At FinDev Canada, we are deeply committed to helping communities grow by supporting local businesses. From our executive leadership and board members to our Advisory Council, we’re here to help grow your business.
Paul is Managing Director of Development Finance Institute Canada (DFIC) Inc., Canada’s development finance institution operating under the brand name FinDev Canada. 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.
Currently, Paul is a Director of the Young Presidents’ Organization, a US-based global network of CEOs, and Chair of Sagarmatha Technologies, a technology platform company in South Africa. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and an MBA from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris.
Senior Development Impact Specialist
Nicole Pasricha joined FinDev Canada in February 2018 as the senior development impact specialist, and is responsible for operationalizing and managing the development impact framework and reporting for the new development finance institution. As part of the transactions team, Nicole will guide investment processes to ensure highest potential development outcomes of the portfolio, particularly in the areas of inclusive growth, women’s economic empowerment, and climate mitigation and adaptation.
Prior to joining FinDev Canada, Nicole was manager of markets transformation at the Rainforest Alliance, supporting North American companies to achieve environmental and social sustainability commitments for tropical commodities’ sourcing, deploying tools such as supply chain engagement and certification. Nicole also has 10 years of experience in international development, through her work as director of rural finance at MEDA and at CGAP/The World Bank, particularly in inclusive financial sector development and microfinance, agriculture value chain development, and mobile transactions solutions, with operational experience in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She was a faculty member of the Boulder Institute of Microfinance from 2010‐2013, and has served on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Enterprise Development & Microfinance journal since 2008.
Originally from Oshawa, Ontario, Nicole holds a M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University, Bachelors in Business Administration and Political Science from the University of Florida, and is an alumnus of the Kinship Conservation Fellows program.
Chief Investment Officer
Ms. Gaboury is a seasoned and talented senior international investment professional with some 25 years’ experience and proven success in identifying, developing, and optimizing returns on unique investment opportunities
She joined FMO, the Dutch development bank, in October 2015 as the global Director of Agribusiness and became its Global Director for Agribusiness, Food & Water. As a strategic sector for FMO, she was responsible for the direction and focus of FMO’s private sector investments in more than 85 developing and emerging markets and a team of some 50 professionals.
Prior to joining FMO, Ms. Gaboury was a Managing Director of Cordiant Capital, a private emerging market fund manager for 9 years in Montreal. She was responsible for a portfolio of more than US$ 525 million in debt and quasi-equity investments, as well as oversight of the US$ 211 million Canada Investment Fund for Africa, a private equity fund, on behalf of investors and the Canadian government.
While with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for 14 years in London as Senior Banker, Ms. Gaboury pioneered new private sector investment programmes to capitalize on emerging business opportunities in the former Soviet Union and CIS. She drove US$ 1.5 billion in debt and equity investments, directed business origination, and credit and quality control to attract inward investments for private sector projects.
Ms. Gaboury holds a BA (Economics) from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Ireland.
FinDev Canada Board members
FinDev Canada’s Governing Board is responsible for supervising both the direction and management of FinDev Canada and overseeing our strategic direction as outlined in our Corporate Plan.
Board members will be announced in the coming weeks.
FinDev Canada Advisory Council
To complement our expertise, an Advisory Council, whose role is to provide strategic advice and guidance with a focus on inclusive development finance and international development issues has been appointed. Council members are appointed in consultation with the Minister of International Trade and the Minister of International Development, based on their expertise, experience and leadership in international development through or with the private sector.
Margaret Biggs - Chair of the International Development Research Centre
Margaret Biggs previously served as President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) from 2008 to 2013, and as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet and Assistant Secretary, Priorities, and Planning, in the Privy Council Office (Government of Canada) from 2002 to 2008.
She has represented Canada in numerous international fora and has served as Canada’s Alternate Governor to the World Bank, as International Executive Co-Chair of the China Council on International Cooperation on Environment and Development. She is an active contributor on issues related to Canada and global sustainable development and author of “Inclusive Trade, Inclusive Development: Opportunities for Canadian Leadership (Institute for Research on Public Policy, Redesigning Canadian Trade Policies for New Global Realities, 2017).
