(Houston, Texas and Langley, British Columbia)
As a general partner at SIC.Partners, Kataryna Puhacz combines her years of experience in venture capital and the corporate world with a scientific approach to go deep to the roots of New Media, CleanTech and Life Sciences and identify innovative, disruptive trends and technologies.
Born in Katowice, Poland, Kataryna was 5 years old when her family escaped communism under the guise of a camping trip in the Alps mountains. With her mother 6 months pregnant, the family roamed Europe in their Polish-made “osororzec” sedan looking for a country to accept them, and ended-up in an Italian refugee camp where Kataryna’s sister was born. As a result of the generosity of a Catholic Church in Lethbridge, Alberta, the family immigrated to Canada and were featured in the Lethbridge Herald as the first full immigrant family to settle in the region. While her father, an Electrical Engineer and her mother, a lawyer, worked hard to learn English and start their life as Canadians, Kataryna persevered through the challenges of integrating into the community, then lacking ESL programs and immigrant support resources. Despite this and her family’s numerous moves in search of work, Kataryna excelled academically obtaining scholastic recognition and a university scholarship.
After the unexpected death of her mother from an untreated heart attack in Cuba, Kataryna shifted her focus to seeking out innovation in digital health, new media, and CleanTech, aiming to make a positive impact on the world and give back to the community.
Prior to joining SIC.Partners, Kataryna founded her own consulting firm working independently and with Deloitte to develop “Blue Ocean” market opportunities across industries through digital prototyping.
Kataryna spent 10 years at Aim Trimark & Invesco in Canada and the US across Institutional and Retail distribution focused on business transformation, go-to-market optimization and leveraging technology to accelerate revenue growth.
- Most recently as US Head of Marketing Planning & Analytics, she developed a global roadmap for predictive analytics and data visualization evolving the firm’s capabilities in omni-channel marketing, business intelligence, and marketing automation. During this time she also developed business value drivers determining portability of client engagement (sales & marketing business models) across technology platforms.
- She also served as US Head of Marketing Planning & Operations and led the integration of the marketing organization for a large US asset manager acquisition, to rationalize operating models across the two firms and unify the organizational structure, reduce redundancies, redefine governance & processes, and produce a combined cost structure and P&L.
- As AVP of Corporate Strategy, Kataryna focused on sales enablement and designed sales compensation and incentive methodologies, territory management models, client segmentation, and sales performance reporting. She also developed knowledge management systems to optimize the delivery of sales tools and intelligence to improve sales effectiveness.
- Kataryna has also worked to create synergies between US and Canadian retail businesses by developing global business transformation roadmaps and corporate governance models to support globally centralized operations and technology functions including Investment Operations, Fund Accounting, Portfolio Administration, IT & PMO. During this time, she developed economic scenarios and business cases leading Invesco to establish an enterprise operation centers in PEI, Canada in partnership with the provincial government, and operations in India.
In the early 2000’s Kataryna developed a strong focus in technology heading the IT application development, business analysis, project management divisions for a leading non-standard Ontario property & casualty insurer, then moving on to e-Services in the US division to lead the development of online point-of-sale underwriting and claims solutions supporting $1.7 billion in annual written premiums.
Kataryna also spent several years in a Canadian venture capital firm as Director of Technology, developing and implementing technology roadmaps alongside business plans for start-up ventures in the IT, financial services and healthcare fields. Leading a team of engineers, designers and developers, she worked with fellow general and venture partners to build business solutions leveraging e-commerce, CRM, marketing automation, data integration platforms, and digital tools.
She pivoted to her passion for innovation in the 1990’s as a receptionist for an emerging online community in the mining industry (infomine.com), and within a year was leading it’s technology division as the portal grew to become the world leader in mining information, servicing over 700,000 subscribers. She led the development of a proprietary e-commerce & subscription management platform that was an early adopter of mid-1990’s emerging real-time transaction processing technologies.
Kataryna is an alumni of University of British Columbia’s Science Faculty, and of Schulich’s School of Business’s Master’s Certificate in Project Management. She also holds a Project Management Certificate Program from Loyola University, a Project Management Professional designation from the Project Management Institute, and has numerous designations in Business Analysis, and Business Modeling.