SWO Angel Group

Meet our Team

Carmen Gicante


Carmen S. Gicante has an extensive background in business development, technology commercialization, strategic planning, and corporate financing/investment capital. His career has encompassed senior positions in the electric utility- , telecommunications and research sectors, including Director of Energy Services, Manager Marketing, and Director of Business Development – Telecom.

He has led corporate initiatives in strategic planning and implementation during times of change and restructuring as well as developing and managing technology commercialization strategies and realizing new business opportunities. He successfully initiated, developed, financed and spun off several new technology businesses from an applied Research and Development Company. He has been active in the Ontario Technology Innovation network, advising, supporting and mentoring entrepreneurs and companies to accelerate business growth, become investor-ready and gain access to investment capital.

He is the founder and initial Managing Director of the Southwestern Ontario Angels (SWOAngels), based in London Ontario and co-founder of the Windsor Essex Capital Angel Network (WECAN) based in Windsor Ontario. He serves on the Board of SWOAngels (past Chair) and is Chair of the Board of WECAN.  He is an active Angel investor and serves on the boards of several of the Angel Group’s invested companies.

Carmen holds a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, a Bachelor of Engineering Science from McMaster University and operates a consulting Business – Gicante Associates, specializing in Business Development and Strategic Planning for hi-tech companies.

Bernie Batt


Bernie is a financial executive and an entrepreneur. Having served as a senior analyst for the Vancouver Financial Advisory practice of Deloitte & Touche, Bernie’s, expertise lies in due diligence, business restructuring, and analysis. He is a founder and executive of an educational consulting start-up in Vancouver, Key Learning Group, which has been a successful recipient of Angel funding.

Throughout his career, Bernie has specialized in implementation of enterprise-level financial systems and processes. He has applied this skill set as the Assistant Controller of SouthGobi Resources (TSX:SGQ, HKEX:1878) and as a financial consultant for Goldcorp (TSX:G, NYSE:GG). Most recently, Bernie served as a Finance Director, for Leo Burnett (EPA:PUB), the iconic Chicago advertising agency, where he formed and trained a department of 49 accountants and analysts. Bernie is a Chartered Professional Accountant, and holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree from the Sauder School of Business at UBC. Currently, Bernie is the president of Point Grey Commercial Advisors, a company which holds and services commercial real estate investments in Southwestern Ontario. Bernie is a member and angel investor with the Southwestern Ontario Angel Group.