Mark McQueen has worked in the financial services industry since 1993. He led the growth of venture debt specialist Wellington Financial from its inception as a $7 million fund in 2000 through to its $900 million investment program via Wellington Financial Fund V. Wellington opened its first US office in Santa Monica, California in 2009; the firm also maintained offices in New York City and on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, California.
Upon the firm’s acquisition by CIBC in January 2018, Mark was appointed to lead the bank’s expanded Innovation Banking initiative. Prior to its acquisition, Wellington was one of Canada’s largest and most active institutionally backed venture funds, leading over $800 million of transactions. In 2009, Profit Magazine named the firm the 17th fastest growing company in Canada, its second consecutive year on the list. In 2016, UK-based Preqin ranked Wellington as one of the “most consistent top performing managers” of the 140 different private debt funds tracked globally.
At the present time, Mark serves as a director of Algoma Central Corporation (ALC:TSX) and is a member of the Governing Council of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, one of Canada’s largest hospitals. He is also Deputy Chair (Student Awards) for the $750 million Campaign for Western. In 2012, upon the recommendation of the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, he was appointed as the Honourary Captain of the RCN by the Minister of National Defence.