Kristine, Thompson is a Founding Director of Yay! Entertainment Limited, the franchise holder and operator of the Chuck E. Cheese’s family entertainment restaurant brand in Trinidad. Prior to this, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Canboulay Energy Capital, a private equity energy fund based in the Caribbean, which was backed by the U.S.-based Denham Capital Management. Thompson spent a number of years in project development on behalf of the fund, most significantly on a large calcium chloride/caustic soda plant in Trinidad.
Before joining Canboulay/Carisal, Thompson spent eight years as an Executive at Guardian Holdings Limited, a pan-Caribbean financial services player, where, as Vice President of Business Development, she led the Mergers and Acquisitions function over a period where Guardian quadrupled in size. Before returning to Trinidad and Tobago in 2000, she spent seven years in management consulting at the Boston Consulting Group in Toronto, New York, Buenos Aires and Melbourne, Australia where she advised Fortune 500 companies in the areas of strategy, organizational development, acquisitions, and process reengineering. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Queen’s University and a Master in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.
Thompson is also a non-executive director of Republic Bank Limited, Caribbean Communications Network (CCN), the IRP Group and the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business.
Thompson became involved with Planting Seeds in 2015 where she made her first exciting investment of TT$100,000 for a 25 percent equity stake in Zaveza, a brand of locally made jewelry run by Arielle Holdip.
When asked about her outlook on the future of entrepreneurship in Trinidad and Tobago, Thomson answered positively, “I believe that we in Trinidad & Tobago have a rich pool of talented, creative, and driven people, who are capable of becoming the engine of diversification. For this group to get to its full productive capacity, we need to build the institutional infrastructure required to facilitate the type of investment that would allow better and more fair access to financing, land, and other state assets”.