Interested in an opportunity to personally engage with impact investors in the Greater Toronto Area? Attend Toronto’s first Impact Investment Fair on May 30th at 6:30 pm at the Centre for Social Innovation – Regent Park.
One of the big questions in Ottawa’s recent decision to merge the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade surrounds the future of CIDA’s microfinance programs. Will the mandate of Canadian commercial interests spell the end of Canada’s publicly-funded microfinance initiatives?
When investment decisions are made, how much say does the community have? What do Canadians think about sustainability? What do people working in major financial institutions think about income inequality? Register now for the Canadian Responsible Investment Conference 2013.
Surprise, excitement, admiration – I felt all these emotions listening to Edward Jackson and Karim Harji speak last month about impact investment in the Canadian context. Being entirely immersed in this sector in the U.S. and Europe, I came to Toronto for the Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s (AKFC) launch of its Seminars on Innovative Financing for Development, with the impression that impact investing in Canada was - at best - a long-term proposition.
On Friday, May 10, Canada’s largest city will be officially declared a Fair Trade Town during lunch-time festivities and a flag raising on the rooftop rotunda of Toronto’s City Hall. Meanwhile, one of the biggest and oldest fair trade retailers in the country seems to be struggling for its survival.
Following our symposium, “Pathways and Barriers to Social Enterprise Success,” the SIRG team quickly got to work writing and publishing white papers. Here are some of the ideas I couldn’t include in them, and some questions that will continue to drive our conversation about social enterprise in Taiwan forward.