Forthlane Fridays

Innovation and Impact

SESSION 40: THE FUTURE OF GIVING: INNOVATION IN FUNDRAISING

We were joined by Anne Connelly (Faculty, Questrom School of Business), Stacey Kline (CEO, Otto Intelligence), Colin Hennigar (VP, Major Gifts, SickKids Foundation), and Maria O’Reilly (General Manager, Upside Foundation) for a conversation on innovation in fundraising (read full bios). This discussion revolved around the current philanthropy landscape and changes due to COVID-19, venture philanthropy, equity pledging, alternative currencies, and innovation. Password for Link: R^=1fr*$

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SESSION 39: CANADIAN CONTRIBUTIONS TO A CASHLESS SOCIETY

We were joined by Alfred Menezes (Author and Professor at University of Waterloo), Sherry Shannon-Vanstone (President & CEO of Profound Impact), and John Loeprich (EVP, CFO & Director at 3iQ Corp) for a discussion on the Canadian contributions to a cashless society (read full bios). The panelists covered de-centralization, cryptography, real world applications, and cryptocurrency as the reserve currency of the world.

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SESSION 38: INVESTING IN OUR FUTURE: AGRICULTURE, ENERGY AND WATER IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

We were joined by Tyson Birchall (Managing Director at Longbow Capital), Nicole Atchison (CEO of Puris Holdings), and Nat Bullard (Chief Content Officer at BloombergNEF) for a discussion on the agriculture, energy, and water landscape (read full bios). The panelists covered investible topics, consumer preferences, and innovations that excite them the most.

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SESSION 34: MAXIMIZING SOCIAL IMPACT THROUGH INVESTING AND/OR PHILANTHROPY

We were joined by Natalie Cargill (Founder & CEO of Longview Philanthropy), Justin Rockefeller (Co-Founder of ImPact and Global Director of Addepar), Ben Gallacher (Co-Founder & Principal of Blue Deer Capital), and Mehul Bhagat (Founder of World Within Partners) for a discussion on maximizing social impact (read full bios). This conversation revolved around what the market solves and what it does not, next generation involvement, sourcing impact investments and philanthropic engagements, and the democratization of philanthropy.

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SESSION 27: FEMALE WEALTH INHERITORS: COMPLEXITIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND EXPECTATIONS

We were joined by Michelle Osry, Partner & Practice Leader, Family Enterprise Consulting, Deloitte Consulting; Ella Chase Hyland, Co-Founder of Wellth Works; Michele Mikeska, Researcher, Doctoral Candidate, Wealth Psychology Consultant; Dr. Dennis Jeffe, Family Advisor, Author, and Member, Wise Counsel Research; and Lisa Wolverton, President of Wolverton Foundation (read full guest bios here). Our guests discussed challenges and opportunities female wealth inheritors face, economically diverse relationships, and community.

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SESSION 26: PERSONAL AND CYBER SECURITY

We were joined by Steve Davies, VP, Risk Mitigation Services, and Ernie Naran, Technical Operations Director of Focus One Group (read full guest bios here. Our panelists discussed the importance of personal security and gave practical tips on how to protect yourself and loved ones from cyber threats.

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SESSION 24: THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY – RETHINKING THE GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN

We were joined by Michael Smith, General Partner of Regeneration.VC, and Dave Sorbara, Founder of Signal Creative Community (read full guest bios here). Our guests provided examples of the circular economy, spoke about COVID-19’s impact, and discussed trends to be aware of. This session covered why the circular economy is important and its impact on individuals lives.

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SESSION 22: COMMERCIALIZING BREAKTHROUGH SCIENTIFIC STARTUPS

We were joined by The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Chairman & CEO of Harper & Associates Consulting, Dakin Sloss and Suzanne Fletcher from Prime Movers Lab, and Sherry Shannon-Vanstone from Profound Impact (read full guest bios here). Our discussion focused on understanding the logistics of commercialization, the trends to be aware of, and how to evaluate opportunities and challenges.

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SESSION 21: RENEWABLE ENERGY 101 – DEMOCRATIZING CLEAN ENERGY AND SUPPORTING UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES THROUGH INVESTMENT

Our guests, Mehul Bhagat, Founder & Partner of World Within Labs, and Manish Nayar, Founder & CEO of OYA Ventures, covered Renewable Energy 101 (read full guest bios here). Topics included why climate change is important and if we can make a real impact, the renewable energy sector and how Canada can be a main player, and what community solar is.

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SESSION 12: THE CANADIAN TECH ECOSYSTEM

Canada’s growing role in the global tech scene is undeniable, particularly in the tech hubs of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. We were joined by: Alex Norman, Partner at N49P, Co-Founder of TechTorotno & Canadian Partner at AngelList; Eva Lau, Founding Partner of Two Small Fish Ventures; John Ruffolo, Founder of OMERS Ventures & Co-Founder, Council of Canadian Innovators; Randall Howard, General Partner of VERDEXUS (read full bios).

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