G. Scott Paterson is a Toronto-based technology and media venture capitalist.
Mr. Paterson began his career in the investment industry starting as a stockbroker for Dominion Securities Pitfield in 1985.
After considerable success as a stock broker, Mr Paterson moved into investment banking at Richardson Greenshields in 1987 and was further recruited in early 1991 to join Midland Walwyn soon after it was formed from the merger of Midland Doherty and Walwyn Stodgell. Serving as a senior investment banker at Midland, Mr. Paterson completed his first solo mandate by successfully leading a $15 million financing for KevinO’Leary’s SoftKey Software. By 1993, Mr. Paterson was considered to be one of the leading technology investment bankers in Canada. In 1995, after having been Midland’s top investment banker, he joined Yorkton Securities to head up their newly formed Knowledge-based industries group. Mr. Paterson became Chairman and CEO of Yorkton in 1998, at the age of 34, and by the end of Mr. Paterson’s tenure at Yorkton, in 2001, Mr. Paterson had transformed Yorkton into Canada’s top technology investment bank.
Under Mr. Paterson’s leadership, Yorkton experienced a revenue growth from $60 million in 1995 to $244 million in 2001 and was ranked by Brendan Wood International as the #1 Canadian investment bank in underwriting, research and trading of technology and biotech care stocks.
Throughout his 28-year investment career, Mr. Paterson has financed more Canadian technology companies than anyone in Canadian history.
Mr Paterson has also served as Vice Chairman of the Toronto Stock Exchange, Chairman of the Venture Exchange, Governor of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada and Director of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund amongst other investment industry roles.
In 2005, Mr. Paterson invested in a start-up called JumpTV. As the company’s Chairman & CEO, Mr. Paterson led the company through multiple financings raising approx. $200 million including an IPO led by Morgan Stanley. He initiated and consummated a merger with NeuLion in 2008 and today the company is a world leader in delivering video to internet-connected devices on behalf of such clients as the NHL, NFL and NBA. Mr. Paterson currently serves as Vice Chairman of NeuLion, Inc.
In addition to serving as Vice Chairman of NeuLion, Mr. Paterson currently serves leadership roles in two other public companies. He is Chairman of Symbility Solutions, a leading SaaS provider to the insurance industry, and is a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of NYSE listed Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation. He is the largest shareholder amongst Lions Gate’s independent directors.
Mr. Paterson’s career has been patterned with a host of other directorships and venture capital activity. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Paterson was a Director and shareholder of Versa Systems; from 1994 to 2002, Mr. Paterson was a Director of Leitch Technology Corporation. These two positions are in addition to other directorships held at such companies as Rand A Technology Corp., Pioneering Technologies and AltaRex Corp.
Besides Mr. Paterson’s successful career, he has also lead many philanthropic endeavors. In 1997, Mr. Paterson co-founded the Merry Go Round Children’s Foundation. Merry Go Round’s Kids, Cops & Computers program donates new laptops to financially disadvantaged children in Toronto and Mr. Paterson currently serves as the Foundation’s Chairman. In addition to Mr. Paterson’s work with Merry Go Round, he has made several large donations to Ridley College and the University of Western Ontario. He supports multiple charities annually including the Trailblazers Track and Field Championships, the last of which supports children with autism.
Mr. Paterson began his schooling at Ridley College graduating with an Ontario Scholarship in 1982. He then attended the University of Western Ontario and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1985. In 1994, Mr. Paterson completed University of Western Ontario’s Executive Program and, in 2009, Mr. Paterson obtained his ICD.d designation by graduating from the Institute of Corporate Directors at the University of Toronto’s Rotman Business School.
Mr. Paterson also holds an ACTRA membership having enjoyed small speaking roles in A Dark Truth (Eva Longoria, Andy Garcia), Breakout (Brendan Fraser) and A Fighting Man (Dominic Purcell, James Caan). Mr. Paterson has served as Executive Producer on a number of films.
Jun 13, 2008
Senior Investment Banker
Chairman and CEO
Apr, 1995 - Jan, 2001
1987 - Jan, 1990
1985 - Jan, 1987