Wade K. Dawe is an Atlantic Canadian venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and skilled investor. Fiercely independent throughout the entirety of his career, he achieved early success internationally in the resource sector and went on play a pivotal role in a number of companies as a financier and company founder.
Wade has transformed and sold public and private companies across technology, medical services, mining, and oil & gas, completing transactions in excess of two billion dollars. Most recently, Torrent Capital, a fund he established, formed a partnership with the Port of Argentia which is destined to become a landmark national hub for green energy initiatives.
Born and raised in Kelligrews, a community in eastern Newfoundland, Wade is a strong believer in the potential of the Atlantic region to harbour success. He is an ongoing donor to the Faculty of Business at his alma mater, Memorial University, also serving on the President’s advisory committee. Wade is a fellow of the Creative Destruction Lab, where he mentors young entrepreneurs, and has committed to establishing a scholarship program for Black students in honor of his close friend, Senator Don Oliver. Wade feels that investing in the next generation is the key to ensuring that the region reaches its full potential.
Wade Dawe honoured with the P.J. Gardiner 2023 Newfoundland and Labrador Entrepreneur of the Year
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Wade has founded or co-founded numerous successful companies. These include Keeper Resources Inc. (2003), which was sold for $51.6 million in 2008. Also, Brigus Gold Corp. (2010), which was acquired by Primero Mining Corp. in 2014 in an all share deal valued at $351 million. In December 2017, he negotiated a transaction to merge Canabo Medical Corporation with Aleafia Inc., valuing Canabo at $50 million.Read more
Wade’s philanthropic activities include establishing and personally funding the annual James R. Pearcey Entrepreneurial Scholarship at MUN, and DC Makes, a new entrepreneurship-based program at the Discovery Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He serves as a Trustee of The QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, and is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), an international organization for business leaders.Read more