Join us to celebrate the launch of the report of Canada’s National Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investment Taskforce, launched by the G8: Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good: Priorities for Canada.
8:30 - 9:00am – Breakfast and networking
9:00 - 9:20am – Opening remarks
9:20 - 9:45am – Market Open ceremony (projected on screens in the Gallery)
9:45-11:15 – Panel & Presentations
This launch event offers a chance to learn about key insights that have emerged from the Social Impact Investment Taskforce and from Canada’s National Advisory Board, drawing on an international effort that was undertaken last spring to explore the potential for impact investing to address some of society’s most pressing challenges. This will also be an opportunity to network with others engaged in the impact investment, social entrepreneurship and non-profit/charitable sectors.
Speakers include Dr. Ilse Treurnicht (CEO, MaRS Discovery District), Tim Jackson (Director, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing) and Siobhan Harty (Director General, Social Policy, Employment and Social Development Canada).
Sarah Doyle (Senior Policy Advisor, MaRS Cenre for Impact Investing) will be moderating a panel discussion on the Canadian impact investment market including:
David Bowden (CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada)
Andy Broderick (VP, Community Investment, Vancity)
Nancy Neamtan (President and Executive Director, Chantier de l’économie sociale)
Hilary Pearson (President, Philanthropic Foundations Canada)
Seating will be first come, first serve.
Social Impact Investment Taskforce:
The Social Impact Investment Taskforce was announced by Prime Minister David Cameron at the June 2013 G8 Social Impact Investment Forum in London. Chaired by Sir Ronald Cohen, the Taskforce aims to catalyze the development of the social impact investment market.
Its membership includes one government official and one sector representative, with experience in finance, business or philanthropy, from each participating country. Canada is represented by Tim Jackson (Director, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing), and Siobhan Harty (Director General, Social Policy, Employment and Social Development Canada).
The Taskforce will release its final report on September 15th, 2014, highlighting policy recommendations for governments, investors, social entrepreneurs, non-profit sector leaders and others.
The Taskforce is being supported by national advisory boards, as well as by thematic working groups in the areas of asset allocation, impact measurement, mission alignment, and international development.
Canada’s National Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investment Taskforce:
Under the auspices of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce, the Canadian National Advisory Board was formed to focus on the domestic policy agenda. The board is composed of 24 thought leaders, including private investors, fund managers, entrepreneurs, academics, and leaders from foundations, non-profit organizations, financial institutions, and impact-oriented intermediary organizations. The board includes members from the 2010 Canadian Task Force on Social Finance, providing continuity with past work.
The group’s purpose is to highlight key priorities for Canadian policymakers, in order to support the growth of impact investing and to provide counsel to the global policy discussion. Its report, Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good: Priorities for Canada, will be released on September 15th, 2014.
Secretariat support for Canada's National Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investment Taskforce was provided by the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing (MCII).
Numerous contributors informed the development of Canada’s National Advisory Board report. For a list of Canada’s National Advisory Board members or for more information on the Social Impact Investment Taskforce, please visit us here.
When & Where
MaRS Discovery District
MaRS Discovery District (@MaRSDD) in Toronto is the one of the world's largest urban innovation hubs. MaRS supports promising young ventures tackling key societal challenges in the health, cleantech and ICT sectors. In the last three years, these ventures have raised $1.3 billion in capital and earned $640 million in revenue. In addition to helping startups launch, grow and scale, the MaRS community is dedicated to cross-disciplinary collaboration, commercialization of discoveries and driving ideas to impact.