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Session 4a: The Private Sector in Development

Session 4a: The Private Sector in Development

What role should the private sector play in development? How should Canadian actors think about PPP’s? What are the challenges and pitfalls in private sector in development? Join this terrific session as Nandy Heule, Karim Harji and Michael Harvey share lessons and insights gained from their work with the private sector.  How can these lessons help inform Canadians thinking on PPP’s? Join us and find out!

ChairCarlo Dade - Senior Fellow at School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa

Carlo is a Senior Fellow in the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa focusing on the role of private sector actors – diasporas and private companies – in international development. He was Executive Director of the Canadian Foundation for the Americas, (FOCAL) managing programs in diasporas/Transnationalism, CSR and Canadian engagement in Haiti. Mr. Dade managed development and public-private partnership portfolios in Haiti and the Dominican Republic for the Inter-American Foundation an independent U.S. government aid agency. He was a founding member of the Enterprise Research Institute, a Washington D.C.-based private sector development and CSR think tank. Mr. Dade started his career in the Latin American and Caribbean Region Technical Department of the World Bank.

Micheal Harvey - Director Government Relations, GoldCorp Inc. 

Mr. Harvey joined Goldcorp in February, 2013 as Director of Government Relations. Prior to Goldcorp, he was President of the Canadian Council for the Americas. He has nearly 20 years of experience in government and in law. As a diplomat, he was Head of the Political Section of Canada’s embassies in Brasilia, Bogota and Caracas. He also worked in Colombia as a Political Advisor for the Organization of American States (Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia) and the United Nations (Department of Political Affairs and UN Development Program).

Michael served at the Permanent Mission to the UN in New York as part of Canada’s Security Council team (1999 to 2000). In Ottawa, he worked on OAS Affairs at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and was seconded to the Privy Council Office (Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat).

Karim Harji - Founder, VentureDeli

Karim is a co-founder and partner at Purpose Capital, which helps investors to design and implement impact investment strategies across a range of sectors, asset classes, and regions. He was recently involved in the strategic assessment of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Impact Investing Initiative, and co-authored Accelerating Impact: Achievements, Challenges and What's Next in Building the Impact Investing Industry. He also co-founded Venture Deli, which helps to grow and capitalize companies that matter to the world.

Karim teaches social entrepreneurship at the Faculty of Applied Engineering at the University of Toronto, and is a Senior Research Associate at the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation at Carleton University. He previously worked at Social Capital Partners, and co-founded He serves on the Boards of the Social Investment Organization, the Small Change Fund, and CanadaHelps, and holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Carleton University.

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Nandy Heule - Director Investment Relations, Okiocredit-Canada

Nandy, a public relations consultant based in Toronto, has successfully worked with Executive Directors, Bay Street accountants, and aid workers in rural Africa. At World Vision Canada, she handled hundreds of media inquiries during humanitarian crises. Nandy sat on the board of Oikocredit Canada Central for almost 10 years and volunteered also for Oikocredit International prior to accepting a consulting contract with the organization in 2012. Oikocredit is a leading provider of private capital to the microfinance sector She earned an MA in journalism from UWO in London, Ontario. She now lives in Toronto where she runs the agency