Events Calendar

Dec
7
Thu
Impact Investing Summit 2017
Dec 7 @ 9:00 AM – Dec 8 @ 6:37 PM
Jan
16
Tue
WIFI Breakfast – Sabrina El-Chibini, Founder & President The Collaboration Vector Inc. (TCV)
Jan 16 @ 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

WIFI welcomes:

Sabrina El-Chibini,

Founder & President

The Collaboration Vector Inc. (TCV)

Tuesday January 16, 2018

Why Investors Should Seek Social Transformation

The “Social” component of the ESG equation remains the least understood – and likely the most undervalued by investors.  However this element brings with it unprecedented opportunities to unleash workforce potential and drive business and social transformation.  What is the value of the “social” element and what is the relationship between social transformation, mitigation of workforce risk, and talent development?  This relationship will be explored through the approach of Transformative Community InvolvementTM and how it is has led to excellent results in the workplace and in communities.  Quantitative and qualitative data will be presented including business, social, and environmental impact data.  Examples of 13 multi-sector transformative partnership projects will be shared from 12 countries supporting 4 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). The intention is:

1) to pique investor interest in exploring the relationship between social purpose and profit from a human capital standpoint

2) to provoke thought about the role of the investor as an agent of change and the value that is inherent to it.

 

Sabrina El-Chibini, Founder & President of The Collaboration Vector Inc. (TCV), is the originator of Transformative Community InvolvementTM, a unique and proven approach that is inspiring reflection about the way companies interact with their communities.  Sabrina supports clients in transforming their community investment programs through engagement of internal and external stakeholders, alignment with the UN SDGs, and implementation of social and business impact plans and measures.  Sabrina has extensive experience in the private, non-profit, and public sectors and has facilitated 13 private/non-profit partnerships in 12 countries that align with 4 of the 17 SDGs.  Sabrina was nominated for the Royal Bank of Canada’s Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards for last 3 consecutive years.

 

Date:         Tuesday January 16, 2018

7:30 am – 9:00 am

Venue:       1 Place Ville Marie; 6th Floor Boardroom

Fees:          $10.00    

Continental breakfast will be served

 

Event Details and Registration:

RSVP before noon Friday January 12, 2018

Click HERE to register

We look forward to seeing you,

Kathy Fazel and Fiona Macfarlane

Co-founders WIFI

Feb
13
Tue
WIFI Breakfast: Jan Arp – Director FormFintech
Feb 13 @ 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

WIFI welcomes:

Jan Arp, Director FormFintech 

Tuesday February 13, 2018

How can Fintech support the increased uptake and impact of Responsible Investing?

 

These days it is difficult to talk about the future of the Financial Industry without hearing how Blockchain, Crypto-currencies or Artificial Intelligence are having and will continue to have a revolutionary impact in the industry. While the financial sector has been inundated with talk of Fintech and its influence, one area that it has not quite yet reached is Responsible Investing and its potential for social influence.
The opportunities to integrate Fintech technologies in the RI and Social Finance sphere are numerous and have largely been untapped. This is in part due to a lack of understanding of these technologies and in part due to understanding how they can truly fit into the larger social scope.
Jan Arp, Director and Founder of FormFintech, will be discussing these technologies, how they have evolved, how they are impacting the financial sector and how they can be leveraged to increase impact in the RI sector.
Our world is changing and Jan believes finance, through improved methods of trust and value creation, can ensure it is for the better.  Jan has a decade of finance experience with a specialty in tech startups.  He has led or supported 20 startups in raising +$15million in early stage financing and this year alone he worked with +40 fintechs.  Prior to founding FormFintech, Jan worked at District 3 as Director of Finance and Corporate Partnerships as well as Bus Com as head of fiannce while they went from pre-incorporation to Series A.  He received an MBA from HEC Montreal, BCom Finance from the University of Ottawa and passed 2 levels of the CFA.

 

Date:         Tuesday February 13, 2018

7:30 am – 9:00 am

Venue:       1 Place Ville Marie; 6th Floor Boardroom

Fees:          $10.00    

Continental breakfast will be served

 

Event Details and Registration:

RSVP before noon Friday  February 9, 2018

Click HERE  to register

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We look forward to seeing you,

Kathy Fazel and Fiona Macfarlane

Co-founders WIFI

Feb
15
Thu
The Economist – Investing for Impact: Risk, return and the future of the world.
Feb 15 @ 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

OVERVIEW

Save the date to join Economist editors and 200 financiers, institutional investors, policymakers, academics, impact investors and philanthropists at the second iteration of Investing for Impact: Risk, return and the future of the world. Thursday, February 15th, 2018, New York City.

The discussion at this year’s conference will cover the ways in which the world is at a crossroads, and how the growing uncertainty is creating an increase in interest from investors.

