Catalyst: Community Finance Summit

Saskatoon, SK
Tue May 28 – Thu May 30, 2024

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Join us for two days of  Connecting, Learning & Collaborating

The Catalyst: Community Finance Summit is a pan-Canadian convening centred on community finance. We’re convening community finance organizations, funders, investors, and ecosystem allies to advance the community finance sector together.

Our agenda aims to:

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Strengthen connections between community finance organizations in Canada and beyond.

2

Enhance learning and knowledge exchange to help community finance organizations add value to their work.

3

Collaborate and co-develop a shared advocacy agenda and set of priorities to advance the community finance sector.

4

Showcase the quality and urgency of community finance investment opportunities available in Canada.

Joining us are thought leaders, visionaries, and innovative practitioners. Get ready to be inspired by their stories, motivated by their experiences, and empowered by their knowledge. And come ready to share your insights, curiosities, and your own experiences in community finance!

Summit Location

Summit Location

Location

Delta Hotels Bessborough

601 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3G8

Event Schedule

Day 0

May 28

5 – 9 PM

Welcome Reception

Room: Terrace Lounge, Delta Hotel Bessborough

Join us to collect your Summit namebadge, greet old friends and meet new colleagues, mingle with fellow delegates, and have a beverage with some grab & go bites to eat.

Day 1

May 29

8 – 9 AM

Breakfast & Informal Networking

Room: Adam Ballroom, Delta Hotel Bessborough
9 – 9:25 AM

Welcome

Room: Adam Ballroom

It is an honour that Judy Pelly will join us to generously share as a renowned cultural adviser and Indigenous knowledge keeper.

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Judy Pelly

9:25 – 10:30 AM

Opening

Room: Adam Ballroom

It is rare to convene such diverse community finance organizations together in one space at the same time! Our opening will be an interactive session to connect with fellow delegates and to know who else is in the room.

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Julia Grady, 10C Harvest Impact Fund

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Kristi Fairholm Mader, Thrive Impact Fund

10:30 – 10:45 AM

Break

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Policy Innovation in Community Finance

Room: Adam Ballroom

Inspirational and practical examples of how policy has enabled community finance to start-up and scale.

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Frank Altman, Founder of Community Reinvestment Fund

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Lili-Anna Pereša, CEO of McConnell Foundation

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Matthew Mendelsohn, CEO of Social Capital Partners

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Suzanne Faiza, Knowledge Lead at Tapestry Capital

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Moderator: Eoin Callan, Bloom Local Food Fund

12 – 1 PM

Lunch

And our special guest, Frank Altman, will be signing his recent book, “A New Capitalism: Creating a Just Economy That Works for All“.

1 – 1:50 PM

Concurrent Sessions

— LEARN stream

Investment co-operatives

Room: Adam Ballroom

Trends and opportunities among investment co-ops in Western Canada.

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Kyle White, Co-operatives First

— CONNECT stream

Foundations in Community Finance

Room: Salon Batoche
Ryan Collins-Swartz

Alexandra Chamberlin, McConnell Foundation

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Jane Bisbee, Social Enterprise Fund

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Jen Pederson, Saskatoon Community Foundation

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Richard Muller, Impact United

— BUILD stream

Catalytic Capital Lab

Room: Kelsey

Collaborating to mitigate risk.

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Julia Grady, 10C Harvest Impact Fund

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Kristi Fairholm Mader, Thrive Impact Fund

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Tracey Robertson, Ontario Trillium Foundation

2 – 2:50 PM

Concurrent Sessions

— LEARN stream

Community Finance Builds Affordable Housing

Room: Adam Ballroom

How community finance scales to address our housing crisis?

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Andrea Nemtin, Social Innovation Canada

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Irene Gannitsos, Vancity Affordable Housing Accelerator Fund

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Ryan Collins-Swartz, Tapestry Capital

— CONNECT stream

Centring Community in Community Finance

Room: Salon Batoche
Ryan Collins-Swartz

Aaron Timoshyk, Build Up Saskatoon

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Alfred Burgesson, Tribe Network

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Basma Majerbi, University of Victoria

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Michelle Kanter, Carolinian Canada

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Nickolaas van der Velde, Indwell

— BUILD stream

Shared Infrastructure for Community Finance

Room: Kelsey

Co-developing shared services and technology that enable the start-up and scale up of community finance organizations.

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Keith Taylor, DUCA Impact Lab

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Kevin Taylor, SVX

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Suzanne Faiza, Tapestry Capital

3:00 – 3:15 PM

Break

3:15  – 4:15 PM

Reconciliation in Community Finance

Room: Adam Ballroom

How might we practice community finance in right relationship with Indigenous Peoples?

