Agenda

 

A day of inspiration, discovery, and thought provoking discussion

08:00
  Registration and Continental Breakfast
     
09:00   Welcome and Introductions
     
09:15   Opening Keynote: Daniel Epstein, Co-founder, Unreasonable Group
     
10:00   Session 1 – From Idea to Impact: The Entrepreneur’s Journey
   

How did an architect from Chicago co-found a social venture that is changing building construction practices around the world? How did a Canadian engineering graduate end up investing in and supporting small agricultural enterprises in Ghana? In this session, two inspiring entrepreneurs discuss their journeys from idea to impact and explain what drove them to create change and what they learned along the way.

Moderator: Jana Svedova, Director Social Innovation, Sauder S3i Research Centre
Speaker: Ryan Dick, Co-founder, GIGAbase
Speaker: Mina Shahid, Co-founder, Kulemela Investments

     
11:00   Coffee Break
     
11:30   Session 2 - The government as an innovator?
   

We rarely see the words “government” and “innovation” used together, but what if there were ways for the public sector and social innovators to work together for greater impact? This panel features a talk by Ethan Wilkes, from Reboot, an organization working toward a 21st century social contract intended to unlock new models of engagement between citizens and public institutions.

Panel keynote: Ethan Wilkes, Director of Communications, Reboot
Moderator: Mike Rowlands, Principal, Junxion Strategy
Panelist: Rachel Holmes, Executive Director of Innovative Partnerships at the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation

     
12:30
  Lunch and Networking
     
13:30   Honourable Don McRae, Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation
     
13:45   Session 3 - Demystifying Impact Investing
   

Impact Investing has received a lot of attention and hype over its potential to benefit society and the environment while making a profit at the same time. Over half of the impact investing funds that exist today are less than two years old and funds are pouring into the sector.  But what is the reality of impact investing? What kind of problems can this funding model address, and can returns really be made while doing good or is an “impact bubble” on the horizon?  In this session, Dr. James Tansey, presents new findings from research by Sauder S3i that aims to answer these questions. A dialogue with investors and entrepreneurs follows.

Presentation Speaker: James Tansey, Executive Director, Sauder S3i Research Centre for Sustainability and Social Innovation
Panelist: Paul Richardson, CEO, Renewal Funds
Panelist: Sam Goldman, Founder, d.light design
Panelist: Stephen Nairne, Managing Director, Lundin Foundation

     
14:45
  Session 4 – Innovating for healthier lives
   

Health and wellness are two of our most valuable assets. Yet, poor physical and mental health underlies many of the problems facing society today. For this reason, innovation has become particularly important as the demand for new and better ways to sustain the health care system and keep our citizens healthy continues to increase. This panel features presentations from two pioneers in innovative approaches to improving health care and healthy living and talk about their approaches to this problem.

Moderator: Jessica Langelaan, Traction on Demand
Panelist: Dr. Ashley Riskin, Cofounder, Connect Health
Panelist: Jaydeen Williams, Executive Director, Take a Hike Foundation
Panelist: Michael Cancilla, Cofounder, West Coast Surgical

     
15:45
  Coffee Break
     
16:15   Social Venture Showcase
   

The Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub Social Venture Showcase features the up-and-coming social entrepreneurs who were selected to participate in the year-long accelerator program. Meet the individuals behind the ventures and hear how they are addressing challenges in our communities.

     
17:00   Closing Keynote: Ken Banks, Founder of kiwanja.net and FrontlineSMS, Author of “The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator”
     
17:45   Closing remarks and reception

 



Note: This agenda is updated as speakers are confirmed.

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