Inequality is rising. Climate change is starting to make its presence felt, as the international effort
to fight it falters. Economic globalization, which has delivered huge increases in prosperity for many but not all, is under threat from nationalistic populism. There are good reasons to believe that the world will continue to prosper; yet, far more than in recent years, there are also good reasons to worry that things could take a serious turn for the worse.

Investors can see where the world is heading and how that changes the outlook for risk and return and thus how they should put their capital to work. This greater interest is leading to a growing recognition that investors can play a crucial role in determining the result of this battle of seismic economic, social, technological and geopolitical forces, investing in ways that help the world move in a positive direction, rather than decline, and make money as they do so.

As with the previous Economist summits on investment and impact, speakers and audience members will include leaders from the world’s premier financial institutions, wealthiest families, largest companies, innovative startups and most influential foundations. The conversation and debate will be challenging, cutting through the hype to focus on the real issues that will determine whether investing for impact remains niche, or becomes a revolutionary agent of global change.

>> Register your interest to learn more about Investing for Impact

WHY ATTEND

Join us and you will:

  • Network with more than 200 leading financiers, institutional investors, policymakers, academics, impact investors and philanthropists
  • Engage in a day of discussions on how to accelerate the growth of investing for impact
  • Join like-minded organisations invested in defining the future of investing for impact

Past speaker highlights:

  • David Blood, Co-founder and senior partner, Generation Investment Management
  • Deborah Winshel, Managing director, Global Head of Impact Investing, BlackRock
  • Neil Blumenthal, Co-founder and chief executive, Warby Parker
  • Deval Patrick, Managing director, Bain Capital Double, and former governor of Massachusetts
  • Arif Naqvi, Founder and chief executive, The Abraaj Group

Companies in attendance last year included:

  • Athena Capital Advisors
  • B Corporation
  • Bain Capital Double
  • Bank of America
  • Barclays
  • Beyond Capital Fund
  • BlackRock
  • BNP Paribas
  • Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
  • Clinton Foundation
  • Cordes Foundation
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Ford Foundation
  • GIIN
  • Goldman Sachs
  • HSBC Bank
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • Milken Institute
  • Morgan Stanley
  • National Australia Bank
  • OpenInvest
  • Orrick
  • Prudential Financial
  • RBC Global Asset Management
  • Richmond Global
  • Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
  • Soros Economic Development Fund
  • Stony Brook Foundation
  • The Abraaj Group
  • Unilever
  • UNPRI
  • Warby Parker
  • Women’s World Banking Asset Management
  • World Economic Forum

Last year’s inaugural Impact Investing summit quickly reached capacity and brought 300 international leaders together to discuss risk, return, and impact. Watch the highlights from last year and be sure to join the Investing for Impact in New York on February 15th, 2018.

For more information regarding speakers and the event’s agenda, visit The Economist events website HERE.

Feb
27
Tue
Histoires de Succès | Tales of Triumph
Feb 27 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Come celebrate International Women’s Day and support women’s empowerment !

Artistri Sud is hosting its annual fundraiser, Tales of Triumph on February 27th, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, at the Omni hotel. This year again, we are pleased to host a Cocktail Dinatoire.

We will be celebrating the achievements of two remarkable women in the community with the Entrepreneur of the Year, Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

A third, awardee, will be recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to entrepreneurship. With last year’s great success, we will once again be recognizing an Outstanding Supporter of Women’s Entrepreneurship!

NEW! We will have two MCs this year.

Donna Saker, beloved radio personality from The Beat as well as Sophie Fouron, the globe-trotting TV host of Chacun son ile on TV5.

This is a great opportunity for an evening out, while raising support and awareness for women’s empowerment and the fight against poverty.

Tickets for the event are $125, which includes hors d’oeuvres, wine and a tax receipt.

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Venez célébrer la Journée internationale de la femme et soutenir l’autonomisation des femmes!

Artistri Sud organise sa levée de fonds annuelle, nommée Histoires de succès, qui aura lieu le 27 février 2018, de 17 h 30 à 20 h 30, à l’hotel Omni au centre-ville.

Nous allons célébrer les réalisations de trois femmes remarquables dans la communauté avec les prix entrepreneuriat, entrepreneuriat social et le prix d’excellence a vie. Pour une deuxième année, nous reconnaîtrons également un Meilleur Soutien Masculin de l’Entrepreneuriat Féminin!

Nouveau! Nous aurons deux MC cette année!

Donna Saker, la personnalité radio bien-aimée de The Beat ainsi que Sophie Fouron, animatrice globetrotteuse de Chacun son île à TV5.

Il s’agit d’une occasion de sortie agréable qui vous permettra de démontrer votre appui et de sensibiliser les gens à l’autonomisation des femmes et la lutte contre la pauvreté.

