Fall Institute 2012: Presentations


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"B" (Benefit) Corporations

Creating a New Sector of the Economy: B Corps, Public Policy, & Impact Investing -  presented by Tim Masson, CEO of the Ian Martin Group

Tim Masson, CEO of the Ian Martin Group (IMG), an engineering, technology, and project staffing firm, shared the story of choosing to make IMG a "B" (Benefit) Corporation, North America’s only $100M+ B Corp. He also gave a general overview of how B corporations work, with some examples.



Government Policy

Further Education and Skills System Reform Plan and Skills for Life Refreshed- prepared by Susan Pember, UK Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS)

Susan Pember participated by video in the international government panel on social finance and innovation. After the Institute she shared this presentation on the UK Government's plans for the education and skills sector, including plans to promote social innovation within the sector.


Government Interest in Models of Social Innovation and Alternative Funding Models- Johan E. Uvin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education.

This presentation covered the context and issues relating to U.S. Federal government efforts to support social innovation in states and local organizations and the Pay for Success model in particular.


Performance-Based Funding

Performance-based funding for Adult Education Results: Support for What We Value [YouTube video]- Luanne Teller, System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES), Massachusetts

What does a high-quality adult basic education system look like? The Massachusetts (MA) Adult Basic Education (ABE) System is among the most coherent of such systems in North America. This presentation describes the way the ABE system is designed and managed.



Social Enterprise

Dynamic Tensions:  Balancing our social ideals with building revenue streams- presented by Christina Fowler, Saint John Learning Exchange, and Barbara McFater, PTP Adult Learning and Employment Programs 

Not-for-profit organizations that choose to invest time and resources in building a social enterprise face many challenges as they explore new opportunities for revenue growth.  Saint John Learning Exchange and PTP Adult Learning and Employment Programs (Toronto) have both explored ways to grow unrestricted revenue streams to generate funds that will be re-invested into social programs. They have taken different approaches in their efforts – but both understood that a philosophical shift was required to build a ‘for profit’ business model within the context of a non-profit.  Two socially innovative non-profits with entrepreneurial spirit will discuss their journey in building two distinct social enterprises.


What draws private investors to social finance? [YouTube video]- presented by Mike Murphy, Relationship Manager, BMO Harris Private Bank and Investment/Finance Chairman of The Greater Saint John Community Foundation

This presentation focused on the current interest of Canadian community foundations in social finance and highlighted some conditions for engagement.  He also discussed some concerns raised by his own board as they explore potential investments in the area.


Stella's Circle: Hope Lives Here- presented by Christina Tobin, Stella Burry Community Services staff.

  • A video of this presentation is available on YouTube.

This presentation highlighted how Stella’s Circle is using social enterprise to provide education and training to men and women who have significant barriers to employment. Supported by funding through the Labour Market Agreement, the project is based on the premise that this model can respond to burgeoning labour market shortages in Newfoundland and Labrador by training and securing employment for a group of adults previously excluded from the labour force.



Social Impact Bonds

Advancing Social Finance in Canada: Moving Towards Social Impact Bonds, prepared by Siobhan Harty, Director General of Social Policy, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)

Siobhan Harty participated by video in the international government panel on social finance and innovation. After the Institute he shared this presentation, which explains the Government of Canada's interest in developing social impact bonds and other social finance instruments, jurisdictional issues and interest from other levels of government, and key players in the private and not-for-profit sectors.


Bringing Social Impact Bonds to New York City- presented by Linda I. Gibbs, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, City of New York

Linda Gibbs participated by video in the international government panel on social finance and innovation. After the Institute she shared this presentation, a detailed overview of the City of New York's social impact bond aimed at reducing youth recidivism at Rikers Island prison.  She explained the motivations for and conditions of the Goldman Sachs investment of about $10 million in this program. 




Workplace and Workforce Training


Social Finance and Employment and Training Programs, presented by Karen Myers, Principal Research Associate at the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation.

  • Video of this presentation available on YouTube

This presentation shares the results of research investigating the extent to which social finance approaches can foster innovation and improve outcomes for employment and training programs. Myers presented six distinct models already in use in the field. The presentation illustrates how each model uses  private capital to fostering a shift to a more employer-focused approach that prepares job-seekers for decent jobs that are in-demand in the local labour market.    



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