Insights into The Best (and Worst) Practices in Social Finance

There’s clearly a lot going on in the world of social finance in Canada. As a result, it can sometimes be a challenge to keep track of the range of organizations and initiatives that are involved in building the infrastructure and practices on the ground. And perhaps more importantly, to gain an understanding of what is being learned, what isn’t working, and why.

On April 8, an event hosted by, Social Innovation Generation (SiG) @ MaRS, Social Venture Exchange, and Social Venture Partners Toronto (SVPT) at the MaRS Discovery District aims to do just that. Nine practitioners, drawn from across the spectrum of how finance is being harnessed towards social benefit, will present on the best (and worst) practices in social finance. Speakers span the investor, enterprise, and intermediary worlds, as well as those that bring specific expertise in the area of social impact measurement, microfinance, and peer-to-peer lending.

The event will be facilitated by Peter Deitz, Managing Editor of, and Dan Tisch, Co-Chair of Social Venture Partners Toronto. The speakers for the event are:

So how do you pack all this great and relevant information into one session, in a way that is easily digestible and well-understood? Keep it simple, and keep it short. The “lightening presentations” will feature personal stories and interesting examples of the best practices, failed practices, and next practices. Once all the speakers have presented, there will be a facilitated discussion with audience to draw out key issues and insights from “brain trust” in the room.

If you’ve never heard of either social finance or impact investing, then this could be just about the best way to get an initial education. If you’ve been following these topics for some time, yet not sure what it all means, this event will surface key themes and connections to guide your own thinking. And if you have a good grasp of what is happening in this world, this will be a timely reminder of how much innovative activity is taking place in Canada, and how it is changing the communities we work and live in.

Join us on April 8th from 12.00 – 1.30pm at the MaRS Discovery District at 101 College Street in Toronto. The event is free, but pre-registration is required.

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