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Staff Bios

Derek Gent

Executive Director

Derek proudly leads an arms-length Community Foundation associated with the members of Vancity Credit Union in BC. With financial assets of more than $55MM, including 150+ Donor Advised Funds and a core endowment, they model a progressive approach to investment, while making grants, engaging in advocacy work and delivering collaborative programs with a focus on sustainable upstream development rather than aid. Building on the values, tradition and capacity of the relationship to a $20 billion, 500,000 member financial cooperative, VCF has pioneered a number of innovations in Canadian philanthropy and impact investing, with a particular strength in supporting social enterprises and community owned real estate initiatives in the region.

Before joining the Foundation in 2008, Derek worked in the venture capital division of Vancity, focused on impact investing through a portfolio of social enterprises, aboriginal ventures, alternative energy and nonprofit housing. His professional career started in microcredit with BRAC in Bangladesh, after an MBA from Queen's University, and he worked in management consulting before a variety of roles at Coast Capital Savings and then Vancity. Derek currently chairs the Public Policy Committee of Imagine Canada, an important umbrella organization representing the interests of charities and nonprofits across the country, as well as Board roles with New Market Funds, Cooperators Foundation, Responsible Investment Association and as Vancouver City Co-Chair for Aga Khan Foundation. He lives in East Van with his wife and partner of almost 30 years and their 3 children.

Contact Derek Gent

Telephone: 604.877.7553