Social Innovation: Exploring Alternate Sources and Forms of Financing to Scale Social Impact in Communities

Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EDT

Featured Speaker: Yassaman Nouri and Graham Cubitt

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Over the past few decades, social finance has played a key role in scaling the work of organizations in local and global communities. In this webinar, we will identify how social finance fits under the larger umbrella of the finance industry and highlight key players that make up the supply and demand sides of the social finance ecosystem. We will then walk through how alternative sources and forms of finance have helped organizations scale their impact, with a particular  focus on impact investing. We will conclude by sharing tools and resources to help you identify types and sources of funding that may be the right fit for your project or organization, and provide examples of players in the Canadian ecosystem that may offer these types of funds.


Yassaman Nouri

yassaman nouri.jpgYassaman is a UBC BComm Finance graduate and a recipient of Queen Elizabeth’s Queen Jubilee medal for contributions that positively impacted communities domestically and internationally. She is originally from Tehran, raised in Vancouver and has worked in Iran, UK, China, Malawi, Tajikistan and Canada in diverse sectors including post-secondary education, international trade, international development, social entrepreneurship, impact investing, credit unions, non-profits, management consulting and government organizations.

Yassaman has had the privilege of contributing to organizations of all sizes from one-person-start-ups, to large global firms, on projects that range from strategy development to implementation and operation.

Yassaman currently serves on the community wealth board of Options for Homes as well as helping the Hamilton Community Foundation with their pilot impact measurement project. She teaches various courses related to social impact through Social Enterprise Institute, such as "How to use Systems Thinking to solve social problems", "How to use storytelling to connect to stakeholders", and "Tips and tools on building local and global impact communities".


Graham Cubitt


Graham Cubitt is the Director of Projects and Development at Indwell, a Hamilton-based Christian charity that creates affordable housing communities that support people seeking health, wellness, and belonging. Graham has overseen development of housing for over 430 households, with another 150 in planning and construction. Indwell’s approach to affordable housing focuses on creating vibrant, livable communities – often through adaptive-reuse of existing but derelict buildings, or by new construction. Indwell has adopted Passive House design strategies for its current three projects, taking a leading role in demonstrating the economic and environmental benefits of low-energy buildings. These projects have mobilized significant capital resources from a wide range of sources including government programs, community foundations, and private lenders with social impact motivations. The results are proving that high-value cost effective affordable housing is possible when a community works together for long-term benefits.

When not working on affordable housing, Graham and his wife Emma help lead The Mustard Seed Co-op, Hamilton’s community-owned grocery store, and were recently honoured as Hamilton’s Environmentalists of the Year. Their dream is to help realize a world where everyone can flourish.

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