Adam leads the Capital Advisory practice as well as the day-to-day operations of the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. Adam has spent most of his career in the social impact field in Canada.
Since 2009, Adam has been contributing to national and international market development initiatives in the field of impact investment. Adam was behind the scenes of the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance in 2010, helped create the Centre for Impact Investing at MaRS in 2011, and has supported several non-profit organizations with non-traditional financing arrangements throughout his current tenure at MaRS.
Prior to joining MaRS, Adam was a consultant for PwC, specializing in nonprofit performance management as well as Aboriginal community investment.
Adam is an advisor to several Canadian nonprofit organizations and foundations on issues of enterprise and funding. He is also an advisor to the Calouste Gulbankian Foundation in Portugal and their impact investment initiative at the Social Entrepreneurship Institute. Adam is a recognized leader on topics of social finance and emerging models like social impact bonds. He holds a degree in economics from the University of British Columbia.
Director, Social Venture Connexion (SVX)
For over 10 years, Adam has focused his work on driving social, economic and environmental justice through finance, education, social innovation and public policy change as an advocate, researcher and social entrepreneur. At MaRS, Adam helped found the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing and the School for Social Entrepreneurs – Ontario. He was also the executive director of the Ontario Association of Food Banks for five years. In this position, he significantly grew the organization’s revenues and program impact, led a number of groundbreaking research studies including Canada’s first review of the cost of poverty. He successfully pressed the provincial government to implement a poverty reduction strategy in collaboration with many partners, and expanded the ability of food banks to acquire and distribute fresh, healthy food through an innovative initiative called Community Harvest Ontario.
Adam has also worked as a community animator for the skilled trades in Hamilton and acted as the executive director for the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, where he successfully advanced a number of reforms during Ontario’s Postsecondary Review including low-income grants for students. As a speaker, Adam has engaged various audiences across the country on issues related to education, poverty and social finance. Adam has also written extensively on these topics and been featured in numerous media outlets, including CNN International, TVO, CTV, CBC television and radio, BNN, GlobalTV, the Toronto Star, Financial Post, National Post, and the Globe and Mail.
In 2002, Adam was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Gold Medal, given to Canadians who have made a significant contribution to their community or to the nation. In 2010, Adam was awarded the McMaster Alumni Arch Award, which recognizes the institution’s recent graduates for their unique and interesting contributions to society, local community and to McMaster University. In 2012, Adam was named one of McMaster University’s 125 People of Impact, an honour given to McMaster staff and alumni who have made the greatest impact over the past 125 years. Adam was born in Glasgow, Scotland, grew up on the Canadian prairies, and came of age in Hamilton, Ont. He graduated from McMaster University with a degree in geography. Adam has also completed the Canadian Securities Course.
As Senior Manager, Sarah leads policy and research initiatives at the Centre for Impact Investing. She is responsible for working with community, government and private sector stakeholders to develop and advance policy that supports the growth of the Canadian impact investing market. She was lead author on the final report of Canada’s National Advisory Board to the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce. Sarah also advises on outcomes-based funding models.
Sarah was previously a policy analyst on the Priorities and Planning team of the Privy Council Office, where she developed advice for the Prime Minister on a range of social policy issues. She also has experience in refugee and asylum policy through a past position at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Sarah is a member of the Board and Program Committee of St. Stephen’s Community House. She holds a Master of Science in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar, and is a graduate of the McMaster University Arts and Science program.
Manager, INFRONT Program
Melwyn is responsible for building and delivering our INFRONT mentorship program, in which experienced Canadian venture capital and private equity managers mentor fund managers in frontier and emerging markets. Prior to joining MaRS, Melwyn was the Corporate Partnerships Manager for The Mentoring Partnership at TRIEC. He was responsible for stewarding employer partnerships and recruiting mentors. Additionally, he managed and implemented a professional development series for mentors. Melwyn began his career with marketing and branding agencies J Walter Thompson and Ogilvy & Mather, developing and implementing integrated communications campaigns for many global brands. He has an undergraduate degree in accounting and an MBA in marketing.