Les billets coûtent 125 $ et incluent un cocktail dînatoire. Un reçu aux fins d’impôts vous sera également remis.

Mar
15
Thu
Wifi Breakfast: Jean-Michel Couture, M.Sc. Senior Consultant – Corporate Responsibility Groupe AGÉCO 
Mar 15 @ 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

WIFI welcomes:

Jean-Michel Couture, M.Sc.

Senior Consultant – Corporate Responsiblity

Groupe AGÉCO

Thursday March 15, 2018

Social Return on Investment(SROI) 

The growing demand from citizen and consumers for socially responsible products and companies is driving the need for organizations to understand, measure and communicate on the impacts of their activities. Numerous tools and approaches now exist to support organizations in doing so, each having their own perspective on what an impact is and how it should be assessed. The objective of this presentation is to introduce participants to one of the most well-established approaches in this field, namely the Social Return On Investment (SROI) methodology. By presenting this methodology, the presentation also aims to initiate a discussion on the concept of ‘social impact’ and its measurement

Jean-Michel Couture is an agricultural economist. He joined Groupe AGÉCO in 2011 as a social life cycle assessment (LCA) analyst. In 2013, he was appointed director of corporate responsibility projects and became a partner.

Jean-Michel is an expert in social life cycle assessment, specifically in the agriculture and agri-food sectors. He has contributed to methodological developments in the field and carried out a number of mandates for various organizations. As a professional, he is interested in new approaches and actively participates in the development and implementation of projects on ecosystem goods and services as well as social impact assessment —two innovative areas.

Since 2017 he is a board member of Social Value Canada (SVC). SVC is positioning itself to be the national hub for Canadians to connect, learn and exchange ideas about social impact, social value creation and measurement methodologies.

 

Date:         Thursday March 15, 2018

7:30 am – 9:00 am

Venue:       1 Place Ville Marie; 6th Floor Boardroom

Fees:          $10.00    

Continental breakfast will be served

 

Event Details and Registration:

RSVP before noon Monday March 12, 2018

Click HERE to register

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We look forward to seeing you,

Kathy Fazel and Fiona Macfarlane

Co-founders WIFI

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Apr
18
Wed
WIFI Breakfast: David Borcsok, Head – Impact Investing, RBC
Apr 18 @ 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

WIFI welcomes:

David Borcsok
Head, Impact Investing –  RBC

Please join us as David Borcsok shares his perspective on the intersection of impact investment and the rapid technological changes our world is faced with today, such as the emergence of artificial intelligence and automation.

He will discuss how investing in technology that drives resiliency will provide a powerful force to enable individuals and communities to endure and thrive during the transition from a “linear”, or human scale rate of change, to a world driven by an inevitable “exponential”, or technological, rate of change.

In his role as Head, Impact Investing at Royal Bank of Canada, David is responsible for continuing to develop RBC’s leadership and enterprise capacity in impact investing.

Previously, David was the Fund Manager of the RBC Generator; an impact investment fund raised as part of the RBC Social Finance Initiative where he executed an investment program focused on social entrepreneurs, social impact bonds, and other outcomes finance structures.

David has been an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University when he taught entrepreneurial finance, and a lecturer at Queens University Smith School of Business in the impact investing education program.

He is a Kauffman Fellow (Class 20), and has been recognized as a New Leader by the Carnegie Council, and selected as a David Rockefeller Fellow at the Trilateral Commission.

Prior to joining RBC, David was an Investor with TrilogyGrowth L.P., an early stage consumer focused venture capital firm and began his career as a Venture Fellow with Rhode Island-based investment firms Cherrystone Angel Group and Ocean State Angels.

David attended graduate school at Brown University earning an M.P.H., and spent time at Harvard University Graduate School as a Visiting Graduate Scholar. He also holds an H.B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University.

 

A continental breakfast will be served

RSVP before noon Monday Friday April 13, 2018

Apr
26
Thu
Total Impact: A New Conference Series from the Good Capital Project
Apr 26 @ 9:00 AM – Apr 27 @ 6:00 PM

ABOUT TOTAL IMPACT

Good Capital Project and ImpactPHL are proud to present an exciting new gathering that will leave you with the tools, insights and connections to build a Total Impact Portfolio to deliver on both your financial and social goals.

Impact investing can be daunting and confusing, this series welcomes practitioners of all levels, from curious newcomers to established experts, to learn how to broaden the community and improve the world while meeting your or your client’s goals.

Since last June, the Good Capital Project has brought together practitioners, experts, and academics from throughout the financial, development, and non-profit communities to identify ways to expand the Impact Investing community and industry. One of the most common suggestions, and one of the Good Capital Project’s first initiatives, is a new educational event series to teach investors and financial advisors how to incorporate Impact into their portfolios.

