Thank you

On behalf of the Mowat Centre, we would like to thank you for your participation in the Unpacking Impact forum. We hope that you found the forum informative and worthwhile. As promised, we’ve updated the event website with the speakers’ presentations for download, along with a few photos of the day.

We are grateful to the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth for making the event possible and look forward to sharing the results of our efforts in a report we will publish in August.

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About Unpacking Impact

Join us on June 21st for a conversation about impact measurement for social enterprises, and help set the stage for the sector’s future success in Ontario.

The Mowat Centre is bringing together global leaders in social enterprise impact measurement to share learning and emerging trends, and to provide fresh and practical insight into the challenges facing social enterprises today.

The ability for social enterprises to tell a clear and compelling story of impact is critical to investor confidence, funder stewardship, and community trust. We will learn from leading experts and investors about what is working internationally and lay the groundwork for a future vision for impact measurement for social enterprises in Ontario.

The Unpacking Impact forum is an event hosted by the Mowat Centre and made possible with the support from Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development and Infrastructure (MEDEI).


Jaan Aps

Co-Founder and Chairman, Estonian Social Enterprise Network

Jaan leads one of the strongest social enterprise support networks in Northern Europe. He is a member of GECES, the European Commission´s Expert Group on Social Entrepreneurship. In 2016, Jaan will launch a state-supported impact mapping web portal for Estonian grass-root level changemakers.

    Patrick Hergt

    Senior Investment Analyst, Sarona Asset Management

    Patrick is a member of Sarona’s investment team since 2012‎. He joins a private equity firm deploying growth capital in PE funds and companies in Frontier and Emerging Markets and seeking to operate to the highest business, ethical, social and environmental standards to achieve impactful outcomes‎.

      Marcus Hulme

      Social Impact Director, Big Society Capital

      Marcus leads on social impact measurement at Big Society Capital which is the world’s first wholesale social investment bank that provides capital to charities and social enterprises. His work involves assessing, measuring and sharing impact evidence to help improve practice and grow the social investment market in the UK.

        Katherine Kennedy

        Strategy Manager, Social Traders

        Katherine leads strategic planning, business development strategy and impact measurement for Social Traders. Social Traders is the only specialist social enterprise development intermediary in Australia. Katherine’s work includes developing evidence-based policies and proposals for Government, philanthropy and corporates to grow investment and support for social enterprise.

          Laurie Mook

          Assistant Professor, Nonprofit Leadership and Management, School of Community Resources and Development Arizona State University

          Laurie Mook is a faculty member in the College of Public Service & Community Solutions at Arizona State University. She has published extensively on social accounting for social economy organizations, including her edited book, Accounting for Social Value (UT Press).

            Sara Olsen

            Founding Member, Social Venture Technology Group

            Sara Olsen is founder of SVT Group, founding board member of SVI United States, and co-founder of the Global Social Venture Competition. She is an adjunct faculty member at Middlebury Institute of International Studies and Hult International Business School.

              Alex Oppes

              Associate Director, Social Ventures Australia

              Alex joined SVA’s Impact Investing team in 2013 and is responsible for investing SVA’s $9m Social Impact Fund and the $30m HESTA/SVA Social Impact Investment Trust. His responsibilities include deal origination, assessment and execution, portfolio management from investment through to exit and investor relations.

                Dan Osusky

                Standards Development Manager, B Lab

                Dan oversees the B Impact Assessment, the exclusive tool used to certify B Corporations and issue GIIRS Ratings. The B Impact Assessment is currently used by over 40,000 businesses to measure and manage their impact on stakeholders including workers, community, customers, and the environment.

                  ANTON SIMANOWITZ

                  Director, Social Performance Solutions

                  Anton Simanowitz has spent the past 20 years working internationally to improve the effectiveness of social enterprises in delivering positive social outcomes. Anton is author of The Business of Doing Good – a book which outlines 6 insights for building effective social businesses that deliver on their good intentions.


