G. Scott Paterson
G. Scott Paterson, 58, is a prolific entrepreneur, financier and investor focused Fintech, AI, Crypto and Media. Paterson currently serves as Executive Chairman of FutureVault Inc., Chairman of QYOU Media Inc. (TSXV:QYOU), Lead Director of Giftagram Inc., a Director of Verses (NEO:VERS), and Coinsmart (NEO:SMRT).
Mr. Paterson was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, has been a TedTalk speaker, had a chapter dedicated to him in Peter C Newman's #1 best seller: Titans, was profiled in Time Magazine as 'One of Canada's 21st Century Leaders', was profiled in Newsweek as 'One of 17 People to Watch Globally', was awarded Western University's top Alumni Purple & White Award and has been a keynote speaker on behalf of countless organizations including Mastercard, EY Entrepreneur of the Year and the National Angel Capital Organization.
Mr. Paterson has served on the Board of Directors for several public companies listed on multiple exchanges including the NYSE, TSX, TSXV, NEO, and AIM (UK) and has served on and chaired Audit, Risk, Compensation and Nominating Board Committees.
In the media space, Mr. Paterson was the second investor in Lionsgate Entertainment Corp. (NYSE:LGF.A) when the company was founded in 1997. He served as a Board member for 21 years including as Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee for 15 years and today serves as a Director of Lions Gate Entertainment Canada Corp.
Mr. Paterson co-founded JumpTV in 2005, and, as Chairman & CEO, orchestrated the company's 2006 $71 million IPO led by Morgan Stanley. The company acquired NeuLion Inc in 2008 and was subsequently renamed as such, and he assumed the role of Vice Chairman of the Board. NeuLion/JumpTV was sold to Endeavour Group (NYSE:EDR) in 2018 for US $250 million. In 2014, Mr. Paterson co-founded and now serves as Board Chair of Los Angeles and Mumbai based QYOU Media Inc. (TSXV:QYOU), whose principal asset is Mumbai-based The Q India media brand. In addition, he serves as a Board member of the Canadian Film Centre's Idea Boost Program.
In the financial services arena, Mr. Paterson began his career as a financial advisor in 1985 becoming the top producing broker of RBC Dominion Securities Pitfield’s President’s Club (for those in their first three years in the business). He moved into investment banking in the early 90s becoming the #1 tech banker in Canada (as measured by fees generated) while at Midland Walwyn and in 1995 was recruited to join Yorkton Securities where he built the company, initially as Executive VP then as Chair & CEO, into Canada's leading technology, biotechnology and media investment bank. Mr. Paterson opened offices in New York and Chicago (and held personal US Series 7 and 24 licenses) which contributed to the spectacular growth under his leadership from $15 million in revenue in his first year to $244 million five years later. During Mr. Paterson’s tenure, Yorkton was consistently ranked by Brendan Wood International as the #1 Canadian technology investment bank in respect to number of lead underwritings, quality of research and market share of trading, while raising over $3 billion as lead underwriter and over $9 billion as co-managing underwriter.
Mr. Paterson has also served as Chair of the Board of the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange, Vice Chair of the Toronto Stock Exchange, a Governor of the Investment Dealers Association (now IIROC), and a Director of each of Canadian Investor Protection Fund, the Canadian Securities Institute and the Canadian Securities Advisory Council.
In 2004, Mr. Paterson co-founded Symbility Solutions, a SaaS platform utilized by insurance companies to optimally process property claims, where he served as Board Chair. Symbility (TSXV: SY) was listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange and in 2018 was sold to Corelogic Inc., (NYSE:CLGX) for $162 million.