We work hard to create
hemispheric prosperity

That is no small task

Long story short

Many of us are looking for sound investments. But few find opportunities that truly make a difference, both to our portfolios and to the communities in which we invest.

Deetken Impact is a Canadian impact investing firm, and we offer you both. Our priority is delivering strong, uncorrelated stable returns to our clients. But we differ from other firms in two striking ways:

  • One, our focus is geographic. Our mission is to make a social and environmental impact in  the Americas, with a deeper focus on Latin America and the Caribbean, a region which — like other emerging markets — is projected to grow at 2x the rate of advanced economies in the next 5 years. Access to capital is necessary to capture and nurture this growth.
  • Two, we focus our investments on businesses and social enterprises that promote entrepreneurship, provide or improve access to basic services, and have a positive environmental impact. We are not industry specific and we do not champion one social or environmental cause. Rather, we seek-out untapped opportunities for growth in five different sectors that positively impact communities in the Americas.

Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Financing
Women’s empowerment through entrepreneurship
Renewable Energy
Affordable Housing
Healthcare

Our hands-on approach allows us to provide not only the financial resources that micro, small and medium size businesses in the region need but also the technical assistance required to ensure long-term growth and success.

 
 

We have the power

to do well
while
doing good

 
 

We have the power

to do well
while
doing good

 

Years of Experience

Countries Impacted

High Impact Investments

Our Team

Deetken Impact Values Diversity

Jose Lamyin

Managing Partner

Alexa Blain

Managing Partner

Fernando Alvarado

CEO of HREM and CAREM,
Head of Sustainable Energy

Carl Black

Portfolio Manager

Chad Parsons

Senior Investment Analyst

Magali Lamyin

Director of Communications and Development

Cristobal Aguirre

Investment Analyst

Walter Vargas

Senior Investment Officer
Sustainable Energy

Jorge Beeche

Investment Officer
Sustainable Energy

Kingsley Thomas

Senior Advisor
Sustainable Energy, Caribbean Office

Our strategic partners

Deetken Impact and ABACO

Deetken Impact and ABACO have been working together since 2008, co-investing in Microfinance and MSMEs opportunities and also working together in technical assistance projects funded by international development banks – IDB, CAF, etc. Learn more by watching this video.

Deekten Impact and Oikocredit

Deetken Impact and Oikocredit share a common mission to provide financial and technical support to organizations in developing economies, promote a healthy impact investor eco-system in Canada and provide investor choice to Canadian investors. Learn more by watching this video.

Deetken Impact and Oikocredit

Deetken Impact and Oikocredit share a common mission to provide financial and technical support to organizations in developing economies, promote a healthy impact investor eco-system in Canada and provide investor choice to Canadian investors. Learn more by watching this video.

Deetken Impact and Pro Mujer

Pro Mujer and Deetken Impact have been partnering to support women’s entrepreneurship in Latin America for the past 7 years. Through both financing and technical assistance, this strategic link between the two organizations started in three countries: Peru, Mexico, and Argentina.

Deetken Impact and Optima

Optima has become a leader in both microfinance and SME financing in Central America. Deetken Impact increased its support for Optima by financing the acquisition of Finca El Salvador, thus doubling the footprint of Optima in terms of branches, clients, and rural presence in that country.

Deetken Impact and Livecare

Deetken Impact provided venture financing to a pioneering Canadian company, Livecare, that uses eHealth technology to increase access to health care services and empower patients. Livecare’s innovative platform, Livecare ConnectTM, combines medical-grade secure video and text communications, an electronic medical record, and patient-owned personal health information to seamlessly bridge doctors to patients anywhere in the world.

Our strategic advisor

Pedra Clau based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras provides technical and social-environmental advice to Deetken Sustainable Energy. With over 20 years of experience in various aspects of renewable energy projects in the region, they perform project evaluation through technical, environmental and social sustainability performance standards during the due diligence and investment approval process. 

Once an investment is approved, Pedra Clau acts as “Owner’s Engineer” monitoring and supervising the construction and operation of the projects and measuring the social and environmental impact for as long as Deetken remains an investor in a project or company.

Deetken Impact sees tremendous opportunity for attractive double or triple bottom line investments in the impact space especially in Latin America and the Caribbean.  In addition, we actively examine North American opportunities that meet our investment criteria.

We believe that impact investing should be accessible to anyone who is looking to invest and who cares about a social or environmental issue. It should not be the exclusive preserve of financial institutions, large companies or high net-worth individuals.

Our strong networks, combined with our proprietary financial and social due diligence methodologies, have provided us with an extensive and diverse pipeline of investment opportunities.

Deetken Impact sees tremendous opportunity for attractive double or triple bottom line investments in the impact space especially in Latin America and the Caribbean.  In addition, we actively examine North American opportunities that meet our investment criteria.

We believe that impact investing should be accessible to anyone who is looking to invest and who cares about a social or environmental issue. It should not be the exclusive preserve of financial institutions, large companies or high net-worth individuals.

Our strong networks, combined with our proprietary financial and social due diligence methodologies, have provided us with an extensive and diverse pipeline of investment opportunities.

Our mandate is to give more investors the opportunity to contribute to a more sustainable world while making strong returns. That’s why we joined the Responsible Investment Association as we see strong alignment with our own efforts to democratize impact investing.

At Deetken Impact, we are committed to identifying and supporting companies that generate sustainable returns while making a meaningful, positive contribution to their communities. That’s why we decided to become a Certified B Corporation.

So now you know who we are and what we do.

Want to see the kind of impact and returns we are talking about?

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Magali Lamyin, Director of Communications and Development for Deetken Impact

MAGALI LAMYIN

Director of Communications and Development

 

Magali brings extensive market intelligence, business development and marketing experience from her work at the Central Bank of Mexico, the Canadian Institute for Market Intelligence, and the IESE-PWC e-Business Centre in Barcelona. She also co-led national marketing campaigns for businesses in the hospitality and early childhood education sectors for almost a decade before joining Deetken. In her current role, she is responsible for leading Deetken Impact’s communications, marketing and branding strategy. She is also involved in the due diligence process for project selection with an emphasis in Mexico.

Magali holds a BA in Economics from Mexico's ITAM and a Master's degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia.

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Jose Lamyin, Managing Partner Deetken Impact

JOSE LAMYIN

Managing Partner

 

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, Managing Partner Deetken Impact

ALEXA BLAIN

Managing Partner

 

Alexa is responsible for finance, operations and investor relations at Deetken Impact. She 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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Fernando Alvarado, Head of Deetken Impact Sustainable Energy

FERNANDO ALVARADO

CEO

Honduras Renewable Energy Managers (HREM) and Caribbean Renewable Energy Managers (CAREM)

 

Fernando Alvarado leads the General Partner and Investment Advisor of two clean energy and energy efficiency project finance and venture capital funds: Honduras Renewable Energy Financing Facility (H-REFF) and Caribbean Basin Sustainable Energy Fund (CABEF), which he structured and runs with a combined target capitalization of $100m.

Development Investment Banker with 28 years of international credit and investment experience and 18 years of direct experience assessing diversified renewable energy portfolios in Latin America & the Caribbean. He has participated in more than 50 syndicated credit and investment transactions for renewable energy projects in excess of $250 MM. He led the creation, structuring, fundraising, legal closing and portfolio construction of several specialized renewable energy funds.

Costa Rican, based in San Jose, Mr. Alvarado has an MBA in Banking and Finance cum laude from Universidad de Costa Rica.

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Carl Black, Portfolio Manager Deetken Impact

CARL BLACK

Portfolio Manager

 

Carl is a Portfolio Manager with Deetken Impact focused on analyzing and working with MSMEs, social enterprises, and renewable energy developers in Latin America and the Caribbean. His main responsibilities include supporting business development, managing technical assistance projects, leading investment due diligence, and monitoring portfolio performance. Prior to joining Deetken Impact, Carl worked for five years as a consultant, advising public sector clients an non profits in Canada and financial services companies in Latin America. He started his career at the Bank of Canada, where he researched 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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Cristobal Aguirre, Investment Analyst at Deetken Impact

CRISTOBAL AGUIRRE

Investment Analyst

 

Cristobal has over 6 years of experience in the asset management industry, where his responsibilities have ranged from asset allocation and portfolio management to risk analysis and software development. Before relocating to Canada, Cristobal worked as a senior investment analyst in AFP Habitat—Chile’s largest pension fund—where he led the tactical asset allocation and macroeconomic research for emerging markets.

Cristobal is a CFA Charterholder, and completed a BA in Economics at Universidad de Chile.

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Chad Parsons, Senior Investment Analyst at Deetken Impact

CHAD PARSONS

SeniorInvestmentAnalyst

 

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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