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EP501: Rhiannon Davies & Cathy Bennett on Impact

Welcome to Season 5 of Connected Intelligence - a podcast about all the things we bring to work that aren’t actually about the work.


What does investment look like at the intersection of impact and VC-paced growth?


Rhiannon Davies and Cathy Bennett are both the Founding and Managing Partners of Sandpiper Ventures, running one of the first venture funds in Canada investing in women-led companies at the seed stage, and among the first all-woman GP national funds in Canada.


Rhiannon’s business leadership spans Europe, Asia, South and North America. She built and led the $2B revenue subsidiary of GrandVision N.V. and was COO and Board Director that expanded GrandVision into 20 new markets through multiple acquisitions and organic growth, to a successful IPO that raised $1.5B and ranked in the global top 10 IPOs in 2015.


With over 35 years of business leadership, Cathy’s own Bennett Group of Companies grew from a small group of service businesses to operations in commercial and industrial construction, industrial manufacturing, human resource support, and more. She has served as a Member of the Newfoundland & Labrador House of Assembly serving in Cabinet as Minister of Finance, President of Treasury Board, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, and the Office of the Chief Information Officer.




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