Partner, Portage Ventures
Ricky Lai is a Partner, Portage Ventures at Sagard and joined the firm in 2017. As a member of Portage, Ricky invests in early-stage and growth-stage fintech opportunities globally. He is responsible for all aspects of the investment process, including origination, due diligence, execution, and portfolio management. Within the investment portfolio, Ricky is a board observer of KOHO, Clark, and Flybits. He is based in Toronto, Canada. He became a Partner in 2021.
Prior to Sagard, Ricky worked at a Canadian startup focused on simplifying responsible consumer lending in the US. Ricky also spent time as an Associate at Mithril360, the analytics and portfolio management affiliate of Mithril Capital Management. Prior to that, Ricky was a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions advisory practice for KPMG Canada, where he focused on strategic and financial investments in software and healthcare companies.
Ricky holds a B.Sc. and a M.Acc. from the University of Waterloo, specializing in Biotechnology and Accounting. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA).