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Blended Financing for Impact: The Opportunity for Social Finance in Supportive Housing Webinar

MaRS Discovery District, Social Innovation Generation & Ashoka Canada present

Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EST)

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Join us February 28, 2013 at 12:00 noon EST as we welcome guest speaker Karim Harji, co-founder and partner at Venture Deli/Purpose Capital!

 

Soyez des nôtres le 28 février 2013, à 12 h (HNE), alors que nous accueillerons comme conférencier invité Karim Harji, cofondateur et associé de Venture Deli/Purpose Capital!

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In partnership with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Venture Deli released a new report on social measurement use among Canadian Impact Investors. This webinar will feature important findings from that report.

Around the world, investors are increasingly trying to invest with impact. Impact investments are “intended to create positive impact beyond financial returns.” And to do so, they often use social impact measurement to inform their investment decisions. Social metrics are often used to analyze and monitor the social or environmental outcomes or impact of an initiative, and can be just as important and relevant as financial indicators.

The study,“Social Measurement Use Among Canadian Impact Investors,” aims to identify needs and priorities for Canadian impact investors as they relate to social impact measurement. The key objectives of the study were to determine the extent to which Canadian impact investors are knowledgeable about social impact metrics and rely on them to make investment decisions; the variety of specific tools that Canadian impact investors use; and an understanding of what Canadian impact investors require in terms of social metrics before choosing to invest.

The report is also intended to serve as a basis for further work in this area by suggesting next steps for project stakeholders, and is designed to be useful to both impact investors and government officials.

 

Date/Date: Thursday, February 28, 12:00 noon EST

Format: 30-minute presentation followed by 30 minute Q&A session

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To enter, please visit: http://mdd.adobeconnect.com/socialfinanceconnects/ 

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Dial-In: 1-866-261-6767, participant code: 915097#

About Hilary Best

Hilary Best is an Analyst with Venture Deli/Purpose Capital, where she coordinates a variety of projects with social entrepreneurs and investors. 

Prior to joining Venture Deli, Hilary served as the Research Lead on the exhibit The Fourth Wall: Transforming City Hall which identified opportunities to improve civic engagement practices in Toronto. She is a regular contributor to Spacing Magazine and has written for Corporate Knights Magazine and Alternatives Journal. She graduated from McGill University with a BA (Honours) in Geography and is currently pursuing a Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation the Ontario College of Art and Design University.


About Karim Harji

Karim Harji is the co-founder and a Partner at Venture Deli, a firm that builds and capitalizes ventures that matter to the world. Most recently, he was the Senior Manager for Partnerships & Social Impact at Social Capital Partners, where he led initiatives that provided growth financing and advisory services to franchises and large corporations seeking to enhance their social impact.

Karim is also a co-founder at Purpose Capital, a division of Venture Deli, where he advises investors, foundations, and financial institutions globally on how to align their investment strategies with their social impact objectives. He has helped clients to construct approaches to measure and monitor social impact for individual transactions and across their portfolios.

Karim is a Senior Research Associate at the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation (3ci) at Carleton University, and teaches social entrepreneurship at York University and the University of Toronto (in the business and engineering faculties, respectively). He is a regular blogger at socialfinance.ca, the leading website on social finance and impact investing in Canada, which he co-founded in 2008.

Karim was previously a management consultant at Aperio, where he advised social sector organizations on strategy, business planning, and social enterprise. Karim also worked as a researcher and consultant in the areas of corporate social responsibility, community economic development, program evaluation, and social impact assessment. His international work experience includes human rights at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), microfinance in Pakistan, and community health in Kenya.

Karim holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Carleton University, and an undergraduate degree in Economics from McMaster University. He is on the Board of the Small Change Fund, and previously served on the Boards of the Social Venture Exchange (SVX) and the Canadian Community Investment Network Co-op.

 

 

En collaboration avec Ressources humaines et Développement des compétences Canada, Venture Deli vient de publier le rapport d’une étude sur l’utilisation de la mesure de l’impact social chez les investisseurs d’impact au Canada. Ce webinaire portera sur certaines des grandes constatations issues de cette étude.

Les investisseurs se tournent de plus en plus vers les investissements qui ont un impact, et ce, partout dans le monde. Les investissements d’impact ont pour but de créer des retombées positives qui ne se limitent pas au rendement financier. La mesure de l’impact social devient donc un outil de décision. Les paramètres sociaux sont souvent employés pour analyser et surveiller les résultats ou les retombées d’une initiative d’un point de vue environnemental ou social et peuvent s’avérer aussi importants et pertinents que les indicateurs financiers.

