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Michael Volker is a Vancouver-based entrepreneur who is active in the development of new high technology ventures. A professional engineer, he started his own company (Volker-Craig Ltd) in 1973. He sold it in 1981 and decided to work with entrepreneurs in building new companies.
Since then, he has been active in various early-stage businesses as a founder, investor, director and officer. He is presently the director of Simon Fraser University's Innovation Office and President and Chairman of Greenangel Energy Corp, a public company that invests in green technologies. He is also founder and President of the Western Universities Technology Innovation Fund - an angel fund for start-ups.
Mike co-founded the Vancouver Angel Network, VANTEC, and is also quite active with New Ventures BC - an annual business competition. He was chairman of the Vancouver Enterprise Forum for several years, and is very active on the B.C. high tech scene, serving on non-profit boards of New Ventures BC and the Canadian Listed Companies Association, and on several public and private company boards. He frequently writes and speaks on management and technology issues and is active as a member of various charitable and educational boards