Karel Vuong is an Associate at Sagard Holdings and is based in Toronto. In his role, Karel serves Paul Desmarais III in various mandates and special projects as a member of the Office of the CEO. He also leads branding, communications and ecosystem development across each of the platform's strategies (venture capital, private equity, private credit, and healthcare royalties). Prior to Sagard, Karel joined Diagram as its first employee to launch a $30M fund and venture builder co-founding companies in insurance and financial services, primarily working with Dialogue and Collage (exited). Karel began his career as a software developer and product manager in Toronto, Waterloo, and the San Francisco Bay Area. An impassioned convenor and bridge builder, he has organized events that has been attended by heads of government, CEOs, and senior leaders from around the world. Karel studied Computer Science at the University of Toronto - Trinity College.