Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Young Private Capitalists and WoodGreen Community Services Partner to Help New Canadians

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New Canadians to benefit from Young Private Capitalists and WoodGreen Community Services partnership; providing critical networking opportunities within Canada’s private investment community

Canadian newcomers can look forward to a new, unique opportunity to network with Canada’s strong and established financial community, thanks to a newly founded partnership between the Young Private Capitalists committee (YPC) and WoodGreen Community Services (WoodGreen). The first-of-its-kind partnership, announced today, brings together the Community Connections Program at WoodGreen and the networking-based YPC committee; a sub-committee of the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association.

This new collaboration will see two participants from the Community Connections Program at WoodGreen invited to take part in monthly YPC networking events in the Toronto area. YPC events focus on networking and relationship-building amongst the next generation of professionals, at the sub-partner level, working in all aspects of venture capital and private equity investing in Canada.

We’re thrilled to be partnering with WoodGreen Community Services,” says Fulcrum Capital Partners‘ Shannon Martin, Co-Chair, YPC. Our committee is focused on making connections within the private investment community and including new Canadians, particularly those with a background in financial services.”

The YPC is happy to be a new source of connections for WoodGreen’s Community Connections Program,” adds Ironbridge Equity Partners‘ Jonathan Draycott, Co-Chair, YPC. This is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen the Canadian community by providing access to our established events.”

The new partnership kicks off tonight (August 30) at YPC’s August event, part of the YPC summer patio series. Attendees will be enjoying some go-karting before hitting a patio to network with other professionals within the private investment ecosystem.

We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with the Young Private Capitalists,” says Valerie Smith, Community Connections Program Supervisor. This opportunity will allow for YPC members to learn more about international cultures and develop new contacts while providing financial industry exposure for new Canadians, expanding their own professional networks.”

About WoodGreen
Celebrating its 80th anniversary, WoodGreen is a founding United Way of Toronto member agency and is one of the largest social service agencies in Toronto. WoodGreen helps seniors live independently, internationally-trained professionals enter the job market, parents access childcare, children and youth access after-school programs, newcomers settle in to Canadian life, homeless and marginalized people get off the streets and job-seekers find meaningful employment and training. WoodGreen offers more than 75 innovative programs to some of Toronto’s most marginalized communities.

WoodGreen is a solution provider for some of our society’s most critical social issues.

WoodGreen’s 700 staff members and 1,000 volunteers provide critical social programming via 36 locations to over 37,000 families and individuals, providing them with the opportunity to live with greater independence and self-sufficiency. As a sector leader, WoodGreen brings a high level of rigour to projects to ensure best in class methodology and sustainable outcomes.

About YPC
The Young Private Capitalists (YPC), a committee of the CVCA, is dedicated to fostering networking and relationship-building amongst the next generation of professionals, at the sub-partner level, working in all aspects of venture capital and private equity investing in Canada. This is accomplished by organizing a series of 10 – 12 events throughout the year in the major markets of Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver as well as in other markets on an opportunistic basis.

The YPC committee organizes social events that are designed to strengthen networking opportunities amongst younger members of the venture capital and private equity community. 

To qualify for YPC membership, individuals must be employed by a reputable company in the venture capital and/​or private equity ecosystem (i.e. venture capital or private equity firm, or relevant professional services company). Founders and/​or entrepreneurs seeking funding do not qualify for membership, nor do students seeking employment opportunities.

If you are interested in joining the YPC committee, please send your full name, job title, seniority level (entry, junior, mid, senior or executive level), company affiliation, the city of which your office is located in, and a professional email address to ypc@​cvca.​ca.