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The appetite for social finance is growing across Canada. Impact funds and green bonds are two of the many new and innovative ideas gaining momentum in the marketplace, and inspiring organizations and consumers to think differently about their investments. The Social Finance Academy is an intensive three-day immersion in the world of social finance and its implications for maximizing social benefits while achieving financial results.

By attending this unique program, you will gain an understanding of the factors which drive investment across critical demand side sectors; such as affordable housing, water, energy, aboriginal business, non-profit and social enterprise and sustainable agriculture.

The program will demonstrate how to integrate social finance tools within your organization to transform outcomes and investment models, while achieving measurable financial outcomes and valuable social impacts.

Additionally, the Academy will satisfy one of the core requirements in earning a Certificate in Social Impact from the Centre for Social Impact.


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Organizational Benefits

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

Personal Benefits

  • Network and learn from expert faculty and practitioners
  • Become part of a growing global community of professionals in the field of social finance
  • Develop practical skills and knowledge in the social finance sector
  • Learn critical tools for assessment of responsible, sustainable and impact investing
  • Gain the ability to accelerate social impact while earning financial returns

Program Content

  • Measurement and assessment of impact investment
  • The marketplace, vehicles and products for driving social impact
  • Obstacles and opportunities for social finance
  • Skills that are essential for: Development of funds, Product development, Due diligence, Portfolio management and Supporting effective community initiatives

This 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

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.

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