Alexis holds a role both in the Centre for Impact Investing and in the MaRS Health Systems Innovation team. Alexis’ current work focuses on issues related to health system innovation, policy levers for influencing behavior change, health care funding (both public and private) and measuring outcomes and impact. Alexis brings to MaRS a diverse professional experience. She is an experienced management consultant having started her career at Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte), working for a boutique in the U.K. and also consulting independently. Alexis has also had first hand experience as an entrepreneur as co-founder of a Canadian employee wellness company. Prior to joining MaRS, Alexis worked as a civil servant in the role of Pricing Strategy Lead for Monitor, the regulators for the National Health Service in England, where she was responsible for setting pricing policies to support improved integration of care across the health sector.
Alexis is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and completed her MBA at London Business School (both with distinction). She is also a former fellow of the prestigious Action Canada program. Alexis and her family returned to Toronto in 2014 after living abroad for several years.
Kathryn Wortsman joined the team at the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing in 2015 as Investment Director. She is responsible for managing the MaRS Catalyst Fund and developing other impact investment opportunities.
Kathryn started her career in investment banking at RBC Dominion Securities and then went on to spent most of her 20 year career investing and managing venture capital and private equity in small- to medium-sized businesses both in New York and Toronto. Kathryn spent time in Toronto at CIBC Capital Partners, BMO Capital Corporation and Lynx Equity, a succession fund. In New York, Kathryn actively invested and managed a portfolio of early stage media technology companies with Constellation Ventures, a Bear Stearns-sponsored venture capital fund. Kathryn also actively invested and managed strategic insurance technology investments for MetLife and then subsequently joined the corporate development team to create new products and services for the largest life insurer in the United States.
Kathryn has held a number of board roles including WideVine, a content protection company now owned by Google, Ntercept, an online polling service, and DentalXChange, a technology billing solution for dentist offices in the U.S. In Canada, Kathryn held board roles at Fakespace a virtual reality training business, Vitana (now PixeLink), an industrial camera distribution business, Acura Technology, a media management company, and Iogen, a biomass ethanol producer.
Her passion for social finance was born 10 years ago when she joined Social Venture Partners NYC and then subsequently founded Social Venture Partners Toronto.
Most recently, in 2012, Kathryn co-founded Crest Capital Corporation, a search fund in Toronto and purchased two companies in the infrastructure cleaning and repair sector. The consolidated business is focused on improving our environment with innovative product solutions at lower costs to the customer. After two years of co-managing the business, Kathryn wanted to further expand her ability to catalyze capital for social and environmental good and merge the worlds of private equity and social impact.
Kathryn was born and raised in Toronto and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from Columbia University in New York.
Ameeta joined MaRS in 2015 as an Associate Director in Compliance and Finance for CII and as the Chief Compliance Officer of MaRS SVX. In these roles, Ameeta develops and implements policies, operational procedures and internal controls while overseeing SVX compliance with corporate policies, relevant laws and regulations. She also works with MaRS Finance to ensure that financial operations are effectively maintained.
Over her 15 year career, Ameeta has worked at a number of firms in the compliance, regulatory and non-profit sectors. At PwC, she specialized in the audit of investment companies, after which she joined the Bermuda Monetary Authority, operationalized the Investment Business Act and led regulation of investment businesses within Bermuda. She later joined Fidelity Investments International where she developed its local regulatory regime.
Ameeta has held board positions at a number of Canadian non-profits focused on children’s rights. She led the growth of non-profit EveryChildNow from a community group to a national organization. As the Director of the organization, she has overseen events, fundraising, finances and community engagement. She graduated from of the University of Western Ontario with a BA in finance and economics and holds the Chartered Accountant/Chartered Professional Accountant designations.
