Silicon Valley Bank


Silicon Valley Bank provides support to Canadian startups by consulting on financial metrics, cross-border banking operations, providing debt solutions, equity advisory services and fundraising support.

Laith Shukri

Senior Market Development Manager

Laith consults with innovators to identify ways that SVB can best serve their needs as they scale. Laith is particularly passionate about using his background and talents to help founders move to the next opportunity. He provides feedback on pitches and business models and fosters connections between Canada’s upcoming game-changers, organizations and programs in the innovation ecosystem that can set new ideas in motion. Prior to joining SVB, Laith served as a senior analyst for ScaleUP Ventures, a Toronto-based VC fund.

Graeme Millen

Director, Technology Banking

Graeme leads the energy and resource innovation efforts for the bank across Canada. He thrives on connecting and assisting dynamic, high-growth companies — “the most interesting, game-changing organizations on the planet” — using nimble, inventive capital to create a launch pad for their success. In 2015, Graeme co-founded the Paper Bag Accelerator, an event-based organization that brought established and inspiring entrepreneurs together to seed — not sell — ideas for communal growth.