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Friday, January 16 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
What Does it Mean to Have Social Impact?

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What do we really mean by "social impact"? Creating jobs, not causing harm, increasing dignity? If we are able to define "social impact", where lies the threshold for "enough" impact? Come share your personal theories and hear from practitioners who grapple with this definition and the measurement of impact in their organizations' work.

Facilitators
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Gordon Chan

Venture Leader, BDS Africa
Gordon Chan is a Venture Leader with BDSA Ghana, a consultancy providing management and technical advice to enterprises that serve to reduce poverty in West Africa.  He most recently worked with a Ghanaian incubator to design its service offerings, attract over $650,000 USD in investment, and triple its number of program applicants. Prior to joining BDSA Ghana, Gordon was a Farber Fellow at REDF, a venture philanthropy organization devoted to... Read More →

Speakers
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Aaron Emery

Lead, B Corp Canada, B Corp Canada
Aaron H. Emery is a Senior Associate at the MaRS Center For Impact Investing in Toronto, where he acts as “lead” for the Benefit Corporation Movement in Canada. In this position, it is his job–most days–to meet with amazing entrepreneurs using their businesses to bring about fantastic impact in the world around them. B Corps believe that healthy businesses committed to positive social and environmental outcomes can bring about the most... Read More →
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Diana Menzies

Venture Leader, BDSA Zambia
Diana is the venture leader of BDSA Zambia; a social enterprise that works with medium to large agribusinesses to improve business practices that concern smallholder farmers and reduce rural poverty. Medium-to-Large African agricultural businesses purchase 80% of their crop from smallholder farmers and as such are poised for impact within that market. BDSA wants to build the capacity of these enterprises such that they can test and iterate on... Read More →
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Pamela Roussos

Senior Director, Santa Clara University/GSBI
Pamela Roussos has worked with and for early stage software companies as a business and marketing strategy leader, helping founders create, refine, and execute their business strategy and go-to-market plans. She has over 20 years of experience growing teams and delivering products for both large and start-up software companies, working in various managerial capacities as business unit manager, vice president of marketing, COO and CEO. Some of... Read More →
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Mina Shahid

Chairman, Numida Technologies
Mina has spent most of the past seven years working in Zambia, Uganda and Ghana to improve opportunities for smallholder farmers and African agribusinesses. His bottom line that service is love in action has guided him to live a life of service to those whose potential is systemically constrained. Mina is currently an Acumen Global Fellow, and the COO of SiembraViva; an e-commerce company connecting resource-poor Colombian organic farmers with... Read More →
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Adam Spence

Associate Director, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing
Adam Spence is the Founder of Social Venture Connexion (SVX) and Associate Director at the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing.  For over ten years, Adam has focused his work on driving social, economic, and environmental justice through community development, education, social innovation, and public policy change as an advocate, researcher, and social entrepreneur.  At MaRS, Adam helped found the MaRS... Read More →



Friday January 16, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Fontaine G 900 de la gauchetière ouest

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