SOCIAL FINANCE FORUM: WHERE PROFIT MEETS PURPOSE
The way people and organizations invest is changing fast. New financial technologies are simplifying investing and giving individuals greater control over their money. At the same time, a new kind of activist investor is emerging: These investors demand investments that drive social progress or accelerate the shift to a clean economy – while still creating a profit.
Canada is at the forefront of this financial revolution. Canadians have $4 billion in responsible investments and the market is growing fast. Now, the country that created peacekeeping is once again reaching out to the world with new kinds of investment in sustainable development and clean infrastructure.
What do these financial shifts mean for investors? How can social entrepreneurs and clean technology companies capitalize on them? And will they create a fairer and greener economy?
The Social Finance Forum is the place to find out. Now in its 10th year, the Forum is Canada’s leading gathering of impact investors, social entrepreneurs and social finance professionals.
What you’ll learn
- How new financial technologies are changing who investors are, how they invest – and what they invest in.
- How impact investors can fill the funding gap for female entrepreneurs
- Why social finance will change to nature of overseas development aid
- Exit strategies for impact investors
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 […]
Chief Innovation Officer, Acumen
As chief innovation officer at Acumen, Sasha oversees the organization’s work in leadership and the spread of ideas. This encompasses Acumen’s lean data work, the Acumen Fellows programs, +Acumen and other efforts to help change the way the world tackles poverty. In his previous role as Acumen’s director of business development, Sasha led global capital raising, […]
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
The Social Finance Forum provided me the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded individuals with whom I could explore my passion and ideas. I met truly remarkable individuals and landed my current job with Corporate Knights after sharing research I did during my master's degree with their CEO.Maury Rubin, Business Analyst Corporate Knights