Hosted by the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, the 2014 Social Finance Forum: Building markets that matter will welcomed over 300 attendees and 65 speakers from across Canada and the world to Toronto for workshops, pitch fairs, the Social Finance Awards, and more.
Social Finance is changing the way we work together in Canada to address critical problems facing people and the planet.
More than any other time Canadians are joining forces, using the best of business and community approaches to invest and grow impactful ventures and initiatives that provide a financial return to investors. This conference will helped participants to:
- Identify impact investing opportunities
- Develop your social finance strategy from social innovators and thought-leaders
- Explore innovative cross-sector funding opportunities
- Network and engaging with forward-looking investors
- Scale your impact & diversify your portfolio
- Be a part of the global momentum
Cities for People is participating as a content partner and Nabeel Ahmed will host a popular panel and interactive session on behalf of the Cities for People in collaboration with the Social Finance Forum staff and Barry Martin from Hypenotic. The New Economies, Cities and Social Finance panel discussion, facilitated by Nabeel, will serve as an introduction to the new approaches being taken to developing cities that serve people and planet. Innovations include unlocking untapped civic assets and supporting new ownership, investment and business models. Participants in this session will gain an understanding of the opportunities and challenges at the intersection of social finance and cities. Our two panelists are Adriana Beemans, Director of the Inclusive Local Economies Program at Metcalf Foundation, and Elissa Beckett, Vice President of Philanthropy at Tides Canada. An interactive workshop on Social Finance to Advance Cities for People will engage participants in generating solutions to address an important challenge facing our cities. Participants will be exposed to innovations that are transforming cities and will have the opportunity to apply their learning to a practical case.
For more information visit the Social Finance Forum website.