Barbara Dirks


Barbara is a Partner at FRAMEWORK and brings more than 20 years of experience launching, building and reimaging businesses in large, global corporate to startup environments.

For many years, Barbara has been advising capital providers and a portfolio of young technology companies with their startup or scaling concerns, across North America, all of whom participate in our growing and vibrant global tech ecosystem. She was the former Head of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) Canada, where she launched the Canadian arm and served in various leadership roles at the Royal Bank of Canada and BMO Financial Group.

Barbara holds an LL.B. and MBA from the University of Western Ontario, and a B.A. in Political Economy and Economics from the University of Toronto. She is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors Program, through the Rotman School of Management as well as the Private Board Governance program through the CVCA. She is an active advisor on the boards of numerous post-secondary institutions and at PaceZero Capital Partners.