Ms. Biggs is the current Matthews Fellow on Global Public Policy at Queen’s University; Chair of the International Advisory Committee of UN University’s Institute on Water, Environment and Health; and she sits on the Board of World University Services Canada.
Debby Carreau - CEO of Inspired HR
Debby Carreau is an entrepreneur, author and Founder and CEO of both Inspired HR and Inspired WorkplaceTM. She is widely recognized in the media and the business community as a workplace thought leader.
Debby has been recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women on several occasions, marking her entry into Canada’s Top 100 Hall of Fame as their youngest inductee. Her book, The Mentor Myth is a staple for professionals who are new to the work force.
Ms. Carreau is a proven leader in helping businesses to create great workplaces. Debby is a board member of Young Presidents Organization (BC Chapter), Elevation Group and a member of the Board of Governors of Collingwood School. She was previously an Advisory Board member for Women’s Executive Network, Respect in the Workplace and is the Chair for 1000 Women Rising.
Her firm has been recognized as Canada’s Top HR Consultancy and listed as one of Canada’s Top 25 HR Professionals.
Anne Gaboury - CEO of Development International Desjardins
Anne Gaboury is the current President and Chief Executive Officer at Développement international Desjardins (DID), a position she has held since 2002. DID is a Canadian institution specializing in the development of inclusive finance in emerging or developing countries.
She is also President of the Strategic Orientation Committee for AUF (Agence universitaire de la Francophonie), a member of the board of directors of the Institut québécois des Hautes études internationales at Laval University and a member of the management committee of the Proxfin international network.
Danièle Henkel - CEO of Danièle Henkel Inc.
Danièle Henkel is a compassionate and articulate businesswoman who has made her mark, both personally and professionally, in Quebec. Her eponymous companies have helped pave the way for wellness and “beauty in authenticity” as a new social standard in the business world.
As an influencer, Danièle Henkel lends her voice to many causes that are close to her heart. One of the areas she is dedicated to is creating a stronger Quebec that is more open to the world. Her passion for Quebec (and female) entrepreneurship leads her to invest in, fund, support and guide companies in which she sees potential.
Danièle Henkel has high hopes for a next generation that’s strong from both an economic and a human standpoint, and so she focuses on education. She shares her knowledge through memorable lectures here and abroad, including in Europe and Africa. Her best-selling autobiography Quand l’intuition trace la route has inspired several generations of women to stand tall.
Joan Larrea - CEO of Convergence
As CEO of Convergence, Joan leads the world’s first institution dedicated to increasing private sector investment in emerging markets by helping investors execute blended finance deals. Joan is an expert in catalyzing investment in places that need it most and brings with her over 20 years of experience in emerging markets investing. Prior to joining Convergence, she served as U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation's Managing Director for Business Development and Partnerships, leading efforts to partner with philanthropic and private investors to increase capital flows to OPIC's target markets. Before OPIC, Joan served as a managing director on the emerging markets team at Global Environment Fund, a privately held asset manager with $1 billion in assets under management, dedicated to the energy, environmental, and natural resource sectors. She began her career as an investment officer at the International Finance Corporation, where she concluded pioneering transactions in diverse infrastructure and manufacturing sectors across Asia.
Boris Martin - CEO - Engineers Without Borders Canada
Mr. Martin joined Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Canada’s Toronto-based executive team as Vice President of Strategy and Investment in 2011. There he led an organisational transformation process to enable EWB to adopt a social venture investments approach in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has served as CEO to EWB Canada since 2014.
Mr. Martin brings expertise in agriculture and small and growing business development from his own experience as an EWB Fellow in West Africa, and through EWB's current portfolio of seed stage ventures and talent development programming.
He holds a PhD in engineering and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation
Julia Sánchez - President-CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation
Julia Sánchez has extensive experience in senior international development management, including many years working in developing countries and with Canadian and international partners and donors.
Ms. Sánchez has designed and managed programs in areas such as humanitarian assistance, reconstruction, governance, democratic development, community-based economic development, international volunteering and, more recently, campaigning on climate change.
She performed in a wide range of diverse postings in Canada and abroad during her 14-year career with the Centre d'étude et de coopération internationale (CECI) and has also worked with Oxfam-India, the Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA), UNHCR and USAID.