MEET THE TEAM

Our team is passionate about enabling and strengthening the mission of non-profits, charities and non-profit social enterprises, while creating impactful products for our investors.

Lending Team

Julia Vlad

VP Lending

Julia leads the investment and portfolio management for the Community Forward Fund and the Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund. She has over ten years of experience in banking, finance and the non-profit sector. Her experience includes investing and portfolio management at the World Bank’s private sector arm, IFC, in Panama, Senegal and USA; advising social entrepreneurs at an accelerator in Nicaragua and financial analysis and forecasting at Scotiabank. She holds an MBA from HEC Paris, a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Toronto and is a CFA charter holder.

Andrea Mejia

Investment Manager

Andrea is responsible for investment and portfolio management for the Community Forward Fund and the Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund. She has more than ten years of experience working in different financial institutions such as Scotiabank, CIBC and EDC. Andrea has held various roles in underwriting, credit risk management, internal controls and audit. Most recently, Andrea did consulting for a nonprofit that focused on at-risk youth in the GTA and also for a cooperative organization that promoted women economic empowerment in Colombia. She holds an MBA from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University in Montreal.

Finance, Operations and Management

Derek Ballantyne

CEO

Derek manages and oversees the business and strategy for the Community Forward Fund and the Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund. He has more than 20 years of experience leading community housing and development corporations as CEO of Toronto Community Housing and COO of Build Toronto. He has deployed over $500M in real estate in Canada. He holds a BA from Carleton University.

Lauren Giroday

CFO

Lauren manages financial operations and analysis across the New Market Funds platform. She has over 9 years of financial and management experience in a combination of public, private and social enterprise. She holds a CPA,CA designation and a BAcc (Hons) from Brock University.

Darren Chang

Financial Analyst

Darren supports the financial operations and analysis across the New Market Funds platform. His previous experience includes private investment valuation at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, as well as financial institution and real estate audit at KPMG. Darren holds a BCom from the University of British Columbia.

Lena Courcol

Financial Analyst

Lena supports the financial operations and analysis across the New Market Funds platform. She has experience working in impact measurement, urban food systems, and community development. Lena holds a MSc. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a B.A.&Sc. from McGill University.