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Saturday, January 19 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Impact Investing: Why a Gender Perspective Matters

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Why is it important to consider gender in impact investing? In July of 2018, Canada launched it’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) to protect and promote the human rights of all vulnerable and marginalized groups with the goal of effectively addressing the root causes of poverty, which disproportionately affects women and girls. In June, a major new commitment was announced by the development finance institutions (DFIs) of the Group of Seven (G7) nations to mobilize US $3 billion by 2020 for investment in business activities that will benefit women. The impact investing sector in Canada and around the world has been contributing to improving Sustainable Development Goal 5, ‘Gender Equality’, through creating new responsible investing strategies that aim to advance gender equality while generating financial returns. In this session, hear from some of Canada’s leaders in the gender lens and impact investing sectors who are championing Canada’s gender agenda at home and abroad.

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Marie Ang

SVX Manager, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing
Marie manages the SVX investor strategy and community, including education and engagement activities as well as several partnership projects. Beyond these, Marie was instrumental in leading several initiatives for impact ventures at MaRS, including investment readinessprogram, SVX... Read More →
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Tina Assi

Program Officer, Grand Challenges Canada
Tina Assi is a program officer with Grand Challenges Canada (GCC). At GCC, Tina leads impact investments in innovations that improve the lives of underserved women, girls and children in low-resource settings. In this capacity, Tina is GCC’s lead on sexual and reproductive health... Read More →
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Anne-Marie Levesque

Anne-Marie Lévesque joined FinDev Canada in August 2018 as the Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment Advisor, where she will develop and lead the implementation of FinDev Canada’s gender strategy. Her role will be to ensure that operations and investments bring leading... Read More →

Sarah Pisonero

Chief Investment Officer, Match International
Sarah Pisonero is the Chief Investment Officer of Match International women's fund, prior to which she was an investment professional for Teralys Capital, Canada’s largest fund of funds dedicated to venture capital, with over $2 billion in assets under management. In addition to... Read More →
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Jo Rodrigues

Gender Advisor, EWB
Jo is EWB’s Gender Advisor. She helps integrate gender considerations and sensitivities into EWB’s operations and programs and has built its gender framework. She’s also a conflict resolution trainer and coach for humanitarian aid and international development workers as well... Read More →

Saturday January 19, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PST
Ballroom East - 4th Floor