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

ANDRÉ POWELL
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

JOSE LAMYIN
CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER

ALEXA BLAIN
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

GERMAN MATZUMURA
REGIONAL DIRECTOR

SAMIR SHAH
CHIEF GROWTH OFFICER

CARL BLACK
PRINCIPAL

CHAD PARSONS
SENIOR ANALYST

SAMIR SHAH
CHIEF GROWTH OFFICER

CARL BLACK
PRINCIPAL

CHAD PARSONS
SENIOR ANALYST

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.

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.

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

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

check out OUR IMPACT

Suite 501 – 1755 W. Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6J 4S5

impact@deetken.com

+1 (604) 731-4424

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Andre Powell, Chief Executive Officer at Deetken Impact

ANDRÉ POWELL

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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

Principal

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 PARSONS

SENIOR ANALYST

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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