Debi Rosati

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Affiliation: RosatiNet Inc.
Country: Canada
Email: debi [at]
LinkedIn: LinkedInIcon.png   Debi Rosati

Debi Rosati is the Corporate Director at Sears Canada.[1] She is also the founder of RosatiNet Inc., and former Chair of the Board of directors for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, CIRA.

She has participated in the ICANN community throughout her career, especially with regards to CIRA.[2]

Rosati graduated from Brock University with Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (1984) and is a Chartered Accountant (1985), with over 20 years experience in the field of finance and management.[3]

Career Accomplishments

She is an Ottawa-based venture catalyst in Canada’s growing high-tech industry, a Corporate Director with over 25 years in financial, operational and strategic management in the technology sector with an extensive network; which further enhances her value as a board member. In 2001, she founded RosatiNet Inc., a venture catalyst firm focused on developing financing strategies for technology start-ups. There she advised over 20 technology start-ups and raised over $35 million in private equity.[4] She also co-founded TimeStep Corporation; and, while its CFO, the company grew to over 150 employees and $10M in sales and raised over $15M in financing. Rosati negotiated the US$100M acquisition of Newbridge Networks. She also raised over $50M in private equity as a Venture Catalyst and Chief Financial Officer.[5]

Community Engagement

Debi is involved in her community through her leadership roles on the Campaign Cabinet of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, School of Management Advisory Board, University of Ottawa and Faculty of Business Advisory Council, Brock University, The Entrepreneurship Centre Advisory Committee of OCRI and CATA's Women in Technology (WIT) Forum National Advisory Board.[6] Debi Rosati has been involved in fundraising events for the National Ovarian Cancer Association. She has chaired the Governance Committee of Junior Achievement of Ottawa Carleton and has participated as a judge in the 2005 Wes Nicol Entrepreneurial Award, the Ottawa Business Journal's 2002 Top 40 under 40 awards and the 2002 student Technology Venture Challenge.

Awards and Recognition

Debi has been recognized for professional, business and community achievements as a fellow chartered accountant (FCA)- 2009.[7] She is also the recipient of the 2007 Brock University Alumni Association's Thirty from the Past Thirty award, and the Ottawa Women's Business Network 2005 Businesswoman of the year finalist in the professional category.[8] Debi has also received the following awards: Brock University's Faculty of Business 2003 Distinguished Graduate award [9] and the Ottawa Business Journal 2001-Top 40 under 40 Award.[10]

Important Roles

  • Corporate Director, Sears Canada, 2007-Present.
  • Corporate Director, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, 2007 - 2009.
  • Corporate Director, DISTIL Interactive Ltd., 2006 - 2009.
  • Corporate Director, neuroLanguage Corporation, 2006 - 2009.
  • Chair of the Board, CIRA, 2005 - 2007.[11]
  • Board of Governors, Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), 2004 - 2006.
  • Board Member, Axis Investment Fund, 2002 - 2007.
  • General Partner, Celtic House Venture Partners, May 2000 - December 2001.