MaRS Discovery District
101 College Street
*Early bird deadline has been extended to October 5, 2012
The annual Social Finance Forum drives the development of the impact investment marketplace in Canada by convening players from across sectors to collectively address key concepts and issues that are central to the field. The conference will feature investment pitch sessions from social ventures alongside solution-focused and skill-building workshops.
Keynote addresses by recognized leaders from both Canada and the international stage will profile the current trends and challenges within the impact investing industry. Attendees will walk away with practical tools and implementation support, as well as cutting-edge models that will catalyze the exchange of capital and inspire new ideas.
2012 Social Finance Forum: Measuring up
The Canadian impact investing ecosystem has gained unprecedented momentum in the past year. We’ve seen the emergence of new investment opportunities, investors and intermediaries, and the expansion of professional services focused on social enterprise development. Simultaneously, a growing number of not-for-profit organizations, charities and for-profit social ventures are integrating social finance tools and principles into their activities and missions, generating opportunities to effectively mobilize private capital for public good.
As momentum continues to build, there are a number of key questions that need to be addressed: What is impact? How is impact measured? How should we value impact? What is a good deal?
Impact measurement is crucial for demonstrating the value of an impact investment and will be an important tool for maintaining the integrity of the sector as investing with impact continues to flourish. Embracing the theme of “measuring up,” the fifth annual Social Finance Forum will delve deeply into the opportunities and challenges surrounding impact measurement, while also exploring other critical elements of what makes a good deal and how existing market opportunities measure up.
The two-day conference will feature:
Plenary sessions: Keynote and panel discussions by national and global leaders in impact investing.
SVX Closed Pitch Session (for accredited investors only): High-potential social ventures and funds seeking debt and/or equity investment capital will pitch to local impact investors.
Good Deals: Pitch Presentations: A handful of ventures with high potential will be asked to take part in pitch presentations before the conference audience.
Good Deals Café: Open all day to provide exclusive networking space for ventures and investors to interact and share ideas.
Interactive workshops: Small-group sessions, such as conversations with impact investment leaders, training on impact measurement and workshops.
For more information on the conference, please visit the Social Finance Forum website.