Impact Ontario Program

To spotlight Ontario ventures making an impact across a variety of industries and fields, Impact Ontario will feature four different focus tracks:

  1. Inclusion
  2. Health and Wellness
  3. Sustainability
  4. Education and Technology

If you are a venture interested in pitching, or an investor interested in attending and you don’t feel these tracks reflect your interests, Contact Us! We are certain ImpactOntario can still be beneficial to you!

Conference Program March 18, 2014
To meet different mandates and interests within the impact investment sector, we have created a wide-ranging itinerary for conference attendees. The following guide will help you determine which workshop fits you best:

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Lower Concourse & CR3

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Lower Concourse
investors ventures
REGISTRATION & CRUISER PITCH
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Auditorium
investors
WELCOMING REMARKS

Dr. Ilse Treurnicht, CEO, MaRS Discovery District

LAUNCH OF THE STATE OF THE NATION REPORT

Joanna Reynolds, Associate Director, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing
Karim Harji, Founder, Purpose Capital

9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Auditorium
investors
OPENING REMARKS

Abigail Noble, Head of Impact Investing, World Economic Forum in conversation with Helen Burstyn, Special Advisor: Social Enterprise, Ontario Government

Abigail Noble leads the World Economic Forum’s work on Impact Investing. In particular, she is focused on how global economic systems, financial markets, and innovative policy mechanisms can create more inclusive societies. From 2010 until 2013, she served as the Head of Latin America and Africa for the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. She received her B.A. in Economics from Tufts University, her Master’s in International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, was a Global Leadership Fellow with the World Economic Forum and a Fulbright Scholar in Uruguay, where she studied democracy and economic development. Most recently, she co-authored the report “From the Margins to the Mainstream”, which provides a market assessment and recommendations for how mainstream investors can more actively engage in impact investing.

9:50 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Auditorium
investors
OPENING PANEL

Drawing on the themes of “From the Margins to the Mainstream”, we hear perspectives from social ventures and market influencers.

  • Kevin Jones, Co- Founder & Convenor, SOCAP
  • Helen Burstyn, Special Advisor, Social Enterprise, Ontario Government
  • Joel Bryce, Manager, Monitor Deloitte
  • Lindsey Goodchild, CEO, Greengage Mobile
  • Julie Leach, Member Relations, SolarShare
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Auditorium A
investors ventures
VENTURE PITCH SESSION – INCLUSION

Closed pitch session for ventures reducing barriers to opportunity for vulnerable populations, including immigrants and First Nations, persons with disabilities, persons with mental illness/addiction. For example, affordable housing, employment and skills development, access to finance.

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Auditorium B
investors ventures
VENTURE PITCH SESSION – SUSTAINABILITY

Closed pitch session for ventures championing processes, products or services which increase sustainability and environmental stewardship. For example, clean technologies, organic agriculture, water sanitation.

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Auditorium C
investors venturesventures
FOUNDATIONS AND ADVISORS: WORKING TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE IMPACT

More and more, foundations are looking to leverage their invested assets to drive their mission and tapping into the impact expertise of financial advisors. Participants will hear from leading foundations and expert advisors who have supported the growth of mission related investing across the globe.

  • Foundation: Erica Barbosa Vargas, Manager, Social Finance, J.W. McConnell Family Foundations (Moderator)
  • Advisor: John Horwood, Director, Wealth Management, Richardson GMP
  • Advisor: Jo-Anne Ryan, Vice President, Philanthropic Advisor Services, TD Waterhouse
  • System: David Wood, Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School & Director: Initiative for Responsible Investment, Hauser Centre for Nonprofit Organizations
  • Foundation: Jasmina Zurovac, Director: Corporate Donations, RBC Foundation
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Auditorium
investors
LUNCH ADDRESS & OPEN PITCH

Min. Dr. Eric Hoskins

  • Introduction by Sandra Odendahl, Director, Corporate Sustainability, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Adam Spence, Associate Director, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, moderates Open Pitch Session
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Auditorium A
investors ventures
VENTURE PITCH SESSION – HEALTH & WELLNESS

Closed pitch session for ventures improving quality of life and health outcomes through products and services in the health sector. For example, early screening and detection devices, technologies reducing iron deficiencies, programs for childhood obesity.

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Auditorium B
investors ventures
VENTURE PITCH SESSION – EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY

Closed pitch session for ventures disrupting the education sector and/or ventures pioneering technology to drive impact in their sector. For example: applications for children with autism, fundraising tools for schools and charities, affordable educational software.

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Auditorium C
investors venturesventures
WHERE THE PIPELINE FLOWS: MODELS TO INVEST FOR IMPACT

This panel will showcase the momentum of domestic and global models for placing capital in impact investing opportunities including the promise of impact investing platforms, Social Impact Bonds, Development Impact Bonds.

  • Moderator: Rehana Nathoo, Program Associate, Rockefeller Foundation
  • Capital matching platform: Adam Spence, Founder & CEO, SVX
  • Fund manager: Gianni Ciufo, Partner, Deloitte
  • Fund manger: Derek Ballantyne, CEO, Community Forward Fund   
  • Product development:  Adam Jagelewski, Associate Director, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. CRUISER PITCH NETWORKING
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Auditorium A
investors investorsventures
FROM HANDSHAKE TO TRANSACTION: THE DUE DILIGENCE PROCESS

What does it take to close an impact investing deal? This session will explore best practices for completing transactions from the venture and investor perspective.

  • Moderator: Kerri Golden, Co-founder & General Partner, JOLT Fund LLP
  • Venture: Lindsey Goodchild, CEO, Greengage Mobile
  • Investor: Abigail Slater, Director, Barlow Lane Holdings
  • Investor: Julie McDowell, President, TARIS Incorporated
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Auditorium B
venturesventures
THE CAPITAL QUESTION: FINDING THE RIGHT CAPITAL STRUCTURE

What type of capital should I be raising? This is a key question asked by organizations large and small. This workshop will provide a deep dive into how organizations choose their capital structure mix and how investors approach the spectrum across debt and equity.

  • Investor: Jonathan Hera, Fund Manager, Impact Investing, RBC (moderator)
  • Nonprofit: Lesley Larsen, Innovation Seeker, Saint Elizabeth Healthcare
  • Advisor: Bonnie Foley-Wong, Chief Investment Innovator & Pollinator, Pique Ventures
  • Venture: Richard Osborne, Managing Partner, RecapHealth Ventures  
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Auditorium C
venturesinvestors investors
GAME CHANGERS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN IMPACT MEASUREMENT

This workshop examines key tools and practices for measuring impact with a particular focus in the areas of economic and social inclusion, health, education and sustainability.

  • Practitioner: Karim Harji, Co-founder and Partner, Purpose Capital (moderator)
  • Foundation: Anshula Chowdhury, Chief Executive Officer, Social Asset Measurement
  • Foundation: Alexandre Lazarow, Associate, Investments, Omidyar Network
  • Practitioner: Lisa Nitze, Principal, Lisa Nitze Consulting
  • Advisor: Veronica Chau, Regional Director, Dalberg
4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Auditorium
investors
CLOSING PANEL

  • Tim Draimin, Executive Director, Social Innovation Generation (SiG) National (moderator)
  • Michael Chodos, Senior Advisor, US National Advisory Board on Impact Investing
  • Geoff Burnand, CEO, Investing for Good
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