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Chris Sicotte, Executive Director of National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Ian Bear, Member Services Manager at First Nations Finance Authority

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Samantha Whiteye, Indigenous Leadership Director at Carolinian Canada

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Kyle Wilson, Chief Investment Officer of Metis Settlements Development Corporation

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Moderator: Justin Wiebe, Lead of Innovation and Strategic Growth, Mastercard Foundation

4:15  – 5:15 PM

Global Leaders in Community Finance

Room: Adam Ballroom

Impactful community finance models from around the world.

Ryan Collins-Swartz

David Sánchez, Managing Partner, AMPLO Impact Investing

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Jaime Gloshay, Managing Director of Impact Investments at Common Future

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Jim Baek, Executive Director of Community Investment Guarantee Pool

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Meaghan Burkett, Executive Director of Ethical Fields

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Moderator: Victor Beausoleil, Executive Director of Social Economy Through Social Inclusion

5:15 – 7 PM

Networking Reception

Room: Terrace Lounge, Delta Hotel Bessborough

Join us for some light bites, drinks, and a special announcement during a short fireside chat with Realize Capital Partners!

Ryan Collins-Swartz

John Maung, Manager of Community Investing and Partnerships at Realize Capital Partners

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Moderator: Wayne Miranda, Coordinator of Catalyst: Community Finance Initiative

Day 2

May 30

8 – 9 AM

Breakfast

Room: Adam Ballroom, Delta Hotel Bessborough

Join us for breakfast and a fireside chat about Community Development Finance Institutions, tax incentive programs for community finance, guarantee programs, and more!

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Frank Altman, Founder of Community Reinvestment Fund

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Adam Spence, CEO of SVX

9 – 9:15 AM

Welcome & Orientation to Day 2

Room: Adam Ballroom
Ryan Collins-Swartz

Katy McIntyre, Bloom Local Food Fund

9:15 – 10:15 AM

Priorities for Community Finance in Canada

Room: Adam Ballroom

A workshop to generate and pollinate bold ideas and policy ambitions to advance community finance in Canada.

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Jo Reynolds, Social Innovation Canada

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Matthew Mendelsohn, Social Capital Partners

10:15 – 10:45 AM

Break

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

— LEARN stream

Community Finance From Fogo to Whitehorse

Room: Adam Ballroom

Learn about inspiring models and the nuances of community finance in northern, rural, and remote communities.

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Diane Hodgins, Shorefast

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Jen Pederson, Saskatoon Community Foundation

Jude Ortiz, NORDIK Institute

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Kristin Richard, EntrepreNorth

— CONNECT stream

Retail Investors Propel Community Finance

Room: Salon Batoche
Ryan Collins-Swartz

Blake Bunting, GoParity

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Suzanne Faiza, Tapestry Capital

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Tim Nash, Good Investing

— BUILD stream

Creating Value through Impact Measurement

Room: Kelsey
Ryan Collins-Swartz

Garth Yule, Common Approach to Impact Measurement

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Jaswinder Kaur, Algonquin College

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Julia Grady, 10C Harvest Impact Fund

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Marc-André Pigeon, University of Saskatoon

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Merette Mathieu, New Power Labs

12 – 1 PM

Lunch

1 – 1:50 PM

Concurrent Sessions

— LEARN stream

Innovative Community Finance

Room: Adam Ballroom
Ryan Collins-Swartz

Malaz Sebai, Jumpstart Refugee Talent

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Marina Nuri, World Education Service

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Omar Yaqub, IslamicFamily

— CONNECT stream

Social Equity Lens Investing and Global Solidarity

Room: Salon Batoche

From Turtle Island to Palestine

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Basma Majerbi, University of Victoria

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Paula Sahyoun, SVX

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Ryan Collins-Swartz, Tapestry Capital

— BUILD stream

Flipping-Power-to-Community Finance

Room: Kelsey
Ryan Collins-Swartz

Filsan Farah, SuperBenefit DAO

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Michelle Baldwin, Superbenefit DAO

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Randall Terada, North York Community House

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Rebecca Waterhouse, Raven Indigenous Outcomes Fund

2 – 3 PM

Story Showcase

Community finance organizations share their stories of starting up funds and scaling their impact.

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Moderator: Paula Sayhoun, SVX

3:00 – 3:30 PM

Break

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Priorities for Community Finance in Canada

Room: Adam Ballroom

A workshop to prioritize and plan bold ideas and policy ambitions to advance community finance in Canada.

