Watch on Demand – Cleantech Investing

Join us to discuss the evolving landscape of cleantech investing – Kathryn Worstman and Mike Thiessen join us to explore these exciting innovations and opportunites.  We’ll explore such topics as:

  • Public market investment trends
  • Private market investment trends
  • Case studies of cleantech companies Genus and our partners are currently invested in


Grant Conroy

Chief Sustainability Officer / Co-Chief Investment Officer / Partner

Genus Capital Management

As Chief Sustainability Officer, Mike oversees allocation of the Genus sustainable initiatives, including the research and portfolio construction that goes into this.

Mike is passionate about environmental and social issues, he feels the need to make an impact with his career.

Outside work, Mike values spending time with his wife and three kids.

Katheryn Wortsman

Manager & Partner

Amplify Capital

Kathryn Wortsman is the Founder & 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. 

Kathryn has spent most of her career investing and managing venture and private equity in New York and Toronto. As the Founder of Social Venture Partners in Toronto in 2008, Kathryn was early to build the venture philanthropy model in Canada’s largest city. 

Today, Kathryn leads the team of 7 covering two funds and is active across the portfolio of 17 investments. Kathryn holds a BA, Economics from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from Columbia University in New York.


Client impact

“Graduating from a big bank to Genus was one of the best financial steps we've ever taken. Genus has delivered reliable asset growth despite our moderate risk tolerance. As our financial security has grown, we've also been the beneficiaries of a great client experience. The company's communications have been consistently transparent and informative, including educational webinars and a well-designed web portal where we can track investments daily. Most importantly to us, our portfolio manager has always responded swiftly and thoroughly to our questions and requests. ”
Martin T.
"Having relatively diverse financial goals and needs, along with a slight reticence regarding the stock market, Genus skillfully addressed all of our concerns, and put together a truly exceptional plan: Fossil free funds and a diversified investment portfolio, check; An effective Impact investment portfolio that coincides with our hopes and dreams for a better world, check; Professional advice and assistance to create a donor advised charitable fund with immediate charitable receipts for tax purposes, check. Returns? Way beyond our expectations! We even had some fun along the way and certainly enjoyed an incredible two-year start to what will be a satisfying long-term relationship with Genus."
Marc B.
“I love the service I get at Genus.”
Chris H.
“Leslie and I were fellow board members when we met twenty years ago. For the last ten she has been thoughtful in the construction of an investment strategy for my family and is executing the strategy as planned. The team at Genus has met my expectations and are a pleasure to deal with.”
Bob Q.
“For over 15 years, I have provided selection and performance evaluation of multiple investment managers for a significant family office. Leslie and Genus have been foundational for me in my role. I have always found Leslie and her colleagues to be insightful and proactive, and found the performance of their portion of the portfolio to be well above benchmarks. And they have been a great pleasure to work with.”
Douglas H.
“Genus is a very innovative firm. I am pleased to invest in their Fossil Free and Impact strategies that help me invest in line with my values.”
Marnie C.
“Great team of professionals. Excellent website and reporting. Responds to inquiries promptly. Very pleased with the process of changing from another company to Genus as well. Kudos.”
David L.
“Genus consistently provides a good, clearly explained, comprehensive picture of the general economic and financial situation, along with an excellent account of the investment decisions made in relation to this. Genus’ equally strong concern with clients’ questions and requests for further information is also a very important part of the service it provides.”
Allan S.
“Back in 1992 when I found myself at fifty with a substantial amount of money to invest, I knew just one thing — that I didn’t want to contribute to tobacco companies, arms manufacturers, or oil. But over the ensuing years the options for socially responsible investing have become far more sophisticated and I’m very happy that this is a big part of the Genus approach. I also very much appreciate the long-term relationship with my portfolio manager, Mary Lou.”
Ann P.

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