Kristi has been providing mid-market businesses with relationship-focused, strategic financing for over twenty years. As National Managing Director, Kristi leads First West Capital across Canada and delivers tailored subordinated-debt, mezzanine and equity financing solutions for growth, acquisitions and transitions. Kristi was recently announced as a EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 winner in the Business Disrupters Category.
Prior to First West Capital, Kristi spent ten years with Vancity Capital, another B.C.-based subordinated debt fund. She has also worked with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and the Small Enterprise Equity Fund of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Kristi holds a Master of Business Administration in International Business from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours) in History and Russian Studies from McGill University.
Kristi currently chairs the board of Junior Achievement of B.C. and acts as an advisor to the Fulmer Foundation. Previously, she has served as vice-chair of the Vancouver International Marathon Society, is past president of the AWF Association of Women in Finance and former chair of the B.C. Provincial Child Care Council. In 2015, Kristi was nominated for a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in the category of Business and the Professionals, and is the recipient of the 2017 CVCA Ted Anderson Community Leadership Award.