L’étude, intitulée Mesure de l’impact social chez les investisseurs d’impact canadiens, avait pour but de cerner les besoins et les priorités des investisseurs d’impact canadiens en ce qui a trait à la mesure de l’impact social. Ses principaux objectifs consistaient à déterminer dans quelle mesure ces investisseurs connaissent les paramètres d’impact social et les utilisent pour prendre des décisions en matière d’investissement, l’éventail d’outils employés par les investisseurs d’impact canadiens et ce dont ces derniers ont besoin en matière de paramètres sociaux avant de décider d’investir.

Cette étude se veut également le point de départ de travaux de recherche futurs dans ce domaine, définissant les prochaines étapes éventuelles pour des intervenants de projet. Elle a été conçue pour venir en aide aux investisseurs et aux représentants gouvernementaux.

 

Date : Le jeudi 28 février, à 12 h (HNE)

Formule : Exposé de 30 minutes suivi d’une séance de questions de 30 minutes

Inscription :

Pour vous inscrire, veuillez consulter: http://mdd.adobeconnect.com/socialfinanceconnects/ 

Cliquer à gauche de Enter as a Guest et laisser quelques minutes à Adobe Connects pour se configurer.  

Numéro : 1-866-261-6767; code du participant :166676#


À propos de Karim Harji

Karim Harji est le cofondateur et un associé de Venture Deli, une société qui met sur pied et finance des entreprises qui changent les choses dans le monde. Il a été auparavant le gestionnaire principal de la division des partenariats et de l’impact social chez Social Capital Partners, où il a dirigé des initiatives de services de financement de la croissance et de services‑conseils à l’intention de franchises et de grandes entreprises désireuses d’accroître leur impact social.

Karim est également le cofondateur de Purpose Capital, une division de Venture Deli, où il conseille des investisseurs, des fondations et des institutions financières à l’échelle mondiale sur la façon d’accorder leurs stratégies d’investissement à leurs objectifs en matière de retombées sociales. Il a aidé des clients à concevoir des méthodes pour mesurer et surveiller l’impact social des opérations individuelles et pour l’ensemble de leur portefeuille.

Karim est associé de recherche principal au Centre d’innovation communautaire de l’Université Carleton et enseigne l’entrepreneuriat social à l’Université York et à l’Université de Toronto (aux facultés des affaires et de génie respectivement). Il est l’un des blogueurs réguliers de socialfinance.ca, le premier site Web en importance sur le financement social et l’investissement d’impact au Canada, site qu’il a cofondé en 2008.

Karim a été consultant en gestion chez Aperio, où il conseillait des organismes du secteur social en matière de stratégies, de planification d’entreprise et d’entrepreneuriat social. Il a également travaillé comme chercheur et consultant dans les domaines de la responsabilité sociale des entreprises, du développement économique communautaire, de l’évaluation des programmes et de l’évaluation de l’impact social. À l’échelle internationale, il a travaillé dans le domaine des droits de la personne à l’Agence canadienne de développement international. Il a aussi travaillé au Pakistan, dans le domaine de la microfinance, et au Kenya, dans celui de la santé communautaire.

Karim détient une maîtrise en administration publique de l’Université Carleton ainsi qu’un diplôme de premier cycle en économie de l’Université McMaster. Il est membre du conseil d’administration du Small Change Fund et a déjà été membre des conseils du Social Venture Exchange (SVX) et de la Canadian Community Investment Network Co-op.

 

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MaRS Discovery District, Social Innovation Generation & Ashoka Canada present

MaRS (www.marsdd.com) is a large scale, mission driven innovation centre located in Toronto and networked across Ontario, focused on building Canada’s next generation of technology companies.

MaRS works closely with entrepreneurs to grow and scale their ventures into global market leaders in life sciences and health care, information, communications and entertainment technologies, cleantech, advanced materials and engineering, as well as innovative social purpose businesses. 

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Social Innovation Generation (SiG) (www.sigeneration.ca) is a collaborative partnership founded by The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the University of Waterloo, the MaRS Discovery District, and the PLAN Institute. Our ultimate goal is to support whole system change through changing the broader economic, cultural and policy context in Canada to allow social innovations to flourish.

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Ashoka (canada.ashoka.org) is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs – individuals with system-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Ashoka is redefining the global citizen sector by creating a system of collaborative entrepreneurship. Connecting the work of individual social entrepreneurs to business, academic and public sector partners, they create a network effect driving the sector forward and developing new solutions to global problems.


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