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Social Finance Forum 2017

November 9 & 10
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Featured Speaker

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 endeavors 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 the creation of the Sorenson Impact Center whose mission is to accelerate sustainable social change through the use of capital, innovation, data, and cross-sector collaboration.

In his commercial endeavors, Sorenson has been instrumental in developing several new industry categories, including digital compression software that helped usher in the online video revolution at Sorenson Media, and video relay services that transformed opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing individuals through Sorenson Communications.


More than 400 impact investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders all in one place


Dozens of Canadian social ventures showcase their latest innovations, services and investment opportunities


Internationally renowned speakers share their visions for fairer finance and a brighter future


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.

About the forum

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