MOVING TO THE MAINSTREAM
The Social Finance Forum is the leading event in Canada dedicated to impact investing and social enterprise. Organized by the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, it is the largest gathering of social entrepreneurs, social finance professionals and impact investors in the country. It’s the place to make new connections, spot trends and get a glimpse of what’s coming next in this rapidly growing market.
Social finance is about making better profits, not just bigger ones. It’s a movement of entrepreneurs creating ventures to tackle tough social issues and investors looking for investments that will benefit society as well as themselves. After several years of rapid growth in Canada, social finance is fast moving to the mainstream.
Reflecting this rising profile, the 9th annual Forum will be our largest yet. 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...
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...
ULTIMATE VENTURE CHALLENGE
Entrepreneurs pitch their businesses – liveThe Ultimate Venture Challenge puts social entrepreneurs through their paces pitching their business live on the Forum main stage to a panel of potential investors. Watch as some of Canada's most innovative and inspiring social entrepreneurs try to convince the panel that their business has what it takes to succeed and create a social impact. Expect tough questions, quick answers and inspiring business...
WHAT'S NEW FOR 2016?
It's time to take charge. We're turning over 12 sessions to participants to use however they wish. Present your great idea, run a workshop or do something completely different.
Explore the latest innovations from Canadian social ventures. Thirty for-profit, non-profit and co-operatives will demonstrate the products and services that are shaping brighter futures.
Office Hours is the place for people interested in social finance to receive one-on-one advice from experts. Reservations open soon.
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