About

The Impact Investment Forum is a hub for activity related to social innovation and impact investing in Western Canada. Impact investing, since being defined in 2007 as “making investments into companies, organizations and funds with the intent to create measurable social and environmental impact alongside financial returns”, has proliferated into the financial mainstream. Our goal is to facilitate the creation of a social innovation and impact investment community in Western Canada.

This platform will provide three key sources of content:

  1. Events: Local and global conferences, courses offered by leading academic institutions, and meet-ups
  2. Ventures: Showcasing the pipeline of Western Canadian social ventures
  3. Research: The latest insights and trends in the world of social innovation and impact investing

Events

Events

Ventures

Ventures

Research

Research

Partners

The Impact Investment Forum is powered by the UBC Sauder Centre for Social Innovation & Impact Investing (SauderS3i) and the Pacific Impact Investor Network (PIIN).

SauderS3i

The Centre for Social Innovation & Impact Investing (SauderS3i) is focused on leveraging business tools to advance social innovation and sustainability, through research, incubation, and application. Sauder S3i defines social innovation as a new approach which fosters initiatives that contribute to solving existing social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental challenges. This encompasses concepts such as social enterprise, social finance, and strategic corporate social responsibility. What it does not involve is simply throwing money at a problem. Rather, SauderS3i aims to build institutions designed to create value rather than dependency.

The core research themes at Sauder S3i are building the low carbon economy, social innovation, and economic development with First Nations. Our goal is to build intellectual and human capacity by linking knowledge with action to further the field of sustainability and social innovation. We are just as passionate about student development and action oriented research, as we are about creating useful resources, plans and capacity for our partner communities and organizations.

Website: SauderS3i.sauder.ubc.ca

PIIN

The Pacific Impact Investor Network (PIIN) was created to take a network approach to overcoming barriers faced by individuals, family offices, and foundations in Canada who seek to actively engage in impact investing. Impact investing refers to the act of making investments into companies, organizations and funds with the intent to create measurable social and environmental impact alongside financial returns. It offers new possibilities to tackle problems in both developed and developing country contexts and is an important tool to add to the toolkit of both investors and philanthropists. PIIN provides members with support through each stage of the impact investment process. Our members will be part of a collaborative network of like-minded individuals who will work together to increase capital investment in ventures creating positive social impact.

Website: www.piin.ca