This article showcases our top picks for the best Canada based Impact Investment companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Impact Investment industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top Canada Impact Investment Companies
Panache Ventures is a venture capital firm specializing in pre-seed and seed-stage startup investments. It seeks to invest in sectors that play to Canada’s strengths: artificial intelligence (AI), fintech, digital health, enterprise software, and blockchain.
In 2018, Nicolas Jacques-Bouchard founded the firm in Montréal, Quebec.. .
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
Our mandate is to invest in the best interests of Canada Pension Plan contributors and beneficiaries and to maximize investment returns without undue risk of loss. We are a professional investment management organization that invests the assets of the Canada Pension Plan not currently needed to pay pension, disability and survivor benefits.
Our critical purpose is to help provide a foundation upon which 18 million Canadians build their financial security in retirement.. .
Hayford Cardinal Holdings
Hayford Cardinal Holdings, Inc. is a private company that specializes in the acquisition and operation of manufacturing, industrial service, retail, agricultural industries and value-added distribution companies.
Hayford Cardinal Holdings, Inc. focuses on companies with annual revenues of up to $100 million that have an established track record of historical operational success..
Venulum develops an investment management platform. The company advises on the purchase and sale of wine and alternative asset classes.
The products offered by Venulum include mutual funds that invest in fine wines, real estate, and other venture capital projects. It was incorporated in 2000 and is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada..
“DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY that DOES NOT DISRUPT your LIFESTYLE” “VoltSafe transforms how we interface with electricity by uniting HARDWARE and SOFTWARE to achieve safety, convenience and state of the art energy metering. Embedded in a sleek design, it becomes the missing puzzle piece needed to unlock the full potential of any SMART CITY grid.” VoltSafe: Smart.
Vinculum Wine Fund
Vinculum Wine Fund is a multinational private equity group that specializes in alternative investments for high-net-worth individuals. It is a multinational private equity group specializing in alternative investments for high-net-worth individuals.
Vinculum Wine Fund is a British Virgin Islands limited company and is part of the Cadman Capital Group. It was founded by Giles Cadman and is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia..
Waterous Energy Fund
Waterous Energy Fund is a private equity firm specializing in oil and gas investments. The firm seeks to invest in North America including Canada and the United States with a focus on Montney, Permian, and Eagle Ford basins.
It believes that the combination of lower commodity prices, new technology, and consequent industry dislocation has made this an ideal time to invest in the oil patch. Waterous Energy Fund was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta..
George & Bell Consulting
“George & Bell Consulting Inc. is a privately-held corporation, wholly-owned by their partners, based in B.C.
with offices in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Toronto. They are a pension, benefits, and investment consulting firm that advise boards, plan sponsors, participants, and other stakeholders of pension and benefit plans.
Their clients include unions, management, endowments, foundations, and jointly-governed plans in the public and private sectors across Canada.”. .
Calgary Social Value Fund
The National Social Value Fund is a registered Canadian non-profit society that serves a network of community-focused Social Value Fund teams across Canada. These Social Value Funds exist to support social purpose businesses and social enterprises who are under-served by the current impact investing market in Canada.
We engage with a blend of impact investors, foundations, government, and other aligned capital providers to accomplish this. Through the Social Value Fund student program, we provide experiential education, support and resources to empower undergraduate students in these communities to create, manage, and run their own locally-focused teams.
These student teams identify and fill funding gaps identified in their communities, and support their peers in other communities to do the same.. .
Wealthsimple offers financial tools to help investors grow and manage their money. Wealthsimple is a new kind of financial advisor — one that’s intuitive, affordable, and human.
Wealthsimple takes the guesswork out of investing and get investors on the right track. Wealthsimple builds a diversified portfolio of ETFs on the investors’ behalf and guides them in achieving their financial goals.
Wealthsimple is backed by a team of world-class financial experts and the best technology talent. Our talented team of software engineers, designers, and data scientists have previously worked at such companies as Amazon, Google, and Apple.
Wealthsimple’s Investment Advisory Committee are recognized thought leaders in the investment community. They play an advisory role in Wealthsimple’s investment management process and serve as a sounding board for Wealthsimple’s management team..
Trusted by the world’s leading law firms, growth organizations, and startups, DealMaker is a cloud-based platform designed to drastically eliminate friction in the capital-raising process. Designed by veteran securities lawyers, developed by a world-class software team, and supported by a client-first customer support team, DealMaker empowers issuers and their representatives to manage, circulate and track documents swiftly and securely.
DealMaker also provides an unparalleled, seamless investor experience that mitigates headaches and subscription deficiences. Learn more at https://dealmaker.tech..
