Background: Norm co-founded the company that created the highly successful ACCPAC and Simply Accounting software. He later was co-founder and CEO of Pivotal Corporation, which became a world leader in Customer Relationship Management Software. Norm now devotes his time to philanthropy and playing (golf, cycling, skiing, art and travel).
Education/Experience: Education: BSc (Computer Science) from UBC and Fellow of the BC Institute of Chartered Accountants. Norm spent 25 years working in the software industry worldwide.
Skills to bring to SVP: Norm is a founding partner of SVP Vancouver and served on the Board of Directors until June 2013. He loves to encourage non-profits to dream big. The Francis Family Foundation also supports many other charitable projects in the province.
Investee Experience: Beyond his significant role in founding SVP, Norm is passionate about helping disadvantaged children and youth and has been deeply engaged with the Opportunities Committee and many projects through the years.
Distinguished Partner: Norm was recognized as SVP’s first Distinguished Partner in September 2014. This special recognition is in honour of Norm’s extraordinary contributions to SVP Vancouver including being a Founding Partner and a Leadership Partner, developing and guiding our granting processes, engaging with Investee organizations, serving on the board for twelve years, and continued leadership through personal example.