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Board of Directors

Kathryn Wortsman

Founder and Managing Partner of  Amplify Capital

Kathryn Wortsman is the Founder and Managing Partner of  Amplify Capital, a Canadian based impact venture fund focused on early stage technology companies solving for climate sustainability, improved education, and better health.  Amplify seeks superior financial returns by leading with, measuring and delivering quantitative impact in each investment.  

Kathryn started her career in investment banking at RBC and then went on to spend most of her 25 year career investing and managing venture capital and private equity in small to medium sized businesses both in New York and Toronto.  In New York, Kathryn was a Principal with Constellation Ventures, a Bear Stearns sponsored venture capital fund and an Investment Director for the strategic insurance technology investments group for MetLife.  In Toronto, Kathryn spent time at CIBC Capital, BMO Capital Partners and Lynx Equity Partners, a small buyout firm in Toronto.

Her passion in social finance was born in the early 2000’s when she joined Social Venture Partners NYC and then subsequently founded Social Venture Partners Toronto.   Off the side of her desk, Kathryn grew Social Venture Partners to 45 Partners and provided $350,000 in capacity building grants and hands on partner consulting services to 8 nonprofits in Toronto solving for homelessness.

Kathryn joined MaRS Discovery District in 2015 and Amplify Capital was launched in 2016 in collaboration with Richard Branson’s family foundation, Virgin Unite.    Today, Kathryn leads the team of 6 at Amplify Capital covering two funds, with offices in Montreal and Toronto, investing across North America,  22 portfolio companies and sits on a number of boards across the Portfolio including Verto Health, ChallengeU and Lucid Therapeutics.

Kathryn holds a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from Columbia University in New York.  Kathryn is based in Toronto, Canada.