Entrepreneurship is Our Passion

Established in 2007, Maple Leaf Angels (MLA) is a not-for-profit membership organization. Our mandate is to connect accredited investors and the brightest, most passionate entrepreneurs in a stream-lined process within the larger entrepreneurial eco-system.

Maple Leaf Angels’ members are a group of high net worth private individuals who invest in seed and early stage technology companies. While investments are made individually, MLA members enjoy the benefit of best practices and the collective knowledge and networks of the group.

Maple Leaf Angels Capital Corporation (MLACC), a subsidiary of MLA, is the general partner for Maple Leaf Angels 48 Fund I Limited Partnership (MLA48), a limited partnership comprised of several MLA members who wanted to invest collectively in seed and early stage companies. MLA48’s objective is to make investment decisions within 48 hours and offer companies coaching and mentorship, networking opportunities, and access to follow-on funding from the Maple Leaf Angels members.

By bringing together investment, experience and a network of partners, MLA enables high potential companies to grow and realize their potential.

Our members enjoy:

  • Community of like-minded individuals
  • Networking and professional development
  • Engagement in the entrepreneurial eco-system

To date, our members have:

  • Invested over $30 million in 50+ companies
  • Participated in 11 successful exits

Board of Directors

Chris Gilliss – Director

Travis Griffith – Director

Frank Jessop – Director, Treasurer

Nancy Lala – Director, Chair

Probal Lala – Director

Ed Lycklama – Director

Doug Wyatt – Director

Richard Mills – Director

Randy Williamson – Observer


PRATHNA RAMESH, Managing Director & Chief Compliance Officer

As Managing Director of Maple Leaf Angels and Maple Leaf Angels Capital Corporation, Prathna works collaboratively with the Board of Directors in growing the organization as a value added partner for both investors and entrepreneurs in the ecosystem. She manages the MLA48 Fund I & II Limited Partnerships, the only Angel funds in Ontario making investment decisions in 48 hours. As CCO, Prathna is responsible for overseeing compliance within the organization, and ensuring adherence to Ontario Securities Commission regulatory requirements, policies and procedures. 

Prior to this, she worked with About Communications, a Telecommunications & Information Technology firm. Prathna brings experience in account management, client operations and project management.

Prathna holds a B.Com degree from the Rotman Commerce Program at the University of Toronto.