Strong Returns. Measurable Impact.

By mobilizing and investing gender-smart capital in impact businesses, we strive to improve the quality of life of millions of people and preserve our planet.  

Impact is core to our investing approach.

We invest in businesses across Latin America & the Caribbean that significantly improve lives in under-served communities, vitalize economies, empower women, and strengthen climate resilience.

We go beyond just providing capital to accompany portfolio companies in strengthening their environmental and social impact model through strategic advice and customized technical assistance engagement.

Our Impact

$150 MM AUM

5 Impact investment funds focused in Latin America & the Caribbean

55 investments

17 countries

Our investments directly contribute to the renewable energy transition, women’s empowerment, financial inclusion, quality education, affordable housing, circular economy and sustainable production and consumption, among others. 

Our Team

24 Team Members

3 Offices with team residing in 7 countries

%

Identify as Hispanic or Latin

%

Identify as women

Gender-balanced teams at every level

Our Investments:

Over one million people directly impacted, of which 65% identify as women

5,436 MW clean energy generation capacity financed 

295,636 tonnes of CO2 displaced

Meaningfully contributed to the Sustainable Development Goals

Meaningfully contributed to the Sustainable Development Goals

Impact Investing in Practice

SDGs

Our investment approach is strictly aligned with Sustainable Development Goals, recognizing SDG 5 (Gender Equality) as key to advancing all 17 and advancing environmental and social impact

Gender Lens

Gender considerations and metrics are incorporated at every step of the investment process, including milestones to advance gender business practices over the investment period

ESG

We follow the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards to identify and manage environmental and social risk

Environmental & Social Impact

  • Impact generation must be core to our portfolio companies’ business practices
  • Impact is assessed and monitored through a set of proprietary impact frameworks based on indusstry impact guidelines
  • Technical assistance is provided to our portfolio companies to contribute to their impact

Beyond financing, we accompany our portfolio companies and support them where they need it the most

Technical Assistance

As impact investors, we recognize that businesses and projects often need more than just capital to grow sustainably. We support companies in which we invest to improve social, environmental, and gender practices through customized, hands-on engagement and technical assistance.

Ilu Women’s Empowerment Program

With the support of the USAID Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Hub and in partnership with Pro Mujer, the Ilu Fund developed the Ilu Women’s Empowerment Program to advance gender equality in Latin America. This comprehensive program amplifies the impact of the Fund’s capital through a three-pronged approach:

people directly impacted

gender technical assistance projects

workshops for entrepreneurs and business leaders

investor events showcasing gender lens investing in practice

open-source tools to promote gender-smart business practices

Public case studies and reports

people directly impacted

gender technical assistance projects

workshops for entrepreneurs and business leaders

investor events showcasing gender lens investing in practice

open-source tools to promote gender-smart business practices

Public case studies and reports

INES Program 

In partnership with USAID, Deetken Impact created the Investment, Enterprise and Sustainability or “INES” program to accelerate economic opportunities, support job creation, and address some of the root causes driving irregular migration in El Salvador. In this program, Deetken Impact is supporting 10 projects in El Salvador to raise capital to drive business expansion. The selected projects are drawn from sustainable economic sectors that support long-term economic growth and development of the formal economy while also generating meaningful social or environmental benefits, such as renewable energy, trade infrastructure, financial inclusion, and sustainable manufacturing.

Women picking beans in El Salvador.

Technical Assistance for renewable energy projects 

solar panels on commercial buildings; affordable clean energy

Administered by the IDB Lab and provided by the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP), Deetken Impact incubates and strengthens promising projects in Central America through the provision of support services including building capacity in social and environmental management, community engagement, gender business practices, and impact management, as well as promoting knowledge dissemination and advocacy.

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Contact our investment specialists today.

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+1 (604) 731-4424 ext.110

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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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