Social Finance Academy

Program Overview

The appetite for social finance and impact investing is on the rise across Canada and the globe. The 2017 Global Impact Investing Network’s annual survey continues to report increases in the size of the global marketplace at USD 114 billion in managed impact assets across geographies and sectors, as well as commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In Canada, new funds, products, and platforms such as Social Impact Bonds, and Equity Crowd Funding are on the rise. As well, social procurement policies are being adopted by governments as a way to meet their mandates. Investors from foundations to endowment boards, through to everyday retail investors are now able to think differently about how their investments achieve financial returns while maximizing social and environmental benefits.

By attending this unique program, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the factors which drive investment across critical demand side sectors
  • Learn how to integrate impact investing tools within your organization to transform outcomes and investment models
  • Achieve measurable financial outcomes and valuable social impacts
  • Become part of a growing global community of professionals in the field of social finance

For more information email or call 613.533.3331.

This course can be applied to your Certificate in Social Impact for Professionals.


Date: Nov 23 - Nov 24, 2017
Location: Toronto


  • Corporate and individual rate: $1,995+HST
  • Non-profit and public sector rate: $995+HST
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What You'll Learn

  • The marketplace, financial vehicles and products for driving social impact and financial return
  • How to develop a social finance strategy for your foundation or organization
  • How a Social Impact Bond works and its applications today
  • Learn about social procurement policies and procedures
  • Measurement and assessment of impact investments

Key decision-making frameworks and approaches, including:

  • How investment strategies effect change in communities and across social systems
  • Supporting effective community initiatives
  • How to manage risk and conduct due diligence
  • Options for portfolio management today

The 2016 inaugural session was developed in collaboration with our Program Advisory Board:

  • Shama Ahmed, TD Bank
  • David Borcsok, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Tina Dacin, Smith School of Business
  • Bindu Dhaliwal, BMO Financial Group
  • Karim Harji, Purpose Capital
  • Gayle Peterson, Saïd Business School
  • Sucheta Rajagopal, Mackie Research Capital Corp
  • Andrea Robertson, TD Wealth
Social Finance Academy

Who Should Attend

We welcome a range of participants including financial service professionals, investors, policy makers, philanthropists, executives of social mission driven organizations and government representatives. In addition, a key objective is to build capacity for board members and key decision makers.

Personal Benefits

  • Network and learn from expert faculty and practitioners
  • Join a rapidly growing global community of social finance professionals
  • Develop practical skills for application in the social finance sector
  • Learn critical tools for assessment of responsible, sustainable and impact investments
  • Understand how to accelerate social impact while earning a financial return

Organizational Benefits

  • Develop knowledge of social finance products and services
  • Learn key decision making frameworks for guiding impact investment decisions
  • Understand the marketplace including its opportunities and obstacles
  • Inspire an agile culture, supportive of innovation
  • Build and execute cross-sector alliances
  • Gain tools to measure and assess impact investments
Ceren Kolsarici

"The launch of the Social Finance Academy is an opportunity to build on the recent growth and momentum of Canada’s social finance market. As we look to the future, this kind of practical education rooted in best practices will deepen our collective knowledge in the area of social finance and involve more leaders from foundations and the broader philanthropic sector in the exciting world of impact investing."

Ian Bird
President, Community Foundations of Canada