About Us

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.”
— Socrates

Johnston-Sequoia Capital Corporation (“Johnston-Sequoia”) is a privately held venture capital and buy-side advisory firm.  The company was founded in 2008 by Matt Johnston.

Johnston-Sequoia is currently assisting SRG Mining Inc. & Sama Resources Inc.

Mr. Johnston assisted in the development of Salares Lithium Inc. from its inception to its ultimate acquisition by Talison Lithium Ltd. in September 2010 (forming the largest pure play lithium company in the world). He also assisted in the development of Talison Lithium Ltd. from its inception to its ultimate acquisition by Chengdu Tianqi Industry Group Ltd. in March 2013.

Mr. Johnston assisted in the development of Terraco Gold Corp. in its transition from grass roots green fields exploration in 2008 to acquiring Western Standard Metals in a CAD$64,000,000 merger in 2010, to the acquisition of the suite of Spring Valley Gold Royalties 2011-2016 (5,000,000 oz gold deposit in Nevada), to its ultimate acquisition by Sailfish Royalty Corp. in August 2019.

Previous to his career in venture capital Mr. Johnston held independent advisory roles at RBC InsuranceRBC Investments & RBC Dominion Securities. He holds a Business Degree from The Gerald Schwartz School of Business at St. Francis Xavier University.

Specialties: Johnston-Sequoia is engaged in the business of assisting nano-cap corporations with institutional targetingmarket intelligencebuy-side advisory & venture capital. The model is tailored specifically to companies with:

  • Strong management
  • Strong balance sheets
  • 100% ownership
  • Potential world class discoveries


“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago”    —  Warren Buffett

Why Sequoia?

We believe that the approach to growing a company from an mere idea to a tremendous success and lasting legacy lies in the collective strength of the group.  To visualize this concept, imagine the path of a giant sequoia.  These colossal giants of the forest can grow to a height of nearly 300 feet including a circumference of more than 60 feet. Sequoia’s live for over 3,000 years and can even resist fire. The foundation of their strength is based on the fact that their roots intertwine with other sequoias, providing mutual strength and shared resources.  In essence, this concept is the core of our business model.

“Be loyal, under promise and over deliver, surround yourself with people smarter than you”   — David Zinczenko

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Matt W. Johnston


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