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Bernd Petak

Northmark Ventures
Partner
New York

Bernd Petak is a Canadian innovation investor, corporate director, advisor, speaker and founder. After beginning his career as a deeply technical engineer, Bernd enjoyed a decade-long tenure at Deloitte including acting as a strategy & operations partner consulting to global organizations such as Vodaphone, Verizon, AT&T, Palm/3Com, Bell and the Canadian Department of National Defence. In his subsequent private practice Bernd provided M&A advisory, due diligence and strategic services to a broad range of enterprises. Bernd is a multi-time founder, CEO, CFO, COO, advisor and corporate director to both high-growth and traditional businesses. Bernd currently acts as co-founder and investment partner for Northmark Ventures, a Western Canadian high value-added venture capital firm investing in selected innovation-driven companies across North America. 

Bernd sits on a number of corporate boards and advises several early-stage technology firms.  Advisee firm Blockchain Intelligence Group provides transaction insight and risk evaluation tools to institutional and enterprise customers. 

As a result of an early introduction to the technology by his computer science professors in 1979, Bernd has a long-term interest in crypto and blockchain technologies and their impact on business and society. Bernd is a frequent speaker on Bitcoin, Ethereum and broader blockchain topics to a wide variety of audiences ranging from startup entrepreneurs to multi-national bankers.