Ted Anderson is the Director of the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing.
Ted Anderson has an extensive background in venture capital investing in both Canada and emerging markets. With 30 years of experience in venture investing – most recently as the managing general partner of Ventures West Capital Ltd., Canada’s largest institutionally backed venture capital fund management company – he has been an investor in many of Canada’s most interesting technology companies. Anderson is also a past president and a former director of Canada’s Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, the country’s national private equity trade association.
Anderson has also been very active in e-markets, particularly in Africa. He has worked with the International Finance Corporation on initiatives relating to the establishment of venture capital funds in Africa, and has participated in projects in East Africa, including in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, and in Ethiopia. He was also an advisor to the Government of Canada on the establishment of the Canada Investment Fund for Africa, a US$212 million pan-African investment fund.
Anderson currently sits on the advisory boards of the Aureos Southern Africa Fund and the Aureos Western Africa Fund, two investment funds focusing on small- and medium-size business investments in southern and western Africa respectively. He is also a technical advisor (providing operational support and management guidance to the operating partners) and a member of the board and the investment committee of Injaro Agricultural Holdings Ltd., a fund providing investment capital to small- and medium-size agriculturally oriented enterprises in West Africa.
In 2009 Anderson travelled to Haiti and prepared a report for Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and the United States Agency for International Development on increasing access to financial services for Haitian small and medium enterprises. He has also worked with the Financial Services Volunteer Corps providing professional development seminars and consulting with emerging fund managers in Morocco and Tunisia.
Anderson has a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Toronto and a master of business administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University, where he was also a lecturer.