Tim Draimin

Tim Draimin is Executive Director of Social Innovation Generation (SiG) and Chair of CAUSEWAY Social Finance. SiG, (a partnership of The JW McConnell Family Foundation, MaRS Discovery District, the University of Waterloo, and Vancouver's PLAN Institute), supports the creativity of social innovators to tackle Canada's profound social and environmental challenges. SiG's focus is enhancing Canada's resilience by engaging the creativity and resources of all sectors to collaborate on systems changing social innovations that have impact, durability and scale.

Recognizing the inadequate funding model for grant-sustained innovations, SiG convened the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance to accelerate the development of a robust social finance ecosystem. The Task Force, composed of capital market financiers, foundation CEOs, and social economy leaders, includes former Prime Minister Paul Martin, Macquarie Canada Capital Chairman Stanley Hartt, and MasterCard Foundation CEO Reeta Roy, among others.

>Tim has worked with civil society organizations in Canada and internationally. He managed a Latin American development program, initiated the In Common policy program for Canada's international NGO association, was the NGO representative on the Canadian delegation to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), and was the founding CEO of Tides Canada Foundation. Tim guided Tides' expansion, established Canada's first national support system for social entrepreneurs (Tides Canada Initiatives) and provided a support system for the world's first large scale integrated conservation model, the Great Bear Rainforest.

Long associated with the responsible investing movement, Tim was involved with shareholder activism in the 1970s, co-author of Canada's first critical corporate biography (Falconbridge: Portrait of a Canadian Mining Multinational), and a past board member of the Social Investment Organization (SIO).

He is the author of Canada's first national study of social entrepreneurship and a frequent advisor to government, business, and non-profit associations. Tim is a former board member of Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society, the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network, and was member of the Voluntary Sector Forum's Finance Action Group and advisor to Community Foundations of Canada's Responsible Investing Pilot Project.