Managing Partner, Relay Ventures Founder & Executive Chair, MobSquad
Irfhan is a Managing Partner with Relay Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm with over US$700MM of assets under management. Additionally, Irfhan is the Founder & Executive Chair of MobSquad, a Relay Ventures incubated start-up that ensures high-caliber software engineers with US work visa challenges remain working with their current company, but near-shored from Canada. MobSquad also forms near-shored teams of software engineers in Canada for North American clients on an exclusive, long-term basis.
Irfhan has prior experience at McKinsey & Company, Birch Hill Equity Partners, Onex Corporation (TSX:ONEX) and Parkland Corporation (TSX:PKI).
Irfhan is presently Board Chair of The Organic Box, Alberta’s largest organic food hub, offering home delivery as well as click-and-collect grocery services. Additionally, Irfhan is Board Chair of Activate, a partnership between the Government of Canada, private investors and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada aimed at reducing the incidence of stroke; Activate represents an innovation in social finance as Canada’s first social impact bond. Irfhan is also a Director of Sage Properties, a Calgary-based real estate investment corporation, is Board Chair of The Logic, a digital media publication focused on the innovation economy, is a Director at Alate Properties Inc., an early-stage property technology investment firm, is a Director of PBA Land & Development, a Calgary-based Western Canadian property development firm, and is a Director of Canadian Western Bank (TSX:CWB), a Schedule I Canadian bank focused specifically on business owners.
Irfhan is actively involved in civic affairs as a Member of the Canada Council for the Arts, Past Chair of Glenbow Museum and co-Chair of the $175MM Glenbow Reimagined capital campaign, Board Member of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, Board Member of Business and the Arts, Board Member of Venture for Canada, Board Member of the Aga Khan Museum, and Board Member of CIFAR. Additionally, Irfhan serves as Chair of the Heart & Stroke Foundation’s Impact Fund Advisory Committee, as an advisor to the Canadian government’s Impact and Innovation Unit within the Privy Council Office, and as a member of the New Economy Advisory Committee of the Alberta Securities Commission. Irfhan is also on the National Advisory Committee of The Walrus, and is an Advisor to the Canadian Urban Institute, as well as Platform Calgary.
Previously, Irfhan has served on the boards of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada (Board Chair), the Harbourfront Centre (Director, Treasurer), imagiNation150 (Director, Treasurer), the Harvard Business School Global Alumni Board (Director), Creative Calgary (co- Founder and co-Chair), Chatter Research (Director, sold to Stingray Media, TSX:RAY), and member of and Finance and Investment Sub- Committee Chair of the Calgary 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Bid Exploration Committee.
Irfhan holds an MBA with High Honors from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar, and also holds a BCom with Honours from the University of British Columbia where he was a Wesbrook Scholar. He is a recipient of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Heart & Stroke Foundation’s Award of Merit, the Sauder School of Business’ Teaching Excellence Award, Business and the Arts’ Arnold Edinborough Award, and is a member of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 (2017).
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About Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), MobSquad, Relay Ventures, The Logic, The Organic Box, Totem Capital, University of British Columbia: Relay Ventures specializes mainly in startup, seed and early stage investments and provides support throughout the lifecycle of a startup.