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UNBeknownst Episode 17: Tom Liston on Bay Street and how the Canadian tech sector can help us overcome big global challenges

Author: UNB Alumni

Posted on Apr 22, 2022

Category: UNB Fredericton , Management , Podcast


Tom Liston (BBA’96) is one of the most sought-after minds in Canada’s tech investment sector. Tom currently serves on several Board of Directors for public and private technology companies, and he has a strong track record of shareholder value creation in that capacity. As chief investment officer of a leading technology-focused venture capital firm, he made investments in SaaS, FinTech, and healthcare IT fields – two of which were among the top exits in Canadian technology in the past decade. Tom is consistently ranked among the top technology analysts in industry surveys and has received more StarMine stock picking awards than any other technology analyst. He also volunteers his time as a mentor at the Future of Sport Lab in Toronto, has raised over $100,000 for the MLSE Foundation to support kids sport, and just recently was a lead investor and advocate for refurbishing Canada’s oldest basketball court in St. Stephen, NB. 

In this episode: 

  • How Tom broke into the big leagues on Bay Street 
  • Why he strategically chose technology companies as his focus 
  • Tom’s secrets to investment success 
  • Tom’s thoughts on cryptocurrency as part of a portfolio  
  • Blockchain tech used in everyday practices 
  • The need for more homegrown large Canadian tech companies and the investment needed to do it 
  • The lessons in life that come from team sports 
  • Why Tom values giving back to the community 

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Thanks to: 

Our alumni hosts, the AAA Team: Arsham, Arash and Armin Ahmadi 

Music by alumni artist, Beats of Burden

Our alumni Affinity Partners, TD Insurance, Manulife, and MBNA Mastercard