Andrew Waitman joined Celtic House as a general partner in 1996, after a varied career in several technical and financial fields. He was a member of Nortel's scientific staff, responsible for designing and developing telephony software systems. He then moved to Citibank Canada, structuring interest rates, currency and equity derivatives for corporate clients. After that, he was a senior technology analyst for Toronto-based brokerage Eagle & Partners (now Dundee Securities), covering the Canadian high-technology industry. He brought all his professional strengths to Celtic House, where he became managing partner in 2000.
A sought-after keynote speaker, Andrew has presented to such organizations as the Canadian Venture Capital Association and Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation. He has guest-lectured for the MBA programs at Queen's University, the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Ottawa. He taught a course on venture capital at the Queen's School of Business in 2002, for its Science and Technology MBA. Andrew is frequently quoted in the media, and sits on the business-case review board of the National Post Business Magazine. He was invited to give his insights on the subject of recruiting leadership talent to the Heidrick & Struggles Leadership publication. (This was later presented to delegates at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland.)
Andrew sits on the boards of several technology start-up companies across North America, including Diablo Technologies, Fidus Systems, Got Corporation, noHold, Third Brigade and TrialStat!. His past board history includes successful companies such as Abatis Systems, Avesta Technologies, FastLane Technologies, OctigaBay Systems, OLAP@Work, Orchestream, PixStream and Sandvine. He advises Genesys Capital and Latitude Partners; and has also served on the boards of Ardesic, BlueArc, Castleton Network Systems, Ironbridge Networks, StoryMail and Ubiquity Software.
Andrew Waitman holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and an MBA with distinction from the Richard Ivey School of Business. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst, and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.