Senior Associate, Investor Relations
Adrianna joined MaRS in 2015 as the Senior Associate responsible for investor relations. In this role, she handles investor outreach, recruitment and programming for the Centre for Impact Investing’s products and platforms. Previously, she was the Manager of Special Projects and Events at the C.D. Howe Institute, Canada’s leading economic think tank, where she was responsible for fundraising and strategy. Prior to C.D. Howe, she was a research assistant at McGill University’s Health Psychology Laboratory, held internships at the United States Senate and for the Democratic National Convention fundraising committee, and worked at a legal defence firm. She earned a B.A. with Dean’s Honours from McGill University.
Kia is a Senior Associate at the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. He previously worked in the investment banking division at Goldman Sachs and Macquarie, and in private equity at Next Capital (formerly Macquarie Direct Investment). In these roles, he developed his financial analysis, investment and operational experience across the retail, food and beverage, and industrials sectors. He also has experience working with early stage ventures in the legal tech, nanotech and medtech sectors. Kia received his MBA from the University of Cambridge specializing in social innovation and entrepreneurship, and he led the Social Innovation Group at Cambridge, which included project work with CDC Group (the U.K. government’s development finance institution) in its equity investments team focused on ventures in Africa. He also holds a BCom (Finance) with distinction and an LLB from the University of New South Wales (including completing his law degree at McGill University), and is a qualified lawyer in Australia.
Jaymin Kim is a Senior Associate at the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. She specializes in developing and advising on impact investment tools and strategies. Previously she was a management consultant in Financial Services at Oliver Wyman, where she worked on strategy and operations projects across Insurance, IT, Risk Management, and Retail Banking sectors. Jaymin has also volunteered as a Guide for The Resolution Project, a global non-profit fostering youth leadership development through collaborative social entrepreneurship. Jaymin graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with a BA in social studies and from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar, with an MPhil in innovation, strategy and organization.
Kevin joined our team in summer 2015. He helps with content creation and delivery for our entrepreneur education programs, along with workshops on pitch preparation and trends in impact investing. In addition, Kevin is helping to drive new service offerings and features for SVX, our investment platform that connects social entrepreneurs and impact investors. He also manages a portfolio of companies currently seeking capital. Previously, Kevin worked as an electrical engineer doing technical marketing and sales in the video and broadcast industry and spent two years as a management consultant in the corporate strategy group at Deloitte. He has co-founded two companies and supported other start-ups primarily focused on hardware development and project management software. Kevin holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.
Marie works in our Venture Services team to create and deliver our entrepreneur education programs. Marie also manages mentorship initiatives, relationships with venture support partners, new service initiatives and a portfolio of venture clients. Marie has a background supporting entrepreneurs and impact management with United Nationals Relief and Works Agency in Palestine and MEDA in Tanzania. She has previously worked at The MasterCard Foundation where she worked on the Youth Livelihoods portfolio, research and new initiative development. Marie holds an honours degree in resource economics from the University of British Columbia.
Associate, Research and Policy
Duncan joined MaRS in 2015 to advise on federal and provincial policy in impact investing. He suggests solutions to regulatory barriers, develops ideas to spur market growth and evaluates social programs through a social impact bond lens. Before MaRS, he spent a year in criminal and civil cases as a clerk at the Court of Appeal for Ontario. In past positions, Duncan has advocated for more effective foreign aid at Engineers Without Borders Canada, analyzed labour markets at the Alberta Federation of Labour and connected people with low incomes to legal help at Access Pro Bono in Vancouver. Duncan graduated with a BA from the University of Manitoba and a JD cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Muska Ulhaq works on strategic events, reporting, policy issues, finance, and operations for the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. Prior to joining MaRS, she worked as a Policy and Research Analyst with Humber Bay Shores Condominium Association and as a Policy Analyst with the Ontario Ministry of Revenue. Muska has a master’s degree in public policy from University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance, and an undergraduate degree in political studies and psychology from Queen’s University.