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  • Top takeaways from the 12th annual Social Finance Forum

    From reflecting on the backlash against capitalism to highlighting the impact investing potential in technology, green tech and trends in ESG investing, this year’s Social Finance Forum was an electrifying event, delivering insights, perspectives and bold ideas. We’ll be sharing exclusive content from the event over the next few months, but for now, here are […]

    November 14, 2019

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  • The UN’s Global Goals are slipping out of reach. It’s time for business to step up.

      Four years after world leaders agreed to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the international effort is floundering. Progress towards most of the 17 targets, which include pledges to curb inequality and build a sustainable economy, has been slow and warning lights are already flashing. Not one country is set to meet all of the […]

    October 30, 2019

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  • The financial sector doesn’t prioritize climate change. Here’s why it should.

    As global temperatures rise, divestment from fossil fuels is becoming a hot trend. Funds worth more than $11 trillion (US) have pledged to pull out of the sector and more than 20 banks have stopped funding coal power plants. But this has got to change if we’re to build a sustainable future. Thankfully there’s a […]

    September 18, 2019

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  • Why no investor can afford to miss the Social Finance Forum

    Sometimes, it pays to dream big. Social finance was once a moonshot idea by economists interested in bending market forces toward good causes. Today, it is a $502-billion global market that is reshaping the economy. The reason? As anxieties over the climate crisis and widening inequality intensify, social finance offers an appealing solution: use private […]

    August 20, 2019

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  • Blockchain for social impact

    By George Kawar In 2008, blockchain technology made its debut to the general public through the launch of its most popular cryptocurrency application to date, Bitcoin. This paved the way for thousands of alternative cryptocurrencies and instigated a market that is forecasted to be worth USD$1 trillion by 2019. While blockchain technology was initially designed […]

    October 23, 2018

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  • Millennials: The next wave of impact investors

    By Ben Rabinovitch Millennials are one of the largest generations in history and will have an estimated $24 trillion of wealth in their possession by 2020. So it’s hardly surprising that their preferences, habits and motivations are scrutinized by the business world. One consistent trend has appeared: millennials place greater emphasis on social and environmental […]

    November 27, 2017

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  • 2017 Social Finance Award Judges

    Thank you to all our 2017 Social Finance Awards judges for their tremendous support and contribution. The judging panel reviewed the nominees for the awards and determined the winners. The panel was representative of the diverse stakeholders in social finance in Canada and comprised of cross-sector leaders in impact investing. This year’s judges were:

    November 16, 2017

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  • 10th Annual Social Finance Forum Reading List

    Presentations and reference materials from key sessions   Opening panel: Women and Millennials: Can they create a fairer economy? Book: The Clean Money Revolution by Joel Solomon Opening keynote: 10 years of impact investing in Canada by Adam Jagelewski Download slide presentation Download video Blog: 10 years of impact investing in Canada by Phoebe Stephens […]

    November 16, 2017

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  • 2017 Social Finance Awards winners

    MaRS Centre for Impact Investing is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Social Finance Awards, which were presented at Social Finance Forum 2017. The awards are presented to leaders who are playing a pivotal role in catalyzing the Canadian social finance marketplace. This year we presented four types of awards to showcase and […]

    November 14, 2017

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  • How fintech fuels impact investing

    By Ashley Gardner. Impact Investing has expanded in scale and importance in part due to new financial technologies (fintech). Innovative companies are leveraging new technologies to connect social enterprises with investors and raise awareness about sustainable investing opportunities. Some of the most prevalent features within fintech products include transparency, accessibility and simplicity. Open Impact, an […]

    November 2, 2017

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