The Finance for Good team was formed to drive the development of social impact bonds in Canada
Mark Hlady – Chief Executive Officer
Mark has been involved in social finance since 2009 and founded Finance for Good in 2012. Prior to founding Finance for Good Mark was a consultant at McKinsey & Company where he specialized in innovation generation. Mark’s projects often involved creating new partnerships and communication channels between research teams and the broader organization in which they interacted. Through these projects, Mark has worked with Canada’s largest companies and provincial governments. Prior to joining McKinsey, Mark received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Alberta, where he was a Peter Lougheed Scholarship recipient.
Mathew Burpee, CFA, CA – Chief Financial Officer
Mathew brings knowledge of finance, taxation, and project management from his background at Ernst & Young LLP. He has managed large cross-sectional teams completing financial statement audits with a particular focus on the valuation of complex assets. He has also provided financial advisory services to large multinational corporations, primarily in the context of corporate acquisitions. Prior to becoming a CA at Ernst & Young, Mathew earned a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University and was named a UFE Gold Medallist, for achieving the highest score in Western Canada on the Chartered Accountancy Uniform Final Exam. Mathew has also obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, passing all three qualifying exams on the first attempt.
Justin Bertagnolli – Chief Development Officer
Justin contributes his proven project management ability and international consulting experience to lead program development at Finance for Good. Justin has refined his skill set through work Alberta Health Services and most recently at Ready Engineering. He has experience as a project manager for multi-million dollar local and international projects. Justin earned a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Alberta where he was honored to be Canada’s International Relations Commissioner as part of the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students.
Adam Stewart – Vice President, Strategy and Operations
Adam brings with him experience in strategic consulting and organizational goal-setting. Prior to his work with Finance for Good, Adam was employed with Hugessen Consulting and had significant hands on experience with corporate governance, financial modelling, and financial and operational performance evaluation. He has practiced project management skills, and has volunteered with several non-profit organizations, leading strategic initiatives such as fundraising and program development. Adam holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree, in finance, from the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan.
Jessica Leung – Vice President, Public Relations
Jessica brings public relations and marketing expertise to the team from her background at Proctor & Gamble. At P&G she led the development and execution of a marketing campaign for a portfolio of major household brands worth over $320 million in retail sales. She is distinguished among her peers and recently won the Global P&G-Facebook Innovation Award, for leading best-in-class digital execution using social media; Olay Canada (2011). Prior to joining P&G Jessica was a co-founder of JDW West. Jessica earned her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta, where she was a Lou Hyndman Leadership Scholarship Recipient (the highest University of Alberta award for leadership).
Marek Lorenc – Corporate Secretary
Marek brings knowledge and experience in securities law, corporate finance, private equity, venture capital and mergers and acquisitions. Marek advises both public and private issuers on a variety of business matters, with a focus on debt and equity financings and mergers and acquisitions, and assists clients with corporate governance and continuous disclosure obligations. Marek holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Manitoba. He obtained his law degree from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom where he served as President of both the University of Southampton Law Society and the Investment Society.
Lars Boggild – Program Development Officer, Nova Scotia
Lars brings project management and research analysis expertise to Finance for Good’s program development initiatives in Nova Scotia. He has managed diverse teams in the development and implementation of socially responsible and impact investment strategies for a multi-million dollar institutional investor. Prior to this, Lars worked on policy and strategy in multilateral organizations such as the British Council and UNFCCC, where he focussed on mitigation financing. Lars holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability and Political Science from Dalhousie University, where he was awarded the University Medal in Environment, Sustainability, and Society. He is currently pursuing a graduate Diploma (part-time) in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo.
Denise Hearn – Program Development Officer, Calgary
Denise Hearn contributes her prior experience in various management positions within the non-profit sector where she focused on program development, fundraising, recruiting, and project management. Denise also has significant experience in public engagement and awareness, having delivered over 650 presentations to thousands of participants in the previous three years. Denise holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Development from Baylor University in Texas.