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November 6-8, 2019

Housed at MaRS, North America’s largest urban innovation hub, the Social Finance Forum is Canada’s leading conference on impact investing and social enterprise. Convened by the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, the forum attracts more than 600 leading investors, entrepreneurs and finance professionals, as well as non-profit, charity and public policy visionaries who are reshaping markets to leverage business and private capital for social good.

The forum is a place to both debate the future and learn from the present, featuring a program with thought-provoking keynote speakers and workshops offering real-world insights and advice. And it’s also an incredible opportunity to network, meet entrepreneurs and investors, and make connections that will create real impact.






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What’s happening

The Social Finance Forum has four streams, each featuring high-profile thought leaders, disruptive entrepreneurs and groundbreaking ideas.


This track focuses on bringing social finance to the people, with specific strategies to empower communities and incorporate bottom-up and place-based models. Practical sessions will help social sector organizations learn more about how social finance tools can help them meet the needs of underserved and marginalized groups.


Impact fund managers are attracting capital from a wider range of sources, and asset managers are making more investments outside traditional sectors, such as responsible and sustainable investing. As governments look increasingly to leverage private capital for public purposes, how can sectors collaborate at scale to solve the world’s toughest social and environmental challenges?


Are our dollars making a difference? Delivering change is what separates impact investing from pure financial plays, but “progress” can be tough to measure. How are the growing number of frameworks and innovations in impact measurement assuring investors that their money is producing social benefits and helping entrepreneurs make more effective decisions about strategies and business models?


From climate change to refugee crises and rising wealth inequality, the world faces an expanding set of challenges. Can new technologies like blockchain and AI make a difference? This track introduces you to the social entrepreneurs who are putting tech to work for the greater good.

The Social Finance Forum is presented by the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, a leading force in the Canadian impact investing market. The centre created the country’s first social impact bond in healthcare, launched the socially-focused MaRS Catalyst Fund, and incubated SVX, an online impact investment platform.

Featured speakers

Who you'll meet at Social Finance Forum

Major banks, investment funds & angel investors

Global thought leaders

Social entrepreneurs

Government representatives & educators

What people are saying

Social Finance Forum was a perfect opportunity to meet and chat with folks in the industry. I always love the energy of the event.
Jory Cohen, Director of Social Finance & Investment Inspirit Foundation
So great to see Social Finance Forum was so well attended – and there were lots of new faces.
Bill Young Social Capital Partners
The Social Finance Forum provided me the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded individuals with whom I could explore my passion and ideas. I met truly remarkable individuals and landed my current job with Corporate Knights after sharing research I did during my master's degree with their CEO.
Maury Rubin Corporate Knights
The Social Finance Forum brought together the best and brightest from Canada and beyond. The format was just right to hear relevant content while also making many useful connections.
Benjamin Overton Thomson Reuters Foundation
The Social Finance Forum is a great event with lots of great people and conversations!
Serge LeVert-Chiasson, Senior Partner, Managing Director of Operations & CCO Sarona Asset Management
The Social Finance Forum was expertly executed. I was extremely impressed with the quality of content, the venue, the hospitality and attention to detail. To all involved, well done!
Machelle Denison Strong Start® Charitable Organization

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