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Social Finance Coaches

Organizations that have participated in an Innoweave Social Finance Workshop and are clear on the money that they need, how they will repay it, and the assistance that they require (e.g. to confirm feasibility/complete an application) are encouraged to connect with an Innoweave Social Finance Coach. The following have self-identified as coaches. As they have not been vetted by Innoweave, organizations are encouraged to assess whether one or more may be a good fit to address their needs. (Note: coaches are being added to this list on a regular basis. Coaches can sign up here to be added.)

A full list of coaches which can be sorted for comparison purposes can be found here (please select the Social Finance tab at the bottom of the sheet).

The following coaches provide services in English and French (please click on the coach’s name to open or close their profile on this page):

  • Andre Vashist

    VERGE Capitalandre.vashist@vergecapital.ca
    Based in London, ON, serving organizations in southwestern Ontario

    Andre Vashist is a social innovator passionate about building inclusive communities. As a social entrepreneur, community development professional and impact investor, he has a combined 15 years of experience. Read more...

  • Brenda Plant

    Elliobplant@ellio.ca
    Based in Montreal, Quebec, serving organizations across Canada

    Brenda has been a consultant and entrepreneur is social finance since 1998.

    Brenda is a founding consultant at Ellio Sustainability Consultants where she advises various clients on how to align their investment strategies with their social and environmental objectives. Read more...

  • Eric Steedman

    Coop Interfaceeric.steedman@coopinterface.ca
    Based in Montreal, QC, serving organizations across Canada

    Over 14 years direct experience as a leader in responsible and impact investing. Current knowledge of issues directly pertinent to organizational governance; social and environmental sustainability; and social finance. Direct experience engaging with companies, not-for profit entities, and other stakeholders; Strong networks and reputation with the local and international ESG, RI and social economy communities. Read more...

  • Hugh Maynard

    Qu'anglo Communications & Consultinghugh@quanglo.ca
    Based in Ormstown, QC, serving organizations across Canada

    Hugh Maynard is owner of Qu’anglo Communications & Consulting, an enterprise with a mission to provide quality consulting services for the conception and implementation of communications, training and development initiatives, specializing in the area of sustainable development for agriculture and rural communities. Read more...

The following coaches provide services in English (please click on the coach’s name to open or close their profile on this page):

  • Arlene Wortsman

    Community Forward Fund | awortsman@communityforwardfund.ca
    Based in Ottawa, ON, serving organizations across Canada

    Arlene Wortsman is the Director, Financial Coaching with the Community Forward Fund. She developed Innoweave’s Social Finance Workshop , facilitator training materials and handouts. Read more...

  • Finance for Good

    Finance for Good | info@financeforgood.ca
    Serving organizations across Canada

    Finance for Good is a non-profit organization that was founded to empower social service providers to address social issues through the use of social finance tools. We believe strongly in moving from awareness to action as a social finance advisor, and deliver on projects that will produce sustained, measurable impact in actual operations. Read more...

  • Joanna Reynolds

    MaRS Centre for Impact Investing | jreynolds@marsdd.com
    Based in Toronto, ON, serving organizations across Canada

    Joanna Reynolds has been working in the area of social finance since 2008 with Social Innovation Generation and now as a Manager with the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing.

    Through her work with the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing Joanna can provide you and your team with coaching in the following areas:

    1. Provide you and your team with an overview of what social finance is and how it works in a non-profit setting.
    2. Work with you to develop your strategic plan for implementing a social finance solution.
    3. Support you to identify investors and evaluate your investment readiness. Read more...

  • Karim Harji

    Purpose Capital | karim@purposecap.com
    Based in Toronto, ON, serving organizations across Canada

    Karim Harji is a co-founder and partner at Purpose Capital, where he advises investors on how to align their investment strategies with their social impact objectives. Read more...

  • Ken Kolb

    Phillips Douglas Consulting | kolbken@icloud.com
    Based in Regina, SK, serving organizations across Canada

    Ken Kolb leads Phillips Douglas Consulting, which assists social enterprises and not-for-profit organizations in building sustainable business and finance models, while focusing on social outcomes. Read more...

  • Kit Malo

    Estuaries Learning Consulting Group | kitmalo@gmail.com
    Based in Montreal, QC, serving organizations in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, and across Canada

    Kit Malo, of Estuaries Learning Consulting Group, works with communities facing the particular needs of re-injection of social financing, from developing private-public-social-sector partnerships to helping nonprofits re-imagine their service output in ways that become profitable, both in passive and active income ways. Read more...

  • Linda Graupner

    linda.graupner@sympatico.ca
    Based in Ottawa, ON, serving organizations across Ontario

    Linda is an active community volunteer and consultant dedicated to improving the effectiveness of the not-for-profit sector. Drawing on 25 years of financial and leadership experience, she helps not-for-profit organizations develop strategies for social impact and financial sustainability. Linda has a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Queen’s University. In 2012, she was a graduate of the inaugural Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation program at the University of Waterloo. A long-time volunteer with various charities, Linda is a member of the United Way Community Services Cabinet, Past President of Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa and trustee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada Foundation. Read more...

  • Lorne Cutler

    LAC & Associates Consulting | lacutler@magma.ca
    Based in Ottawa, ON serving organizations in Ontario and Nova Scotia

    Lorne Cutler is a consultant and active volunteer with over 30 years of finance, engineering and training experience. Lorne specializes in providing consulting services to the not-for-profit, public and private sectors with a special focus on helping organizations understand the importance of financing issues. Without a solid business approach, a social enterprise will not be in a strong position to fulfill its social mission. Read more...

  • Melissa Scaman

    Ingenuity Consulting Services | melissa@myingenuity.ca
    Based in Edmonton, Alberta, serving organizations across Canada

    Melissa Scaman is principal consultant with Ingenuity Consulting Services. Melissa has approximately 10 years experience working with community stakeholders, governmental organizations, and non-profits to develop innovative solutions to community issues. Read more...

  • Nancy Wasserman

    Sleeping Lion Consulting Inc.nwasserman@sleepinglion.net
    Based in Ottawa, ON, serving organizations across Canada

    Nancy Wasserman has been active in social finance, social enterprise development, and community economic development for over twenty-five years. Nancy has helped to create innovative financing programs and performed due diligence for communities, foundations and government agencies. Read more...

  • Sean Geobey

    SiG@Waterloo | sgeobey@uwaterloo.ca
    Based in Kitchener, ON, serving organizations across Canada

    Sean is currently a PhD candidate in Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo where the focus of his dissertation is social finance and its role in fostering system-level social innovation. He is also McConnell Fellow with SiG@Waterloo and the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR) where has taught the social finance components of the SiG@Waterloo Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation. Sean consults on public policy, program development and research positions and has worked with a variety of organizations including the BC Ministry of Health Services, Sustainable Waterloo Region, and Venture Deli. In addition to his current studies, he also holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University, an MA in Economics from Queen’s University where his thesis was on non-profit sector organizations. Read more...

  • Tina Crouse

    Thornbury Communications | thornburycomm@gmail.com
    Based in Ottawa, ON, serving organizations across Canada

    Tina Crouse began her interest in social finance in 2008. In 2009 and 2010, she began interviewing investment professionals and social finance leaders with an interest towards creating a bond for investment in social enterprises. These interviews led her to create Canada's 1st digital radio program, So Fine Canada, the Hear > See > Click of social finance which began in January 2011. Over the course of the next year, Tina interviewed over 100 of Canada's top social finance professionals including former Prime Minister Paul Martin, Al Etmanski, Nancy Neamtan, David LePage, Adam Spence and Karim Harji. Read more...