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Thursday, October 3
 

10:15am MDT

Finance Solutions Lab A) Poverty Reduction: Multi-sector Approaches to Complex System Change

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.


Moderators
avatar for Adam Spence

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Jane Bisbee

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 →
avatar for Al Etmanski

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 →
avatar for Elizabeth Lougheed Green

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 →
avatar for Cindy James

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.
avatar for Gerrad Oishi

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 →
avatar for Scott Rehmus

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 →
avatar for Liz Weaver

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

11:00am MDT

Scaling Social Impact: Reducing the Friction between Financial and Social Impact Goals

How social entrepreneurs approach the dual goals of social impact and financial return is critical to how a business’ achieves scale.  Endevour’s CEO, Linda Rottenberg recent research in the Harvard Business Review showed that, “those who prioritize financial goals over social ones were more likely to grow their social enterprises and achieve greater impact.” In this session, panelists will discuss ways to build business models that reduce friction between commercial and social goals thereby smoothing the path to growth.

If you haven’t already done so, click here to register for SEWF 2013. Early Bird ends July 25, 2013.


Moderators
avatar for Tania Carnegie

Tania Carnegie

Leader, KPMG Impact Ventures and National Executive Director, Community Leadership, KPMG
Tania established and leads KPMG’s Community Leader strategy. One of the four pillars of KPMG’s business strategy, it focuses the firm’s resources and knowledge to drive social change and sustainability. A Chartered Accountant, she holds a BSc from the University of Western... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dave Beaton

Dave Beaton

President & CEO, Formulating Change Inc.
David is the President and CEO of Formulating Change Inc. and Co-Founder of the ChangeIt® program. David's passion and vision is contagious and is often referred to as Formulating Change Inc's Chief Evangelist. David’s focus is on building and establishing key relationships with... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Nitze

Lisa Nitze

Principal, Lisa Nitze Consulting
A Professor in the Social Enterprise Program of the School for International Studies at American University, Lisa is Principal at the impact strategy consulting firm Lisa Nitze Consulting.  She has spent the past 25 years advising leading nonprofits, corporations, foundations and... Read More →
avatar for Sandra Odendahl

Sandra Odendahl

Director, Corporate Sustainability & Head, Social Finance Initiative, RBC
As the Director of Corporate Sustainability at RBC, Sandra leads a team responsible for global strategy and leadership in the areas of environmental and social credit risk management, environmental products and services, bank-wide environmental programs, and external relations related... Read More →


Thursday October 3, 2013 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Telus 104-106 TELUS Convention Centre

2:00pm MDT

Linking Demand and Supply: The Role of Intermediaries in Impact Investing

Early Bird ends July 25, 2013.The tipping point toward a mature impact investing industry requires sophisticated intermediary services allowing this growing space to perform and reach its potential.

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


Moderators
avatar for Karim Harji

Karim Harji

Co-Founder & Partner, Purpose Capital
Karim Harji is a co-founder and partner at Purpose Capital, an impact investment and advisory firm that works with investors who wish to integrate social and environmental impact considerations into their strategies and investments. He is the co-author of Accelerating Impact: ... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Andy Broderick

Andy Broderick

VP, Community Investment, Vancity
  Andrew Broderick joined Vancity as Vice President, Community Investment in 2010. Prior to that, he served as Executive Managing Director of GreenSpace Developments, a New York based investment fund created to finance nonprofit-owned and LEED-certified office and program facilities... Read More →
avatar for David Brookes

David Brookes

Managing Director, Social Traders
David Brookes was appointed as Managing Director of Social Traders Ltd in January 2009. He is the Executive Director on the Board and has responsibility for organisational management and strategy, corporate governance and stakeholder engagement.  Social Traders has developed a number... Read More →
avatar for Richard Kennedy

Richard Kennedy

Managing Director, FINCA UK
Richard is the Managing Director at FINCA UK.  FINCA provides financial services to the world's lowest-income entrepreneurs so they can create jobs, build assets and improve their standard of living.  FINCA offers small loans and other products to those turned down by traditional... Read More →


Thursday October 3, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm MDT
Telus 104-106 TELUS Convention Centre
 
Friday, October 4
 

10:15am MDT

Finance Solutions Lab B) Environmental, Sustainable Food, Youth Education: Multi-sector Approaches to Complex System Change

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 Solution Lab will tackle Environmental, Sustainable Food and Youth Education issues.

Feature Organizations: 

  • Alberta Ecotrust, Alberta – represented by Natalie Odd

Alberta Ecotrust plans to build an "eco hub" to address the lack of connectivity and collaboration among Alberta-based ENGOs. The eco hub would provide work, event and storage space for ENGOs that would provide financial stability and, importantly, the opportunity to meet with and discuss environment issues and strategies with ENGO colleagues from other organizations.

