Paul Lamontagne


Global connector and critical thinker that brings passion for making an impact in the world. With deep experience in banking, private equity, venture capital and impact investing, uncovers the hidden gems–often in difficult parts of Africa. Rises to positions of leadership by building strong teams, creating consensus, achieving results and driving good decision making through analysis and risk assessment. Lifelong learner with an open and transparent style.

Currently, Lamontagne is Executive Investment Partner at Capafrica, a Canadian private equity fund that invests in renewable energy, infrastructure, agriculture and telecommunications in Africa where he leads the origination, structuring and negotiations of complex investments. Additionally, Lamontagne serves as Chair of Enablis Financial Corporation, where he pioneered a new model for impact investing in early stage SME’s in South Africa and raised $50 million of funding. He also built the largest organization of Entrepreneurs in Africa that led to hundreds of investments and the creation of thousands of jobs.

Previously, as Head, Africa & Middle East, for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Lamontagne originated hundreds of millions of dollars in trade, capital markets and correspondent banking flows annually. Earlier, Lamontagne’s career spanned CEO and COO roles for various private and public companies, including Look TV and Teleglobe Media. He began his career in banking in research, capital markets and institutional sales with affiliates of Barclays, UBS and the National Bank of Canada.

Lamontagne is Chair of the Board of Enablis Financial Corporation, serves as a Director and Board Committee Chair of the Young Presidents’ Organization and is a member of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa. Lamontagne has broad experience as a former board member, trustee, advisory panel and investment committee member of over twenty governmental, non-profit and for profit organizations. He has also appeared as a commentator on CNBC Africa and BusinessDay TV. Lamontagne received a BA from McGill University, holds an MBA from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, and is bilingual in French and English. He has lived in South Africa since 2005.