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Wekerle Joins ‘Maple Syrup Mafia’ to Fund Technology


Michael Wekerle, who made millions trading Canadian oil and mining stocks, has joined the “Maple Syrup Mafia,” backing technology startups in his quest for the next BlackBerry. It hasn’t been an easy transition.

His Difference Capital Financial Inc., which funds companies such as social media manager Hootsuite Media Inc. and data provider Vision Critical Communications Inc., is one of Canada’s worst-performing stocks.