  • Localize Services Ltd., Alberta – represented by Meghan Dear

Localize is addressing the systemic needs that grocers and local food businesses have to have in order to allow local products succeed in mainstream grocery stores. Localize's core service is a shelf-labeling program which identifies local and regional food products to customers.

  • Galiano Conservancy Association, British Columbia - represented by Lia Chalifour

Galiano Conversancy Association is striving to increase opportunities for youth to lead by example through the creation of a hands on learning centre. The Galiano Restorative Learning Centre will connect urban youth with nature, and provide them an opportunity to grow and discover their place in the world.

Note: This session runs from 10:15am - 3:00pm  but breaks for lunch 12:30pm - 2:00pm. 
   
If you haven’t already done so, click here to register for SEWF 2013.


Moderators
avatar for Adam Spence

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Jane Bisbee

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 →
avatar for Al Etmanski

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 →
avatar for Elizabeth Lougheed Green

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 →
avatar for Cindy James

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.
avatar for Julia Langer

Julia Langer

CEO, Toronto Atmospheric Fund
Julia Langer is CEO of Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF), with responsibility for advancing the organizations climate solutions mandate and maintaining the endowment which supports TAF's work. Previously she was a director at World Wildlife Fund where she ran campaigns focused on reducing... Read More →
avatar for Scott Rehmus

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 →
avatar for Liz Weaver

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 →


Friday October 4, 2013 10:15am - 3:00pm MDT
Eat, Think and Be Visionary Hall TELUS Convention Centre

11:00am MDT

Inclusive Economies are Ending the Poverty Cycle

How creating local wealth effects system change.

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


Moderators
avatar for Ted Anderson

Ted Anderson

Ted Anderson, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing
Ted has an extensive background in venture capital investing in both Canada as well as in emerging markets. With thirty years of experience in venture investing, most recently as the Managing General Partner of Ventures West Capital, Canada’s largest institutionally backed venture... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Leonardo Letelier

Leonardo Letelier

CEO e fundador, SITAWI Finanças do Bem
Leonardo é fundador e CEO da SITAWI Finanças do Bem e tem mais de 20 anos de experiência em negócios, finanças e setor social. Foi diretor da iniciativa Cidadania Econômica para Todos na Ashoka e trabalhou na McKinsey por 8 anos. Foi eleito Senior Fellow Synergos, Responsible... Read More →
avatar for Lillian Patricia Masebenza

Lillian Patricia Masebenza

Founding Director, Mhani Gingi Social Entrepreneurial Networks
Lillian was born in Mpumalanga, Bushbuckridge, 63 years ago. She is married with three children and adorable three grandchildren.  Qualifications: Lillian holds a UNISA B.A. Honours Degree, 1981 in Communications and Marketing.  She also obtained a number of Diplomas and Certificates... Read More →
avatar for Marguerite Mendell

Marguerite Mendell

Economist and Professor, Concordia University
Marguerite Mendell is an economist and Professor, School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University. She is also Director, Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy, Concordia University. She has published widely on the social economy in Quebec, local development, social... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2013 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Telus 104-106 TELUS Convention Centre

2:00pm MDT

Thinking Big: Making More than Change for Early Stage Social Ventures

Learn about out of the box ways people are accessing the capital they need to grow their social ventures.

If you haven’t already done so, click here to register for SEWF 2013. Early Bird ends July 25, 2013.


Moderators
avatar for Bill Young

Bill Young

Founder and President, Social Capital Partners
Bill is the founder of Social Capital Partners, a non-profit organization he started in 2001. Prior to founding SCP, Bill spent twenty years in the private sector leading high growth, entrepreneurial organizations. He was CEO of Hamilton Computers, a publicly traded computer company... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bonny Moellenbrock

Bonny Moellenbrock

Executive Director, Investors' Circle & SJF Institute
Bonny is the Executive Director of both Investors’ Circle and SJF Institute and brings extensive entrepreneurial, venture capital, sustainable business, and nonprofit management experience to her role. She is also a member of the GIIRS Developed Markets Standards Advisory Council... Read More →
avatar for Tom Morris

Tom Morris

President & CEO, Wasaya Airways LP
Tom Morris has been with Wasaya Airways for over 10 years. He has held his current position of President & CEO for the last 3 years, including the recent restructuring of Wasaya Corporation (parent company) into Wasaya Group Inc. Tom’s other positions with Wasaya Airways include... Read More →
avatar for Adam Spence

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 →
avatar for Donovan Woollard

Donovan Woollard

Director, RADIUS Ventures
Donovan Woollard, Director, RADIUS Ventures Donovan’s work focuses on translating great sustainable business ideas into great sustainable businesses.    In June of 2013, Donovan became the managing director of RADIUS Ventures, an impact business accelerator at the Beedie School... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm MDT
Telus 101-102 TELUS Convention Centre
 
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