Alison Nankivell is Senior Vice President, Fund Investments and Global Scaling. Based in Toronto, she leads the team that handles BDC Capital’s indirect investments, which is Canada’s largest venture fund investor.
Since she joined the team in 2018, Fund Investments and Global Scaling has delivered on multiple new mandates, including increasing funding and support for Indigenous and Black entrepreneurs, cleantech innovations, and women-led technology companies. The team has also supported the federal government’s initiative to increase the availability of venture capital for promising start-ups. Today, Alison’s team is responsible for developing innovative models for private sector and Crown corporation collaboration in priority areas such as cleantech project equity; environmental, social and governance initiatives; and the global expansion of Canadian technology champions.
With extensive experience in both the Canadian and Asian finance industries, Alison also oversees BDC Capital’s cross-border venture strategy, helping connect large corporations and investors in Asia with high-potential Canadian companies and vice-versa.
Previously, Alison served as Vice President, Global Scaling in Hong Kong, supporting BDC Capital’s highest potential investee companies to grow their businesses and find investment partners in Asia. She was also Vice President, Funds and Co-Investments as well as Vice President, Venture Capital Action Plan, leading BDC Capital’s work in executing the Government of Canada’s Venture Capital Action Plan.
Before joining BDC, she was Director, Funds Asia with Teachers’ Private Capital, the private investment arm of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. She also spent 14 years with Export Development Canada (EDC), where she helped build out its Canadian and Asian private equity and venture capital fund investment platform. She spent seven years on Beijing-based postings with EDC, including as Chief Representative for Greater China and as Principal and Head of Asia Fund Investments.
Alison lived in Beijing and Hong Kong from 1990 to 1995, serving as a China economic analyst and editor for the Economist Intelligence Unit. Fluent in Mandarin, she has worked as an independent economist undertaking consulting work for the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Development Program and the Canadian International Development Agency.
Alison holds a Bachelor of Arts in Commerce and Economics from the University of Toronto and a Master in Public Administration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is also a designated Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
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