Rhiannon Davies

Managing Partner, Sandpiper Ventures

Role: Associate

Site: CDL-Atlanta, CDL-Atlantic, CDL-Montreal

Stream: Prime, Supply Chain

A native of New Brunswick, Rhiannon has over 23 years of experience as a leader in international business spanning Europe, Asia, South and North America. As Managing Director she led the $2B revenue G.V.S.C. B.V. a subsidiary of GrandVision N.V. She was COO and sat on the Board of Directors that took GrandVision, a CAD$ 5.5 Billion revenue retailer with businesses in 45 countries, through 44% growth in SWS, expansion into 20 new markets through multiple acquisitions and organic growth, to a successful IPO on the ASE. The GrandVision IPO ranked in the global top 10 IPOs in 2015. Previous to this role, she served as a VP in charge of Operations during the CAD$ 18 Billion sale and integration of international food manufacturer Royal Numico B.V., acquired by Groupe Danone. Rhiannon thrives in fast moving, fast growth environments, and has worked in executive and supervisory board roles in private, public and non-profit organizations.

Rhiannon believes in the need to support entrepreneurship and innovation to deliver meaningful change in business, community and social development. She actively supports this belief by serving as a mentor and angel investor. Rhiannon recently returned to Canada to live in Halifax and is co-founder and Managing Partner of Sandpiper Ventures, a seed stage venture fund to promote diversity in the early-stage ecosystem.