Toronto+Acumen has organized a series of conversations with industry leaders in impact investment and social entrepreneurship in Toronto to bridge connections, strengthen relationships and inspire innovation and investment in social enterprises.
For the fourth installment of our Speaker Series, we are delighted to sit down with James Haga, VP of Strategy and Investment for Engineers Without Borders (EWB) to address the importance of unlocking human potential to create imaginative leaders and a world without poverty. The conversation will cover EWB’s investment and approach to leadership development and institutional scale, highlighting key experiences from their work in sub-Saharan Africa. Attendees can expect to leave with a sharper understanding of how collaboration, embracing difference and experimentation can unlock human potential to scale social impact and enterprise.
Toronto+Acumen is grateful for Wealthsimple’s generous donation of their office to host this event.
Take this opportunity to connect with professionals interested in learning about innovative business solutions to poverty, and introduce yourself to an organization helping create moral leaders for tomorrow.
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The venue is fully accessible.
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About James Haga
As the Vice President Strategy and Investment, James oversees the Engineers Without Borders’ investment, talent and advocacy models towards achieving poverty alleviation. He manages the investments, directing capital, fellowships, and advisory services to early-stage for-profit social enterprises that aim to deliver solutions for the underserved in sub-Saharan Africa in new and untested ways. James has over 10 years of experience working in Africa markets, is the recipient of the 2013 Action Canada Fellow and is a member of the Banff Forum. He is recognized as a thought-leader and an expert in impact investing. Most recently, James has been asked to speak before The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development and The Standing Committee on Finance to provide expert testimony on a range of Canadian and Federal budget challenges to establish Canada’s Development Finance Institution.
What Sparked The Series?
According to the Responsible Investment Association, impact investments have boomed in Canada, growing from 3.77 billion to 9.22 billion in assets under management since 2013.
This speaker series offers an opportunity for the 10,000 social enterprises and 160,000 people working in the social sector to connect and discuss opportunities to accelerate the growth of impact investing in Canada.
Toronto+Acumen is a volunteer-led chapter of Acumen, a global non-profit working to eradicate poverty through venture philanthropy. To learn more about Acumen’s work, click here.
Wealthsimple makes investing easy, helping you build an intelligent portfolio of low-fee funds designed to meet your financial goals. Their socially responsible investing (SRI) option means you can invest based on your values with the click of a button. The SRI portfolio prioritizes companies with low carbon emissions, that advance cleantech innovation, and that make diversity a priority.