Conservation Finance Specialist
Daniel Fuentes is an agent of change. From participating in North American trilateral roundtables with national security authorities to fight human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the region; to spearheading peace projects designed to economically empower internally displaced communities due to conflict and violence; to developing and instrumenting conservation finance mechanisms to advance environmental restoration, economic reconciliation, and job creation in Southwestern Ontario, Daniel promotes sustainable and inclusive growth as a necessary component to solving these challenges. Ever since he moved to Canada, more than 10 years ago, he has demonstrated his unwavering commitment to finding the best way to blend solutions for social and political challenges, environmental restoration, international cooperation, and economic prosperity time and time again. Following his MBA, Daniel managed a South Western Ontario partnership of business support service providers implementing professional development programs, coaching services for social entrepreneurs, and connections to investors for enterprises interested in achieving social or environmental outcomes. Daniel’s work in conservation finance led efforts efforts considered a one-of-a-type alternative finance model in Canada, recognized by Nature Conservancy of Canada as “an excellent example of Canadian leadership in pay-for-success models.” This work has also been recently recognized as a Climate Leader by the Finance for the Future Awards—a United Kingdom-based partnership between Accounting for Sustainability, Deloitte, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales—under the category of “Moving Financial Markets (Small and Medium-Sized Funds, Projects and Initiatives.” Before joining an investor-led mechanism to accelerate Canada’s transition to Net Zero, Daniel led economic development and innovative finance initiatives, including managing technical assistance facilities of blended finance investment funds in emerging and frontier markets in partnership with bilateral agencies, multilaterals, and development financial institutions.