We always look forward to the MaRS Social Finance Forum as a chance to catch up with our fellow social entrepreneurs and friends, and learn from the best and brightest putting in the hard work of building a social finance market.
This year was particularly meaningful for us, as CoPower was named Social Enterprise of the Year and Trish Nixon, our Director of Investments, was awarded the inaugural Ewart Newton Award for Social Innovation. (Apologies if we took over your Twitter feed, we were just so excited.) Congratulations also to Engineers Without Borders Canada for taking home the Impact Investor of the Year Award, and the Lundin Foundation, recognized for Excellence in Mission Investing.
Social Enterprise of the Year
"Presented to a Canadian incorporated for-profit, not-for-profit or cooperative organization that combines business excellence with positive social or environmental impact and a financial return. Eligible enterprises are those that have been in operation for at least one year, have existing revenues or customers, and are able to demonstrate measurable impact in their target areas."
Ewart Newton Award for Social Innovation
This award recognizes a social entrepreneur (who is a not the founder or CEO) within an organization who displays exemplary commitment, achieves positive impact and applies principles or practices of social innovation, social enterprise and/or social finance. It is awarded jointly by JUMP Math and MaRS.
This award is named for Ewart Newton, who was Vice-President of Development at JUMP Math, an innovative charitable organization and social enterprise dedicated to helping teachers and students achieve their potential through evidence-based programming. Ewart was extraordinarily dedicated to the empowerment and education of youth. He achieved much, but without headlines or heroics. It is men and women like Ewart Newton who power social innovation within their organizations, sectors and communities.
Tags: Social Enterprise - Social Economy - Impact Investing - Fintech - Green Bonds