Graeme Millen

As the Canadian lead for the bank’s climate technology and sustainability efforts, Graeme is responsible for the development of new business relationships as well as the strategy and oversight of the current portfolio.   

Graeme‘s extensive experience across all climate technology sectors globally allows his team to customize bespoke financing solutions for companies designing innovative solutions in energy, new transportation, agriculture, food, and industrial sectors.  

Graeme thrives on connecting and assisting these dynamic, high-growth companies — “the most interesting, game-changing organizations on the planet” — using nimble, inventive capital to create a launch pad for their success.

A Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Accountant, Graeme has more than a decade of experience in renewable energy and project finance. His background includes time as an analyst, investor, developer and operator of clean energy projects across North America. In Nairobi, Kenya, he created fundraising strategies for a social venture that develops user- and environmentally friendly cook stoves.

Graeme earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies with high honors from Ottawa’s Carleton University in 2008 and an MBA from the University of British Columbia, where he was valedictorian for its Sauder School of Business graduating class of 2013.

In 2015, Graeme co-founded the Paper Bag Accelerator, an event-based organization that brought established and inspiring entrepreneurs together to seed — not sell — ideas for communal growth.

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Silicon Valley Bank Canada
Managing Director, Climate Tech & Sustainability