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Bruinen is a different kind

of private equity firm.

We invest in transparency, accountability, and security.
Because putting ethics first delivers the true value of safe,
legal, positive online experiences for adults.


Our leadership team has a proven track record of putting our core values into action.


Chuck Rifici

Chairman and CEO

Bruinen is led by Chairman and CEO Chuck Rifici.  Chuck was a pioneer in the legalization and de-stigmatization of cannabis in Canada. He knows that corporate responsibility is rooted in a culture of trust, safety and accountability. He brings this same commitment and vision to Bruinen’s digital sex-tech investments.

Derek Ogden

Derek Ogden

Board Member,
Director of Global Law Enforcement Relations

The last time Derek wore a uniform, it was the red serge of the RCMP. And he was Chief Superintendent, serving as Director-General of Drugs and Organized Crime, responsible for over a thousand sworn and civilian members across the country. Today, he forges trusted partnerships with law enforcement agencies and advises Bruinen on strategic acquisitions which focus on ethics, compliance and public safety.


Solomon Friedman

Chief Ethics Officer

Solomon Friedman is Bruinen’s Chief Ethics Officer. He is experienced criminal and regulatory counsel and is a Certified Specialist in criminal law by the Law Society of Ontario. He is also an author and law professor and has testified many times about criminal and regulatory law before Committees of the House of Commons and the Senate. Solomon’s focus on ethical conduct guides Bruinen through every investment opportunity.


We are also guided by a deep bench of advisors and subject-matter experts.

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Sophie Watts

Senior Advisor

Entertainment visionary, studio co-founder and dealmaker – Sophie Watts is a force to be reckoned with. Her recent accolades include Fortune 40 under 40, Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 and Variety’s Power of Woman Report. Sophie grew STX Entertainment from a start-up into a multi-billion-dollar media empire, establishing movie, reality and scripted TV studios.

Today, Sophie brings her drive and passion to Bruinen’s ethics-first investment portfolio, where she serves on the advisory board, counselling the team on digital entertainment strategy, brand partnerships and rich-media opportunities.

Dr. Leah West

Dr. Leah West

Public Safety Advisor

Dr. Leah West is a professor of national security and intelligence and a sexual assault victims advocate. She is also an armed services veteran who served in Afghanistan and former Department of Justice national security counsel. Her research and teaching focuses on the intersection of digital spaces, public safety and national security.

Dr. West advises Bruinen on the use of digital and legal tools to support the fight against human trafficking and online exploitation.


Valerie Webber

Performer Health & Safety Advisor

Valerie is an academic, advocate, and researcher. She has lectured and published widely about public health and ethical practices in the adult industry in leading journals such as Sexual Medicine, Porn Studies, Sexuality & Culture, and Critical Public Health.  She is also the Board Chair of Performer Availability Screening Services (PASS), a non-profit dedicated to the health and safety of adult industry workers.  

Valerie provides her expert advice to the Bruinen team on a wide range of issues related to content creator relations, consent, and safety.

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