G. Scott Paterson, 55, is a well-known investor focused on technology, media and cannabis.
A native of St. Catharines, Scott Paterson attended Ridley from 1980 to 1982 where he played First Hockey and First Rugby.
A school mate wrote in 1982’s Acta Ridleiana: “Scott was a scholar, an artist, an athlete, and a dreamer but, most of all, he was a true compassionate friend. His honesty and dedication to his goals will carry him far in the competitive world of business toward which he is headed.”
Mr Paterson was a Top 40 Under 40, has been a TedTalk speaker, had a chapter dedicated to him in Peter C Newman's Titans, has been profiled in Time Magazine as 'One of Canada's 21st Century Leaders', has been profiled in Newsweek as 'One of 17 People to Watch Globally', was awarded Western University's top Alumni Award and has been a Speaker on behalf of countless organizations such as Mastercard, EY Entrepreneur of the Year and the National Angel Capital Organization.
Mr. Paterson has served as a Trustee of the Art Gallery of Ontario, obtained his ICD.d designation as a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Director's at Rotman School of Management, earned a Certificate in Entertainment Law from Osgoode Hall Law School and holds an active ACTRA membership.
In the media space, Mr. Paterson was the second investor in Lionsgate Entertainment when the company was founded in 1997. He served as a Board member for 21 years including as Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee and today serves as a Director of Lions Gate Entertainment Canada Corp. Mr. Paterson co-founded JumpTV in 2005, orchestrated, as Chair & CEO, the company's 2006 IPO led by Morgan Stanley, merger the company with NeuLion in 2008 remaining as Vice Chair. NeuLion/JumpTV was sold to Endeavour in 2018 for $325 million. Mr. Paterson co-founded Los Angeles-based QYOU Media Inc. in 2014 and remains Chair of the Board. Mr. Paterson is also the Lead Director of Giftagram Inc., a rapidly growing e-commerce mobile gifting app. He co-founded digital platform CannabisMD in 2017 and serves as Co-Chair of the Board. He also serves as a Board member of the Canadian Film Centre's Idea Boost Program.
In the financial services arena, in the mid 90s, as Chair & CEO, Mr Paterson built Yorkton Securities into Canada's leading technology, biotechnology, health care and media investment bank raising over $3 billion for growth companies in these sectors.
Mr. Paterson has also served as Chair of the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange, Vice Chair of the Toronto Stock Exchange, a Governor of the Investment Dealers Association, a Director of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund and a Director of the Canadian Securities Institute. Mr Paterson co-founded Symbility Solutions in 2004 which was sold to Corelogic in 2008 for $155 million. He is currently Chair of FutureVault Inc. which he co-founded in 2015.
Mr. Paterson and his wife Sarah support multiple non-profit endeavours including having established bursaries at Ridley College as well as at Western University and, in 2000, he donated $1 million to establish the G. Scott Paterson Wing at the Schulich Medical School. Mr. Paterson co-founded the Merry Go Round Children's Foundation and its Kids, Cops & Computers program in 1997 where he continues as Chair of the Board.
A loyal supporter of Ridley, Scott has established three bursaries at the school and the Scott Paterson ‘82 Stock Market Challenge Award. He was Captain of the School's Alumni hockey team which played the Buffalo Sabres Alumni team when the School's new arena was launched in 2010. Scott served as the Co-Chair of Ridley’s 125th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign and is currently Co-Chair of The Campaign for Ridley. Scott has served as a Governor of Ridley since 1998. Most recently, Scott has donated $1 million to The Campaign for Ridley to build the future Band and Performance Hall.