Lufa Farms is an agricultural and technology company located in Montreal, Quebec. It is reputed to have built the world’s first commercial rooftop greenhouse.
The company’s first greenhouse began operations in early 2011. Its second greenhouse opened in late 2013..
JC ALGO Group is a Canadian Venture Capital firm comprised of global business units, subsidiaries and projects that make up the corporation. Our corporate structure provides global coordination for the partnership to ensure integrity, standards and policies are pursued.
The company was founded in 2016. Our mission is to foster the exchange of resources and high-potential ventures innovating within emerging economies; thereby driving disruption, market growth and global expansion.
Our Vision is to be globally recognized for meeting the needs of the present generation without jeopardizing future generations to come by spearheading research initiatives, advocating for new partnerships and inspiring investment into a sustainable future. VENTURES • JC ALGO: The main strategic business unit is JC ALGO.
We focus exclusively on raising capital for projects that significantly impact people, society or the environment in emerging markets. We do this by supporting undeserved entrepreneurs seeking series A through C seed funding by outlining a capital raising strategy, forging industry relationships, designing pitch materials and networking with potential investors.
• JC ALGO Fund: A subsidiary of JC ALGO Group, JC ALGO Fund is a private impact investment fund. Grounded in a deep understanding of emerging markets and socially conscious investments, we strive to be the investment option of choice for our partners by providing financial returns, exposure to diverse markets and early stage equity in social/environmental projects.
To exceed expectations, we work openly with our investors to align their investing goal, time horizon and risk tolerance with our investment strategy. “With great passion, we continue to follow our focus areas which serve as the foundation for making all decisions in the organization that drive us towards being a socially responsible venture capital firm.
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Passiv will let you know when new cash and dividends are available for allocation or when your portfolio drifts off target. When it’s time to make trades, Passiv will batch all your trades so you can place them in seconds.
Stop paying high wealth management fees and automate your investments with Passiv.. .
CoPower is an online platform that simplifies clean energy investing. We help investors place capital into energy efficiency and renewable energy generation projects that offer solid returns, along with measured environmental impact.
Since late 2014, CoPower has placed over $2.5 million in clean energy loans. CoPower is a proud Certified B Corporation.
Visit copower.me to learn more.. .
goPeer is a Canadian financial wellness company that makes responsible lending accessible to everyone. Our technology disrupts the traditional lending model and enables us to help individuals take control of their finances.
goPeer is able to offer better rates to borrowers than traditional lenders while allowing everyday Canadian investors to access a previously inaccessible asset class.. .
Champlain Financial Corporation
Pierre Simard founded Champlain Financial Corporation, a merchant bank in Montreal, Canada. CFC’s investment team is comprised of seasoned professionals with complementary backgrounds in industry, accounting, investment banking and management consulting, all of whom work closely with each of their companies to provide hands on support and CEO/senior management coaching.
CFC’s team – including their network of industry professionals – is focused on adding value to their portfolio companies by providing strategic direction and operational expertise.. .
Ensemble is a social engagement platform that lets you discover and support meaningful causes. Our mission is to organize the world’s charitable sector to make it accessible to all and maximize its impact.
Often referred to as the About.me platform for charities, Ensemble is a free service for charitable organizations that lets them create a beautiful one-page website that makes it easy for people to find and support them. Ensemble helps charities raise funds, promote, and manage their online fundraising, and helps donors discover and support meaningful causes.
We’ve built a simple, secure and private giving platform for donors to support their favorite causes and our unique collective responsibility model makes it possible for us to offer our services cost-free to all charities and guarantees users that 100% of their donations will be delivered.. .
Explora is an entrepreneurial investment firm that manages and grows small to medium-sized businesses for the long-term. Explora is a team of hands-on, growth-minded entrepreneurs who believe lasting success is rooted in integrity, passion, humility, and hard work.
They focus all of their time, energy, and capital into partnering with a transitioning owner to operate and own a business for many years to come. They provide business owners with an exit and a succession plan so that they can preserve their legacy and discover the next adventure in their lives.
The company was Co-Founded by Cyrus Symoom and Jake Dancyger.. .
AITC Venture Capital
AITC Venture Capital is an investment management firm established to take advantage of the Alberta Investor Tax Credit (the “AITC”) program (the “Program”) introduced by the Alberta government in January 2017. This tax credit was introduced as part of the Alberta Jobs Program in an effort to help diversify Alberta from being so dependent on oil and gas.
A general discussion of the Program can be found here. The Program is designed to provide investors with a 30% Alberta tax credit when they invest in qualifying corporations.
Qualifying corporations are required to meet a number of criteria, including the fact that they must be either carrying on business in one of four approved categories as an “eligible business corporation” or they must be focused on making investments into corporations that carry on business in one of the four approved categories. AITC Capital is the first approved “venture capital corporation” under the Program.
