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National Bank Financial’s head of technology, media and telecommunications investment banking is departing.

After more than 20 years in the investment banking industry, Sanjiv Samant – head of technology, media, telecom, health-care and sustainability banking – has decided to take some time off before pursuing other opportunities.

Mr. Samant, who started his career at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce World Markets in the mid-1990s, joined National Bank Financial in 2016. Prior to that he was the head of technology, media and telecommunications banking at Canaccord Genuity Group Inc.

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Since joining National Bank nearly three years ago, Mr. Samant has worked on a number of key technology deals including the sale of Halogen Software Inc., the sale of Pure Technologies Ltd., one of last year’s equity raises by Shopify Inc. and the planned initial public offering by Lightspeed POS Inc.

Mr. Samant’s last day will be March 29, according to an internal memo obtained by The Globe and Mail. A replacement has not yet been named.

“After 20-plus years in technology, media & telecommunications investment banking, I just felt like the time was right to explore new challenges and personal growth opportunities,” Mr. Samant said in an e-mail. “It is an exciting time in the Canadian technology ecosystem. I hope to ultimately pursue a new role that keeps me close to the industry.”

With files from Sean Silcoff.

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