Our management team: traditional investment and corporate experience meets a passion for social finance and social impact through business.
Kathryn leads Amplify Capital (formerly MaRS Catalyst Fund) where she focuses on generating outsize returns from early stage impact venture investing in Canadian ventures solving social and environmental challenges through technology and business.
She is known for her passion for social finance and deep involvement and support for the companies in which she invests. That passion was born a decade ago when she joined Social Venture Partners NYC and then subsequently founded Social Venture Partners Toronto.
Prior to her time in the social investing space, Kathryn worked in a traditional banking and venture capital background. She started her career in investment banking at RBC Dominion Securities and has spent most of her 20-year career investing and managing venture capital and private equity in small and medium-sized businesses, both in Toronto and New York. In Toronto, Kathryn spent time at CIBC Capital Partners, BMO Capital 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, the largest life insurer in the United States. She has held a number of board roles in the both the US and Canada.
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.
Gonen is a venture capitalist, impact investor, startup executive, and former Naval Officer who is is passionate about driving positive environmental and social impact through business. At Amplify Capital, Gonen helps develop the investment theses, source deals, conduct due diligence and prepare investment recommendations prior to investment. Post-investment, he designs and implements the social and environmental impact diligence, measurement and reporting for the fund’s portfolio companies.
Prior to Amplify Capital, Gonen was Chief Operating Officer at Acerta Analytics Solutions in Waterloo, a company that delivers AI solutions for autonomous and connected cars and industry, and a Business Development Associate at Greenfield Specialty Alcohols in Toronto. Before embarking on a career in business, Gonen spent eight years as a Naval Officer in the Israeli Defence Forces stationed at Haifa, Israel.
Gonen has an undergraduate degree from the University of Haifa and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.