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Team

We have deep experience investing in our sectors, with capabilities across finance, legal, tech, sustainability and impact. We add value for entrepreneurs through capital, networks, and expertise.

Investment

Paul Richardson

Managing + Founding Partner

 

Paul Richardson

Paul has been focused on impact venture investing for almost 20 years, as Managing Partner of Renewal Funds and co-managing the venture portfolio of its predecessor, Renewal Partners.  Prior to his roles with Renewal, Paul had a legal career as a senior partner at Strathy & Richardson, a leading litigation firm in Toronto, Canada, and holds degrees from Queen’s University (Biology) and the University of Toronto (Law).

Paul has also had significant involvement in environmental initiatives, including leading an international consortium of philanthropic foundations and private investors in successful negotiations over a two year period with the Federal and Provincial governments and the Coastal First Nations to structure the financing to support  the conservation of the Great Bear Rainforest, the largest intact, coastal temperate rain-forest left in the world. He has also served as Vice Chair of the Coast Opportunities Funds and is the past President of Ecojustice Canada. In 2013 Paul was named as one of Canada’s Clean50.

Paul is a Board Director for Mama Earth Organics, Prana, and Uncle Matt’s Organic. He is also an Observer on the Miovision and Rustic Crust boards.

In his spare time, Paul likes to cook for friends and his ever critical family and generally do anything that involves escaping to the wilderness – whether it is hiking with family or canoe tripping with friends.  His goal is to get a job in a remote cabin in the North counting caribou.
 

paul@renewalfunds.com

Joel Solomon

Co-Founder

 

Joel Solomon

Prior to the founding of Renewal Funds, Joel spent 14 years with founder + funder Carol Newell implementing a “whole portfolio activation to mission” strategy, as leader of her activist Family Office. As Executive Director of the Endswell Foundation, he guided the spend down of a $20m endowment, leaving Tides Canada Foundation and Hollyhock as legacy charities, while supporting the success of the renowned BC environmental community. As President and CEO of Renewal Partners’ seed capital fund, he placed over $10m into dozens of values driven companies in BC and beyond.

Joel is a Senior Advisor with RSF Social Finance and is now co-leading their ‘Integrated Capital Fellowship Program,’ a 2012 TEDxVancouver Speaker, a Founding Member of Social Venture Network, Business for Social Responsibility, and Tides Canada Foundation. He serves on the University of British Columbia Board of Governors, and as Chair of Hollyhock.

Joel is Co-Author of The Clean Money Revolution, a call to action to move trillions of dollars from damaging to regenerative use.

To connect with Joel, please send your message to katie@renewalfunds.com.

Catherine (Kate) Storey

Partner

 

Catherine (Kate) Storey

Kate joined the Renewal Funds investment team in 2012 from CIBC World Markets, where she worked in both the equity and debt capital markets and originated public market financings for corporate and government clients. Kate is responsible for investment screening and analysis, deal sourcing, due diligence, and deal execution. Kate holds an MBA (Finance) from Dalhousie University, a B.Sc. (Honours, Biology) from Mount Allison University and a Certificate in Carbon Finance from the University of Toronto. Kate currently sits on the Boards of  Farmhouse Culture and Hodo Foods is a Board Observer for Elevation Brands (Ian’s Natural Foods).

A sailor since the tender age of 5, Kate takes advantage of the West Coast lifestyle and spends her free time cruising the beautiful Sunshine Coast and shredding pow in the Rockies and Pacific Mountain ranges with her family. Her competitive spirit is satisfied in the Georgia Strait where she skippers her sailing team to victory (ie. the occasional win when they get lucky.)

kate@renewalfunds.com

Genevieve Pinto

Partner

 

Genevieve Pinto

Genevieve joined the investment team at Renewal Funds in 2017, focusing on investments in consumer products and technology, and supporting transactions across the portfolio. Prior to Renewal, Genevieve was a Partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, with legal expertise in venture capital, M&A and capital markets transactions. Genevieve holds a BA and LL.B from the University of British Columbia and was called to the British Columbia bar in 2006. Genevieve is active in non-profit and community initiatives, including currently serving on the Board of Directors of the BC Women’s Health Foundation and previously serving as a Director for the YWCA Metro Vancouver. Genevieve was a co-founder of the Raise Collective, an organization dedicated to the development and support of women investors and entrepreneurs, and was named to the Women’s Executive Network 2018 Canada’s Top 100 as an Emerging Leader. Genevieve represents Renewal on the Board of Fresh Prep.

