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Angel investment guru lands new chair position

Mary Long-Irwin will lead the board of directors at the National Angel Capital Organization
Mary Long-Irwin (left) was recognized for her work with Northern Ontario Angels in 2019. (Supplied photo)

Fresh off the announcement that she is retiring as executive director of Northern Ontario Angels (NOA), Mary Long-Irwin has taken a role as chair of the board at the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO).

The National Angel Capital Organization is the industry association for angel investor networks across the country.

Its membership comprises 4,200 angel investors, 45 incubators and accelerators, and 44 angel groups, which have together invested more than $1 billion into more than 1,500 Canadian companies over the last decade.

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Long-Irwin commented on her new role in a Dec. 18 NACO news release.

“It is not enough to focus solely on the major cities within central Canada. In order to promote a diverse and healthy Canadian economy, funding across the natural innovation landscape needs to be regionally equitable,” Long-Irwin said.

“I am incredibly honoured to join NACO as chair of the board and look forward to continuing my efforts in expanding angel investment and activities within all regions of Canada.”  

Long-Irwin spent 10 years at the helm of Northern Ontario Angels. Under her leadership, the organization helped broker more than 300 deals worth roughly $493.5 million.

She received a Lifetime Achieve Award from the Angel Capital Association in 2019 for her work.