                    Bruce Dewar

                    CEO, LIFT Philanthropy Partners

                      Katie Gibson

                      Director, Social Enterprise Branch, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG)

                        Karim Harji

                        Co-Founder and Director, Purpose Capital

                          Tessa Hebb

                          Director, Carlton Centre for Community Innovation

                            Lisa LaLande

                            Executive Lead, Mowat NFP Hub

                              Andrea March

                              Manager, Research & Partnerships, Social Innovation, RBC

                                Rajesh Sankat

                                Policy Intern, Mowat Centre




                                  Continental Breakfast Available




                                  Opening host & partner remarks
                                  Lisa Lalande, Mowat NFP
                                  Rajesh Sankrat, Mowat Centre



                                  Special Guest



                                  Open Plenary

                                  Measuring what matters: Identifying emerging global trends in impact measurement
                                  Hear how other countries are approaching their challenges in impact measurement for social enterprises and learn about new and emerging practices.

                                  Facilitator: Karim Harji, Purpose Central
                                  Marcus Hulme, Big Society Capital
                                  Sara Olsen, Social Venture Technology Group
                                  Katherine Kennedy, Social Traders






                                  Concurrent Session 1

                                  Unpacking What Works: Building common frameworks for public good

                                  Speakers to focus on their specific organizational strategies and approaches to impact measurement, including an exploration around the use of incentives, challenges & emerging practices.

                                  Facilitator: Tessa Hebb, Carlton Centre for Community Innovation
                                  Marcus Hulme, Big Society Capital
                                  Dan Osusky, B Lab
                                  Jaan Aps, Estonian Social Enterprise Network


                                  Concurrent Session 2

                                  Unpacking What Works: Bringing metrics to life – investor and social enterprise perspectives

                                  Exploring impact measurement from the lens of funders and social enterprises. What are the challenges and solutions regarding practical implementation?

                                  Facilitator: Andrea March, RBC
                                  Laurie Mook, Arizona State University
                                  Patrick Hergt, Sarona Asset Management
                                  Alex Oppes, Social Ventures Australia


                                  Concurrent Session 3

                                  Unpacking What Works: Embedding impact measurement practices in social enterprises

                                  A discussion on leading practices on the adoption,quality and sustainability of impact measurement practices across social enterprises.

                                  Panelists will touch upon organizational capacity needs and challenges, skills training, measurement processes, and creating an ‘organizational culture’ of impact measurement. As well, mechanisms to interpret, report, and communicate impact to different stakeholders.

                                  Facilitator: Bruce Dewar, LIFT Philanthropy Partners
                                  Anton Simanowitz, Social Performance Solutions
                                  Sara Olsen, Social Venture Technology Group
                                  Katherine Kennedy, Social Traders






                                  Concurrent Session 1

                                  Unpacking What Works: Building common frameworks for public good
                                  (Repeated session)


                                  Concurrent Session 2

                                  Unpacking What Works: Bringing metrics to life
                                  (Repeated session)


                                  Concurrent Session 3

                                  Unpacking What Works: Embedding impact measurement practices
                                  (Repeated session)






                                  Closing Plenary

                                  Where to next? The journey ahead for Ontario’s social enterprises
                                  Meeting our challenges to achieve Ontario’s social enterprise goals: What could a future vision of impact measurement for social enterprises look like? What are the strategies to achieve it?

                                  Facilitator: Katie Gibson, MEDG
                                  All international speakers



                                  Closing Remarks

                                  Lisa Lalande, Mowat NFP
                                  Katie Gibson, MEDG

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                                  (Not for Profit Rate Available – $120. Prices include tax & Eventbrite hosting fees)

                                  Full day includes light breakfast, keynotes, lunch, and breakout session with international and local subject matter experts in social enterprise impact measurement.


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                                  The Mowat Centre

                                  The Mowat Centre is an independent public policy think tank located at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy & Governance. The Centre is Ontario’s non-partisan, evidence-based voice on public policy. It undertakes collaborative, applied policy research, proposes innovative research-driven recommendations, and engages in public dialogue on Canada’s most important national issues.

                                  As a part of Mowat Centre, the Mowat NFP research hub undertakes collaborative applied policy research on the not-for-profit sector. As part of an independent think tank, Mowat NFP maintains strong partnerships with government and with the sector and has a strong track record bringing diverse stakeholders together to engage in productive dialogue on complex public policy issues facing the sector today.