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Celebrating Diversity and Achievement in Canada’s Private Capital Industry

 March 12, 2024

In an industry often characterized by its fast pace and competitive nature, it’s essential to take a moment to celebrate achievements and progress, especially when it comes to diversity and inclusion. The Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) recently held its second annual Canadian Women in Private Capital Awards, shining a spotlight on women who have made significant contributions to Canada’s private capital industry.

Introduced in 2023, these awards were designed to recognize and celebrate the achievements of women in both venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE). The CVCA awarded two categories: the “Woman of Achievement” award and the “Rising Woman Star” award, with each award shared by one recipient from the VC industry and one from the PE industry, and showcasing the remarkable accomplishments of four outstanding individuals, each making their mark in their respective fields.

The Rising Woman Star award honors women who have made significant business contributions and achieved notable accomplishments in Canadian private capital. Among this year’s winners was Yaletown’s very own Sophie Gupta, Principal and Head of Responsible Investing.

Sophie’s achievement underscores the progress being made within Canada’s private capital industry, particularly in the VC sector. While strides have been made in enhancing diversity within teams and leadership, there’s still work to be done. Despite initiatives aimed at fostering inclusivity, recent studies have highlighted persistent challenges faced by women and other underrepresented groups in starting and advancing their careers in the Canadian VC community.

In Sophie’s words, “The world of VC [and] PE is dynamic, multifaceted, and ever-evolving, and there is a tremendous need for bright and creative minds with diverse backgrounds and life experiences to help shape its future.” She emphasizes the importance of strategies that go beyond mere public commitments to diversity, urging organizations to embed these values into their firm philosophy.

At Yaletown, the commitment to diversity is evident. With more than 60% of its people identifying as racially or ethnically diverse and over 60% identifying as women, Yaletown’s makeup reflects a conscious effort to prioritize diversity over the firm’s two-decade-long history.

But the work doesn’t stop there. Achieving true diversity and inclusion in the private capital industry requires collaborative efforts across systems. It’s about addressing root causes and dismantling barriers that hinder the progress of underrepresented groups. It’s about creating a work environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and empowered to succeed.

As we congratulate all the winners of the Canadian Women in Private Capital Awards, let’s also recognize the significance of their achievements in driving positive change within the industry. Their success serves as both inspiration and a call to action for organizations and individuals alike to continue championing diversity and inclusivity in all facets of the private capital landscape. After all, it’s only through collective effort and unwavering commitment that we can build a more equitable and thriving future for all.

Congratulations to all the winners!


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