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The Enterprise Software Opportunity in the Private Markets

Join Canadian Club Toronto on November 3 for an engaging discussion with Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. Robert will sit down with Claudette McGowan, CEO of Protexxa, to discuss his path to founding Vista, how today’s global events and economic environment are generating unique conditions for enterprise software companies and their investors, and why integrating ESG and DE&I considerations in the culture of both your firm and portfolio is paramount.


Please note that there will be NO live stream or recording available for this event.


Robert F. Smith

Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners

Robert F. Smith is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. Vista currently has more than $94 billion in assets under management and oversees a portfolio of over 85 enterprise software, data, and technology-enabled companies that have more than 300 million users and employ over 90,000 people worldwide. The firm leverages private equity, permanent capital, credit and public equity strategies to build better businesses and drive digital innovation.

Smith serves on the Board of Directors for the Business Roundtable, the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School, the Cornell Engineering College Council, and is a Founding Member of the World Economic Forum EDISON Alliance. He is Chairman of Carnegie Hall, former Chair of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights and a Founding Partner of the REFORM Alliance.

Claudette McGowan

CEO, Protexxa

Claudette McGowan is a global information technology leader with more than 20 years of success leading digital transformations, optimizing infrastructure and designing new approaches that improve service and cybersecurity experiences. She has worked in the technology industry for several organizations such as Deloitte, Metropolitan Police Services, North York General Hospital, Bank of Montreal and TD Bank. At BMO, Claudette served as the CIO, of Enterprise Technology Employee Experience, and at TD she was the Global Executive Officer for Protect Fusion & Cyber Experience. Claudette is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Protexxa, a Canadian-based cybersecurity software and services company.