Put purpose in your portfolio
Every day, billions of dollars are invested with the sole intention of making more dollars, while life-changing social programs and vital environmental initiatives struggle for funding. Impact investing is the fast-growing movement that’s closing that gap by promoting profitable investments in programs and ventures that power progress.
Now in its 11th year, the Social Finance Forum, organized and convened by the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, attracts more than 500 investors, entrepreneurs, finance professionals, charity leaders and public service visionaries who are reshaping markets and ensuring that every dollar makes a difference.
days of programming
Sessions will be organized around four streams, each featuring high-profile thought leaders, disruptive entrepreneurs and groundbreaking ideas.
REACHING THE MASS MARKET
There’s broad public support for impact investing, but not everybody is jumping in. Learn how to bridge the divide between awareness and action.
PUTTING OUTCOMES FIRST
How do you know if your program or portfolio is making a difference? Discover strategies for creating impact and measuring it.
USING TECH FOR GOOD
Discover how exponential technologies like artificial intelligence and blockchain can accelerate the shift to fairer financial systems.
EXPANDING THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY
Canada’s impact investing market is growing fast – but it’s just getting started. These sessions reveal the innovations that are meeting the increased demand for impact investing options across the country, with a particular focus on indigenous communities.
Announcing our first speakers
CEO, Inspirit Foundation
Andrea Nemtin is a creative, committed and passionate senior leader in strategic philanthropy, social finance and social innovation. As CEO and founding president of Inspirit Foundation, she led her team to launch a series of critically needed programs to address inclusion in Canada, including the foundation’s first roadmap towards a 100 per cent impact-investing portfolio. […]
Cheryl L. Dorsey
President, Echoing Green
Cheryl is President of Echoing Green, a global organization seeding and unleashing next-generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. Previously, Cheryl was a social entrepreneur who launched The Family Van, a community-based mobile health unit in Boston. An accomplished leader and entrepreneur, she has served in two presidential administrations as a White House Fellow […]
Scientist, Finance and Innovation Executive
CEO, Vancity Community Investment Bank
Jay-Ann is CEO of Vancity Community Investment Bank. She is leading the development and implementation of a new core banking system, the first milestone on Vancity’s technology road map and a foundational element in the organization’s transformation to serve members better. She is passionate about developing people and fostering a work environment that encourages employees […]
CEO, Calvert Impact Capital
Having worked at Calvert Impact Capital for nearly a decade, Jenn has shaped the strategic direction of the organization to become a leader on investing with a gender lens and making impact investing more accessible to retail investors. Jenn started in the Peace Corps working in Africa where she was exposed to the frustratingly limited […]
Senior Advisor, Oxfam America
Mara has over 15 years of experience working in the fields of international development, emerging markets finance and business. Mara leads on Oxfam America’s work on shareholder advocacy directed at U.S. corporations, as well as influencing work on impact investing. Mara is the global lead on the Women in Small Enterprise initiative, which includes Oxfam […]
Managing Director, BlackRock Canada
Marcia is head of BlackRock in Canada. She is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of BlackRock’s Canadian businesses and is a member of its Global Operating Committee, Global Human Capital Committee and Americas Executive Committee. Beyond the firm, Marcia is actively involved with various industry and philanthropic organizations. She is on the board […]
Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing, UBS Asset Management
Since 2016, Michael Baldinger has served as Global Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing at UBS Asset Management (UBS). There, Michael leads a team of investment professionals focused on research and stewardship, client solutions and business strategy. And he is responsible for establishing world-class social and environmental impact investing across asset classes. With 30 years […]
Managing Director, FinDev Canada
Paul is Managing Director of Development Finance Institute Canada, which operates under the brand name FinDev Canada. Paul is a social entrepreneur who brings a passion for making an impact in the world. He has extensive experience in banking, private equity, venture capital and impact investing, and a reputation for building strong teams and achieving […]
Executive Director, Choices for Youth
For 15 years, Sheldon Pollett has been Executive Director of Choices for Youth, a charity that supports at-risk and homeless youth secure stable housing, education and employment in Newfoundland and Labrador. During his tenure, the organization has emerged as a leader in developing innovative solutions in the advancement of social change. Sheldon is also Co-chair […]
Executive Director, BALLE
Rodney is executive director of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), a localism movement that aims to build more equitable and sustainable communities. Rodney’s career has focused on social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, impact investing and economic development. Most recently, he founded Invested Impact, a consulting firm and intermediary, to help individuals and institutions better […]
Founder, Rumie Initiative
Tariq is a Canadian entrepreneur. He is Chief Investment Officer for Sustainable Investing at BlackRock. He is best known for founding The Rumie Initiative, a non-profit organization that aims to educate children in underserved communities using affordable technology. Founded in 2013, Rumie now has projects in more than 20 countries. Tariq has led a successful […]
Dean, Rotman School of Management
Tiff Macklem has been Dean of the Rotman School of Management since 2014. Through his leadership, Tiff ensures high standards of excellence across all functions. He also engages with alumni and has been a frequent speaker on global finance, risk management and public policy. Tiff and his team chart an ambitious strategy anchored on intrepid […]
Managing Partner, ArcTern Ventures
Tom has been active in the cleantech sector both as a venture capitalist and from a policy perspective, so he understands the challenges entrepreneurs face. His focus at MaRS is on new ventures based on low-carbon technologies and the supporting infrastructure, such as renewable energy and energy efficiency. Tom started his career as a software renegade […]
CEO, Purpose Capital
Upkar Arora is CEO of Purpose Capital, an impact investment advisory firm that mobilizes capital to accelerate social progress. Through the company, Upkar leverages his business expertise to solve complex social and environmental issues and grow impact investments. For thirty years, Upkar has worked in a number of senior roles with some of Canada’s most […]
Executive Director, ConsenSys
Vanessa is Executive Director at ConsenSys and a member of the Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition. She is has over 15 years of expertise in financial services. Prior to joining ConsenSys, she was CEO of IIH an innovative wealth management firm, a key member of PwC’s global wealth management team, and served as a corporate […]
Who you'll meet at Social Finance Forum
Major banks, investment funds & angel investors
Global thought leaders
Government representatives & educators
What people are saying
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 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 Corporate Knights
The Social Finance Forum brought together the best and brightest from Canada and beyond. The format was just right to hear relevant content while also making many useful connections.Benjamin Overton Thomson Reuters Foundation
The Social Finance Forum is a great event with lots of great people and conversations!Serge LeVert-Chiasson, Senior Partner, Managing Director of Operations & CCO Sarona Asset Management
The Social Finance Forum was expertly executed. I was extremely impressed with the quality of content, the venue, the hospitality and attention to detail. To all involved, well done!Machelle Denison Strong Start® Charitable Organization
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