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Alison Nankivell currently serves as Vice President, Fund Investments and Global Scaling for BDC Capital, the risk capital subsidiary of the Business Development Bank of Canada – Canada’s largest venture capital investor. Based in Toronto, she leads the Fund Investments team which is responsible for over 60 fund relationships and close to $1 billion in assets under management. She also leads BDC Capital’s cross border venture strategy to support its most high potential investee companies to grow both their business and investment partners in the Asia region. Before joining BDC, Alison served as Director, Funds Asia with Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. She also served as Head of Funds at Export Development Canada (EDC), Canada’s Eximbank, 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. 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 the Canadian International Development Agency in both Beijing and Ottawa.