IMPACT INVESTMENT TEAM IN CANADA
Staff and advisorS
Each one of us is here because of a strong desire to bring about positive change.
Upkar Arora, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D
Chief Executive Officer, Chief Compliance Officer
As CEO and an impact investor, Upkar brings sophisticated expertise in business, capital markets and finance from working with companies of all sizes, at different stages, sectors and geographies. Over the past 35 years, he has been engaged in innovative debt, equity and hybrid finance solutions in the public and private markets and complex mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and dispositions in excess of $20 billion.
Upkar’s board service includes Vancity Community Investment Bank, University of Waterloo and Metrolinx. He is an FCPA, FCA, a BMW Foundation Global Responsible Leader, an adjunct lecturer and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Marc Foran, MBA, CFA
Chief Investment Officer
“I’ve seen first hand the ever-increasing need to make meaningful impact on a global scale. I joined Rally to be a part of a leading, innovative and dedicated team that can effect such change.”
With two decades in the financial services industry, Marc has built diverse expertise in managing global portfolios of public stocks, fixed income, alternative assets and private equity investments. Marc is responsible for leading Rally’s multi-asset portfolio strategies and investments. Prior to being Rally’s CIO, Marc was a portfolio manager with British Columbia Investment Management Corporation’s $1.5 billion Global Thematic Fund.
Kelly Gauthier, MBA
Managing Director and Partner
“I know capital markets have the power to solve today’s toughest global challenges. We are out of time and excuses – we must do better for our planet and for ourselves.”
Kelly oversees Rally’s advisory services and leads its client services team. For 20 years she has worked with a range of asset owners to design and implement their approach to responsible investing and impact investing. Before joining Rally, Kelly was with Mercer in the responsible investing team. Kelly is a board member of the Responsible Investment Association.
Eduardo Buriticá, MMgt
Senior Associate, Client Services
“As James Baldwin said, ‘The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even but a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.’
Eduardo supports client engagements with our asset management and advisory clients. Prior to joining Rally, Eduardo worked at Scotiabank for three years in Prime Brokerage and High Net Worth relationship management. He’s a graduate of the University of Alberta and Schulich School of Business.
Eduardo is a member of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s planned giving committee.
Manager, Operations and Compliance
“Rally Assets is dedicated to positive change and doing the right thing. What a treat to be part of it!”
Marian has over 20 years of experience in the Canadian wealth management industry. Her experience includes providing investment management and investment consulting services to private and institutional clients and acting as the Chief Compliance Officer of Portfolio Manager and Exempt Market Dealer firms. She has worked at both Royal Bank of Canada and The Toronto-Dominion Bank as well as Bull Capital Management Inc. and Ernst & Young Investment Advisers Inc.
Karolina Iaydjieva, CFA, CAIA
Director, Client Services and Assistant Portfolio Manager
Karolina has over five years of experience with impact investing, most recently at Addenda Capital Inc., a large institutional asset management firm. Previously she was an investment consultant for high-net-worth families. She earned her Honours BCom degree in Investment Management from McGill University.
Karlina also serves on the board of Arraymusic, a leading Canadian contemporary music company.
Senior Associate, Client Services
A graduate of Western University’s Ivey Business School, Nikki brings her experience in the Asian social finance space at the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network as well as in the Canadian landscape working on various projects with social enterprises, investment funds, social impact bonds, impact assessment systems, and social finance intermediaries.
Chelsea Longaphy, CIM
Director, Client Services
Chelsea leads client engagements with Rally’s asset management and advisory clients, including design, implementation, and management of impact investment mandates. She has worked in impact investing for the past eight years. Before she joined Rally in 2017, she worked as a consultant, sold community bonds at the Centre for Social Innovation, and worked in ESG investment research at Corporate Knights Capital. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and holds the Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designation.
She is on the Board of Directors of Greenest City.
Maya Niu, CFA
Senior Associate, Public Investment Research
“Laws and impact frameworks can only guide us; it is up to each of us to walk the talk. I believe that collectively, our efforts will make a difference.”
Maya supports our Chief Investment Officer in designing customized portfolio strategies across asset classes through thematic fundamental research and investment manager research. Prior to Rally Assets, Maya worked at NEI Investments where she was part of the Asset Allocation Committee and conducted investment manager research with ESG integration. Maya holds Masters of Finance and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from Queen’s Smith School of Business.
Senior Associate, Business Development
Ben helps to grow Rally’s business by supporting the team to develop and strengthen relationships with investors, asset managers, investment advisors and others in the impact investing sector. Over the last 10 years, he has held relationship management roles with some of Canada’s largest charities including the YMCA and Heart & Stroke. Through his MBA he specialized in Social Finance, and went on to lead the operations for Canada’s first Social Impact Bond in the healthcare sector.
