We believe in your vision and are obsessed with your brand!

More importantly, we’re genuinely nice folks whose core values include integrity, ownership, continuous learning and teamwork.

Charles Chang

President & Founder

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Charles is actively involved in the investment process, working with our investee companies, and supporting our founders.

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Our founder Charles is a serial entrepreneur who started Lyra Growth Partners in 2015. He is actively involved in the investment process, working with our investee companies, and supporting our founders.

Prior to Lyra, Charles was founder and President of Vega, which he started from scratch from his basement in 2004. Financed by his life savings, a second mortgage on his house and credit cards, Charles led Vega to become a leading brand of clean, plant–based nutritional products in North America.

Honouring a triple bottom line approach to business and recognizing people are the greatest source of sustainable competitive advantage, Vega and Charles have received many accolades, including: Fastest Growing Companies, Best Workplace, Best Managed Companies and Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2015, Charles led the sale of Vega to White Wave Foods (NYSE: WWAV) for US$550 million.

In 2016, Charles helped establish the Charles Chang Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Simon Fraser University, an interdisciplinary home and academic hub where people and ideas converge to foster entrepreneurial thinking and action.

Charles is also co-founder of PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs, a non-profit organization that helps elementary school students develop an entrepreneurial mindset. Using real-world, hands-on learning experiences, PowerPlay helps build confidence and resiliency and develop practical life skills.

Charles lives with his family in West Vancouver, BC and is an active member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), an avid golfer, fly fisherman, mountain biker, skier and Whistlerite wannabe.

Sebastian Kocsis

Managing Partner

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Seb helps source and structure new investments with investee companies across finance, strategy and operations functions.

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Seb is responsible for all aspects of the investment process including sourcing, evaluating, executing and monitoring investments. In addition, he supports investee companies across finance, strategy and operations functions.

Seb joined Lyra from the Starbucks corporate development group where he worked on acquisitions, joint ventures, and corporate partnerships. Prior to Starbucks, he worked in investment banking, most recently at Houlihan Lokey where he advised various food & beverage companies on M&A transactions.

Seb graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Anthropology.

Seb enjoys skiing, surfing and staying active. He is an aspiring home cook for willing guests (victims).

Milan Roy

CFO

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As CFO at Lyra, Milan supports the investment team and sits on the Board of a number of investee companies.

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As CFO at Lyra, Milan supports the investment team and sits on the Board of a number of investee companies. He has over 20 years of entrepreneurial and corporate finance experience. Prior to joining Lyra, he started his own firm where he advised food & beverage and tech companies, sometimes acting as a fractional CFO to rapidly growing companies. Prior to that, he worked at Deloitte Corporate Finance for eight years where he led numerous mid-market M&A and growth capital transactions and where he was a National Senior Sector Specialist for Food & Beverage.

Milan is a CFA Charterholder and completed a BBA at the Schulich School of Business.

Milan likes to run around after his two kids and extends it into a proper run. His Zoom background may include Raptors fandom.

Chelsea Stanimir

Vice President

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Chelsea is involved in all aspects of the investment process including sourcing, evaluating, executing and monitoring investments.

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Chelsea is involved in all aspects of the investment process including sourcing, evaluating, executing and monitoring investments.

Chelsea joined Lyra from CIBC with over five years of capital markets experience. She most recently worked as an investment banking associate, advising on a variety of transactions including mergers and acquisitions as well as debt and equity financing. Prior to investment banking, Chelsea worked in sales & trading with CIBC’s equity derivatives group where she supported institutional clients with their listed and OTC derivative needs.

Chelsea is a CFA Charterholder and holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.

Chelsea is an avid skier, hiker and emerging golf enthusiast that loves travelling, being active, and enjoying the outdoors

Brady Patterson

Associate

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Brady is responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence, industry research, and supporting Lyra’s investee companies.

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Brady is responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence, industry research, and supporting Lyra’s investee companies. Brady joined Lyra from British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI). He most recently worked as a Direct Private Equity Associate, evaluating investment opportunities in the Technology and Consumer sectors.

Brady holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

Outside of the office, Brady enjoys skiing, golfing, and continuing to look for his big break at karaoke night.

Maggie Ko

Director of Finance

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Maggie is responsible for all things related to accounting and tax at Lyra and with Lyra’s investee companies.

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Maggie is responsible for all things related to accounting and tax at Lyra and with Lyra’s investee companies.

Maggie joins Lyra with over 15 years of accounting and tax experience in her previous role as a Senior Manager at a big four accounting firm where she focused on tax planning, compliance and corporate matters with many private clients.

Maggie is a CPA, CA. She attended the University of Regina where she completed her Bachelor of Commerce with Honours.

Maggie enjoys spending time with her two young kids. She also enjoys yoga and hiking when she is not juggling other priorities (although secretly she is a closet reality TV show fanatic!).

Shannon Cotnam

Executive Assistant

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Shannon keeps Charles and the team organized and prioritized in their daily duties and oversees planning of events.

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At Lyra, Shannon has dedicated herself to keeping the Lyra team organized and prioritized in each of their daily duties. She is responsible for all things office related and oversees the planning of events and staff outings.

Prior to Lyra, Shannon worked at Vega alongside Charles as the Office Manager where she assisted in maintaining the Vega culture it is known for today. Shannon has over 15 years of office administration and support experience.

Shannon attended BCIT for Marketing and Event Planning and holds a certificate in Office Administration.

During her free time, Shannon enjoys exploring the outdoors with her daughter and entertaining guests with tasty dishes and libations.

Brendan Brazier

Advisor & Investor

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Brendan is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on plant-based performance nutrition.

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Brendan is the formulator and co-founder of Vega, bestselling author of the Thrive book series, and Editor in Chief of Alive magazine. He’s also a former professional Ironman triathlete and a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion.

Brendan is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on plant-based performance nutrition, and therefore works with several NHL, NFL, MLB, UFC, and Olympic athletes. Brendan now invests in and works with socially responsible food & tech companies whose mandate is to fix our food system and reduce the environmental strain of food production.

“The team at Lyra have been great partners through rapid change and growth over the past couple years. They take a values first approach which gave us the confidence that they were the right partner for the long-term.”

Derrick Emsley
CEO & Founder – tentree