Narinder Dhami

Narinder Dhami, Managing Director, LEAP Centre for Social Impact, incubated by the Pecaut Centre. The Centre applies the discipline of private equity investing to select, support and scale charities with quantifiable social impact. As a response to a fragmented charitable landscape, LEAP is pioneering a new model that teams up high-potential charities with forward-thinking investors and private sector expertise to create measurable and sustainable benefits to society. The Centre, our board, advisors and sector partners, The Boston Consulting Group, McCarthy Tétrault, Cossette, Ernst Young and The Offord Group, deliver transformative hands-on support to scale impact across Canada.

She has worked extensively in social finance and social innovation across Canada and West Africa, leading and scaling social impact initiatives. As a lecturer at the University of Toronto, she co-created the first course in microfinance and impact investing at the University.

Narinder is the founding Executive Director of Rise Asset Development - a Rotman/CAMH financial initiative. She designed, developed and grew the organization to support untapped potential among individuals with a history of mental health or addiction challenges. She has spent multiple years working across West Africa, both as program manager at the Première Agence de Microfinance (PAMF) across Burkina Faso, Mali and Cote d'Ivoire and as a member of the portfolio team with Acumen Fund (West Africa office focused on social enterprises across Ghana and Nigeria). Narinder currently serves on the Board for Acumen Canada.

She holds a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto, and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto in Electrical Engineering.