Team

Tim Jackson

Senior Advisor, Capital Solutions

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 Jagelewski

Associate Director

Adam leads the outcome finance practice at the MaRS Discovery District. As an Associate Director for the Centre for Impact Investing, he is exploring new funding models for governments and nonprofit organizations, particularly Social Impact Bonds. Adam has spent most of his career in the social impact field in Canada. Prior to his roles at MaRS, Adam was a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, specializing in nonprofit performance management as well as Aboriginal community investment. Over the last several years Adam has led social finance development and profile building projects, including the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance, which has contributed to market advancement in Canada. In addition to his role at MaRS, Adam is an advisor to several nonprofit organizations on issues of enterprise and funding. Adam is also a board member of the Responsible Investment Organization (formally Social Investment Organization). 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.

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Joanna Reynolds

Associate Director

As an associate director for the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, Joanna leads the education and engagement initiatives. Since 2008, Joanna has focused on social finance development in Canada with Social Innovation Generation National and now with MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. Joanna has worked in the community sector in Toronto for over 10 years. This experience sparked her interest in finding ways for not-for-profits to diversify their revenue base and opening opportunities for people to get involved in their local economy. Joanna is a graduate of Queen’s University and completed her Masters of Education at the University of Toronto. She is currently a board member of TREC Renewable Energy Co-operative.

Adam Spence

Adam Spence

Associate Director

Adam Spence is the founder of the SVX and Associate Director, Venture and Capital Programs at the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. 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 (OAFB) 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 (OUSA), 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, Ontario. He graduated from McMaster University with a degree in geography. Adam also completed the Canadian Securities Course (CSC).

Melwyn Dcosta

Melwyn Dcosta

Manager, INFRONT Program

Melwyn is responsible for building and delivering a mentorship program in which experienced Canadian venture capital and private equity managers will 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.

Katie Gibson

Katie Gibson

Manager, Community Finance Solutions

Katie is a lawyer and MBA graduate with extensive Canadian and international experience in consulting, advocacy, and social innovation. She has been working with the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing since 2013, building and leading our Community Finance Solutions program. Community Finance Solutions is a consulting and referral service supporting initiatives creating new impact investing funds and financial products across Canada.

Katie has been involved in social change and innovation for over 15 years, including serving as the Deputy Director of an international advocacy organization. She previously ran a consultancy in Cambodia helping local and international non-governmental organizations increase their impact. She has also practiced law and clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada. Katie studied Anthropology at Harvard University and received her law degrees and an M.B.A. from McGill University.

Joyce Sou

Manager, Benefit Corporations (B Corps) and Social Impact Metrics

Joyce is the manager of B Corps and social impact metrics at the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. She spent over seven years at KPMG and worked as a manager of assurance services in the Consumer Markets Group. In her role, she focused on leading audits of manufacturing and retail clients throughout North America and also worked as a recruiting manager for campus talent attraction. She has also spent time in South Africa on secondment, auditing oil and gas companies and chasing elephants on safari. Joyce is a partner at Social Venture Partners Toronto and serves on the Investment Committee as well as on the Advisory Team to selected investees. She holds an undergraduate degree in commerce from Queen’s University and is a chartered accountant. Joyce is an avid traveller and recently visited over 15 countries around the world.

Samer Abughannam

Samer Abughannam

Senior Associate

Samer 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. An engineer and banking/investment professional, Samer was most recently a member of Scotia Capital’s Mergers & Acquisitions team where he worked with leading corporations and institutional investors on strategic matters and execution of investment and sale mandates. Samer’s other experiences include engineering and capital project controls with Vale across Canada, and an investment rotation with PADICO Holding in the Middle-East. He is also an executive member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Toronto, where he co-chairs the New Venture Competition. Samer holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, both achieved with Distinction.

Sarah Doyle

Sarah Doyle

Senior Policy Advisor

As Senior Policy Advisor, Sarah leads policy 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 build-out of a Canadian impact investing marketplace. Prior to this role, Sarah was 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 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.