Ben is also passionate about conservation and the arts, having completed a BSc in Wildlife Biology with a minor in music performance. He sits on several local boards focused on community building, including the Cecil Community Centre in Toronto.
Laurel Sabur, MSc
Manager, Private Investment Research
“Life is filled with many choices; a choice that has a win win for our planet and all inhabitants is a choice worth making. Investing with intentional impact repairs and sustains the beauty of our planet and the conditions required to support future generations.”
Laurel is responsible for our private investment research including sourcing new opportunities and conducting due diligence. Laurel has an interdisciplinary background, with 12 years’ experience in financial services, corporate social responsibility and community development. Her experience includes investment research, liquidity analytics and portfolio management support for asset managers. She has worked with governments, nonprofits and corporations in Jamaica, Canada, Ghana and Kenya. She is also a social entrepreneur.
She holds an MSc, Applied Mathematics (Finance), BSc, Actuarial Science, and a Community Economic Development Certificate and has had training in intercultural awareness and communication.
Ammara Shirazi, MBA
Director, Client Services
Lead, Private Investment Research
“Traditional investing has not contributed to solutions that address pressing social and environmental issues. I joined Rally Assets to help asset owners and asset managers take a holistic approach to moving capital into investments that create a positive impact.”
Ammara is leading and advising clients on mobilizing their investable assets toward greater impact. Prior to joining Rally, Ammara was an Investment Analyst with the Transition to Scale team at Grand Challenges Canada and was involved in all aspects of the investment process. Before making the switch to impact investing, Ammara spent five years working at Canadian financial institutions.
She is a board member of Access Community Capital Fund.
Ammara is on parental leave.
Director, Marketing and Comunications
“Investors and investments greatly influence people’s ability to thrive. I work here to help make that influence a positive one.”
Estelle is responsible for our public communications, working to ensure we engage key audiences with compelling communications, and therefore grow the impact investing world as well as our place in it. She has spent almost her whole 25-year career strengthening values-based organizations, in the environmental, international development and social services fields.
For the past two decades Estelle has served on the boards of numerous community-building nonprofits.
At Rally, investing in the future we want to see includes investing in the future workforce. We provide students with meaningful, rewarding internships and work experiences. We usually host interns twice a year, and post the internships on our jobs page.
Vinnitza Miranda: Virtual Executive Assistant. Completing her BA at Catholic University Redemptoris Mater.
Our Board and Advisors
Upkar Arora, Kelly Gauthier and Jim Wilson sit on our Board of Directors. Our advisors augment the work of the board. This group of respected impact investing advisors and champions are committed to helping our clients get the most out of their investments.
- President, Good & Well
- Co-Chair of the Board of Canadian Stage
- Vice Chair of the Art Canada Institute.
- Degrees from Queen’s University, Yale University, and Harvard Business School
- Chief of Staff to the Director of UCL’s Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
- Past Director of Policy and Research at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship
- Past Senior Policy Advisor, MaRS Discovery District
- Board member, The Neighbourhood Group
- Venture Partner, Revel Partners
- Co-Founder, PURE Energies (acquired by NRG Energy)
- Past Board Member & Treasurer, Centre for Social Innovation
- Investor and Advisor, Flow Water
- Board Member and Investor, Vizetto Inc.
- Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Corporate Banking at TD Securities
- Experienced in originating, arranging and syndicating large debt transactions and project financings
- Lead on TD Securities’ Black Experience Committee
- Board Member, Fred Victor
- Chairman, Parker Venture Management
- Board Chairman, Drashta Ventures
- Advisory Committee Member, GRE&T Centre, Alectra
- Co-Chairman, Centre for Mindfulness Studies
- Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
- 20+ years of financial services experience, advising nonprofit organizations and charities to develop alternative funding strategies to create long-term sustainability
- President, Acuity Sales Inc.
- Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, Clariti Strategic Advisors Inc.
- 30+ years of sales and leadership roles in the institutional asset management and financial services space
- Board Member, Covenant House Toronto (Chair, Fundraising & Development)
- Volunteer Advisor, MaRS Discovery District
- Executive Director, Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics, UBC Sauder School of Business
- Board Member, UBC Staff Pension Plan
- Board Member, Vancity financial cooperative
- Past Manager, ESG Evaluation & Research, NEI Investments
- Executive Vice President of Corporate Services and Compliance at Triovest
- More than 25 years of business and real estate experience, including senior leadership roles and providing financial and strategic advisory services
- Founder and President, Social Capital Partners
- CEO, Hamilton Computers
- Chairman and CEO, Optel Communications
- MBA, Harvard Business School
- Member of the Order of Canada