Tim comes to us directly from the University of Waterloo, where he was Vice President, University Relations, with responsibility for the offices of communications and public affairs, government relations, and community relations & events. In a nutshell, Tim was responsible for building and maintaining positive and constructive relationships with key stakeholders, including the broader Waterloo-area community, and articulating the university’s mission, vision, values and aspirations.
Tim previously held the role of vice-president, external relations on an interim basis from June 2011 to April 2012. Prior, he served as chief executive officer of the Accelerator Centre – a campus-based incubator for start-ups – and as the University of Waterloo’s associate vice-president, commercialization.
Tim has a long history as an entrepreneur and business leader. A founder and partner of Tech Capital Partners (an early stage VC firm), he was earlier chief financial officer (CFO) and chief executive officer (CEO) at Waterloo tech firm PixStream. He has also served as CFO, CEO, or board member for numerous other technology companies.
Active for many years in the not-for-profit sector, in 2009 Tim was awarded the inaugural annual Barnraiser Award for “inspirational, collaborative achievement” in the Waterloo Region. In 2007, he was honoured with the Legacy of Leaders Award from the City of Waterloo and the Leadership Award from the Volunteer Action Centre.
In February 2012 Tim was the proud recipient of the Michael R. Follett Community Leader of the Year Award presented to an outstanding member of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce who “created or facilitated significant solutions to meet community needs and inspired others to achieve excellence”.
Tim has been and is currently involved in a number of Boards in the Waterloo area in a variety of roles including chair, board director or member. Tim is a frequent speaker on innovation, corporate culture, leadership, community building, acquisitions and investing, and related topics.
A Waterloo grad – he holds a BA in accounting from the University of Waterloo and is a chartered accountant – Tim received the university’s 50th Anniversary Alumni Award in 2007. A School of Accountancy fellowship was named after him in 2005. In 2009, Tim was named a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (FCA), the highest designation the institute confers, awarded for outstanding career achievements as well as outstanding service to the community and the profession. Tim received an Award of Distinction from the institute in 2006.
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 Investment 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.
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.
Health Advisor and Capital Advisory Manager
Alexis brings a range of skills and experience to her role as Manager in the Capital Advisory team. She is an experienced management consultant with a particular interest in supporting clients in the health care sector. She has worked as a civil servant in the role of Pricing Strategy Lead for Monitor, the regulator 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. She started her career at Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte) and has had firsthand experience as an entrepreneur as co-founder of a national employee support and education company.
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.
Senior Manager, Research & Policy
As Senior Manager, Sarah leads policy initiatives at the MaRS 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 a Canadian impact investing marketplace. Prior to this role, Sarah was a policy analyst on the priorities and planning team in 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 Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Sarah holds a master of science in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar. She is a graduate of the McMaster University arts and science program.
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 Alterman joined MaRS in 2015 as the Senior Associate responsible for investor relations. In this role, she handles investor outreach, recruitment and programming for the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing and SVX. Previously, she was the Manager of Special Projects and Events at the C.D. Howe Institute, Canada’s leading economic think tank. 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, and worked at a legal defence firm. She earned a BA with Dean’s Honours from McGill University.
Jordan is a Senior Associate and Social Impact Bond Lead for the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. He provides advisory to clients and is responsible for testing and executing on outcome finance opportunities across Canada. Prior to joining MaRS, Jordan was with BCG in Toronto. At BCG, Jordan worked across a number of industries, including retail and financial services, and with nonprofit organizations. He has also spent time in Colombia doing independent consulting work for a vocational school in Bogota. Jordan holds a bachelor of commerce degree in finance from the University of British Columbia and also spent time at the Prague School of Economics.
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 started his career as an Electrical Engineer doing technical marketing and sales in the video and broadcast industry. After five years he left to pursue his MBA at the Rotman School of Management, where he specialized in consulting and operations. Upon graduating, he worked two years as a Management Consultant in the corporate strategy group at Deloitte before leaving to spend a year focused on creative writing. Unfortunately, the writing was sidetracked as an opportunity came up to stretch his entrepreneurial muscles. Kevin was involved with two software start-ups focused on project management and most recently co-founded phaseHD, a leading technology company focused on the transmission of high-speed digital A/V signals. During that time he was also a technical consultant for THX on its new HDMI cable certification program. On his free time you’ll find Kevin on the beach bumping, digging and spiking, in the squash court chasing a tiny rubber ball, or relaxing at home watching Netflix.
Marie supports the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing’s Venture Services activities, including SVX and Impact8, and is leading the development of the ImpactLink mentorship program. Marie has a background supporting entrepreneurs with both program implementing and grant-making organizations. With UNRWA in Palestine and MEDA in Tanzania, Marie supported impact assessment and project operations. She most recently worked at the MasterCard Foundation where she worked on the Economic Opportunities for Youth portfolio, research and new initiative development.
Associate, Research and Policy
Duncan joined MaRS in 2015 to advise on federal and provincial policy linked to the impact investing market. He suggests law reforms to shrink investment barriers and develops market-building ideas to help government play a more active role. Before MaRS, he spent a year investigating 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 low-income people to legal help at Access Pro Bono in Vancouver. Duncan graduated with a BA in economics and political studies from the University of Manitoba and a JD cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Muska Ulhaq works on reporting, policy issues, finance records and contact management for the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. She also provides events and covening support. Muska is also the Co-Chair of MaRS Social Committee and manages various initiatives and leads the team on organizing events for MaRS staff. 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. Muska is passionate about social policy and is an active volunteer with TAIBU Community Health Centre. She is fluent in Farsi (Dari), Hindi, Pashto and Urdu.