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 September 14, 2017 – ANNOUNCEMENT

The Board of Directors of Rise Asset Development would like to announce that Jodi Butts has announced her intention to step down from her role as CEO of Rise Asset Development, effective November 1st , 2017.

Jodi has been part of the Rise team since 2014 and has provided valuable leadership during an important part of our history, as our organization has expanded geographically and broadened services to entrepreneurs with a history of addictions or mental health challenges in Ontario. We are grateful to Jodi for her efforts and although she is leaving her role as CEO, we know she will remain a passionate advocate for our mission.

While a search for a new CEO is underway, we are pleased to announce that Rise Chief Operating Officer Beth Dea has agreed to assist with this transition by assuming the role of CEO on an interim basis.  Beth recently joined Rise from Futurpreneur Canada and has quickly become a key member of the Rise management team.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of Rise Asset Development, we would like to thank our partners, stakeholders and volunteers for their support and assistance as we move to a new and exciting chapter in Rise’s mission to empower business owners with a history of mental health and addictions challenges, with access to financing and business support in more regions across Canada.

Please join us in expressing our sincere gratitude to Jodi Butts for her efforts, and in congratulating Beth Dea on her expanded role.


Robert J. McGuire

Chair, Board of Directors

Rise Asset Development


Sandra Rotman

Vice Chair, Board of Directors

Rise Asset Development


The Toronto Star

Goar: Micro-loans Unlock Trap of Mental Illness

Goar: Microfinance Program Combats Stigma of Mental Illness


The Globe and Mail

Klein: To drive social change, we must unshackle philanthropic capital

Grant: Microloans for Mental Health Patients Rolling out across Ontario

Mcilroy: Starting a Company with Mental Illness


Huffington Post

Dhami: Microfinance & Mental Health : A Rotman/CAMH Financial Initiative Supporting Entrepreneurs In Canada



Senger: Loans for entrepreneurs – with mental health issues


The Economist:

J.L.H.D: Micro-lending to the more unlikely


The Ottawa Business Journal

Kane Van Ee: Non-profit lender helps disadvantaged ‘rise’ to entrepreneurship challenges


The Toronto Business Journal


The Ottawa Citizen

Aaron L. Pope: Micro-loan program helps to launch gluten-free bakery


London Community

Sean Meyer: Rise London to bring forward the virtue of risk to entrepreneurs


Western News

Communications Staff: Rise London: A path to self-employment

Paul Mayne: Western, London ‘Rise’ up for economic opportunity


Metro News

Mark Spowart: London’s entrepreneurs can Rise to the challenge



Amber Kanwar: Watch Rise on BNN with Howard Green on Bell Let’s Talk Day 2013

Narinder Dhami, Executive Director of Rise Asset Development, appeared on segments in February 2012 and February 2013 to discuss entrepreneurship & mental health


Rogers Cable Toronto: Daytime (Community Morning Show)

Narinder Dhami appeared on a segment discussing Rise Asset Development and microfinance in 2012



CBC News (Ottawa – March 21st 2013); Sandra Rotman and Rise Ottawa Client, Naomi Muise


Articles have also appeared through community media channels:, SeeChange, Yonge Street Media, and SNAP

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