On June 10th, 2015, the Maple Leaf Angels Corporation held its Annual General Meeting at the Gladstone Hotel. The night was filled with enticing conversations about innovative concepts, entrepreneurs, and Angels. The Canadian Angel of the Year, Daniel Debow, gave a keynote emphasizing the importance of trusting your intuition and adding value to the startup ecosystem. The concepts of paying it forward and success in the terms of giving back resignated in the crowd. The evening was highlighted with anticipation for the presentation of the annual Angel of the Year Award. Two new awards that were presented; the New Member of the Year Award and the Company of the Year Award.
We were pleased to announce Gerard Buckley as the 2015 Angel of the Year as demonstrated through his exceptional commitment to the MLA community. After three years as Chair of the MLA board, past Treasurer of MLA, LP in the MLA48 Fund, lead director of the MLACC Board, active mentor within the start-up ecosystem, and avid speaker promoting MLA and Angel investing, Gerard’s dedication to both the Maple Leaf Angels and Angel Investing as a whole has been exceptional.
The inaugural 2015 New Member of the Year Award, is presented to a new member who has provided a significant contribution to MLA and the angel investing ecosystem. Edel Ebbs currently serves on the MLA48 Investment Committee,,was the first LP in the MLA48 fund, has been elected to the MLA Board in 2015-2016, and has invested in three out of the ten deals in the 2014- 2015 investment year. It is evident that Edel has created strong ties within the Angel ecosystem and has been a great addition to the Maple Leaf Angel community.
The inaugural 2015 Company of the Year Award is presented to a company that has achieved exceptional growth and engagement with the MLA membership. ChipCare has greatly involved in the Angel community with 15 MLA members investing in ChipCare, and 2 MLA members currently serving on ChipCare’s board of directors. Due to the promising success of ChipCare, MLA members have invested $4.6 million over two rounds of financing.
As we were saddened to say goodbye to our Chairperson of the past three years, Gerard Buckley, we value his vision for the Maple Leafs Angels Corporation to be for the members, by the members, with the members. We look to the future of this organization with excitement and anticipation as we continue to connect members with exceptional and promising entrepreneurs.