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April 26, 2017

Jory and Jill's personal impact investing journey

What does it take to build a 100% impact investment portfolio? Jory Cohen has been tackling this problem for two years as Director of Social Finance & Investment at Inspirit Foundation. Now he and his wife Jill have committed to the same with their personal investments. This is how they're doing it.

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March 1, 2017

CoPower Launches $20M Green Bond Issuance!

CoPower Inc., a leading Canadian clean energy investment platform, announced today that the first tranche of its $20 million issuance of Green Bonds is now available to individual investors, providing Canadians with the unique opportunity to invest in clean energy projects across North America.

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February 27, 2017

A Québec Green Bond for the rest of us / Des obligations vertes Québécoises pour nous tous

Last Friday, February 24th, Quebec's first provincial green bond sold out in minutes to major institutional investors, but what about the rest of us?

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February 22, 2017

CoPower and Vancity Capital Corporation team up to bring Green Bonds to Canadians

We're pleased to announce that Vancity Capital Corp. has injected $1 million in financing to CoPower's revolving credit facility, to support the development of our flagship Green Bonds.

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February 21, 2017

Turning my boring savings account into an ethical investment portfolio: Bronwyn Oatley

“In The Green” is a series of interviews with all types of green investors, from those who are starting small with a fossil-free ETF, to those who have dived in head-first to create a 100% earth-and human-friendly portfolio, to find out how they’re doing it.

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February 7, 2017

Investing in clean energy & conservation where it counts the most

For investors looking to maximize the impact of their green investments, supporting clean energy projects in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia or the territories, is a powerful way to reduce emissions at an even greater scale.

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February 1, 2017

CoPower Green Bonds rolling out March 1st

On March 1st investors across Canada will have the opportunity to participate in and profit from the transition to a clean energy future by investing in CoPower Green Bonds.

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January 26, 2017

In The Green: Braden Root-McCaig

In The Green is a series of interviews with all types of green investors. This week we talked to millennial investor Braden Root-McCaig on his decision to dip a toe into the world of impact and green investing.

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January 25, 2017

Why we need to support the clean transition now more than ever

With or without government leadership on climate change, there’s a lot we can do as individuals to move forward with the clean transition.

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December 14, 2016

Green vs. Greenwashed: Measuring what matters

How can we tell the difference between “green” and “greenwashed”? It’s easy to slap buzzwords on a product -- it’s hard to make and measure real change.

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December 13, 2016

Holiday gifts that give back

The holidays often end up being a wasteful season, but it doesn't have to be this way. The year considering buying your gifts from one of hundreds of Canadian B Corporations. Not only will you be able to give a cool gift, but also a story of positive impact that will make your friends and family feel great.

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November 25, 2016

Investment from Fondaction CSN fuels growth of our clean energy investing model

CoPower is delighted to announce a $300,000 investment from Fondaction, a mission-aligned investor with a 20 year track record for growing and supporting environmentally responsible businesses.

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November 14, 2016

Will President Trump Kill the Clean Energy Economy?

With falling clean energy stock prices and first-hundred-days commitments like lifting restrictions on coal production, the Trump Presidency appears to be a major setback in the fight against climate change. Here's why clean energy's prospects may not be as grim as you think.

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November 1, 2016

Pressing Pause on LRP & the Future of Ontario’s Renewable Energy Transition

CoPower's Director of Projects Jonathan Frank on the suspension of Ontario's Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) process, the missed opportunity for our province, and how we can still move forward with the clean energy transition.

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October 31, 2016

CoPower named Social Enterprise of the Year

CoPower named 2016 Social Enterprise of the Year at the MaRS Social Finance Forum.

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October 28, 2016

CoPower raises $3M from Canadian foundations to democratize clean energy investing

CoPower raises $3M from The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the Ivey Foundation & the Hamilton Community Foundation to democratize clean energy investing in Canada.

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October 24, 2016

How to build a career in clean energy

CoPower CEO David Berliner's top tips for millennials looking to build careers in clean energy or cleantech.

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September 28, 2016

Outstanding contributors to clean capitalism, that's us!

CoPower's leadership honoured with a Clean50 award for outstanding contribution to clean capitalism and an Environmental Entrepreneur of the Year award.

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July 7, 2016

Insights on the future of Impact Investing

What does the future of impact investing hold? How can we use our portfolios to catalyze change?

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June 10, 2016

A Smart Green Bank’s Mission: Planned Obsolescence

The Ontario Government's 2016 Climate Change Action Plan includes the creation of a green bank. What's the most powerful thing a green bank could do? Make itself obsolete.

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June 1, 2016

Is Big Oil FINALLY Budging on Climate Change Mitigation?

Even as oil prices slowly recover, the message from citizens all over the world is clear: clean energy is the future, which makes green investing the smarter choice.

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May 26, 2016

The shining light in Ontario’s climate plan that no one is talking about.

Ontario's new climate change plan offers a multi-billion dollar opportunity to shift us to a clean energy, low carbon future. Here's CoPower's take on how Premier Wynne and team can get it right.

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May 18, 2016

Man vs. Woman: Who makes a better investor?

