Chris O’Neill

General Partner, Portag3 Ventures

Role: Fellow

Site: CDL-Montreal

Stream: Artificial Intelligence

Chris O’Neill is a purpose-driven investor and technology leader with over 20 years of experience, including general management of some of the world’s most beloved brands, strategy, product development, go-to-market, marketing, and business operations.

He is currently a Partner at Portage Ventures, the venture capital arm of Sagard Holdings, a multi-strategy global alternative investment platform. Prior to Portage, O’Neill orchestrated the successful turnaround of Evernote as Chairman, President and CEO. Over the course of ten years, he served in several executive leadership roles at Google, leading Google’s Canada operations. Earlier in his career, he worked in product marketing for HSBC and was a strategy management consultant at Oliver Wyman.

O’Neill advises and invests in high-growth technology companies. As an angel investor, he focuses on exceptional Canadian entrepreneurs building enduring companies like, Relay (acquired by Kik), Layer6 (acquired by TD Bank), Helpful (acquired by Shopify).

He serves on the board member of Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) and is a former board member of Tim Hortons (NYSE: THI) and He is currently a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), a Charter Member of the C100, and a former member of the Canadian Council for Chief Executives (CCCE).

O’Neill graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.A in Economics (with distinction) and holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

He was born and raised in Canada and currently lives in Northern California with his wife and two children.