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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, Pro Mujer International and the Caribbean Basin Energy Fund (CABEF) respectively. And together with another one of our partners, Oikocredit, we shared a booth and had the opportunity to interact with family offices, foundations, and other private and public sector investors. 

Deetken Impact at the Responsible Investment Association Conference in Toronto 2018

2018 Responsible Investment Association (RIA) Conference in Toronto


Challenges for responsible impact investment products

Deetken Impact also participated in two different impact investing panels. The first panel, which was very popular, dealt with the challenges faced in bringing impact investment products to market in Canada. Alexa Blain, Deetken Impact’s COO, went straight to the point, highlighting that “it is more difficult to bring conservatively-run private impact products to market than high risk, mining or oil and gas penny stocks”. However, it is worth mentioning that among Canadian credit unions, both Vancity and Kindred have found ways to continue to deploy funds with impact investments in Canada. As investors become more interested and demand financial products that deliver both financial returns and measurable positive social and environmental impact, panelists agree that such products will finally become more available to Canadian retail investors. 

Measuring impact

The second panel in which we participated was “Impact Measurement and Scoring in Fixed Income”. Among other ideas, Deetken Impact led the discussion on the types of impact parameters that are measured for fixed income investments in emerging countries. A notable example was the number of families that had access for the first time to drinking water, sewage and electricity in affordable housing projects. There were lively discussions regarding the adoption of the SDGs as a global framework for measuring impact. The audience was very engaged in the discussion of improving impact measurement in accordance with Canadian values of economic development, quality healthcare, and affordable finance. 

As more organizations and businesses join the responsible investment movement, discussions and networking with individuals and organizations who share common objectives, like the ones taking place at RIA, will continue to strengthen the ecosystem. Deetken Impact looks forward to next year’s RIA conference in Montreal. 


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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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