A new RIA report finds that women while are nearly twice as likely as men to express uncertainty about responsible investing. We dug deeper to find out why that is and what the hidden benefits are.

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April 26, 2016

Why I joined 200 Canadian CEOs to call for a federal clean energy loan guarantee.

What 4 key actions can the federal government take to effectively support cleantech in Canada?

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March 18, 2016

What Canadians have been Waiting For

As our new federal government touts a much more climate-friendly agenda, Canadians are rallying behind the cause. It’s clear: Canadians want decisive action on climate change, now.

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March 8, 2016

How women are changing the impact investing landscape

In the context of impact investing, recent surveys have suggested that there are in fact differences between men and women.

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March 1, 2016

In Canada and Abroad, the Future looks Bright for Clean Energy

Climate change is happening, and if we don’t make serious changes very quickly, the outlook is not good. Fortunately, when it comes to the energy sector, the future is looking green.

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January 27, 2016

Why I’m divesting (and how you can too)!

Join a movement of people changing the way we invest,

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January 22, 2016

Will millennials take impact investing mainstream?

Millennials. Generation Y. Often touted as the “Me” generation. More selfish than their predecessors, the Generation Xs and the Baby Boomers. But when it comes to investing, this myth about millennials just doesn’t hold up.

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January 18, 2016

Why and how we are simplifying green investing

A wise person once told me, “investors don’t solve problems, they make money”. I take the point — investments are intended to preserve and grow capital. But the good news is, entrepreneurs do solve problems – and investors have the power to choose where they are placing their capital, and how they build value.

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December 16, 2015

What Paris means for Canada

The Paris climate agreement's impact on Canada

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December 1, 2015

Small is big: the opportunity for distributed clean energy

The Paris climate talks and how you and I use energy

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November 17, 2015

The role for impact investors in climate change and clean energy.

This post is a summary of my thoughts from a panel I participated on at the MaRS Social Finance Forum on November 12, 2015 in Toronto.

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November 9, 2015

Why the climate movement should care about 24 Sussex

Why the Prime Minister's official residence should go green and go solar.

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October 30, 2015

Empowering individual investors

If you’ve got the good fortune to be friends with any securities lawyers, chances are they’ve been trying to pin you down at cocktail parties for a while now.

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October 26, 2015

What does a Liberal government mean for clean energy in Canada?

With the election of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government on Monday, the clean energy landscape in Canada is certain to change.

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October 8, 2015

CoPower closes financing round from leading impact investors

CoPower, an online marketplace for clean energy investing, announced today that it raised $850,000 in a seed round of financing led by Innovation Support and RBC.

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June 8, 2015

Energy Efficiency lessons

3 lessons from my energy efficiency conference

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April 27, 2015

CoPower Spring Update

Our most exciting news as we leave the winter, with info on hiring, travels and reading recommendations. Take a look!

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February 9, 2015

CoPower Winter Update

CoPower announces its financing platform, adds Kathrin Ohle and James Van Bergh, and attends the Canadian Crowdfunding Summit.

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December 9, 2014

CoPower Launches

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of CoPower’s online investment platform for clean energy and the successful financing of our first projects.

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December 9, 2014

CoPower Holiday Update

CoPower announces its financing platform, Lending Club raises IPO terms, and solar investment is only just getting started.

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November 11, 2014

Platforms — investing in the 21st century

Notes from a panel discussion at the MaRS Social Finance Forum 2014 (Toronto, Canada).

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November 11, 2014

CoPower Update - November 2014

CoPower selected for MaRS Community Finance Solutions, Raphael Bouskila speaks, and other news.

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September 10, 2014

CoPower Update - September 2014

Great reception from investors for online platform Lending Club, and other clean energy news.

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August 13, 2014

Financial Innovation Is Spreading to Efficiency

America has been the focus of attention in efficiency finance, but Canada is seeing a wave of activity too.

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August 13, 2014

CoPower Update - August 2014

CoPower and Dunsky Energy write about energy efficiency finance, and Ontario shines on for solar.

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July 9, 2014

CoPower Update - July 2014

CoPower hosts equity-crowdfunding event, launch of new website and video, and other updates.

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June 4, 2014

CoPower Update - June 2014

CoPower hosts crowdfunding event, launches its website and attends C2MTL - and, investors are going crazy for crowdfunding platforms.

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May 23, 2014

Commerce and creativity

Thoughts inspired by entrepreneurship as a search for truth.

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May 13, 2014

Flash Boys and the Wolf of Wall Street

How the crowd can alter our “financialization” trend

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May 13, 2014

CoPower Update - May 2014

CoPower joins the MaRS group, attends Solar Ontario and Globe, and is selected for C2MTL

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April 25, 2014

What’s the link between tech and financing?

New technologies get discovered and funded all the time. This is how they make it to scale

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April 7, 2014

CoPower Update - April 2014

CoPower attends ZERO2014, GLOBE and C2MTL, SDEVM announces financing for CoPower, and other clean energy and investing news.

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April 4, 2014

GLOBE2014 panel

Evolution or Revolution: thoughts on innovations in sustainable finance from the GLOBE2014 international conference.

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March 11, 2014

CoPower Update - March 2014

Our first update newsletter, with the latest equity-crowdfunding and clean energy news.

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