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March 14, 2016

Welcomes & Farewells – The PC Team Is Growing!

This has been a year of significant growth at Purpose, and we are very excited to welcome two new members to our team and bid farewell to two.

Growing Our Team

Lars Boggild & Rithu Rajan are joining us as Consultants and will increase our capacity to advance the state of impact investing in Canada and the US. They will work with clients & key partners to guide the creation and improvement of impact investing & social finance strategies, as well as helping investors & asset owners create systems change initiatives that target key problem domains. Lars and Rithu bring significant experience and unique perspectives to this work.

Lars is a Consultant with Purpose Capital in Toronto, where he leads engagements with asset owners and institutions looking to mobilize their resources for greater impact. Lars joins Purpose Capital as the former VP of Finance for Good, one of Canada’s leading voices on Social Impact Bonds and Outcomes Financing. Lars has been a frequent advisor on social finance topics across sectors, and has been invited as an expert on Pay-for-Success to present to organizations such as the Province of Ontario, the House of Commons, and the Institute for Public Administration of Canada as well as institutions such as the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University.

Lars’s brings a wealth of experience leading corporate development and managing major social finance projects across Canada. Some of his favourite personal experiences include working on strategy internationally with the British Council and UNFCCC, where he focused on financing renewable energy projects, and co-founding the Halifax Tool Library. Lars holds a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo and a BA from Dalhousie University, where he was awarded the University Medal in Environment, Sustainability, and Society.

Rithu, CPA, CA, is a Consultant at Purpose Capital. Prior to joining Purpose Capital, Rithu worked as a Senior Staff Accountant at Ernst and Young leading audits of private and public firms in Canada and United States.

Her in-depth experience in financial reporting has gained her exposure to industries ranging from energy, mining, automotive manufacturing, warehouse distribution and not-for-profits. Her accomplishments in entrepreneurship and business model development include winning the 2015 York Region Startup Weekend. Rithu is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario and graduated from the International Bachelor of Business Administration program at Schulich School of Business at York University.

Bidding Adieu!

We also take this opportunity to wish a warm goodbye to Mathu Jeyaloganathan. Mathu has been newly named as a Portfolio Manager of Impact Investing at World Vision Canada, helping to steer the development of their impact investing projects. Purpose Capital has worked with World Vision Canada for more than a year to develop their social enterprise and impact investment strategies. As many of you know, Mathu has been a member of our team for more than two and a half years, and has been instrumental in the growth of our work and market knowledge. We wish her the very best and look forward to her success at World Vision Canada and beyond!

We would also like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Christie Stephenson for her time with us over the past year. Christie recently accepted her new role as Founding Executive Director of a new business ethics centre at Sauder School of Business, at UBC. Christie will remain a Senior Advisor to Purpose Capital and will continue to connect our work to the social economy of Vancouver and BC generally.

The PC Team

Assaf Weisz – Co-founder & Managing Director
Norm Tasevski – Co-founder & Director of Strategic Growth
Karim Harji – Co-founder & Director of Research & Impact
Alex Kjorven – Director of Corporate Development
Jonathan Glencross – Manager of Strategic Growth & Montreal Lead
Lars Boggild – Consultant
Rithu Rajan – Consultant
Kelly Gauthier – Senior Consultant
Christie Stephenson – Senior Advisor
Bill Young – Senior Advisor
Nicholas Parker – Senior Advisor

We are going to continue to grow our team over the coming months, so make sure to stay in touch and stay tuned!