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CVCA’s Diversity and Inclusion Journey

Monday is International Women’s Day (IWD), a time when we celebrate the women in our lives and remember the work we have put in and that is still required on our drive towards a common goal—equality in our workplaces, communities, and society. As the CVCA kicks off our webinar series celebrating IWD, the CVCA is

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Reaching Full Potential: Removing Barriers and Elevating Black Entrepreneurs

Jon Jackson

Following some of the worldwide uprisings that took place in 2020 surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement, many funders began taking steps to address the lack of diverse-owned businesses in their funding portfolios. Funders took a hard look at their activities and found that they were not investing in equitable or diverse ways and have created new theses or modified their existing theses to invest in more Black founders. Some of these funds include Backstage Capital, Andreesen Horowitz, and Softbank and could be worth looking into.

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The Barriers and Lost Opportunities in Backing Canada’s Black Entrepreneurs

Jon Jackson

There has been much-needed focus on inequality and systemic racism since the Black Lives Matter protests last year. Difficult conversations have taken place, organizations have released statements and commitments have been made by a few to start the process of removing barriers and to better support the Black community. Within the business community, there has

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Balancing Equality In Canadian Private Capital – My Thoughts For IWD

Kim Furlong

As we got closer to International Women’s Day, I was asked to give some thought as to where I stood on a number of the issues that still dominate women’s career paths and reflect on my recent appointment as the CEO of a male-dominated sector. There is much education and work to be done in

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CVCA Supports #keypersonpledge to Promote Inclusion Across VC & PE Ecosystem

Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA) has joined a number of other industry organizations worldwide in endorsing an important legal language change that will further promote diversity and inclusion across the sector. CVCA is backing a pledge – spearheaded by the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) and global investment firm Cambridge Associates –

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CVCA Endorses ILPA’s Industry Code Of Conduct Guidelines

Diversity and inclusion have become top priorities in organizations worldwide driven by the powerful #MeToo movement and a number of high-profile cases of harassment, discrimination and violence in certain workplaces. There’s also a growing body of research showing a more diverse and inclusive workplace, from the ground floor to the executive suite, leads to greater

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Diversity And Inclusion Evolution: The Limited Partner Perspective

Jon Jackson

It’s been almost two years since the CVCA formed its Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Since then, we’ve hosted and have engaged in numerous discussions and initiatives in the name of equality. In June, we dedicated an entire half-day of content at Invest Canada ’18 which provided meaningful actions that can be immediately implemented into our

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New Fund to Write More Cheques To More Women


Elaine Kunda credits her father’s inclusiveness and a former female boss for sparking her interest in running companies, which later fuelled a desire to help other women find the resources they need to be successful in business. Kunda recently launched Disruption Ventures, a VC fund that will invest only in companies founded and led by