Sean Kavanagh



Bachelor of Commerce, Major in Fiance • McGill University


Born and raised in the Montreal area, Sean spent most of his childhood summers on Lac Marois, a small rural lake in Quebec. He first took notice of climate change when blue-green algae engulfed the lake, an ecosystem threat exacerbated by increasing temperatures. This pivotal experience inspired Sean’s ongoing transition from private equity and management consulting to impact investing and building cleantech ventures.

Sean graduated in 2013 from McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance. Post-graduation, Sean joined a start-up pizza franchise owned by a boutique private equity firm. He was immediately exposed to the nature of a start-up, working across several roles including operations, business development, and treasury. The chain was acquired over two years later, and Sean joined the original private equity owners on a consulting basis across other portfolio companies. In this role, Sean worked in mergers & acquisitions, business development, and administration for a mid-market distributor of construction materials, and after that, for a mid-market recycling firm. In time, the recycling company was forced to liquidate due to the inability to secure funding and support expansion activities. The experience convinced Sean that a critical gap continues to exist between cleantech ventures and access to capital. Sean continued to work in management consulting, supporting clients with operations implementation across North America before he decided to return to school in pursuit of his MScSM and foster his deep interest in impact investing. Prior to beginning his graduate studies, Sean completed an internship at Efficiency Capital, a start-up investor and developer of retrofit projects for large buildings.

Outside of school, Sean spends time on the board of directors for a Canadian non-profit working to scale sustainability across the food service industry. He can also be found playing soccer, long-distance running, or around the City of Toronto in search of his next favourite restaurant.