In her spare time, Genevieve dreams about actually having spare time, and can usually be found trying to keep up with her young kids and active family and making the most of life on Vancouver’s beautiful North Shore. Genevieve enjoys good food, nice wine and, in the absence of great company, a great book.

genevieve@renewalfunds.com

Geordan Hankinson

Partner

 

Geordan Hankinson

Geordan joined Renewal in 2015 and together with Mike Cormack leads Renewal’s technology investing in the areas of energy, mobility and water. Prior to joining Renewal, Geordan worked at Ecotrust Canada where he helped to develop its sustainable business initiatives and provided financial advisory services to a variety of First Nations clients. Geordan has worked on a range of social and economic impact measurement projects, leading evaluations of investments in social housing and support programs for at-risk populations. Geordan has a BA in Sociology and an MBA from Simon Fraser University, where he was co-president of the school’s Net Impact chapter. Geordan represents Renewal Funds as a Board Director for Station A, Swiftly, Opus One Solutions, and FoodLogiQ.

Outside of Renewal, Geordan spends most of his spare time in the local mountains on a bike, as well as chasing his two young kids.

geordan@renewalfunds.com

Mike Cormack

Venture Partner

 

Mike Cormack

Mike is a key member of the investment team and brings with him significant U.S. deal experience. Prior to joining Renewal Funds in 2008, Mike oversaw planning and acquisitions for the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). He was the President of Archipelago Holdings, an electronic trading company, which in 2006 executed a historic merger enabling the NYSE to become a public company. At Archipelago, Mike was responsible for sales and operations, successfully executed several mergers, and took the firm into the public markets in 2004. He graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Mike has volunteered as a Board Member for Recovery Point Systems and Ecojustice Canada and currently sits on the Board of Renewal Funds investee Cascadia Windows and Olea Networks, and is a Board Observer for Opti.

Jerrod Shin

Associate

 

Jerrod Shin

Jerrod assists Renewal Funds with due diligence, financial analysis, deal sourcing and execution. Jerrod holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and has previously worked for PwC and Deloitte M&A, assisting with valuations and sell-side advisory. In addition, Jerrod was involved with the Arc Initiative during his undergraduate studies, working with entrepreneurs in emerging markets through various education and economic initiatives. Jerrod currently represents Renewal Funds on the Boards of Sensible Organics and Evive.

Jerrod has been an avid basketball player since youth and, despite having realized long ago that he is unlikely to ever play in the NBA, continues to craft his on-court repertoire. In the winter, Jerrod can be found on the B.C mountains tumbling down on either a snowboard or a pair of skis.

jerrod@renewalfunds.com

Operations

Gregg Ashby

Director of Finance & Operations

 

Gregg Ashby

Gregg is a Chartered Professional Accountant and joined the Renewal team in May 2019. After a stint with Ernst and Young as an audit manager, Gregg moved to a US listed hi-tech company and then a start-up, venture backed, software company, Motivus.  After the sale of Motivus, he held progressive finance roles at Arbutus Biopharma, a US listed biotech. Gregg saw Arbutus through two mergers, two spin outs, an SEC listing and several public financing rounds. Gregg keeps bees and is the Secretary and Webmaster for the Richmond Beekeeping Association. He also volunteers at UBC’s organic farm.

gregg@renewalfunds.com

Emily Danaher

Senior Operations Associate + Sustainability Coordinator

 

Emily Danaher

Emily joined the Renewal team in June of 2015, bringing with her a strong belief that environmental sustainability and financial success are complimentary objectives. She has a background in general and administrative roles, along with extensive volunteer and work experience in values-based organizations, including the United Way. Emily supports the operational side of Renewal Funds, with focus in investor relations and communication, sustainability and B Corp involvement, and internal administrative finances. Emily holds an Honors Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University, with a focus in accounting, and continues to study sustainable development and investment through elective coursework. Emily is a Board Director for the non-profit Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC).

Emily enjoys mellow folk music, meandering bike rides with a campsite destination, and strong coffee. In her spare time, Emily can usually be found on a yoga mat, enjoying good food with friends and family, or studying methods to keep various vegetables in her garden alive.

emily@renewalfunds.com

Founders + Advisors

Carol Newell

Co-Founder

 

Nicole Bradbury

 

Michael Detlefsen

Entrepreneur in Residence