About CAFIID

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Mission


CAFIID Mission

The Canada Forum for Impact Investment and Development (CAFIID) is a platform for members to learn, share, collaborate and act as a collective voice to strengthen the value and the volume of impact investment in developing countries.

Vision


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CAFIID will advance Canada’s contributions, and flows of capital, towards impact investment in developing countries creating more sustainable and equitable communities.

 

Who we are

CAFIID is a Canadian community of individuals, organizations and investors working in developing countries who treat social and environmental impact and financial return as coexisting priorities. Collectively, CAFIID members combine many years of collaboration and engagement with a track record of innovation in structuring and funding impact investment products, designing and delivering technical assistance, and promoting sustainable investment ecosystems.

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History

The Canada Forum for Impact Investment and Development (CAFIID) was established by MEDA in the summer of 2014. CAFIID rapidly gained support of industry stakeholders – including senior representatives of impact investment funds, non-governmental organizations, foundations, family offices, consulting firms, research institutions and businesses – who wished to offer a collective voice in support of transformative development finance mechanisms.

Early activities involved regular meetings at events such as the Social Finance Forum (SFF), hosting of public forums, development of marketing materials, awareness raising and advocacy with the government of Canada, and growth of the network itself.

In 2016, with momentum building and the support of network members, members decided to formalize the association by setting up a steering committee and working groups and move to the next stage of its development. CAFIID became a registered Canadian non-profit organization in August 2017 and elected its first board in September 2017.

Team and Governance 

Board of directors

Serge LeVert-Chiasson - CAFIID - Chair

Serge LeVert-Chiasson | Chair

Sarona

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Stephanie Emond | Vice-Chair

FinDev

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Majid Mirza | Treasurer

MEDA

Melwyn Dcosta - CAFIID - Secretary

Melwyn Dcosta | Secretary

MaRS

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Chris Clubb | Director

Convergence

Josh Folkema - CAFIID - Director

Josh Folkema | Director

World Vision

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Robert Cheberiak | Director

DID

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Marie-Claude Bourgie | Director

One Drop


Committees

Learning and sharing committee

Ted Thomas | Chair

Deloitte

Karim Harji | Member

Purpose Capital

Jessie Greene | Member

DID

Majid Mirza | Member

MEDA


Resource development and collaboration committee

Susanne Courtney | Chair

Power of Voice

Melwyn Dcosta | Member

MaRS

Ben Peterson | Member

AHL

Chris Clubb | Member

Convergence

Marie-Claude Bourgie | Member

One Drop

 

Sustainability committee

Anaar Kara | Co-Chair

Anaar Kara

Serge LeVert-Chiasson | Member

Sarona

Christian Novak | Co-chair

Frontier Markets Advisors

Ted Thomas | Member

Deloitte

Ted Jackson | Member

E.T Jackson & Associates

Veronica Chau | Member

Dalberg Advisors

James Haga | Member

Engineers Without Borders