Entrepreneur in residence
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As an entrepreneur in residence, Claude Champagne advises the Cycle Capital Management (CCM) investment team and its portfolio companies on strategy and business development.
Prior to joigning CCM, Mr. Champagne has had a brilliant career in technology development, in commercialization, and in corporate leadership of high tech companies. After 12 years at Nortel Networks, he joined Positron Industries as V.P. Engineering and Strategic Planning. He then founded PFS (Positron Fiber Systems Corp), a leading producer of fiber optic equipment for the access market. This business grew rapidly under Mr. Champagne’s leadership and vision to attain $100 M in global annual sales in only 5 years, and a successful cross-border IPO (NASDAQ, TSX and MSE). Through acquisitions he became V.P. Transport Systems for RELTEC Corp. and then led the Optical Networks North America subsidiary for Marconi PLC.
In addition to serving on numerous boards and committees, he held mentoring roles in several high tech start-up companies including LxDATA for which he became CEO. In this role he transformed the company from a supplier of commodity telecom components into a successful integrated solution provider of down hole sensors for the Oil & Gas industry.
In recognition of his work, Mr. Champagne was awarded Canada’s prestigious and inaugural National IWAY Award in 1996 for product development contributing to the country’s information highway. He received a top 40 Canadians under 40 award in 1999 and was featured as a success story in a report by the CVCA (Canadian Venture Capital Association). He graduated with Distinction in 1981 from McGill University with an Honors B. Electrical Engineering degree.