Elevate's founders have served as bank executives and corporate directors and bring a track record of proven results in the financial services industry. Our management team combines credit, sales, audit and advisory experience to help small-to-medium-sized enterprises navigate export opportunities.
Founder, Executive Chair
An experienced senior executive and governance expert, Duncan is President of the C.D. Howe Institute, Canada’s most influential economic think tank. He is past Chair of Alterna Savings, an OSFI and FRSA regulated financial institution, and has served on numerous boards in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Duncan is also an early stage investor and mentor to a number of young companies.
Senior VP, Chief Business Development Officer
Francisco Garcia is an accomplished trade finance executive, with 20+ years experience structuring transactions in key global markets. Francisco has supported over $1 billion in export sales by actively working alongside Export Credit Agencies from North America, Europe and Australasia. He provides the tools, advice and experience for Canadian companies to successfully grow their business internationally.
Director, Business Development
In his role at Elevate Export, James provides the support and tools necessary for Canadian companies to grow their business internationally. Previously, he worked as a Research Analyst with a boutique investment firm and brings experience in Business Development and Project Management. James holds a Masters in Management and International Relations from the University of St Andrews.
Customer Care Specialist
Cristina Gray has over twenty years of experience in International Loan Management, Compliance and Collections. She has managed portfolios up to $200 million in international loans, and has worked with Export Credit Agencies in North America and Europe on indemnification and recoveries. Cristina holds AML and KYC Certificates with the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).
Ed Walsh is a dynamic leader who has been active in the underwriting and credit community for over 25 years. Having managed reams responsible for over a half-billion dollars in assets, Ed brings experience from diverse industries across North America. He is an active member of professional associations and boards, and is committed to building productive relationships and giving back to the community.
Chief Financial Officer
Scott Rambeau presides over the operational and financial governance of Elevate’s business and loan portfolio. Previously a global consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Scott has been at the forefront of successfully re-engineering company financial systems and implementing strategic recommendations to facilitate growth, retain talent and expand organizations.
Prior to joining Elevate, Jonathan managed Ultra High Net Worth families for Scotia Wealth's Private Banking group. Previously, he has overseen sales activities for growing entrepreneurial companies and held senior positions within institutional banks. As VP of Sales and Trading for Currency Exchange International Corp, Jonathan played a vital role in its OSFI application and transformation into Continental Bank of Canada.
Dario González Mardjetko
Business Development Coordinator
Dario Gonzalez Mardjetko brings two decades of experience in finance, transportation, consulting and hospitality. He has led infrastructure project bids exceeding $2 billion USD, and has managed a business unit with yearly revenue exceeding $1.5 billion USD at Latin America's largest fintech. Fluent in both Spanish and English, Dario holds an MBA as well as a Masters in Business Analytics.
Global Product Lead, Google
Former VP & Chief Economist, Export Development Canada
Former Deputy Minister
of Finance for Canada;
Former EDC Director
Export Development Canada
Former Deputy Minister and CFO,
Department of National Defense;
CFO at Industry Canada
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
and National Defense for Canada
Director at Manulife
Bank of Canada;
Former Chair and CEO of
CIBC World Markets
Director, Salesforce Ventures Impact Fund
Former Minister of Finance, Ontario
Chair and Former President, Weston Forest
Bank of Canada,
Senior Development Banker