BComm (Honours), CPA, CA, ICD.DLocation:
Toronto, CanadaCurrent position:
Chairman and CEO of Exelerate Capital
Mark W. Kohler is a leader in the healthcare, technology, and financial services industries with over 29 years of experience as an entrepreneur, senior executive, board member, and investor at some of North America’s leading public and private organizations.
He currently is Chairman & CEO of Exelerate Capital (Toronto), a strategic advisory group founded in 2001, that provides corporate finance, M&A, business valuation, IT strategy, privacy and security, and governance/risk/compliance (GRC) services to healthcare technology and professional services organizations, financial institutions and private equity funds in Canada, New York and California. He also leads the group’s growth capital investing and innovation funding activities, in the healthcare IT (digital health) sector as the Managing Partner of EXELERATE Health.
He has been an innovator in North America focusing on stakeholder and community engagement, the bridging of technology to both primary care and homecare, and influencing significant positive change in the broader healthcare sector. He also has led many venture capital financings, both as a fund manager and as an operating executive, completing many equity and debt financings (ranging from $5 million to $600 million) and acquisitions and divestitures (ranging from $1 million to $200 million).
Prior to founding Exelerate, he held several executive leadership roles including: Executive Vice President and CFO and Corporate Secretary at AirIQ Inc., a leading publicly-listed IoT company, and he was Chief Risk Officer and CFO and Corporate Secretary at Jameson Bank, a federal OSFI-regulated Schedule I Bank. He also led successful entrepreneurial start-ups such as Caught in the Web Inc., which was sold to CGI in 2001, and held management roles at IBM Canada Ltd., Crownx Inc. (parent and predecessor company of Extendicare Health Services), and Ernst & Young where he was a Founding Member, Venture Group. During various periods between 2008 to 2012, he was also the most senior advisor for strategic planning and integrations, and sometimes Acting CIO for the Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres (OACCAC), when the “CHRIS” technology and case management platform was implemented across Ontario, and when he developed the sector’s draft mobile health strategy.
He currently or in the past, has served as a Board member or Advisory Board member, for some of Canada’s leading healthcare and technology companies and financial institutions including, QHR Corporation, Canada’s leading publicly-listed and single largest EMR platform company where he was the Executive Chairman and championed the strategy and profitable transformation of its varied healthcare assets that led to the recently announced and profitable sale to Loblaw Companies Limited; Community Trust Company, a federally-regulated trust company where he was the Chairman; Medeo Health; Privacy Horizon Inc., an early-stage organization that provides B2B privacy and security software platforms and training tools for healthcare organizations where he is the Chairman; Shift Health Paradigms Ltd.; Epic Canadian Healthcare Funds, a venture capital organization that specializes in small and med-cap investing in healthcare; and Medcurrent Corp., a radiology clinical decision support technology company deployed in California.
Mark has also been an Adjunct Professor at York University (Toronto) since 2007, where he lectures at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies and has delivered the business case analysis, M&A, and advanced accounting and strategy topics courses.
He is an active industry spokesperson , having presented at several North American seminars and conferences, most recently at The Ontario Bioscience and Innovation Organization’s (OBIO) seminar on the topic of attracting angel investment in healthcare and life sciences companies, and The Canada Health Infoway (CHI) Partnerships Conference on the topics of Consumer Health, and the Deployment of Innovation in Healthcare Technology in Canada.
Mark is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, and a Certified Corporate Director having obtained his ICD.D designation from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He obtained his BComm (Honours) from Queen’s University at Kingston, where he was awarded the D.I. McLeod Scholarship and Edyth Whyte Prize for highest standing in Economics at the University.