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Thursday, October 3 • 10:15am - 3:00pm
Finance Solutions Lab A) Poverty Reduction: Multi-sector Approaches to Complex System Change

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The Finance Solutions Labs are bringing together an array of leaders in social innovation and fellow SEWF attendees to provide support to six organizations as they bring their system-changing initiative to fruition.

Not only do fellow SEWF attendees get a chance to help in the solutions, they will be able to learn from the process and apply those insights to their own work.

This Finance Solutions Lab focuses on poverty alleviation. Feature Organizations:  

  • Bridges Social Development, Alberta - represented by Lindsay Mitchell

Bridges Social Development is aiming to impact the complex system affecting the problem of underutilized potential of youth in First Nation communities in Canada through targeting many interconnected issues. Bridges is hoping to establish a community fund that can support efforts to build the capacity for youth entrepreneurship and youth leadership in Aboriginal communities.

  • Saint John Community Loan Fund, New Brunswick - represented by Seth Asimakos

The Saint John Community Loan Fund is developing the concept of a Learning and Enterprise Exchange which will be enterprise and innovation hub, where enterprising non-profits co-locate to develop social enterprise solutions that change the face of poverty.

  • Vecova Centre for Disability Services, Alberta – represented by Curtis Slater

By creating a Knowledge Mobilization Hub, Vecova aims to build the capacity of persons with disabilities and enriching communities through leadership, innovation and collaboration. Vecova aims to disrupt the system of traditional research and data collection and shift the dialogue for better policy outcomes and practical resources in order to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities.

Note: While this session runs from 10:15am - 3:00pm it breaks for lunch (12:30pm - 2:00pm).    

If you haven’t already done so, click here to register for SEWF 2013.

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Adam Spence

Director & UDP, Social Venture Connexion (SVX)
Adam Spence is the Founder and Director of Social Venture Connexion (SVX) at the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. Adam helped found the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing and the School for Social Entrepreneurs – Ontario, he was Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Food... Read More →

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Jane Bisbee

Executive Director, Social Enterprise Fund
Jane Bisbee is the Executive Director of the Social Enterprise Fund, one of Canada’s more active impact investment funds. Over the last decade, she has worked to build SEF’s portfolio to over 80 projects across many sectors, with more than $75M invested.A special focus of Jane’s... Read More →
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Al Etmanski

Co-founder, Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network
Al is an curator, author, blogger (www.aletmanski.com), advocate and social entrepreneur specializing in innovative, multi-sector solutions to complex societal challenges. He is currently a partner in the national collaboration, Social Innovation Generation (SIG). (http://sigene... Read More →
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Elizabeth Lougheed Green

Cofounder, CEO and Editor-in-chief, Chalkbeat
Liz has many years of experience as a community developer, social policy advocate and social enterprise practitioner. She now Manages Vancity’s Impact Business Development program, working directly with groups across the impact business spectrum to develop their businesses by delivering... Read More →
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Cindy James

Manager, Marketing & Business Development, CEED, Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development
There is no doubt I am an entrepreneur. In my thinking, my personal pursuits, my relationships and my thirst for change. I thrive in chaos and I have a passion for making things happen. My interactions involve a lot of listening to better understand how can I make a difference.
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Gerrad Oishi

Vice President Social Enterprise, Calgary Homeless Foundation
Alberta was the first province in Canada to create a 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.  This Plan recognizes both the social and financial benefits of tackling a key community issue.  The Calgary Homeless Foundation recognizes that achieving this goal cannot be done by government... Read More →
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Scott Rehmus

Founder and President, One Pull Solutions
Scott is a strategic philanthropist who has made a career in developing practical solutions to complex problems. A passion for the oceans led him in to international conservation and then to dedicate himself to supporting coastal communities working to develop economies that maintain... Read More →
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Liz Weaver

Co-CEO, Tamarack Learning Centre, Tamarack Institute
Liz is passionate about the power and potential of communities getting to impact on complex issues. Liz is Vice President of the Tamarack Institute. In this role she provides strategic direction to the organization and leads many of its key learning activities including collective... Read More →

Thursday October 3, 2013 10:15am - 3:00pm MDT
Eat, Think and Be Visionary Hall TELUS Convention Centre

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