
Genologics (acquired by Illumina)
Strutta (acquired by LX Ventures)
Boreal Genomics

“I have known Maria for many years, more recently as an investor and board member of Build Direct. Maria was the among the first institutional investors who saw value in our business and our people. She drove an investment and then passionately supported us, which allowed us to create tremendous value in the business in spite of one of the worst housing markets in history. Maria understands the balance of maintaining the bigger picture strategic focus, while getting things done - she is very willing to roll up her selves and help with any operational or tactical issue in any way she can. I would highly recommend Maria!”

Jeff Booth

Co-Founder & CEO at BuildDirect