OMERS Ventures Founder Ruffolo Paralyzed After Biking Accident in Ontario

Posted on 09/28/2020

John Ruffolo, age 54, is the founder of OMERS Ventures, the venture capital unit of OMERS. In 2018, Ruffolo exited OMERS and has been working on his new investment firm.

Ruffolo was in a cycling accident that occurred in Markham, Ontario sometime in September. Ruffolo was in an accident with a transport truck while riding his bike. The Globe first reported that Ruffolo is said to have suffered a broken spine and pelvis.

Ruffolo wrote in a September Linkedin post, “Although my posts on Linkedin are mostly commentary around business, economics or innovation, this post today is a personal update.

Some of you may have heard that I was struck by a jackknifing transport truck while out riding my bike on Wednesday. Thankfully my head was unaffected but despite several surgeries, it is unlikely that I will regain the use of my legs.

I am as committed, and as able as always, and will be back in full force as soon as humanly possible on the pending launch of my Private Equity fund and to continue my advocacy work for Canadian Innovation.

I want to thank all of the hospital staff for my wonderful treatment and care and truly appreciate all the love and support we are getting from our family and friends.

I do ask that my family’s privacy be respected at this time, and I expect my social media interaction will be limited for the near term.

Thank you again for all of the support and I look forward to reconnecting with you again soon.


Keywords: Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System.

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