Team

Stephen Davis - President/CEO

In his 25+ years of business, Mr. Davis has gained experience by running his own companies.  He’s an inventor himself, and he loves working with inventors to help them commercialize their concepts.  He’s guided inventors through the patent process, product development stages, raised capital, helped put together the right teams, and assisted with distribution strategies. 

Mr. Davis is the co-inventor and Chairman of Waveforce.com a company focused on optimizing body function through the the utilization of frequencies. Stephen also co-founded FundingForLife.ca, a charitable organization with the purpose of providing financial assistance to those who are in need of healthcare services not covered by the Canadian Universal Health Care Plan.

Mr. Davis is the President and CEO of VDC and responsible for deal generation and business development strategies for VDC clients.

Stephen is married with a blended family - 4 children and 13 grandchildren. He lives on a small hobby farm on Vancouver Island and has a passion for fishing.

 

Praveen Varshney - Director/CFO

Praveen Varshney is a 1987 University of BC ("UBC") Commerce graduate who subsequently obtained his C.A. designation at KPMG. He is a principal of Vancouver-based Varshney Capital Corp., a family-owned venture capital, merchant banking & corporate advisory services firm. Varshney Capital invests in a wide variety of industries such as resource, real estate, technology & alternative energy. Current projects include Mountain Province Diamonds, the largest diamond mine under development globally with DeBeers as partner; Canada Zinc Metals, a significant zinc deposit being developed in BC; and Mogo.ca, Canada's largest online unsecured consumer lending company. 

Mr. Varshney is an active angel investor, investing in many companies over the years including being the first investor in Coastal.com. Other current projects include RentMoola.com & AlligatoMobile.com

He is a member and past President of the Vancouver chapter of The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) and a founding director of the Vancouver chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE). Mr. Varshney is also on the Sauder School of Business Faculty Advisory Board, a former Director of The Vancouver Board of Trade, and a past recipient of Business in Vancouver's 40 Under 40 Awards. He is also a director of the Varshney Family Charitable Foundation, a SVP Vancouver Partner, and Director of OneProsper.org and on the advisory board of Room to Read - Canada.

Married since 1992 and with 2 young kids, Mr. Varshney is very actively involved with his family & community including coaching his kids' baseball & softball teams. He also makes daily exercise a priority through a variety of activities like working out with a personal trainer 3 to 4 times a week, hockey & yoga. Other interests include travel & reading.

Sean Burns, Managing Partner of Finance

Originally from Southern California, Sean Burns has worked around the world helping Fortune 500’s, governments and non-profits as an architect of change and growth. His corporate background spans over 16 years of international experience across both sides of the Pacific, managing budgets in excess of $45M, delivering results for private investors, global enterprises and small business owners.

Today, Sean resides in Victoria, B.C. brokering commercial real estate across Canada while also working with business owners, technology companies and investors focused on acquisitions and exit strategies that generate returns.

As an active volunteer, Sean mentors founders in the technology space, sits on various boards to support entrepreneurs as well as committees dedicated to raising the bar of professionalism in the commercial real estate industry.

Sean is a chartered management consultant, licensed commercial broker, holds multiple master’s degrees and is an active board member for organizations that support the causes he believes in.

Eric Gerstenbuhler - Partner

Gerstenbuhler’s passion for business started young. At the age of 20 his company, EKG Entertainment Group, produced the first ever concert on a 737 aircraft to an audience of over 10,000 at the Edmonton Municipal Airport. With 10 years as the principal of EKG Entertainment Group, an Edmonton based event production and marketing organization Eric Gerstenbuhler accepted the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce at Royal Roads University. 

Gerstenbuhler was the recipient of the Eric.C.Douglas Award, was a nominee for Canada’s student entrepreneur of the year representing RRU and built a solid reputation on the merits of his business plan. His talent gained the attention of his peers, future business associates and those who would become mentors. 

Eric Gerstenbuhler graduated from Royal Roads University in 2011 and has quickly established himself as an up and coming talent in the Western Canadian business community. Strong analytical and logistical skill sets compliment his passion for creative business development and marketing strategies. 

Eric is an expert skier, an accomplished drummer and shows promising improvement on a paddleboard. He enjoys spending most of his free time in the moguls of the Rocky Mountains. 

Ali Berman - Director of Strategic Engagement

An entrepreneurs at heart, Ali has owned 4 successful advertising, marketing and special events companies in 3 countries and has done everything from creating marketing campaigns for clients to planning corporate and other special events to writing and producing ads and media buying.

After Ali helped put on a four day country music festival, and worked in Las Vegas doing PR and special events for a Hotel / Casino, her love for creating events for people took shape. Her latest venture has been TeenFest which began as a concept to address a very obvious void in the marketplace niche that services the needs of youth in their teen years.  Ali saw an opportunity to bring together a broad range of services and initiatives that would capture the interest of this age group in an unconventional trade show environment.

Ali has spent more than 25 years providing clients with leadership and direction in growing their business and has the passion and drive to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary.

Ali lives in Victoria with her 3 kids, her daily inspiration.