DO YOU WANT BETTER PROFITS?
The Social Finance Forum is about making better profits, not just bigger ones. Social finance uses private capital and the power of business to push social progress and protect the environment. The Forum is the place to gain insights into this fast-growing market, spot trends and make new connections.
Organized by the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, it is the largest gathering of social entrepreneurs, social finance professionals and impact investors in Canada. Hear from more than 40 experts on where the social finance market is headed – and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Explore the latest innovations, ideas and investment opportunities from Canada’s social ventures at pitch sessions and showcases. And connect with more than 400 like-minded professionals who believe in the power of business to shape a better future.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE 2016 FORUM
Bretton Woods II, New AmericaDr. Tomicah Tillemann is a leader in the fields of social impact, civic innovation and diplomacy. He currently serves as Senior Fellow and Director of New America’s Bretton Woods II, which works with large, long-term asset holders to reduce their exposure to risk and volatility through strategic investments in social impact and development. Between 2010 and 2014, Tomicah served under Hillary Clinton and John...
Bain CapitalPANEL SPEAKER: IMPACT INVESTING - VISION FOR THE NEXT DECADE. OCT. 27, 11:30 A.M. AUDITORIUM. Greg Shell joined Bain Capital Double Impact as a Managing Director in 2016. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Greg served as a Lead Portfolio Manager of a concentrated global equity product at GMO. Previously, Mr. Shell was a Senior Equity Analyst at Columbia Management Group and a Consultant...
Head of Personal Wealth Management, BMOFIRESIDE CHAT. OCT. 27, 4:15 P.M., AUDITORIUM. Joanna Rotenberg is Head of Personal Wealth Management at BMO Financial Group. She was appointed to this role in June 2015. Joanna leads BMO’s personal wealth businesses – BMO Nesbitt Burns, BMO InvestorLine and Private Banking in Canada, the U.S. and Asia. She is responsible for delivering a strategy that advances BMO through a focus on...
BluecatJUDGE: ULTIMATE VENTURE CHALLENGE, OCT. 28, NOON, AUDITORIUM. Michael Hyatt is a serial entrepreneur, active investor and the Executive Chairman of Bluecat, one of Canada's most successful private software companies. Michael is a weekly business commentator on CBC’s The Exchange, CBC’s Business Panel and a Dragon on CBC’s Dragons’ Den – Next Gen Den. Michael is a Founding Partner at the Rotman School...
Entrepreneurs pitch their businesses – liveThe Venture Showcase puts social entrepreneurs through their paces, pitching their businesses live on stage. Watch as some of Canada's most innovative and inspiring social entrepreneurs try to convince a panel judges that the their business deserves to walk off with the $5,000 top prize, donated by RBC. A closed-door session in front of an invite-only audience of investors on Day 1 will determine...
MARC VAN DEN BERG
DBL PartnersPANEL SPEAKER: IMPACT INVESTING - VISION FOR THE NEXT DECADE. OCT. 27, 11:30 A.M. AUDITORIUM. Marc is a Partner at DBL Partners. Prior to DBL, he was a General Partner at Technology Partners, which he joined in 2012. Marc’s venture investing career began early last decade when he spent six years as a Managing Director at VantagePoint Capital focused on energy and advanced...
Industry leaders go head-to-headNew to this year's Social Finance Forum is the Great Debate. To close out the Forum, we've invited two leading industry figures to engage in a spirited but friendly debate about key issues in social finance. We're encouraging audience participation for this thought-provoking conference closer, so come prepared with your best arguments and snappiest responses. Check back soon for the names of the...
WHAT'S NEW FOR 2016?
Explore the latest innovations from Canadian social ventures. Ten for-profit, non-profit and co-operatives will demonstrate the products and services that are shaping brighter futures. Supported by Trico Foundation.Tell me more
Got a burning issue to raise? Need to crowdsource ideas for a crucial project? This is the place for you. The Unconference turns the conference format on its head – putting participants in charge of several sessions. For your chance to lead an Unconference session, tell us your idea during the online registration process.Register
Social Finance Awards
The Social Finance Awards celebrate the people and organizations helping to build a thriving social finance market in Canada. Applications close Oct. 7.Apply now
What people are saying about the Forum
Social Finance Forum was a perfect opportunity to meet and chat with folks in the industry. I always love the energy of the event.Jory Cohen, Director of Social Finance & Investment Inspirit Foundation
It was really productive for me in terms of connecting and re-connecting with people in the space. The curated schedule worked well, and I enjoyed the Dragon's Den pitch session a lot. The ventures were impressive!Joanne Kviring Virgin Unite
So great to see Social Finance Forum was so well attended – and there were lots of new faces.Bill Young, Founder Social Capital Partners