In the fight against climate change, could social finance be a new tool to pilot green technology?
Anika Harford is a graduate of the Master of Global Affairs Program with Collaborative Program in Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto. She holds a Bachelor of International Business, minor in French from Carleton University. Anika has served as a Student Market Analyst for the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing analyzing the Canadian landscape for the development of Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) and the barriers constraining the not-for-profit sector in Canada. Anika has a broad range of experience working in the private and not-for-profit sector, and has studied, lived and worked in the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Anika is passionate about innovation and redefining the role businesses play in tackling global social and environmental challenges. For this reason, Anika believes that innovative social financing tools will play a crucial role in the transition towards a sustainable economy.
Kristen Pue is a recent University of Toronto Master of Global Affairs graduate, and a Lupina Foundation CPHS Social Determinants of Health Fellow, with an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta. Kristen recently completed a collaborative research project for the University of Toronto and Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, in which she analyzed the implementation of social impact bonds in Ireland, the outcome for which was a report that will be presented to the Irish Parliament’s Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in autumn. She has, as a student analyst for the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, researched barriers constraining the Canadian not-for-profit sector, and has published on Canadian law and politics, including municipal governance, for the Centre for Constitutional Studies and the Environics Institute. She is currently pursuing a combined JD and PhD in Political Science at the University of Toronto.