Mrs. Andrée-Lise Méthot, Founder and Managing Partner of Cycle Capital Management (Cycle Capital) is pleased to announce the arrival of Shirley E. Speakman in her team. Shirley joins Cycle Capital’s team as Partner. “I am proud to welcome Shirley Speakman to our firm. Her ten years of corporate finance and venture capital experience combined with her unique ability to get behind the numbers represent a most valuable asset for Cycle Capital,” said Ms. Méthot.
Since 1995, Shirley has held several positions as an investment analyst for medium to large corporations in the finance sector. She participated in corporate finance transactions with a cumulative value of over $100 million while at Ernst & Young Corporate Finance and also negotiated strategic investments by RBC ventures in an early stage seed fund which raised $40 million on its first close (VIMAC/MMC), as a consultant at Igenia Venture Management. Most recently, she was responsible for sourcing, vetting and managing investments as a director for the Investment Accelerator Fund, a $40 million seed and early stage investment fund focused on investing in high potential technology-based companies in Ontario.
Shirley holds a MBA and a Bachelor of Economics and Management Studies from the University of Waterloo. She is also an accomplished triathlete, marathoner and coach.
“I am truly honoured to join the talented team at Cycle Capital. I look forward to working with this esteemed group in developing appropriate financing strategies in the clean technology sector and championing the adoption of best practices for investees and the fund,” stated Ms. Speakman.
About Cycle Capital Management
A pioneer among Canadian venture capital funds focused on the clean-tech sector, Cycle Capital invests in companies developing and commercializing clean technologies and striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, optimizing resource use, and improving process efficiency throughout a product’s life cycle.
With assets under management of $230 million, Cycle Capital invests in Quebec and northeastern North America. Cycle Capital is composed of experienced investment professionals, strategic advisors, and industrial partners with in-depth knowledge of the sector. Cycle Capital has a special relationship with its strategic partners, notably Brookfield Renewable Energy, Rio Tinto Alcan, Cascades, Master Group, Lonza, Gaz Métro, Systemex Énergies, Aluminerie Alouette, and Hydro-Québec.