Barbara Dirks head, silicon valley
bank in canada
silicon valley bank in canada is a tech debt-financing firm that originated in the Valley and has lent to roughly 30,000 start-ups. It expanded to Toronto this year, and Dirks, former senior VP of network and advisor strategy at RBC, is heading it up. The firm will be a huge player in the Toronto tech scene and ensure there is enough money around for start-ups to scale and not sell before they’re ready. side gigs: Dirks sits on the board of governors of the Royal Military College of Canada.