Diversity And Inclusion Committee Committee
Committee

Diversity And Inclusion Committee

The CVCA’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee is pursuing a program-level approach to improve diversity and inclusion in the venture capital and private equity community to foster greater diversity of thought which will in turn drive performance in the industry. Diversity refers to a range of human differences which include but are not limited to visible dimensions such as race, ethnicity, gender, and, invisible dimensions such as religion, political beliefs and sexual orientation. Diversity also recognizes human differences in personality and organizational characteristics.

The CVCA’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee is pursuing a program-level approach to improve diversity and inclusion in the venture capital and private equity community to foster greater diversity of thought which will in turn drive performance1 in the industry. 

Diversity refers to a range of human differences which include but are not limited to visible dimensions such as race, ethnicity, gender, and, invisible dimensions such as religion, political beliefs and sexual orientation. Diversity also recognizes human differences in personality and organizational characteristics.

Inclusion refers to creating an environment in which people feel involved, respected, valued and connected, and to which individuals bring their authentic selves (ideas, backgrounds and perspectives) to their work with colleagues, entrepreneurs, investors and the broader community.

Diversity boosts profits in venture capital firms ~ HBS

University Mentorship
Engage with university students across Canada to highlight private capital as a viable career path and thereby increase the potential GP talent pool.

Best Practices for an Inclusive Workplace
Collaborate with BDC and other stakeholders to evaluate and consider the creation of an industry-level code of conduct and anti-harassment policy.

Human Capital Benchmark
Create and Publish an industry-level survey that measures and tracks diversity and inclusion in Canadian private capital.

Industry Storytelling
Celebrate successes through original content that spotlights stakeholders making an impact.

Events
Ensure CVCA events are designed with diversity and inclusion in mind.

Helpful Resources
Create and maintain a centralized diversity resource library of reports, tools, and mentorship programs focused on empowering diversity and inclusion in the industry.

The CVCA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee exists to empower members with insight into the barriers, issues and opportunities that exist for greater diversity and inclusion in our investment community. By raising awareness, analyzing gaps that may exist and working toward a more diverse ecosystem, an incredible opportunity exists to address past imbalance while uncovering exciting new avenues for collaboration and innovation.

Co-Chairs
Michelle McBane (MaRS Accelerator Fund)
Sophie Gupta (Yaletown Partners)

Sub-Committees

Best Practices for an Inclusive Workplace
Chair: Kerri Golden (Information Venture Partners)
Jeannette Wiltse (Relay Ventures)
Peggy van De Plassche (Roar Partners)
Matt Liebowitz (Plaza Ventures)
Andrée-Lise Méthot (Cycle Capital) with Catherine Bérubé as deputy
Alison Nankivell (BDC)

University Reach Outs
Chair: TBD
Caroline Côté (Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec)
Lauren Harris (Northleaf Capital Partners)
Caterina Papadakos (Espresso Capital)
Marie-Claude Boisvert (ClearSpring Capital)
Emily Walsh (Georgian Partners)
Danielle Graham (Dream Maker Ventures)
Maria Shkolnik (Clairvest)

Other Committee Members
Dave D’Oyen
Marie-Elaine Roy (Teralys)
Jennifer Williams (Genesys)
Chris Arsenault (iNovia Capital) with Salima Ladha as deputy
Michelle Scarborough (BDC Capital)
Angela Tran Kingyens (Version One Ventures)
Neha Khera