Impact Canada : Advisory committee

Members biography

The Impact Canada Initiative Advisory Committee is a new body that brings together a distinguished group of senior leaders from the private, philanthropic, not-for-profit, and academic sectors. The mandate of the Committee is to provide advice to the Impact and Innovation Unit in the Government of Canada’s Privy Council Office on emerging trends and best practices to inform how public programs could enhance their impact through the use of innovative funding approaches (such as prize challenges, pay-for-results structures, and impact investing), behavioural science, and rigorous measurement and evaluation techniques.

Ilse Treurnicht

Ilse Treurnicht

Chair of Impact Canada Advisory Committee | Former CEO, MaRS Discovery District

Ilse Treurnicht’s career spans scientific research, technology startups and growth companies, commercialization of academic discoveries, venture capital, innovation consulting and policy development.

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Andre Barrack

Andrea Barrack

VP, Global Corporate Citizenship at TD Bank Group

Andrea Barrack is the VP, Global Corporate Citizenship at TD Bank Group. In this role she is the lead champion for Corporate Social Responsibility across the enterprise, ensuring the development of a best in class integrated strategy that is aligned to business objectives while creating positive social, economic and environmental impacts in the community.

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Valerie Chort

Valerie Chort

VP Corporate Citizenship for RBC and Executive Director of the RBC Foundation

As the VP Corporate Citizenship for RBC and Executive Director of the RBC Foundation, Valerie is responsible for the development and execution of RBC’s global corporate citizenship strategy which includes strategic philanthropy; employee ‘citizenship’ engagement; citizenship impact measurement, evaluation and reporting; corporate environmental affairs; and social innovation and finance.

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Sir Ronald Cohen

Sir Ronald Cohen

Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and The Portland Trust

Sir Ronald Cohen is Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and The Portland Trust. He is a co-founder director of Social Finance UK, USA, and Israel, and co-founder Chair of Bridges Fund Management and Big Society Capital. For nearly two decades, Sir Ronald’s pioneering initiatives in driving impact investment have catalyzed a number of global efforts, each focused on driving private capital to serve social and environmental good. These efforts are leading the global impact investment movement towards an Impact Revolution.

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Joan Larrea

Joan Larrea

CEO, Convergence Blended Finance

Joan M. Larrea brings to Convergence 20 years of experience in emerging markets investing. Prior to joining Convergence, she led the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation's (OPIC) efforts to partner with philanthropic and private investors to increase capital flows to OPIC's target markets. While at OPIC, she also directed a pilot program to finance smaller, high impact, and innovative funds, many of which drew on blended finance structures. Before OPIC, Joan served as a managing director on the emerging markets team at Global Environment Fund, an asset manager dedicated to the energy, environmental, and natural resource sectors. She began her career as an investment officer at International Finance Corporation, where she concluded pioneering transactions in a variety of infrastructure and manufacturing sectors across Asia.

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Saadia Madsbjerg

Saadia Madsbjerg

The Rockefeller Foundation Managing Director, Innovative Finance

As Managing Director, Saadia leads the Foundation's work on Innovative Finance, overseeing its ‘Zero Gap’ portfolio. Her responsibilities include developing next generation finance mechanisms and large-scale blended finance funds that mobilize private sector capital towards the SDGs. Her work directly supports the Foundation’s mission of promoting the well-being of humanity throughout the world.

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David Martin

David Martin

President and CEO, Horizon Investments Founder, Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship Fund

David Martin is currently the President of Bromart Holdings, which owns and controls 100% of the CSL Group and 100% of Horizon Capital Holdings.

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Jaykumar Menon

Jaykumar Menon

Chair and Co-Founder, Open Source Pharma Foundation

An international human rights lawyer, scholar and social entrepreneur, Jaykumar Menon is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, which is based at McGill University in Canada.

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Hector Mujica

Hector Mujica

Regional Manager, Google.org

Hector leads all philanthropic programs and investment for Google.org in Canada and Latin America, as well as helps lead Google.org’s crisis response and humanitarian efforts globally.

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Tracy P. Palandjian

Tracy P. Palandjian

Co-Founder & CEO, Social Finance U.S.

Tracy Palandjian is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Social Finance U.S., a nonprofit organization which is leading the development of Pay for Success financing and Social Impact Bonds, an innovative public-private partnership that mobilizes capital to drive social progress.

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Claude Pinard

Claude Pinard

Executive Director of the Fondation Mirella et Lino Saputo

Claude is currently Executive Director of the Mirella Foundation and Lino Saputo, a private family foundation located in Montreal.

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Irfhan Rawji

Irfhan Rawji

Founder & CEO, MobSquad | Venture Partner, Relay Ventures | Principal, Totem Capital Corporation | Adjunct Professor, Sauder School of Business at UBC

Irfhan Rawji is the Founder & CEO of MobSquad, an innovative Canadian start-up that aims to repatriate Canadian software developers and keep new STEM graduates from leaving Canada as well as attract new immigrants to Canada by creating domestic career opportunities for software developers that did not formerly exist.

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Dilip Soman

Dilip Soman

Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Science and Economics Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Dilip Soman is a professor and holds the Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Science and Economics at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He serves as the director of the university’s Behavioural Economics in Action research centre [BEAR]. He holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering (Bombay), Management (Indian Institute of Management) and Behavioural Sciences (Chicago).

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Tamara Vrooman

Tamara Vrooman

President & Chief Executive Officer Vancity

As president and chief executive officer of Vancity, Canada's largest community credit union, Tamara Vrooman believes that banking has a vital role in developing a healthy society—building the well-being of people and, at the same time, ensuring the long-term sustainability of the communities in which they live and work. This summarizes Vancity's vision of redefining wealth.

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Bill Young

Bill Young

Founder of Social Capital Partners

Bill Young is the founder of Social Capital Partners (SCP), an innovative non-profit, social finance company started in 2001. Throughout its history SCP has facilitated thousands of jobs for people who face employment barriers through social enterprise and the private sector by linking community hiring to attractive financing.

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