The opinions expressed in this podcast are the guest's own and do not reflect the view of the Business Development Bank of Canada or the government of Canadian. Maria has extensive experience in commercial banking with a passion for tech based businesses. Intuitive and naturally drawn to fast paced environments, Maria has always gravitated towards working with entrepreneurs. Her understanding of tech companies and strong lending background serve her and clients well in her role as a Senior Business Development Manager at BDC.. The BDC is Canada’s business development bank and the only financial institution devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. Their mission is to help create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, consulting services and securitization, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises. Through our subsidiary—BDC Capital, we also offer a full spectrum of specialized financing, including venture capital, equity as well as growth and business transition capital. BDC is Canada’s first B Corp bank. B Corps are certified Beneficial companies. Their purpose is to create value for society as well as money. They meet high standards of transparency and accountability, and create positive social and environmental benefit. Learn more at www.bcorporation.net.