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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.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and an MBA from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris.
Chief Investment Officer
Seasoned and talented senior international investment professional with 25 years’ experience and proven success in identifying, developing, and optimizing returns on unique investment opportunities. Expertise developed by working in more than 40 emerging market economies with total project investment value of more than US$ 18B.
Prior to joining FinDev Canada, Ms. Gaboury was with FMO, the Dutch development bank, as Global Director for Agribusiness, Food & Water. As a strategic sector for FMO, she was responsible for the direction and focus of private sector investments in more than 85 emerging markets.
Before FMO, Ms. Gaboury was a Managing Director of Cordiant Capital, a private emerging market fund manager in Montreal. She was responsible for a portfolio of some US$ 525 million, as well as oversight of the US$ 211 million Canada Investment Fund for Africa.
With the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for 14 years as Senior Banker, Ms. Gaboury pioneered new private sector investment programmes to capitalize on emerging business opportunities in the former Soviet Union and CIS.
Ms. Gaboury holds a BA (Economics) from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Ireland.
Director, Strategy & Operations
Etienne began his career in international development, first at the European Commission (Brussels), then at Comité Français contre la Faim, a French NGO (Paris). He later joined the banking sector where he managed portfolios of international commercial and corporate customers in France and in Canada.
In his career at EDC, Etienne developed a recognized expertise in strategic relationship management, at increasing levels of complexity. In his role as Director of government relations he represented EDC in the interdepartmental work to create a Canadian Development Finance Institution (DFI). He subsequently took the leadership of the EDC project to create the DFI, leading up to the successful launch of FinDev Canada in early 2018.
Etienne is a graduate of United World Colleges (UK), Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Paris), and holds a Masters in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins University – School of Advanced International Studies (Bologna, Italy). He is fluent in four languages and exercises his passion for the outdoors by coaching competitive cross-country skiing.
Senior Legal Counsel
Theodore Colombo leads FinDev Canada’s legal function.
He began his legal career in private practice with McCarthy Tétrault in Montréal working on private and public M&A and securities offerings. Theo moved to London, UK, qualifying as a solicitor while with Linklaters’ Global Project Finance team and working on energy and infrastructure development and financing transactions around the world. Returning to Canada, Theo was an investments lawyer at the Business Development Bank of Canada supporting the subordinate financing and venture capital groups and then counsel at Air Canada working on commercial, operational and structured finance transactions.
Theo completed his legal studies at McGill University and is a member of the Ontario and Quebec bar associations. He also holds an MA in History and was a Parliamentary Intern at the House of Commons in Ottawa.
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).
Senior Development Impact Specialist
Nicole is responsible for operationalizing and managing FinDev Canada’s Development Impact Framework. As part of the investment team, Nicole guides investment assessment and monitoring, particularly in the areas of market development, women’s economic empowerment, and climate mitigation and adaptation.
Prior to joining FinDev Canada, Nicole was manager of markets transformation at the Rainforest Alliance, advising global companies on tropical commodities’ supply chain sustainability. Nicole also has 10 years of experience in inclusive financial sector development and agricultural value chains through roles as director of rural finance at MEDA and at CGAP/The World Bank. She was a faculty member of the Boulder Institute of Microfinance from 2010-2013 and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Enterprise Development & Microfinance journal.
Nicole holds an M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University, bachelor’s in business administration and political science from the University of Florida, and is an alumnus of the Kinship Conservation Fellows program.
Lead Investment Officer
Paulo Martelli is responsible for originating and structuring debt and equity transactions throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. Paulo brings over 10 years of emerging markets project finance experience, including the leadership of several award-winning transactions.
Prior to joining FinDev Canada, Paulo was a Lead Investment Officer on the Infrastructure team at IDB Invest, where he led transaction teams in the investment of over US$450 million in the water, energy and transportation sector. Previously, he worked as attorney in Ontario, and held a few roles at BMO Bank of Montreal.
Paulo holds a Chartered Financial Analyst Designation, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from York University
Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment Advisor
Anne-Marie Lévesque joined FinDev Canada in August 2018 as the Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment Advisor, where she will develop and lead the implementation of FinDev Canada’s gender strategy. Her role will be to ensure that operations and investments bring leading approaches to the inclusion of women in private sector activities and investment decisions.
Prior to joining FinDev Canada, Anne-Marie worked as a consultant in London and New York at Ergon Associates, a consultancy firm with a focus on human rights, gender equality and development. While at Ergon, Anne-Marie provided strategic and technical support to development finance institutions and their private sector clients on understanding the barriers women face in accessing employment, finance and basic services, especially in developing countries. She also helped companies to implement gender action plans and policies to improve the gender-inclusiveness of their employment practices. Anne-Marie previously worked at the Québec Labour Standards Commission and the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies in Montreal.
Senior Specialist, Technical Assistance
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.
Communications and Marketing Specialist
Award-winning blogger and journalist with 14 years of experience in print media and 12 years in digital media.
Angela joined FinDev Canada in April 2018 to manage traditional and digital marketing, content creation, media relations, branding and social media for the organization.
Prior to joining FinDev Canada, Angela created and executed results-driven digital and traditional marketing strategies for software developers, media companies, retailers and service providers in Canada, Latin America and Europe. She achieved up to 500% audience increase, 400% increment in web traffic and a growth of 10% in lead generation.
She also facilitated workshops for entrepreneurs in Latin America and Canada looking to improve their marketing strategies in both traditional and online media.
Formerly, she worked as a journalist, host and video producer, reporting on politics and economics in Latin America.
Angel Bohorquez Colombo
Angel Bohorquez Colombo supports originating and structuring debt and equity transactions throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. Angel brings over 7 years of emerging markets debt and equity investment experience.
Prior to joining FinDev Canada, Angel was an Associate on the Infrastructure Investment team at CDPQ, where he was part of the Latin America equity investment team and participated in equity investment transactions in the transportation sector. Previously, he worked at PSP Investments and at IDB Invest, where he participated in equity and debt transactions in renewable energies and transportation.
Angel holds a MBA from McGill University and a law degree and business degree from the University Pablo de Olavide (Spain).
Office Manager & Operations Coordinator
Ifigenia is an Administrator at heart. She began her career as receptionist at a start-up organization, Nuance Communications, and swiftly added skills, such as Payroll and Accounts Payable, to her repertoire. During her 9-year tenure, Ifigenia was very much involved in Nuance’s two relocations as well as three expansions. By the time Ifigenia decided it was time for a change, the headcount had grown ten-fold. Next, it was over to Corby Spirit & Wine, affiliated with Pernod Ricard. Ifigenia was Administrative Assistant in Sales and supported the whole of the Quebec Sales team, including its Director. Throughout her 7 years, being the only employee in an administrative role, she managed the office as well – which included a relocation, no less. Subsequently, Ifigenia moved on to be a right-hand woman as Executive & Personal Assistant to Klox Technologies’ President. And, finally, Ifigenia made her way as Office Manager & Operations Coordinator at FinDev Canada.
Ana Carenzi supports mainly the Investment Team at FinDev Canada. Ana has experience in working in governmental and multicultural environment as she was previously at the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), based in Montreal.
Ana Carenzi started her career in Brazil where she provided technical support to small and medium factories to export. Ana has also previous international experience in Ireland and in France where she worked for 6 years before moving to Canada.
Ana Carenzi holds a Master of Arts in International Studies from Université de Montréal, and a bachelor’s in international Relations from Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp)
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.