VP, Co-investment and Govt Initiatives
Alison Nankivell is Vice President, Co-investment and Government Initiatives, BDC Capital. A financial institution owned by the Government of Canada, BDC supports over 30,000 small and medium-sized enterprises across the country, complementing services available from private-sector financial institutions. Its subsidiary, BDC Capital, also offers a full spectrum of specialized financing, including venture capital, equity, as well as growth and business transition capital.
Alison leads BDC Capital’s efforts as the key execution agent for the Government of Canada’s Venture Capital Action Plan (VCAP) and oversees other government initiatives. She also manages the development of BDC Capital’s fund co-investment and private equity framework, as well as BDC Capital’s Diversified Portfolio and GO Capital teams.
Alison has over 20 years of corporate financing and investment experience in Canada and Asia. Most recently, she served as BDC Capital’s Vice President, Venture Capital Action Plan. Before joining BDC, she was Director, Funds Asia with Teachers’ Private Capital, the private investment arm of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Prior to this, she was Head of Funds at Export Development Canada (EDC), where over a seven year period she built out the Canadian and Asian private equity and venture capital fund investment platform for EDC’s Investments Team. During her 15-year tenure with EDC, Alison served in a number of financing and investment roles and spent seven years over two postings based in Beijing, first as Chief Representative for Greater China, and then as Principal and Head of Asia Fund Investments.
Alison lived in Beijing and Hong Kong from 1990 to 1995, where she served as a China economic analyst and editor for the Economist Intelligence Unit. Fluent in Mandarin, she has also served as an independent economist undertaking consulting work for the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Development Program and CIDA in both Beijing and Ottawa.
Alison holds a BA from the University of Toronto a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.