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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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  • Investment over aid: Creating sustainable impact in developing countries

    By Emma Hogeterp. In 2009, global economist and Zambian author Dambisa Moyo made a bold claim is her book Dead Aid: the $2 trillion of aid that had historically been sent from the Global North to the Global South had actually made conditions worse in developing countries. The solution? Greater foreign investment in businesses and […]

    November 2, 2017

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  • 10 years of impact investing in Canada

    By Phoebe Stephens. In 2007, the Rockefeller Foundation first coined the term “impact investing.” That same year, the first Social Finance Forum was held at MaRS. A decade on, it’s time to take stock of how far impact investing has come and where it’s headed in Canada: What are the key milestones? And how is […]

    October 30, 2017

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