Raphael is the founder of Mako Financial Technologies, providing strategic product vision, business development, and team leadership. Prior to Mako, Raphael was President and co-founder of CoPower, an impact-investment/fintech company making clean energy accessible to Canadian investors. At CoPower, Raphael led the development of CoPower’s Green Bonds – asset-backed securitizations of clean energy infrastructure loans. He also received an EMD securities dealer license for the company and developed its investment-platform technology, allowing CoPower to sell investments directly to individuals. Under Raphael, CoPower raised over $25 million in client capital, plus venture capital from RBC, Fondaction CSN and Ferst Capital Partners, ultimately achieving a highly successful exit. Before founding CoPower, Raphael worked in cleantech venture capital, engineering and physics research, software development and IT. Raphael has won Entrepreneur of the Year awards from MaRS (Toronto), Clean50/Staples (Toronto) and CollinsBarrow/Promies (Montreal). He serves as a judge & mentor to the McGill Dobson Cup startup competition, and as a mentor to the Finance Montreal Fintech Station.Raphael holds a B.Eng. in electrical engineering from McGill University and an M.Sc. in physics from the University of Toronto, as well as the Exempt Market Products and Partners, Directors and Senior Officers securities certifications.