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Welcome to the Social Finance Forum

FinDev Canada is a Development Finance Institution that offers financial solutions to businesses in developing countries, with the potential to develop markets, empower women and mitigate climate change

Our vision is a more sustainable and inclusive world, where women contribute to, and benefit from economic opportunities.

Representing us at the Forum

Paul Lamontagne

Paul Lamontagne will deliver a keynote speech and participate in the panel Global problems, Canadian solutions, on Tuesday November 8 from 12 to 1:05 pm.

Paul is a social entrepreneur who brings a passion for making an impact in the world. He has extensive experience in banking, private equity, venture capital and impact investing, and a reputation for building strong teams and achieving results.
Previously, Paul was Executive Investment Partner at Capafrica, a Canadian private equity group that invests in renewable energy, infrastructure and telecommunications in Africa. Before his role at Capafrica, Paul was Head, Africa & Middle East, Global Banks at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC).
Paul served as founding CEO of Enablis Financial Corporation, where he pioneered a new model for impact investing in early-stage small and medium-sized enterprises in South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania.

Representing us at the Forum

Yolanda Banks

Yolanda Banks is responsible for managing practices related to stakeholder relations and reporting & disclosure.  Previously, she was with Export Development Canada (EDC), the parent company of FinDev Canada, in roles related to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).  Ms. Banks worked for several years with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada with foreign postings in London, Dhaka, Addis Ababa, with cross-accreditations to Burma (Myanmar) and Sudan.  

Ms. Banks serves in a voluntary capacity as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Trade Facilitation Office Canada, the primary Canadian provider of information, advice and contact for exporters in developing and emerging economies. 

Ms. Banks holds a Master of Arts (International Affairs, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University), and a Master of Business Administration (University of British Columbia).

Representing us at the Forum

Stéphanie Émond

Stéphanie Émond leads FinDev Canada’s technical assistance stream, fostering partnerships with investors and donors to build impactful and sustainable businesses in challenging environments.

Prior to this, Stéphanie served as the Executive Director of FINCA Canada, a Canadian charitable organization with the mission to alleviate poverty through lasting solutions that help people – women in particular – build assets, create jobs, and raise their standard of living. 

Prior to joining FINCA, she worked as a management consultant with Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, on business and strategic planning, market analysis and marketing strategies, and for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA – now Global Affairs Canada) as an economic advisor focusing on private sector development and financial inclusion. Prior to that, Stephanie worked with FINCA Peru, a Peruvian microfinance institution, and for Newad, a Canadian place-based media company, as Director of Marketing. 

She holds a MBA from HEC Montreal.


Our investment approach

FinDev Canada offers financial services to clients operating in developing countries that demonstrate sustainable social and economic benefits for local communities, with a focus on women’s economic empowerment, job creation, and climate mitigation and adaptation. 


Learn more about how we measure impact

FinDev Canada’s Development Impact Framework reflects the critical social and economic impacts needed in developing country markets to reduce poverty and achieve a more stable and prosperous future. In the medium- to long-term.

To achieve our medium-term vision while positioning FinDev Canada for long-term impact in a rapidly evolving global economic landscape, we have prioritized three development impact goals. All three impact goals are important to FinDev Canada’s mission, however the Framework considers the goal of women’s economic empowerment to be a core driver of our decision-making and strategy.


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