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YCIF TOR - "Women Lead" series with Lise Birikundavyi, Managing Partner, BKR Capital

Oct 11, 2023
From 7:30 AM to 9 AM

Location Fasken, Bay Adelaide Centre, 333 Bay St, Suite 2400, Toronto
YCIF and FASKEN present "Women Lead" Series with Lise Birikundavyi, Managing Partner, BKR Capital.

Young Canadians in Finance, in partnership with FASKEN, are proud to invite you to our Breakfast Series featuring women in finance: "Women Lead". We will have the pleasure of welcoming Lise Birikundavyi, Managing Partner, BKR Capital.

Our goal is to spark open and candid discussions between pioneering women in finance and young leaders of tomorrow. "Women Lead" aims to promote the transfer of knowledge and experience from one generation to the next, as well as stimulate discussions on opportunities in finance while celebrating and featuring each speaker invited to these meetings.

We hope to see you there! *Note that this event is designed for all, not only those who identify as female. 

When: October 11, 2023
Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Where: Fasken, Bay Adelaide Centre, 333 Bay St, Suite 2400, Toronto
Who: Registration is open to everyone, but spots are limited!
Cost: FREE

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  • 7:30 am: Welcome, breakfast and networking
  • 8:00 am: Introductory remarks by YCIF Executive
  • 8:05 am: Discussion with Ms. Lise Birikundavyi, Managing Partner, BKR Capital
  • 8:45 am: Q&A session
  • 9:00 am: Closing remarks and conclusion

Lise Birikundavyi is the Managing Partner at BKR Capital, the first institutionally-backed black-led VC fund in Canada. Lise is an innovative finance specialist who has worked with several international institutions, most notably the Jacobs Foundation for whom she managed an edtech impact investment strategy. Lise also mentors and supports highly promising and impactful start-ups in emerging markets.

Lise began her career in the hedge fund industry in Montreal and her interest in mixing attractive financial returns with long term societal impact is what inspired her to transition to the impact finance sector. She has experience across the investment spectrum: from fund of funds and VCs, to being the transition CEO of a tech start-up. 

Lise is a CFA charterholder; she also holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, where she wrote her thesis on impact investing, and a trilingual BBA from HEC Montreal. Lise is fluent in French, English and Spanish, and has a conversational level of Mandarin. She is a firm believer in using the forces of capital markets as a basis for more inclusive wealth creation and sustainable poverty alleviation.      

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