Deetken Impact on How to Maximize The Benefits of Blended Finance

The UN and the World economic forum have identified blended capital as the means to fill the 2.5 trillion gap to meet the SDGs and yet it is still not well understood. Using capital from public and/or philanthropic sources in a way that increases private sector into sustainable development. It allows organizations with different objectives

Stephanie Robertson on The Social Value Movement – Lessons From The UK

In this episode, we will be discussing with Stephanie Robertson the social value movement, specifically through the lens of the UK Social Value Act, and how a similar Act could positively impact the Canadian landscape. Stephanie is the CEO and Founder of SiMPACT Strategy Group, the Chair of Social Value Canada, board member for Social

Social Value UK on How to Use Social Value to Maximize Performance

In this episode we speak with Tim Goodspeed, Social Value Consultant and Training Manager with More Than Outputs and Social Value UK about the use of social value (quantifying impact), and how it can be used for funders, investors, as well as how it must be used for organizations and companies to maximize their performance

Dental Wellness Trust on Tackling the #1 Child Health Issue and Giving Back to the Community

The focus of this episode is on exploring a passion for dental hygiene and a profession turned giving back to the community at home and abroad while tackling the #1 child health issue. We are speaking with the Dental Wellness Trust out of the UK, understanding how it was set up, why it was set

ESG Tree on the Role of Private Capital Markets in Impact Investing, and Socially Responsible Investing

In this episode, we will be exploring the role of private capital investors i.e. private equity and venture capital, in impact investing, and socially responsible investing. There continues to be growing demand by investors for impact options. There is an overwhelming amount of data and research that shows real interest, impact performance and financial returns. While at the same

Buy Social Canada on The Role of Social Procurement in Creating Shared Value

During this episode, David Lepage, Managing Director of Buy Social Canada discusses alternative capital such as social, community, and the happiness index for measuring community health. David outlines for us the shared value creation the procurement process can create when community and public good is at its centre. Every purchase has an economic, environmental and

The Canadian Impact Investing Landscape With CAFIID members, Lindsay Wallace and Susanne Courtney

The Canada Forum for Impact Investment and Development, representing Canada’s impact investors in emerging and frontier markets, developed the first landscape report. In this episode we discuss the findings of that report, ESG investment performance during Covid-19, how impact investors are rebuilding and the need for Canadian impact investment in emerging frontier markets. Link to

Grand Challenges Canada on Multi-Sector Investment Approach and Defined Impact Outcomes

In Ep 14 we speak with Becca Smith, Senior Manager, Knowledge Management and Translation from Grand Challenges Canada. We talk about the different sectors and impact outcomes Grand Challenges Canada has achieved as an organization. From investments in technology to help newborns in South Africa to mental health support in Zimbabwe. Over 21,000 lives have

London Early Years Foundation on Developing a Pedagogy for Impact

In this episode June O’Sullivan, the CEO of London Early Years Foundation talks about how she reformed from being a charity many years ago into a social business to deliver specific impact. We discuss the seven elements of the LEYF pedagogy that really addresses the rights of children and how June measures it with the

Common Good Solutions on Building Transformational Relationships for Long Term Change

In this episode, David Upton, CEO of Common Good Solutions talks about how they are transforming the way business is done. From helping people globally with their Social Enterprise Institute to local initiatives such as Ability Wood Co-op, a furniture building company creating revenue in the community and meaning for the employees. We dive into

Community Forests International on People and Trees as a Restorative Force

In this episode Daimen Hardie, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Community Forest International talks about the mission to provide the right tools for people to become a restorative force. Through the lens of forestry and climate change we get a glimpse into their life changing outcomes globally, specifically in Tanzania and Canada. 78% of the

Conservation at Scale with NatureVest

In this episode Eric Cooperström, Senior Director, Asset Management at NatureVest part of The Nature Conservancy, discusses NatureVest’s shared conservation agenda to drive conservation at scale and plans to make it repeatable. Learn more about how NatureVest operates within The Nature Conservancy, the impact of the Cumberland Forest LP and what 2020 looks like for

Ability New Brunswick on Partnering with Government

In this episode, Haley Flaro, Executive Director of Ability New Brunswick shares with us how they have become Canadian leaders within the disability sector and the value of forging strong partnerships with government. We’ve been able to extend our collective impact in reaching people with a disability. The first year of the agreement, back then

Electrifying Sub Saharan Africa with Sustainable Energy

In this episode Jeff Schnurr talks to us about Jaza Energy’s mission to deliver sustainable energy and their plan to electrify 600 million people living without electricity in sub Saharan Africa. All while prioritizing female employment, having employed over 150 women to date. We’ve displaced around 450 tons of CO2 emissions just because people are

Sarona Asset Management on Global Investing and Scaled Impact

In this episode Serge LeVert-Chiasson of Sarona Asset Management shares with us the origin of Sarona, their theory of change and the measurements they use. We dive into why Sarona is seeing broad improvement in the impact of the companies they invest in globally from Vietnam to Sierra Leone. Through our 22 IRIS compliant metrics,

Saint John Learning Exchange on Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

In this episode Christina Fowler, Executive Director, talks about the impact of the Saint John Learning Exchange at a systems and individual  level. Christina shares with us how learning, knowledge and the accreditation that comes with that the Saint John Learning Exchange is able to lift people out of poverty.  We’ve been able to proudly

The Social Entrepreneurs’ Fund on The Value of Small Data in Fund Evaluation

The Social Entrepreneurs’ Fund invests in software and services designed to help low income communities and organizations that serve them. In this episode Liz Luckett, Managing Partner, expands on the way we can use small data to evaluate investment opportunities, the risks of algorithms in large data and how organizations within the fund are already

VanCity Community Investment Bank on Understanding Community-First Financing Models

Vancity Community Investment Bank (VCIB), born from Vancity’s community-first finance model, is a values-driven bank on a mission to finance a sustainable tomorrow. In this episode we learn more about how VCIB is creating lasting change in communities though financing for social purpose real estate, their acquisition of CoPower and simplifying investing for the future. Last year in

Marigold Capital on Gender Lens Investing and Driving Collective Impact

Marigold Capital is an Impact Investment Strategy & Execution Firm based in Toronto, with a focus on gender, diversity and inclusion investments. In this episode Jonathan Hera, Managing Partner, highlights gender lens investing, using a unique approach of investing in a cluster of companies to drive collective impact. Investing in solving for underlying problems, market

Six Bridges Capital on Alternative Financing in Impact Investing

We talk with Michael Nobes, Founder of Six Bridges Capital, in New York. Six Bridges is an industry agnostic investment firm. From medtech in Africa to diversion of waste to landfills in the US.They work with various types of investments at various stages. In this episode we learn about alternative financing, advice he would give

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