BDC Capital

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Full time



Sep 18

We are banking at another level.

Choosing BDC as your employer means working in a healthy, inclusive, and skilled workplace that puts forward the best conditions to bring together unique teams where employees are empowered to act. It also means being at the centre of ambitious economic and financial projects to see further and to do things differently, to fuel the success of Canadian entrepreneurs.

Choosing BDC as your employer also means:

  • Flexible and competitive benefits, including an Employee Savings and Investment Plan where BDC matches part of your voluntary contributions, a Defined Benefit Pension Plan, a $750 wellness and health care spending account, to name a few   
  • In addition to paid vacation each year, five personal days, sick days as necessary, and our offices are closed from December 25 to January 1
  • A hybrid work model that truly balances work and personal life
  • Opportunities for learning, training and development, and much more... 


The Associate will work out of BDC Capital’s Toronto office (hybrid office-home setup), playing a pivotal role with the Seed Fund investment team. Associates join one of our teams as an early specialist in investment finance, to lead parts of the process of evaluating potential deals and of managing BDC Capital’s current portfolio. In this role, you will lead one or a few simultaneous investment analysis workstreams, support the team in networking activities, and monitor a portfolio of investments that ultimately shape the future of the Canadian VC ecosystem. You will cover strategic topics such as markets, industries, ecosystems, and competition, as well as operational ones, such as financials, management, and products. You are expected to combine sharp analytic skills and business sense to leverage the input of experts on a variety of market and industrial subjects. Given no two days are ever the same in Venture Capital, flexibility of time and effort is paramount to be successful in this dynamic role.

Team overview

The BDC Seed Fund is currently gearing up to launch Seed Fund I, targeting to invest in world-class Seed-stage entrepreneurs across Canada. This new fund will lead investments, work with companies across all Seed-stages and collaborate with Accelerators. Investments will focus on Canadian software companies with potential to shape the next decade of innovation. The team also manages a legacy portfolio, companies from which have gone on to raise $1B in capital over the last decade, generating an outsized impact on the Canadian VC ecosystem. The dedicated Seed Fund team works very closely with portfolio companies and uses its experience and expertise to assist in growing these companies beyond Seed and to successful exits.


Platform Building

  • Assist in managing the deal pipeline, quarterly/bi-annual reports, and providing financial analysis
  • Support other team members as appropriate during the development stage of an investment
  • Ensure that the investment research files, business plans and other collected information are maintained in conformity with BDC’s policies and procedures
  • Ensure that new and existing investments files are properly documented by monitoring investments, amendments, and disbursements, including financial analysis and forecasting

Deal Sourcing

  • Discuss informally with entrepreneurs, investors and company representatives at occasional investment community or industry events, relaying any relevant information upwards
  • Maintain involvement in associations within the investment community, and keep abreast of significant developments, activities, and initiatives in the industry
  • Stay on top of the current portfolio, identifying companies that are likely to raise funds for new and follow-on investments, and relaying information upwards
  • Perform market research and scouting to inform the fund’s investment strategy, identifying emerging markets, verticals, technologies, or companies
  • Conduct initial business plan reviews, support initial communications with entrepreneurs and referring sources, prepare initial interview memoranda and recommendations to pursue or decline

Deal Making

  • Lead a workstream of due diligence on companies’ market, competition, management, sales, products, cap table, and anything that is relevant to determining potential business value and exist strategies
  • Determine and validate performance metrics, creating valuation models, forecasts and financial pro formas
  • Draft Investment Memos, most often focusing on the Financials and Market sections
  • Support Partners leading a deal, during presentations to the Investment Board
  • Analyze technical documentation and/or work with technical consultants to evaluate technologies, products, and services
  • Conduct reference calls with competitors, clients, industry experts, and prospect company’s current or past employees
  • Develop and maintain appropriate information resources and subject matter expertise in various industries, markets, and business trends

Portfolio Management & Support

  • Monitor portfolio performance, comparing performance to forecasts and models, and relaying potential opportunities and issues to management
  • Participate occasionally in investee board meetings as an observer, keeping abreast of developments and escalating relevant information to Partners
  • Assist investees with introductions to potential suppliers, investors, and employees


Typical Background

  • 3 to 5 years of experience in a role involving structured thinking, financial analysis, and technical expertise. These profiles are likely to come from, but are not limited to:
  • Finance roles: Venture Capital, Private Equity, Investment Bank, Accounting firm
  • Operator roles: Technology startup, industry-leading corporation, industry specialist
  • Advisory roles: Consulting, Law, Corporate Strategy, Corporate Development
  • Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, Economics, Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM). Other degrees are viable, if the professional has strong analytical skills
  • A post-graduate degree or equivalent certification, completed or in course, is valuable. Typical post-graduate credentials are likely to be, but are not limited to:
  • Master’s in business administration (MBA)
  • Other STEM Master’s or PhD degree
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

Technical Knowledge

  • Advanced knowledge of Excel, particularly in building robust financial models that include sensitivity analysis and scenario modeling, as well as performing complex data analysis. Any other analytic tools and techniques are an asset
  • Outstanding analytical skills, financial analysis, research and a keen ability to turn data into actionable insights; ability to prepare financial forecasts and pro-forma financial statements.
  • Ability to contribute to an Investment Memo that is clear, concise, and eloquent
  • Strong ability to problem-solve using structured thinking and communication techniques
  • Advanced Word, PowerPoint and Google Sheets skills
  • Ability to intervene pertinently in the context of a presentation to executive audiences
  • Any technology skills with wide application, such as coding or electronics are an asset
  • Operational knowledge of any technical industry is an asset

Behavioral Traits

  • Strong intellectual curiosity and deep interest in early-stage technology startups/ecosystem; relevant experience within a startup or emerging technology company is an asset
  • Highly detailed oriented, organized, proactive and self-motivated
  • High EQ, outstanding communications skills, both written and verbal, strong team player
  • Supportive, helpful attitude – willingness to proactively identify gaps and jump-in to fill them
  • Motivation and ability to do focused, independent work, in the context of a team
  • Ability to work collaboratively and build positive relationships with stakeholders
  • Continuous learning attitude, with maturity to take feedback constructively
  • Openness to share knowledge and advice with less experienced colleagues
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced environment, where objectives must be met within tight deadlines

Proudly one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, we are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible environment where all employees can thrive and feel empowered to bring their whole selves to work. If you require an accommodation to complete your application, please do not hesitate to contact us at

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