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Spotlight on Social Finance
The Foundation continues to expand its commitments in impact investing: 
NEI Ethical Funds 
($10 million - public equity
NEI Ethical Funds is one of Canada's leaders in socially responsible investing, leading shareholder engagement with companies on a number of social, environmental and governance issues that are core to the Foundation's mission and program objectives.
  New Market Funds
Affordable Housing Fund 
(up to $2 million - private equity)
Developed by New Market Funds, a pan-Canadian partnership, the NMF Affordable Housing Fund will support non-profit partners with equity capital to address the critical community need of affordable rental housing, initially, in the greater
Vancouver area.
Community News
The Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards
 
If you know an individual, business or a forward thinking not-for-profit organization that makes a difference in their community and deserves a Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award, you can nominate them
until June 30, 2015
.
Biennale du Développement Social sur l'île de Montréal
Following a consultation process conducted in 2014, the Forum régional sur le développement social de l’île de Montréal (FRDSÎM) will bring together over 200 key regional players to explore how Montreal can become a social innovation hub. Guests include members of the Regional Forum on Social Development of the Island of Montreal and social and economic activists, elected officials and citizens.

Click here to learn more
(in French only)
Rendez-vous de l'innovation sociale
On June 4, join Foundation grantee Le Réseau Québecois en Innovation Sociale for the Rendez-vous de l'innovation sociale. This event is a unique opportunity for social entrepreneurs to be inspired, showcase their work, share knowledge and advance social innovation in Québec.

Click here to
learn more (in French only).
Pond-Deshpande Symposium 2015
From June 9 to 11, join Chad Lubelsky, program lead  of the Foundation initiative, RECODE, as well as grantees Ryerson University and the University of New Brunswick at the Pond-Deshpande Symposium for a discussion panel: Establishing a national Network of Post-Secondary Institutions to Advance Systems-Level Change.

Click here to registerEarly registration ends June 2nd. 
Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network 2015 Conference
From June 9 to 11, join Foundation partner Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network for their 2015 Conference in Toronto. The conference will explore the role of philanthropy in helping to build the new environmental economy

Click here to register
In case you missed it: Dollars & Sense Webinar
On April 27, Rod McRae and Atif Kubursi, the authors of the report, Dollars & Sense: Opportunities to Strengthen Southern Ontario's Food System, as well as Foundation program director, Beth Hunter, hosted the webinar, Dollars & Sense: Digging into Local Food Opportunities. They discussed their findings and reviewed the
research process. 

Click here to watch a recording of the webinar.
May News
Order of Canada honours social innovators Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack 
On May 8, Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack were appointed to the Order of Canada at a ceremony with Governor General David Johnston. Etmanski and Cammack founded the Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) in 1989 as a family-led organization to secure a better future for people living with disabilities. They have been instrumental in numerous social innovations, both locally and nationally, including the development of the Registered Disability Savings Plan, now an internationally replicated financial instrument that helps achieve financial independence for people living with a disability well into older age. Find out more.
Recently, Etmanski released a book called Impact: 6 Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation, in which he champions Canada’s unique, grassroots methods of achieving social change. Click here to learn more about Impact 6.
Inaugural Culture Days
Cities for People Award 
Congratulations to Westbank First Nation, winner of the inaugural Cities for People Award presented at the 2015 Culture Days National Congress. Through participation in Westside Culture Days, Westbank First Nation expressed its culture, heritage and identity as a vibrant First Nations community in the Central Okanagan region of British Columbia. Both First Nations and non-Indigenous community members were invited to discover and participate in cultural activities at Sncəwips Heritage Museum, First Nation Art Gallery, and local community organizations and businesses. 
Co-sponsored by the Foundation initiative Cities for People and Musagetes, the Cities for People Award honours an individual artist or cultural practitioner, collective of artists or cultural practitioners, or an arts or cultural organization/group that has demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation in implementing a collaborative arts or cultural activity/project during Culture Days 2014 that aims to transform the livability of a neighbourhood, community or city for fellow citizens.
Child and Youth Wellbeing Update
The Foundation is pleased to announce the new name for its Child and Youth Wellbeing initiative: WellAhead. We hope the name communicates progress towards a better future in the field of child and youth wellbeing.
WellAhead is also pleased to announce a new member of its team. Paul McArthur joins the team as WellAhead's Knowledge Manager. Paul has a master's degree in public health from Simon Fraser University. Paul worked in a senior policy role at Healthy Child Manitoba and was a member of WellAhead's social innovation lab design team. 
WellAhead is accepting expressions of interest for B.C. pilot districts wanting to participate in the Child and Youth Wellbeing social innovation lab. Click here to learn more about becoming a B.C. pilot district.
New Report from Clean Energy Canada 
Foundation grantee, Clean Energy Canada, recently released the report Inside North America’s Largest Carbon Market: Ten Lessons from the Front Lines of Quebec’s Fight Against Carbon Pollution. The report is a follow-up to Clean Energy Canada’s recent publication on B.C.’s carbon tax and the second in their Solutions Series. The new report offers practical lessons gleaned from a series of candid conversations with the architects of Quebec’s cap and trade system, which Ontario announced in April it will be joining.
Tamarack Summit:
Reducing Poverty Now
From May 6 to 8, the Tamarack Institute hosted the Poverty Reduction Summit: Every City, Province and Territory Working Together. Foundation President and CEO  Stephen Huddart spoke at the summit, as did Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, Edmonton mayor Don Iveson, Deb Matthews, Ontario's deputy premier, as well as numerous other national stakeholders. Notes from Stephen's speech are online at the Foundation's blog. Tamarack is the Foundation's partner in the Vibrant Communities initiative, a network of citizens, community developers, business people and government representatives working to reduce poverty in Canada.
Innoweave Youth CI Update
In December, the Foundation’s Innoweave initiative launched an exciting new partnership with the Laidlaw Foundation and Government of Ontario called Youth CI. This initiative builds on Innoweave’s Collective Impact module to help communities across Ontario learn about, develop, launch, and implement collective impact initiatives that directly improve outcomes for youth. Innoweave is launching a second round of Youth CI sessions in June. 
Click here to view an Introduction to Collective Impact webinar or visit Innoweave's Event page to find an information session near you!
Staff News
We are pleased to welcome the following new team member:
Jayne Engle
Associate Program Director

Prior to taking on the role of Associate Program Director, Jane worked at the Foundation for 1.5 years as National Curator for the Cities for People initiative. Before joining the Foundation, Jayne practiced participatory urbanism for more than 20 years in Eastern and Western Europe, the United States, Canada and Haiti. Her posts have included Director of Economic Development for a community development corporation in Pittsburgh, Long-Range City Planner in Salem, Oregon, European Union Program Manager for Groundwork UK, and Senior Planner at the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre. She was Co-President of the Ecocity World Summit in Montreal in 2011. Jayne is a PhD candidate at McGill University School of Urban Planning and has a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA in Real Estate Development from Temple University.
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