Broadly defined, the four approved categories include technology, digital media, film production, and tourism. At this time, AITC Capital is only considering investments in the technology category.
Its areas of interest are Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Life Sciences Technology, Clean Technology (CleanTech), and Agriculture Business and Technology (AgTech).. .
Claridge, founded in 1987 by Stephen Bronfman’s father Charles Bronfman, and its predecessor company, Cemp Investments Ltd., have been active private equity investors for over five decades. The firm employs some 30 investment and administrative professionals.
Claridge is a private investment firm headquartered in Montreal, Quebec. Claridge represents the interests of the Stephen Bronfman family and is actively involved in the management of a diverse portfolio of investments in private equity, hedge funds, public equities, and real estate.
Claridge’s portfolio composition is carefully shaped to reflect the optimal mix between economic sectors and geographies. Direct equity participations currently include holdings in food, real estate, technology, entertainment and renewable energy, among others.
Claridge also has third-party managed investments in a variety of industries throughout the world. Claridge has thrived through many economic cycles.
Claridge’s investment experience, coupled with our expertise in identifying transformational opportunities and adding value to portfolio companies, has helped us achieve superior risk-adjusted returns over the long term.. .
Ahava Holdings & Ventures
Ahava Holdings & Ventures is a holding company, private equity and early-stage venture firm that focuses on building great technology and media companies while preserving history through real estate. We’ve aligned with best-in-class innovators and partner with a strong investment syndicate at the seed stage of a company’s development.
Our difference compared to many seed investors, is our commitment to co-found and co-invest in our future portfolio of companies to ensure the companies are operationally sound. The fund honors the legacy of Janét Aizenstros and her continuous commitment to empowering women entrepreneurs by helping to solve the sub-standard funding and support black women businesses receive globally.
Ahava Holdings & Ventures formalizes the Janét Aizenstros family legacy by establishing a multi-generational commitment to supporting talented women entrepreneurs from marginalized communities. We work actively with underfunded women entrepreneurs who have sustainable, scalable business models to implement best practices in operational finance, creative strategy, and board development processes..
Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec
The Caisse is a global fund manager. Its clients, which it calls its depositors, are mostly Québec public and private pension funds and insurance plans.
The funds entrusted to the Caisse are invested in financial markets in Québec, in Canada and around the world to generate a profit.. .
Toryvel Group Inc
Toryvel Group Inc., formerly Placements Bélanger and Pouliot Inc., is an investment firm that operates in a number of practice areas and manages the investments of its two shareholders and holding companies, Richard Bélanger (Le Groupe Bélanger Inc.) and Yvan Pouliot (Le Groupe Pouliot Inc.). The practice areas in question are mostly related to natural resources and include: exploitation of woodlands, logging and related activities (including the transport of the fibre), production and marketing of maple syrup, and private and stock market investments.
The mission of these groups and their shareholders is to engage in the transformation of products while always meeting the highest quality standards and offering the best service possible day after day. In May 2003, the Toryvel Group sold Daaquam Lumber Inc.
and Produits Forestiers Anticosti Inc. to Canfor Corporation..
NestRound has a database of investors, venture capitalist, and incubators that could fund seed rounds. Users are only one keyword away from finding investors.
Users can save investors in the lists for easy organization. The company’s team is ready to answer questions whenever needed.
NestRound was founded on 2019 and is headquartered in Montreal, Canada.. .
At the heart of Canadian society, young entrepreneurs work and dream. Risk-takers and trail-blazers, they exist to innovate.
They are creative, productive and daring. They work hard, they give back and they play a vital role in our economy.
TEN is all about supporting entrepreneurship since it can play as a conduit for inclusiveness. It paints a picture of the scale and scope of self-employment and entrepreneurship activities.
Also examines barriers and provides guidance for everyone on how these barriers can be overcome, focusing on business creation by the unemployed, the design of business development services and making economic systems friendly to entrepreneurship and self-employment. The key message of TEN is that societies can make a difference, in terms of both increasing the quantity of businesses created by people and increasing the quality of their business activities.
Key factors in their success include setting down clear and specific objectives in terms of addressing the barriers to entrepreneurship and ensuring that the target clients are aware of the support that exists and able to access it easily. Our Vision is to empower entrepreneurs with a road-map and support that guides them through the transition from start‑ups, to micro‑enterprises, and on to small and medium‑sized businesses that create jobs, lead innovation, and increase economic development in their local communities.
TEN looks at the interrelationships between brands, customers, content and markets to find opportunities or leverage points that can take the performance of the entire economies & businesses to a higher level. We look at transforming the totality of the entrepreneurs’ market presence.
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