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Fund Manager | Catalyst Fund

Kathryn WortsmanKathryn Wortsman joined the team at the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing in 2015 as Investment Director. She is responsible for managing the MaRS Catalyst Fund and developing other impact investment opportunities.

Kathryn started her career in investment banking at RBC Dominion Securities and then went on to spent most of her 20 year career investing and managing venture capital and private equity in small- to medium-sized businesses both in New York and Toronto. Kathryn spent time in Toronto at CIBC Capital Partners, BMO Capital Corporation and Lynx Equity, a succession fund. In New York, Kathryn actively invested and managed a portfolio of early stage media technology companies with Constellation Ventures, a Bear Stearns-sponsored venture capital fund. Kathryn also actively invested and managed strategic insurance technology investments for MetLife and then subsequently joined the corporate development team to create new products and services for the largest life insurer in the United States.

Kathryn has held a number of board roles including WideVine, a content protection company now owned by Google, Ntercept, an online polling service, and DentalXChange, a technology billing solution for dentist offices in the U.S. In Canada, Kathryn held board roles at Fakespace a virtual reality training business, Vitana (now PixeLink), an industrial camera distribution business, Acura Technology, a media management company, and Iogen, a biomass ethanol producer.

Her passion for social finance was born 10 years ago when she joined Social Venture Partners NYC and then subsequently founded Social Venture Partners Toronto.

Most recently, in 2012, Kathryn co-founded Crest Capital Corporation, a search fund in Toronto and purchased two companies in the infrastructure cleaning and repair sector. The consolidated business is focused on improving our environment with innovative product solutions at lower costs to the customer. After two years of co-managing the business, Kathryn wanted to further expand her ability to catalyze capital for social and environmental good and merge the worlds of private equity and social impact.

Kathryn was born and raised in Toronto and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from Columbia University in New York.

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