MKB Announces Partner Appointments as Firm Continues Growth Momentum

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – October 19, 2021 – MacKinnon, Bennett & Co. (“MKB”), a Montreal-based private investment firm focused on investing in the energy transition, is pleased to announce the appointments of Antonio Occhionero to Managing Partner and Chanel Damphousse to Partner  of MKB’s Institutional Fund Management business.

Commenting on these appointments, MKB’s Co-Founder and Managing Partner Ken MacKinnon said:

“Antonio and Chanel have been instrumental in MKB’s growth and success to date. They are experienced and knowledgeable cleantech investors. These appointments reflect the increasing responsibilities they have assumed over the last several years and their outstanding contribution to the management of our fund activities.  I sincerely congratulate them both on this significant milestone in their careers.”

Antonio Occhionero joined MKB in 2011 and has played an important role in the growth of MKB as Vice President and CFO.  He leads the firm’s investment efforts in the transportation and mobility sectors.  Antonio has over 20 years of direct investing and international M&A and corporate finance experience, including a successful investment banking career with Credit Suisse. As a Managing Partner, he will play an increasing role in the management of the firm’s fund activities as well as in strategic planning and growth of MKB overall.

Chanel Damphousse joined MKB in 2013 and leads MKB’s investment efforts in the energy sector. Chanel has over 12 years of investment experience, including nine in cleantech. She has been instrumental in the launch of MKB’s institutional fund business and the growth of its portfolio. Prior to joining MKB, Chanel worked in the Canadian government’s real estate division. As Partner, she will continue to manage and expand MKB’s fund activities. Chanel has also been appointed a Vice President of MKB.

These appointments serve to support MKB’s sustained growth and the recent close of its MKB Partners Fund II LP. The oversubscribed $175 million fund invests in late venture and early growth-stage companies focused on the electrification, decarbonization and digitization of transportation and energy. Recent investments include AddEnergie, Ample, Palmetto and Bird Canada, expanding MKB’s portfolio to ten companies.

About MKB

MKB is a Montreal-based private investment firm that specializes in providing growth equity to companies driving innovation in the energy and transportation sectors. MKB takes significant minority positions in its portfolio companies and proactively assists management teams in reaching their full potential. To learn more about MKB, visit


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