Meet Our Team

Our mission is to empower entrepreneurs with the growth capital needed to sustainably scale their businesses through our fast, flexible, and founder-friendly alternative debt structures.

John Can Karayel

John Can Karayel

Principal

John has been advising and financing early-stage startups for close to a decade. After working at HSBC Bank and BDC in various senior debt-lending roles, he shifted focus to growth capital for tech companies through alternative investment vehicles. Prior to joining Flow Capital, he worked at Lighter Capital, building a SaaS-focused investment portfolio across the US and leading the company’s launch into Canada. To date, he has worked directly with 300+ early-stage tech companies and provided growth capital in excess of $35 million.

Kenny Leung

Kenny Leung

Corporate Counsel

Kenny is a lawyer with broad corporate and commercial experience in the financial services industry. He previously held roles as in-house counsel and compliance officer with Manulife. Kenny obtained his MBA from the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics and CPA designation. Kenny is licensed with Law Society of Ontario. He articled at the Superior Court of Justice, where he conducted legal research and prepared written and oral opinions in all areas of law.

Valerie Hull

Valerie Hull

VP of Finance

Valerie is a financial services specialist with 20 years of experience, previously holding senior roles with various multi-national financial services organizations in Toronto. Valerie is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, and Certified Management Accountant in Ontario. She was admitted to membership in 1998. Valerie holds a Masters of Accounting from the University of Waterloo.

Sabena Quan-Hin

Sabena Quan-Hin

Marketing Manager

Sabena leads Flow Capital’s marketing operations, focusing on branding, demand generation, digital marketing, and partnerships. Before joining Flow Capital in 2019, Sabena held roles in various companies ranging from early-stage startups to multinational corporations in industries including technology, finance, and consumer packaged goods. Sabena holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia. 

Gaurav Singh

Gaurav Singh

Chief Financial Officer

Gaurav brings over 15 years of experience including several board and executive positions across a portfolio of small-cap Canadian public and private companies. He has undertaken leadership roles in corporate finance, strategy, trade-policy advocacy, and start-up operations across the Technology, Media, Mineral Resources, and Professional Services sectors, in India, Europe, and North America. He holds an MSc. in Finance from London Business School, U.K., and a Bachelor of Commerce from Delhi University, India.

Alex Baluta

Alex Baluta

Chief Executive Officer

Alex has over twenty-seven years of professional experience in Canada and the US in investment banking, equity research, mergers and acquisitions, operations, consulting, and entrepreneurship. Alex was a top-ranked equity research analyst in Canada in the early 2000s, focused on the software sector. His primary focus throughout his career has been advising, analyzing, operating, and investing in small and medium-sized enterprises, primarily in high-growth technology sectors.