Meet Our Team
Deb Abbey – Chief Executive Officer
In the early 90s Deb was the first Project Director of The David Suzuki Foundation. Since then, she has been a pioneer in the Responsible Investing industry in Canada, where she created the first investment management firm to focus exclusively on Responsible Investing. Her company Real Assets was eventually acquired by IA Clarington and lives on under the ‘Inhance’ name. Deb is the co-author of ‘The 50 Best Ethical Stocks for Canadians – 2001 Edition’ and the author of ‘Global Profit and Global Justice: Using Your Money to Change the World’ – 2004. Deb is an Honourary Director of the B.C. Sustainable Energy Association and sits on the board of the ForestEthics Solutions Society. Deb was Vice-President of the Board of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility from 1997 – 2001.
Phone: 1-416-461-6042 x1
Wendy Mitchell – Chief Financial Officer
As CFO, Wendy is responsible for managing all aspects of the RIA’s financial processes. Her focus is on providing accurate financial reporting and insightful planning support to the Executive Director and the Board. With a background in both finance and resource management, Wendy has provided support to non-profit organizations for well over 20 years. She has provided financial and strategic planning support to Canadian Business for Social Responsibility since 2003. Wendy is passionate about working with organizations to improve their triple bottom line.
Get in touch with Wendy: wendy[at]riacanada[dot]ca | Phone: 1-416-461-6042 x2
Dustyn Lanz – Chief Operating Officer; Head of Communications and Member Affairs
Dustyn Lanz is Chief Operating Officer of the Responsible Investment Association (RIA), and Head of Communications and Member Affairs. He is quoted regularly in the national media as an expert on responsible investing. He is also a frequent public speaker at some of Canada’s leading business schools and investment conferences. In 2014, he helped to launch Canada’s first financial designations for advisors with expertise in responsible investing. His written work has been published by leading academic journals and think tanks in Canada and internationally. In 2016 he received a Clean50 Emerging Leader Award for his contributions to responsible investing in Canada.
Get in touch with Dustyn : dustyn[at]riacanada[dot]ca | Phone : 1-416-461-6042 x3
Julie Ambachtsheer, CFA, RIPC – Director of Programs
Julie is Director of Programs for the Responsible Investment Association. Having undertaken a variety of roles in the investment industry – including portfolio management, trading, and performance measurement – Julie now applies this background to overseeing numerous RIA programs including research, policy and professional development. Julie earned her Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2003, and recently earned her Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) Level 1, given her interest in helping individuals develop investment plans that align with their personal beliefs. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Art History from York University. Julie’s interest in financial literacy has led her to volunteer with Junior Achievement and ABC Life Literacy. Julie spent eight years with Bissett Investment Management (part of Franklin Templeton), and shorter terms with TD Bank and Acorn Financial Planning. In her spare time Julie enjoys playing tennis, traveling and watching her two young kids discover the wonders of life.
Get in touch with Julie: julie[at]riacanada[dot]ca | Phone: 1-416-461-6042 x6
Nicholas Buccheri – Manager, Communications and Digital Media
Nicholas Buccheri manages the RIA’s communications efforts with a focus on digital media and content strategy. Prior to joining the RIA team, Nicholas established himself as a marketing and communications leader in the field of corporate sustainability and purpose-first business models. Nicholas has worked with organizations of all sizes, from start-up non-profits to Fortune 100 corporations, managing a variety of strategic branding and communications projects related to community investment, corporate waste reduction, responsible agriculture, solar energy and commercial real estate. He believes that responsibility and integrity in business and finance are instrumental to the transition to a low-carbon economy in Canada and around the world.
Get in touch with Nicholas : nick[at]riacanada[dot]ca | Phone : 1-416-461-6042 x5
Marie-Adélaïde Bullukian – Coordinator, Administration and Events
Marie-Adélaïde Bullukian is responsible for administration, events coordination as well as providing executive assistance at the RIA. Prior to joining the RIA team, Marie-Adelaide worked with the United Nations Environment-Finance Initiative in Geneva where she supported to the development of the Principles for Positive Impact Finance. She has also worked with Scotiabank in Canada. Marie-Adélaïde holds a B.A in Economics and Political Science from McGill University. During her studies, she held internships in Switzerland and China.
Get in touch with Marie-Adelaide: Marie-Adelaide[at]riacanada[dot]ca | Phone : 1-416-461-6042 x4