Jonathan is the investment manager of Grand Challenges Canada’s Transition to Scale program, leading the overall funding cycle of impact investments to ensure sustainable and aligned social and financial outcomes.
Jonathan was previously the founding fund manager of RBC’s Generator Impact Fund, a key component of the bank’s Social Finance Initiative. Prior to his role with RBC, he worked with Sarona Asset Management, leading investor relations and impact reporting in addition to his role on its investment team. He has advised CGAP (an independent financial inclusion research centre housed at the World Bank) on strategic and third party regulatory issues and knowledge and change management initiatives, and has been engaged by MEDA on financial access and capital formation issues in Latin America.
Jonathan is the founding course director of “Microfinance and Impact Investing,” an MBA elective taught at the Schulich School of Business, York University. He holds an International MBA from the Schulich School of Business, completed his political science undergraduate studies at McGill University, and earned a non-profit leadership diploma from the University for Peace, Costa Rica.
Abigail Slater has over 20 years’ experience in creative strategic thought, development, execution and management of start-up foodservice operations. She started her career in banking, and then co-founded Canada’s only traditionally manufactured bagel bakery/café multi-unit franchise concept, for which she was named a Finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards by Ernst and Young. Abigail holds an MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business.
A recipient of the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her past work in the volunteer sector, her commitment to social enterprise and community continues today through her participation as an advisor with MaRS SiG, Chair of the Leadership Committee of Social Venture Partners, her work with YSI and membership on the board of Foodshare.
Abigail manages a private investment fund focusing on traditional industry and asset backed lending investments. She has developed and implemented long-term strategy, resulting in a comprehensive and rational investment approach.
Jory Cohen is the Managing Director of the Youth Social Innovation Capital Fund. He is passionate about applying market-based solutions to societal challenges.
In 2011, Jory lived in East Africa and developed a sustainable for-profit business model based on fair-market-value sales of honey that empowers poor, Tanzanian female entrepreneurs with the opportunity to provide additional streams of income to their respective families and to contribute to individual savings accounts. During that same time period, he developed the career of a Tanzanian musician and empowered him with the tools to transform his quality of life.
Jory previously worked on the business side of a technology startup. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario as the Valedictorian of the HBA 2010 Graduating Class at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Jory is also the co-author of an illustrated children’s book.
Leeat is an Investment Associate at Grand Challenges Canada (GCC). GCC is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact in global health. Prior to GCC, Leeat managed Social Capital Partners’ (SCP) portfolio of impact investments and was responsible for the sourcing, diligence and evaluation of investment prospects to maximize financial and social returns.
Before joining SCP, Leeat was a Consultant for HoneyCare Africa Tanzania with Grassroots Business Fund, a global venture fund that invests in high impact companies in the developing world. It is through her work abroad that Leeat grew to fully appreciate the potential of social finance to create positive change and long-term impact. Previously, Leeat was an Investment Banking Analyst with Capital Canada Ltd., where she worked on M&A and private placement transactions in the retail, media and consumer product sectors. She has also worked with Unilever Canada Inc. as a Senior Financial Analyst and with Nestlé Canada Inc. as an Assistant Account Manager.
Leeat holds an MBA from Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a BBA from Schulich School of Business at York University. Leeat is Co-Chair of TORONTO+acumen, a Mentor and Investment Committee member of Rise Asset Development, and Founder of Waza (Imagine), an initiative to send vulnerable children in Tanzania to school.