Social Finance Tools

Here is my presentation from the Co-operative Enterprise Council New Brunswick's annual general meeting. My presentation covers social finance tools that will help co-ops finance start-up and expansion. Topics include social enterprise, crowdfunding, microloans, CEDIFs, community bonds, and social impact bonds.

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Reimagining the Non-Profit Sector

The non-profit sector does so much good in the world, why the heck do they define themselves in the negative?  Of course this sector is suffering from an identity crisis!  Even though the sector accounts for 7% of Canada’s GDP - a bigger share than our extractive resource industry -  it doesn’t get the attention or influence it deserves.

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Toronto's First Impact Investment Fair

So thrilled to present in front of more than 130 people at last night's event graciously hosted by the Centre for Social Innovation - Regent Park!

It was a fun-filled event, showcasing 13 different impact investment leaders.  Here is my slideshow from the evening:

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Journey to the Cree Village Ecolodge

IMG_0098.jpgAlmost three years ago, I met Randy Kapashesit, Chief of the MoCreebec people.  We grabbed a coffee in Toronto near UofT.  We got to talking, and ended up spending a couple of hours chatting about the idea of a sustainable local economy.  Randy loved it when I told him that economics and ecology share the same greek root - oikos - meaning ‘household’.  Economics means the management of the household (ensuring food, budgeting, etc.) while ecology means the study of the household (this land, our home).  We laughed at the absurdity of separating economics from environment, especially here in Canada where the environment IS the economy.  He loved the idea of biomimcy and hoped that the MoCreebec could mimic a thriving ecosystem, teeming with beauty and life.

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Sexy Green MegaProject #5 – Geothermal in Iceland

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Completion Date: ??

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Sexy Green MegaProject #4 – Fukushima Offshore Wind Farm

WindfarmSunset.jpgSize: 1GW; ¥18.8 billion (US$ 200 Million)

Completion Date: 2015

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Sexy Green MegaProject #3 – Gujurat Solar Park

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Size: 1 Gigawatt; 105 billion Rupees (US$ 2.3 Billion)

Completion Date: December, 2013

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Sexy Green MegaProject #2 – Masdar City

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Size: 700 hectars; 40,000 residents; US$ 22 Billion


Completion Date: 2025

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Sexy Green MegaProject #1 – Desertec

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Size: More than 125 Gigawatts; €400 Billion


Completion Date: 2050

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