2018 World Bank - International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings
Aysha Nesbitt, Head Delegate
David Boroto, Communications Coordinator
Simon Lavoie Perusse
Aysha Nesbitt is an impact investing professional driven by her passion for sustainable community development.
Aysha most recently worked as an Economist for the Ontario Ministry of Energy where she led in the creation and management of a Social Finance Practice that explores how alternative financing tools can be leveraged to support energy projects. Through multiple engagements with First Nation and Métis communities, she focused the Practice on how these tools can strengthen Indigenous participation and autonomy in the energy sector.
In 2017, Aysha was selected to join a Fellowship program with the MaRS Discovery District. During this opportunity, Aysha and her colleagues led interviews with community organizations, financial technology companies, and financial institutions to understand how financial technology can strengthen the financial health of Canadians, specifically those most marginalized. This research inspired Aysha and her colleagues to launch Innovate Financial Health, a national nonprofit focused on creating and scaling innovative products and services designed for financially vulnerable Canadians.
Aysha’s commitment to sustainable community development is driven largely by the eighteen years she spent growing up in Bangladesh, India and Singapore.
Aysha is currently completing a Master’s of Global Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She holds a Bachelor degree in Global Development from Queen’s University, Canada.
Born in South Africa to Congolese parents, David Boroto is a third culture kid Canadian with a global outlook. David is dedicated creating a world without poverty and inequality in which every individual has the opportunity to achieve a fulfilling life.
David brings to the table experience working with the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He is currently in his final year at the University of Toronto completing his BASc in Engineering Science. A self-proclaimed infrastructure nerd, David aims to bridge his passions for infrastructure and global development throughout his career.
David spent the past year working in engineering consulting with IBI Group, liaising with public and private sector clients around the world to create technology-advanced urban cities. Prior to his time with IBI Group, David served as Fundraising and Technical Manager at affordable housing startup Kwangu Kwako, based in Nairobi, Kenya. His stint in Nairobi was facilitated through Engineers Without Borders Canada, an organization with whom David has volunteered since his first day of university. In his four years with EWB, David has served as Chapter President and Policy & Advocacy Lead, amongst other roles, with his U of T Chapter. He was also an author and editor of 2016 Failure Report, an annual publication of stories detailing failures and learnings within the organization.
A charismatic and outgoing individual, David has come to appreciate the butterflies that accompany public speaking and stage performing. He also enjoys reading biographies of world leaders and is a passionate rugby fan, so if you have book suggestions or are a fellow rugger, follow him on Twitter @DavidBoroto or Instagram at davidboroto.
Corinna is currently a Summer Associate at The Boston Consulting Group and will be entering her final year at McGill University in September. She studies finance and general management, while her passion lies in public policy and international relations.
This passion was first piqued while studying Spanish in high school, when she was introduced to the importance of learning a language to understand the socio-economic and political context of the countries that spoke the language. Having been exposed to more local Hispanic sources of information to become educated on Latin American issues, she co-authored a youth white paper on Global Citizenship Education to provide recommendations on how education systems could be changed to produce better global citizens. The white paper was presented to the UNESCO “Our Common Future” conference in 2015.
That year, she also worked with the Canadian consulates in China on a three-city youth trade mission to improve Sino-Canadian bilateral trade relations, and was subsequently selected as a Canadian youth ambassador to the APEC CEO Summit. There, she wrote a youth declaration with 17 other economies’ representatives to provide recommendations on bolstering joint and sustainable growth in the Asia Pacific, presented to the APEC Business Advisory Council and Prime Minister Trudeau.
Corinna’s experience in management consulting also extends to the public sector, where she served clients on issues including social assistance provision and environmental incentives while at Deloitte. She is excited to bring these experiences to the WB / IMF Annual Meetings.
Anu recently graduated from the dual law program between the University of Windsor and the University of Detroit Mercy, where she took classes between Windsor and Detroit to gain an international vantage of the law. The focus of her education has been rooted in international relations and global finance. While completing her Masters in International Relations, she conducted research regarding global financial risk and regulation through an analysis of the Basel Accord. Anu also presented information regarding the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis at the Transnational Collaborative Research Conference. During her time as a law student, she assisted in researching for cases involving the release of prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay.
Anu has been an advocate for her peers as the student representation of the Finance Board for the McMaster Alumni Association, as a member of the Windsor Law Advocacy Committee, and as an executive member of the Windsor Student Law Society. She spends time volunteering at warming centers on both sides of the border and was recognized for her involvement when she was awarded the J.W. Whiteside Award in 2018, given to students who provided outstanding services in the fields of access to justice and the legal community. Anu also previously represented Ontario youth as a Young Leader Delegate for the Ontario Economic Summit. Prior to attending law school, Anu was the provincial champion for the McMaster chapter of DECA U. She looks forward to representing the opinions and needs of Canadian youth at this year’s meetings.
Pierre-Alexandre Renaud is a Project Manager for the international organisations’ section of Montréal International, the Greater Montreal economic development agency. For the past several years, he worked in economic analysis and international business development for governmental and international organizations. After graduating, Pierre-Alexandre started as a commercial specialist intern with the US General Consulate in Montreal with the objective of fostering bilateral investments. This experience brought him to Geneva, Switzerland, where he worked with different United Nations bodies to develop their private partnerships structure. He participated in the newly created Private Sector Section of the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ (OCHA), where he helped establish an operational framework to manage partnerships with private entities. Pierre-Alexandre also worked with the Private Fundraising and Partnerships section of UNICEF as a resource mobilization officer. Back in Montreal, he joined Montéal International, and he is a Board member of Connexion Internationale de Montréal (CiMTL), the young professional in international affairs of Montreal network.
Pierre-Alexandre completed a BA in Economics and International Development at McGill University, where he was part of the varsity swim team. He holds a MSc. in International Finance from the Geneva Business School in Switzerland. His thesis focused on Argentina’s sovereign debt crisis and its connexion to hedge funds. He is currently a CFA level 2 candidate.
Simon Lavoie Perusse
Simon is an economist and policy analyst at Finance Canada and was recruited as part of the department’s Development Program, through which he is having the opportunity to progress through successive levels within his professional group (EC group). A graduate of Université Laval’s Masters program in international studies, Simon has experience working at Global Affairs Canada and at the U.S. Consulate General in Montreal. He previously obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Spanish (double major) at Emory University in the United States, where he was also a member and captain of the school’s NCAA division III-level tennis team. In 2012, his team won the Division III National Championships, ending the season with its first perfect season in the history of the tennis program. Simon also carried his tennis experience to Université Laval, where he took part in the foundation of a new varsity tennis program in Quebec City. In 2015, he helped lead the team to its first Canadian university championships.
Simon’s international experience includes a trade mission organized by the Quebec government and LOJIQ in Mexico, where he accompanied and provided support to the CEO of a Quebec company with the objective of expanding the company’s international market presence. Furthermore, Simon had the opportunity to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina for one semester. He speaks English, French and Spanish and he is looking forward to bringing his unique experience to the delegation and to promoting youth leadership and opportunities in the field of diplomacy and international relations.