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Healthcare in Canada
The opportunity for impact investing in healthcare

By Bruno Lam
Healthcare is undeniably gaining traction amongst impact investors. In the 2016 GIIN/J.P. Morgan Annual Impact Investor Survey, healthcare was found to be the third fastest growing impact investment sector, with 51% of investors planning on increasing their investments in the sector. But what's happening here at home? There are both opportunities and a strong need for impact investment in Canadian healthcare.
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Counting what counts in impact investment
By Jana Svedova
This month, the responsible Investment Association (RIA) published the Canadian Impact Investment Trends Report. While the findings point towards many positive trends, the RIA uses the definition of impact investing at its broadest level, leading to potentially misleading data about the impact investment landscape in Canada. Tighter parameters are needed when it comes to defining impact investment.
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Impact Investing News

Goldman Sachs and the Calvert Foundation invests in cleaner DC water. The USA’s first Environmental Impact Bond raised $25 million from Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group and the Calvert Foundation for a project to reduce the volume of sewer overflows in DC. 
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SDGs becoming a benchmark for many impact investment funds. Impact investment firms are increasingly adopting UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to guide their investments. Prominent firms that have adopted this include RobecoSAM, Triodos Investment Management, and Fifty Years. A recent GIIN report provides backgrounds on some of these firms. 

Family offices and millenials are driving best practices in impact investing. A new report from investment firm Cambridge Associates suggests that 1 in 3 high net worth investors are interested in impact investing. Among millenials, 85% have stated social impact is important to their investment decisions. 
Want to learn more about responsible investing?

Responsible investing is a key to unlocking the power of business for positive change. But what exactly is RI, and how do you go about doing it? 

Join Christie Stephenson, Executive Director of the Peter P Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics, for a free workshop co-hosted by the SFU Beedie Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability that will teach participants to navigate evaluations approaches and issues so they can leverage this core component of responsible investing.

Call for Applications: CCSiHub

Apply now to the CCSiHub incubator program and take your company to the next level! Experienced mentors & entrepreneurs in residence will challenge and advise you, dedicated & knowledgeable student interns will work with you, and a dynamic peer community will support you – all so that your social venture can thrive! Click here for more information.
Community News Roundup

For the first time ever, we are hosting a competitive intelligence workshop for social impact ventures. Spots are limited, sign up for the IMPACT Competitive Intelligence Workshop now. It's happening November 2 from 9:30am-12:30pm.


Vancouver, Canada (e@UBC)
October 26, 2016 | 4:30pm

MaRS Social Finance Forum
Toronto, Canada
October 27-28, 2016

Chasing Sustainability
Vancouver, Canada (Pinnacle Inn)
October 28, 2016

Vancouver, Canada (UBC Sauder)
November 8, 2016 | 12:30pm-2:00pm

SRI Conference

Denver, Colorado
November 9-11, 2016

Vancouver, Canada (IKB Library, UBC)
November 16, 2016 | 8:00am-5:00pm

GIIN Investor Forum 2016
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
December 7-8, 2016

Skipper Otto's
Skipper Otto's story

In 2014, Sonia Strobel the co-founder & managing director of Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery (CSF), a social venture that creates direct connections between local fishermen and conscious consumers, was still teaching high school students while running the business on the side with her husband Shaun. 

Since joining the CCSiHub, their business has grown by 300%. Sonia sees the time spent at the iHub as key to their success: 

“Being in a cohort is so great because a lot of them had already solved the challenges we were facing and vice-versa so when we would get together and check in with each other and see what everyone was struggling with, suddenly our challenges were solved”
Skipper Ottos Founders
Sonia recognizes that running a start-up can be an overwhelming and difficult experience. Her message for fellow entrepreneurs is to realize you're surrounded by a great community in Vancouver:

"Find your tribe. You’re not alone. There are people out there doing the same kind of thing and you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Get into programs like the iHub. Make your social life around business— go for beers with people who are involved in the startup community and just soak it up. It can be very isolating, running a startup, but there is so much support if you seek it out."

You can learn more about Skipper Otto's Community Supported Fisheries (CSF) here. For more information and to apply to CCSiHub, click here. The interview was conducted by Amanda Bamford.
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