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Thursday, December 3 • 9:00am - 10:00am
The Transformative Potential of Finance

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Community economic development is often explained through the concept of the ‘leaky bucket economy’ -- where wealth and resources are pouring through holes and cracks created by economic ownership far from communities, leaving many people and helpful organizations without everything they need. Finance is a really leaky bucket. And, the financial system including banks, investments, pensions & savings funds, philanthropic funds, and other tools can be contributors to inequality and discrimination. Social finance has recently taken center stage as an innovative way of tackling these challenges. But this conversation can get stuck on particular models, like social impact bonds. It often feels really remote and complicated or just impossible to engage in when we’re so busy working in community. This session is an opportunity to join folks involved in social finance and the federal Investment Readiness Program from various perspectives. We’ll explore the potential and pitfalls for big change if we can plug this leaky bucket with community-owned models and bold social finance ideas to pour finance back into our communities.

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Sarah Leeson-Klym

Regional Networks Director, Canadian CED Network
Sarah Leeson-Klym is Regional Networks Director for the Canadian CED Network. In that role, she works with network leaders across Canada to create opportunities for learning, dialogue, and alignment across a variety of cross-cutting issues like social and community finance, social... Read More →

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Sagal Dualeh

Director, Investment Readiness Program, Canadian Women’s Foundation
Sagal Dualeh joined the Canadian Women’s Foundation as Director of Investment Readiness and has over ten years experience in the field working with non-profit organizations, charities, government, as well as with social enterprise and entrepreneurs. She’s worked in varying sectors... Read More →
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Brendan Reimer

Strategic Partner, Values-Based Banking, Assiniboine Credit Union
Brendan Reimer is Assiniboine Credit Union’s Strategic Partner, Values-Based Banking. Brendan also currently provides leadership as the co-chair of the Canadian Credit Union Association’s Community Impact Committee, and volunteers as a board member with both SEED Winnipeg and... Read More →
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Eden Yesh

Chair, BC Community Impact Investment Coalition
Eden Yesh is the Regional Manager of Community Economic Development at Kootenay Employment Services Society and has been with the organization for 10 years. For the past six years, Eden led the research, development and incorporation of three Community Investment Co-ops in the Kootenay-Boundary... Read More →

Thursday December 3, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CST