WHAT TO EXPECT

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Learn best practices, strategies and ideas to incorporate Impact into portfolios.
  • Learn about executable Impact investments across all asset classes.
  • Get inspired to join the fast growing impact investment community.

The Total Impact conference is for RIAs, family offices, and investors who are interested in aligning their portfolios with their social values. We are bringing together impact investing experts, academics, and development leaders to demonstrate how to build total impact portfolios. We believe the financial services industry has the tools to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges and we would like you to join us.

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THE SPACE

Total Impact is being held at Convene’s Cira Centre location, which offers executive quality amenities and excellent facilities including:

  • High-Speed WiFi
  • Flexible Meeting & Event Space
  • Gourmet Cuisine
  • State-Of-The-Art Technology
  • Unlimited On-Site Drinks & Snacks

 

AGENDA THEMES

Below are the themes Total Impact will cover.

  • EXECUTABLE OPPORTUNITIES ACROSS ASSET CLASSES.

  • PLACE-BASED IMPACT OPPORTUNITIES.

  • ADVISORY AND MEASUREMENT BEST PRACTICES.

  • INCORPORATING SRI, ESG, IMPACT, AND THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS INTO PORTFOLIOS THAT MEET YOUR FINANCIAL OBJECTIVES.

  • WOMEN AND MILLENNIALS IN IMPACT.

  • INVESTOR INSIGHTS AND EXPERIENCES IN THE FIELD.

  • PRACTICAL TOOLS TO BUILD TOTAL IMPACT PORTFOLIOS.

Apr
27
Fri
Total Impact Conference
Apr 27 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Event Details

Good Capital Project and ImpactAlpha are proud to present an exciting new gathering that will leave you with the tools, insights and connections to build a Total Impact Portfolio to deliver on both your financial and social goals.

Impact investing can be daunting and confusing, this series welcomes practitioners of all levels, from curious newcomers to established experts, to learn how to broaden the community and improve the world while meeting your or your client’s goals.

Who should attend:
Good Capital Project and ImpactAlpha’s Total Impact conference is for RIAs, family offices, and investors who are interested in aligning their portfolios with their social values. We’re bringing together impact investing experts, academics, and development leaders to teach you how to build total impact portfolios. We believe the financial services industry has the tools to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges and we’d like to invite you to join us.

What to expect:
Learn best practices, strategies and ideas you can implement today.
Learn about executable impact investments across all asset classes.
Get inspired to join the fast growing impact investment community.

The Space:
Total Impact is being held at Convene’s Cira Centre location, which offers executive quality amenities and excellent facilities.

Oct
30
Tue
GIIN Investor Forum 2018
Oct 30 – Oct 31 all-day

Global Impact Investing Network Investor Forum 2018

The largest global gathering of impact investors

Impact investing has captured the attention of a growing community of investors motivated by the industry’s potential for a broad reimagining of the way the capital markets work.

In October 2018, investors from around the globe will convene for the preeminent gathering of active impact investors and those who are interested in building an impact investing practice.

Hosted by the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) and PEI Media, the Forum aims to advance and scale the market through insight from industry leaders, leading-edge research, and unrivalled networking opportunities.

The event consist of two Forum days, 30-31 October, and the GIIN members-only event on 29 October.

 

Why attend?

Increase your knowledge

Whether you are currently making impact investments or exploring the opportunities, the Forum presents a fast track opportunity to build your knowledge on leading investment strategies, best practices, and products. The convening also offers sneak peeks at best-in-class industry research.

Build your network

As the largest global gathering for impact investors, the Forum presents the opportunity for attendees to meet with peers from around the world, identify potential partners and co-investors, and gain insights from leading experts and industry pioneers.

Develop new investment strategies

The Forum is uniquely practitioner driven. Drawing upon the guidance of industry experts and the Global Impact Investing Network’s extensive experience working alongside the largest global community of active impact investors, the agenda is designed to advance attendees’ investment strategies.

Learn from a diverse speaker line up

Speakers at the Forum include the foremost industry experts and thought leaders. Although they represent diverse perspectives, organisations, and geographies, all speakers are selected because they have valuable information and insights that will directly benefit attendees and the industry.

Discover where opportunities lie

Through informative, practitioner-oriented sessions and ample opportunities for networking, the Forum provides an unparalleled channel to learn about opportunities in the impact investing market.

Who will you meet?

Over 1,000 practitioners from 60 countries will attend the 2018 GIIN Investor Forum, including representatives from banks, foundations, family offices, pension funds, fund managers, governments, insurance companies, development finance institutions, service providers, and many others. The Forum is designed to benefit both active impact professionals and those interested in the industry’s growth. So no matter your experience, you will find information and the contacts to advance your practice.