SOCIAL FINANCE FORUM 2017
Where profit meets purpose
November 9 & 10 | MaRS Centre, Toronto
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.
Social Finance Forum Speakers
JAMES LEE SORENSON
Chairman, Board of Directors, Sorenson Impact Foundation
A world-renowned entrepreneur, business leader, societal innovator, philanthropist and impact investor, James Lee Sorenson serves as president of the Sorenson Impact Foundation, which funds sustainable, scalable endeavours that maximize positive impact on the lives and societies they touch. In 2012, Sorenson contributed $13 million to the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business for […]
Managing Director, NatureVest, The Nature Conservancy
Marc oversees NatureVest®, The Nature Conservancy’s impact investing division, whose mission is to create and transact investable deals that deliver conservation results and financial returns for investors. To achieve this mission, NatureVest sources and structures investment products that support The Nature Conservancy’s global conservation strategies, raises capital for these investments, and shares its knowledge and […]
LAUREN BOOKER ALLEN
Senior Manager, Impact Investing, Omidyar Network
Lauren leads impact investing industry development efforts at Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm that has committed more than $1 billion to for-profit companies and non-profit organizations. She manages investments, strategic partnerships and thought leadership initiatives that drive the firm’s field-building and engagement objectives, frequently advising HNWIs, family offices and foundations on impact investing. Prior […]
VP, Social Innovation, Case Foundation
Rehana joined the Case Foundation in 2016 as part of the social innovation team. Rehana serves as vice president of social innovation, focusing specifically on the foundation’s efforts around impact investing. A self-identifying New Yorker, Rehana worked at the Bank of New York Mellon to help design the firm’s social finance program. She worked closely […]
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