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Tom Birch

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Thomas Birch is Managing Director, Funds & Technology in the Private Equity team of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec since 2015.

In his role, his team contributes to the international expansion and development of innovative Canadian technology companies either by investing directly or indirectly through a select group of venture and mid-market private equity funds.

Tom Birch has over 30 years of enterpreneurial software operating experience in the contact centre, telecom, CRM and ecommerce markets.

Prior to joining CDPQ, he was VP of Corporate Development at Telesystem and Managing Partner of Propulsion Ventures where he invested primarily in software as a service oriented early stage companies.

Before moving into the investment world, he was previously CEO of three software companies that were financed by venture capital or angels.
1. GoodContacts : peer-to-peer contact management; sold to MyLife.com in 2004.
2. DataCHEST : environment health and safety software as a service.
3. Pyderion : enterprise contact center analytics software; sold to EADS-Telecom in 2000.

Tom Birch currently sits on the board of directors of Centech (Centre for Entrepreneurship of ETS – École detTechnologie Supérieure). Some of his former board positions include: Interset (security saas), Woozworld (virtual world for tweens), Adcentricity, Shopit, dna13, eBillme, IVARA and x2oMedia.

He has a B.A. Mathematics and a B.Sc. of Computing Science from Queen’s University and a MBA from the Ivey School of Business of University of Western Ontario.