Deetken Impact Blog


A Look at Social Entrepreneurship in Peru

Well known by adventure travellers for its Inca ruins and amazing food, Peru is a country rich in natural resources and one of the region’s fastest growing economies in the past decade with an average growth rate of 6%. Even though the GDP has slowed to 3% in recent...

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Canadian Foundations Gear Up for Greater Impact

Canadian philanthropic foundations together represent over $60 billion of capital. Back in 2010, the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance set a target for Canadian foundations to invest 10% of their capital in mission-related investments by 2020. If this target were...

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Mobile Money Improving Lives in Haiti

The Artibonite Valley outside of Saint-Marc in Haiti is peaceful, lush and humid. It’s a stark contrast to the colourful and frenetic streets of Port-au-Prince a few hours to the south.  Instead of traffic jams, “tap-taps” - modified pickups that act as public...

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Reinventing Financial Inclusion

  Last week the impact investing community descended on Barranquilla, Colombia to advance the cause of financial inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean at the annual FOROMIC (Microfinance and SME Forum). The city of Barranquilla, humid as its people are...

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Canada launched its development finance institution

  Earlier this week the Deetken Impact team was invited to participate in the launch of FinDev, Canada’s very own development finance institution (DFI), in Montreal. It was an honour to share ideas with some remarkable people including Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN...

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Deetken Impact attends 2018 RIA Conference

Deetken Impact attended the 2018 Responsible Investment Association (RIA) Conference in Toronto in full force. In addition to a couple of members from our team, we were joined by our strategic partners for women entrepreneurship and sustainable energy,...

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A primer on renewable energy in Honduras

Over the past 2 years Deetken Impact has travelled extensively in Honduras, from Omoa in the North to Choluteca in the South to Danli, east of Tegucigalpa, the country’s capital. The starting point of our current journey is the town of Omoa, a small fishing village of...

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Meet Deetken Impact’s newest Investment Analyst

Deetken Impact is excited to welcome Cristobal Aguirre as an Investment Analyst to the team. Cristobal brings over five years of experience in the asset management industry. His responsibilities have ranged from asset allocation and portfolio management to risk...

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“Change finance to finance change”

At the GABV 2018 Annual Meeting in Arequipa, Peru. On a pleasant March evening in the courtyard of a centuries-old home in Arequipa, Peru, I moved from a conversation about value-based banking in Nepal, to another one with a colleague based in Chile who works with a...

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Magali Lamyin, Director of Communications and Development for Deetken Impact


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


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


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



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


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


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 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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