Aaron Emery

Aaron H. Emery

Senior Associate

Aaron is the lead for the Benefit Corporation Movement in Canada. In this role, he is responsible for the communications portfolio for the Benefit Corporation (B Corp) movement in Canada. In his role promoting B Corp Certification on behalf of MaRS, Aaron is committed to seeing more companies using hard metrics to measure this sort of positive impact throughout the Canadian business landscape. Aaron comes to MaRS with a background in political campaign work and consultancy experience on not-for-profit strategy and corporate social responsibility. Through a keen eye for research and a clear voice as a reporter, Aaron seeks to be a “catalytic storyteller” for issues that ignite his passions. The combined stories of individual B Corps along with the cumulative momentum of the B Corp movement are rich narratives that Aaron is committed to spreading throughout the Canadian business community and across the country at large. Originally from Indiana, Aaron holds a B.A. in Social Wellness & Public Policy (IDIS) from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Carlos Pinto Lobo

Carlos Pinto Lobo

SVX Compliance Officer

Carlos is an accomplished, compliance, governance and risk management professional with over 25 years of extensive experience in the financial services industry, including futures, options, retail compliance, LCM, SOX, credit, operational risk management, anti-money laundering, privacy regulations and successful business solutions. Carlos has had previous roles as a Director and VP at CIBC, Deutsche Bank AG, Alpha ATS, and BMO InvestorLine Inc., as well as been a guest speaker at a variety of industry related events. He has also been instrumental in the development of regulatory regimes and groundbreaking industry initiatives.

Jordan Gildersleeve

Jordan Gildersleeve

Associate

Jordan is an 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 The Boston Consulting Group in Toronto. At BCG, Jordan worked across a number of industries, including Retail, Financial Services, and with Nonprofit Organizations. He has also spent time in Colombia doing independent consulting work for a vocational school in Bogota, Colombia. 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.

Trish Nixon

Associate

In her role at the Centre, Trish focusses on building the pipeline of impact ventures and on initiatives to catalyze mission investing in Canada. She recently authored the report Mission Possible: Assessing the Appetite, Activity and Barriers for Impact Investing Among Canadian Foundations. She designed and leads Impact8, a social venture accelerator which aims to fast-track high-impact ventures to a greater stage of investment readiness and connect them to financing sources, and she manages venture outreach and on-boarding for the SVX.

Tristina Sinopoli

Tristina Sinopoli

 Associate

As a social finance associate, Tristina Sinopoli supports the execution of the Centre for Impact Investing’s education and engagement strategy and initiatives. She is a recent graduate of the Schulich School of Business at York University having completed her degree in international business administration. Sinopoli has had public sector experience as a constituency assistant at the City of Toronto and as a co-ordinator for her local business improvement area. She is passionate about social and economic development and the role that impact investing plays in bettering local and global economies. She is an avid foodie and believes that travelling is the best form of education.  

Muska Ulhaq

Muska Ulhaq

Admin Assistant

Muska Ulhaq works on reporting, policy issues, updating finance records and contact management for the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. She also provides the MCII team with events and covening support. Muska is also a member of the MaRS Social Committee, and has assisted many teams with administrative, database and events-related projects. 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.

Jared Walker

Associate

As communications associate, Jared is a key player in the development, design and execution of all MaRS Centre for Impact Investing communications. Jared is also the Managing Editor of SocialFinance.ca, Canada’s leading online community for information and opinion on social finance. Prior to joining our team, Jared worked in communications, fundraising and community development for a variety of non-profits and charities in the Greater Toronto & Greater New York areas. Jared also has analogous experience within the political context gained from working on a number of national and regional campaigns in the US & Canada, including most notably serving as the NY State Coordinator of Students for Barack Obama during the 2008 Presidential election. As a speaker, Jared has engaged various audiences around the world on a host of issues including national politics, youth engagement, community building, and engaging men to end violence against women. Jared’s deepest passion  is collaborating across intersections to cultivate accountable, representative, forward-thinking communities, regions and nations. He believes social finance is building a new capitalism with a soul and is the key to a big part of that vision. Jared holds a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University.