Kathryn started her career in investment banking at RBC Dominion Securities and has spent most of her 20-year career investing and managing venture capital and private equity in small and medium-sized businesses. In Toronto, Kathryn spent time at CIBC Capital Partners, BMO Capital and Lynx Equity, a succession fund. In New York, Kathryn actively invested and managed a portfolio of early stage media technology companies with Constellation Ventures, a Bear Stearns-sponsored venture capital fund. Kathryn also actively invested and managed strategic insurance technology investments for MetLife, the largest life insurer in the United States, and subsequently joined its corporate development team to create new products and services.
Kathryn has held a number of board roles including WideVine, a content protection company subsequently sold to Google, Ntercept, an online polling service, and DentalXChange, a technology billing solution for dental offices in the US. In Canada, Kathryn held board roles at Fakespace, a virtual reality training business, Vitana (now PixeLink), an industrial camera distribution business, Acura Technology, a media management company, and Iogen, a biomass ethanol producer. Kathryn has been involved in a number of exits, including strategic acquisitions, follow-on financings and IPOs for portfolio companies she managed directly.
In 2012, Kathryn co-founded Toronto-based search fund Crest Capital and purchased two companies in the infrastructure cleaning and repair sector. Her passion for social finance was born a decade ago when she joined Social Venture Partners NYC and then subsequently founded Social Venture Partners Toronto. Kathryn was born and raised in Toronto and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from Columbia University in New York.