Debi Rosati is an Ottawa-based venture catalyst in Canada’s growing high-tech industry. Debi graduated from Brock’s first Accounting Co-op class in 1984 and became a Chartered Accountant in 1985. Debi founded RosatiNet, inc. in 2001, a venture catalyst firm focused on developing financing strategies for technology start-ups. For entrepreneurs that need capital and business advice, RosatiNet develops strategies, facilitates networking, and advises senior management on strategic business issues.
Prior to forming RosatiNet, Debi was a General Partner at Celtic House, the venture capital arm of Terry Matthews, where she was involved in all aspects of venture investing including evaluating investment opportunities, negotiating deal structure, and operational guidance.
From 1994-1999, she co-founded, and then acted as Vice-President Finance and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of TimeStep Corporation, which was acquired by Newbridge in September 1999. Debi also held senior financial positions with Tundra (formerly Newbridge Microsystems a division of Newbridge), Cognos, and BDO Dunwoody.
In addition to her membership on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Faculty of Business, Debi sits on the board of Axis Investment Fund and the Ottawa chapter of Junior Achievement, as well as on the advisory boards of KidsFutures, Maskery & Associates, Serence, Spotwave Wireless, and the Campaign Cabinet of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation. She was formerly on the board of Valaran Corporation, Got Marketing and OLAP@Work.
In 2001, Debi received the Ottawa Business Journal Top 40 under 40 Award. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of the Canadian Venture Capital Association and formerly a member of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute.
Goodman School of Business