David Berkowitz - General Partner

David Berkowitz joined Ventures West in 1996 and leads the firm's Cleantech practice from the Vancouver office. David has become one of the most active and best-known cleantech investors in Canada. He speaks regularly at industry conferences and is frequently quoted in the media.

Prior to Ventures West, David worked with Motorola New Enterprises, the venture arm of Motorola, and previous to that he was a consulting engineer and entrepreneur.

He currently serves as a Director of Silicor Materials Inc. He is past winner of Business in Vancouver's Top 40 under 40 Award.

David's past investments include Cellex Power Products (acquired by Plug Power, NASDAQ: PLUG), Astropower (NASDAQ:APWR, acquired by GE), 6N Silicon Inc. (merged with Calisolar Inc.), NCompass Labs (acquired by Microsoft, NASDAQ:MSFT), Serveron Corporation (merged with BPL Global Inc.), Greenlight Power Technologies (acquired by Hydrogenics Corp, NASDAQ:HYGS), TIR Systems, (acquired by Royal Philips Electronics, NYSE:PHG) and Angstrom Power (acquired by BIC Group).

David earned a Bachelor of Applied Science from Queen's University and a MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Active Portfolio:

BPL Global

BPL Global - BPL is a smart grid technology company dedicated to leading the transformation of energy and information delivery. The company provides software solutions and services to electric utilities enabling an intelligent grid to more efficiently manage demand, integrate distributed energy resources, improve service reliability, and optimize cost and capital productivity.

   
Silicor Materials

Silicor Materials - Silicor is a manufacturer of solar and aluminum products, including the leading high-quality, low-cost solar silicon. The company has silicon purification operations at the company's wholly owned subsidiary, Silicor Materials Canada Inc., located in Ontario, Canada; and a state-of-the-art research and development center in Berlin, Germany.