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Overview

The social finance stream is about helping investors and institutions balance profit and purpose.

What role do businesses and capital markets play in tackling social issues? How can investors seek opportunities that generate measurable improvements to people’s lives and the environment? How are the reporting requirements for impact evolving? Hear from high-profile thought leaders and disruptive entrepreneurs as they address these questions and more.

Born from the annual Social Finance Forum, MaRS Impact Week’s social finance stream is the premiere destination for those who believe business is about more than dollars and cents.

Program tracks

  • Impact measurement and management
  • Community-led impact design
  • Corporate impact investing leadership
  • Mainstreaming institutional impact ESG investing
Featured Sessions

Provocative ideas shaping the future of impact investing

Reimagining capitalism

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Milton Friedman’s controversial essay “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits.” Hear senior business leaders grapple with the pros and cons of this ever-relevant topic.

A big step forward for corporate impact reporting

Hear from industry experts on how impact reporting is changing large organizations from the ground-up — fostering accountability and sustainability, as well as the bottom line.

Mainstreaming impact within the tailwinds of ESG investing

Even though ESG-driven investing is on the rise, there still exists risks dissuading large pools of capital from embracing even the greatest solutions. How can investors seek opportunities that generate measurable improvements to people’s lives and the environment.

Featured Speakers

MaRS Impact Week speakers represent some of the most progressive financial thinkers in North America.

Early bird tickets available now

Prices increase November 9.

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