Deetken Impact is excited to partner with oikocredit


The Deetken Group 1 and Oikocredit have entered into an Exempt Market Dealing (“EMD”) Services agreement to distribute Oikocredit’s securities (“Depository Receipts”) in several Canadian provinces, including, but not limited to, Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta. The sale of these securities will take place by way of private placements.

“We are pleased with the agreement to help Oikocredit as an Exempt Market Dealer in several Canadian provinces,” said Samir Shah, Director of The Deetken Group, “There is a strong alignment between our organizations in terms of our focus on impact investments. Oikocredit is a global leader in this investment category, and The Deetken Group is committed to continue to strengthen commercial bonds with like-minded organizations. We see this agreement as part of our mission to improve access to impact investment products for Canadians.”

“We see a lot of demand for impact investments that combat poverty and contribute to sustainability in developing countries,” said Eugene Ellmen, Canadian Director for Oikocredit. “This agreement permits us to reach out to accredited investors across Canada to help meet this demand.”

The Deetken Group is a management consulting and investment firm based in Vancouver, Canada. With close to a decade of active investing in impact-based organizations, The Deetken Group is a pioneer in the impact investment space in Canada. Through deep financial and strategic analysis, and strong local relationships in the countries we work in, we are able to generate sustainable, long-term returns on our investments.

Oikocredit has over 40 years’ experience in funding to partner organizations active in inclusive finance (including microfinance), agriculture and renewable energy. Oikocredit’s loans an investments enable people living on low incomes to sustainably improve their living standards. Oikocredit finances more than 780 partners in over 70 countries and its outstanding capital totals € 940 million.

Want to get in touch?
Contact us!  Samir Shah at Deetken Impact    Eugene Ellmen at Oikocredit


  1.  Deetken Asset Management Inc. is registered as an Exempt Market Dealer in the provinces it is distributing Depository Receipts.

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Andre Powell, Chief Executive Officer at Deetken Impact



With over 20 years of experience, André has a long track record of successfully advising public sector clients on significant private sector transactions, including strategic guidance on funding models, complex procurements, economic development and negotiations. Prior to co-founding The Deetken Group, André was a senior Associate at Booz & Co and an Analyst with Accenture’s strategy and finance practice. André is a seasoned investor having been actively involved in the Deetken Capital Investment Pool since inception. André received a BA from Queen’s University and an MA in Economics from the University of British Columbia.

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Jose Lamyin

Chief Investment Officer

José has extensive experience as a business advisor for clients throughout Canada, Europe and Latin America in mining, telecommunications, and finance. Prior to co-founding The Deetken Group, José worked for Teck Cominco in Peru and Canada and Deutsche Bank in London (UK). José has spearheaded much of the strategic growth of Deetken Asset Management since inception and is currently focused on investment selection.

José received his BS in Engineering from the University of British Columbia and MBA from IESE School of Business (Barcelona). Born in Peru, José is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Alexa Blain

Chief Operating Officer

Alexa brings over 10 years of experience in financial consulting and asset management, with specific expertise in company and investment analysis, business valuation and securities/corporate finance. Prior to joining Deetken, she spent three years with African Alliance, a pan-African financial services group, where she focused on expanding the firm’s retail financial services operations as well as on the origination and negotiation of new capital. In addition, Alexa has six years of asset management experience with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, the Macquarie Group and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

Alexa is a CFA Charterholder. She has also completed an MA in Financial Economics and an Honours BA in Economics, both at the University of Toronto.

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German Matzumura

Regional Director

German began his banking career in 2006 as an Executive in Banco Financiero’s Personal Banking Division and was then promoted to Branch Manager. In April 2008 he joined Abaco, serving as a Manager of the Regional Division, where has worked in various capacities. In 2013, he was appointed as Head of the Regional Division and in 2016 was appointed as Deputy CEO.


German graduated in Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration IPAE (Lima, Peru) and holds a Diploma in Marketing & Sales Management at the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola. He also holds an MA in Marketing & Sales Management from the ESIC Business and Marketing School (Spain).


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Carl Black


Carl has over 5 years professional experience successfully working with clients to develop and improve policy, strategy, and operations. He has advised public sector clients and non-profits in Canada and financial services companies in Latin America. Prior to joining The Deetken Group Carl worked at the Bank of Canada, where he focused on issues related to household and business credit. 

Carl completed an Honours BA in Economics at the University of British Columbia. He also holds an MSc in Economics & Development from the University of Oxford, where he earned distinctions in quantitative and development economics.

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Samir Shah

Chief Growth Officer

Samir is a seasoned professional with a 15 year track record of success working with private and public sector organizations in the areas of strategy, business transformation, technology commercialization and financial analysis/due-diligence. Prior to co-founding The Deetken Group, Samir was a senior manager responsible for early stage technology commercialization at BlackBerry and NEC Electronics.

Samir received his BS in Engineering from the University of British Columbia and his MBA (Finance) from Queen’s University.

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Chad has worked as a consultant in business and technology for 20 years – often helping clients with their business transformation initiatives.    He has worked with start-ups, government, and established businesses to further their product and service offerings with a balanced approach.   After pursuing a research degree on leveraging technology for social and economic development; Chad has found a valuable alignment of his background with Deetken’s innovative impact investments.


Chad completed a BS in Engineering from the University of British Columbia and has a MSc with distinction from the University of Manchester (UK).

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