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Jo Reynolds, Social Innovation Canada

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Matthew Mendelsohn, Social Capital Partners

4:30 – 5:00 PM

Closing

Event Schedule

Day 0

May 28

5 – 9 PM

Welcome Reception

Room: Terrace Lounge, Delta Hotel Bessborough

Join us to collect your Summit namebadge, greet old friends and meet new colleagues, mingle with fellow delegates, and have a beverage with some grab & go bites to eat.

Day 1

May 29

8 – 9 AM

Breakfast & Informal Networking

Room: Adam Ballroom, Delta Hotel Bessborough
9 – 9:25 AM

Welcome

Room: Adam Ballroom

It is an honour that Judy Pelly will join us to generously share as a renowned cultural adviser and Indigenous knowledge keeper.

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Judy Pelly

9:25 – 10:30 AM

Opening

Room: Adam Ballroom

It is rare to convene such diverse community finance organizations together in one space at the same time! Our opening will be an interactive session to connect with fellow delegates and to know who else is in the room.

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Julia Grady, 10C Harvest Impact Fund

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Kristi Fairholm Mader, Thrive Impact Fund

10:30 – 10:45 AM

Break

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Policy Innovation in Community Finance

Room: Adam Ballroom

Inspirational and practical examples of how policy has enabled community finance to start-up and scale.

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Frank Altman, Founder of Community Reinvestment Fund

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Lili-Anna Pereša, CEO of McConnell Foundation

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Matthew Mendelsohn, CEO of Social Capital Partners

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Suzanne Faiza, Knowledge Lead at Tapestry Capital

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Moderator: Eoin Callan, Bloom Local Food Fund

12 – 1 PM

Lunch

And our special guest, Frank Altman, will be signing his recent book, “A New Capitalism: Creating a Just Economy That Works for All“.

1 – 1:50 PM

Concurrent Sessions

— LEARN stream

Investment co-operatives

Room: Adam Ballroom

Trends and opportunities among investment co-ops in Western Canada.

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Kyle White, Co-operatives First

— CONNECT stream

Foundations in Community Finance

Room: Salon Batoche
Ryan Collins-Swartz

Alexandra Chamberlin, McConnell Foundation

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Jane Bisbee, Social Enterprise Fund

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Jen Pederson, Saskatoon Community Foundation

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Richard Muller, Impact United

— BUILD stream

Catalytic Capital Lab

Room: Kelsey

Collaborating to mitigate risk.

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Julia Grady, 10C Harvest Impact Fund

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Kristi Fairholm Mader, Thrive Impact Fund

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Tracey Robertson, Ontario Trillium Foundation

2 – 2:50 PM

Concurrent Sessions

— LEARN stream

Community Finance Builds Affordable Housing

Room: Adam Ballroom

How community finance scales to address our housing crisis?

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Andrea Nemtin, Social Innovation Canada

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Irene Gannitsos, Vancity Affordable Housing Accelerator Fund

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Ryan Collins-Swartz, Tapestry Capital

— CONNECT stream

Centring Community in Community Finance

Room: Salon Batoche
Ryan Collins-Swartz

Aaron Timoshyk, Build Up Saskatoon

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Alfred Burgesson, Tribe Network

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Basma Majerbi, University of Victoria

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Michelle Kanter, Carolinian Canada

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Nickolaas van der Velde, Indwell

— BUILD stream

Shared Infrastructure for Community Finance

Room: Kelsey

Co-developing shared services and technology that enable the start-up and scale up of community finance organizations.

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Keith Taylor, DUCA Impact Lab

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Kevin Taylor, SVX

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Suzanne Faiza, Tapestry Capital

3:00 – 3:15 PM

Break

3:15  – 4:15 PM

Reconciliation in Community Finance

Room: Adam Ballroom

How might we practice community finance in right relationship with Indigenous Peoples?

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Chris Sicotte, Executive Director of National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Ian Bear, Member Services Manager at First Nations Finance Authority

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Samantha Whiteye, Indigenous Leadership Director at Carolinian Canada

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Kyle Wilson, Chief Investment Officer of Metis Settlements Development Corporation

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Moderator: Justin Wiebe, Lead of Innovation and Strategic Growth, Mastercard Foundation

4:15  – 5:15 PM

Global Leaders in Community Finance

Room: Adam Ballroom

Impactful community finance models from around the world.

Ryan Collins-Swartz

David Sánchez, Managing Partner, AMPLO Impact Investing

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Jaime Gloshay, Managing Director of Impact Investments at Common Future

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Jim Baek, Executive Director of Community Investment Guarantee Pool

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Meaghan Burkett, Executive Director of Ethical Fields

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Moderator: Victor Beausoleil, Executive Director of Social Economy Through Social Inclusion

5:15 – 7 PM

Networking Reception

Room: Terrace Lounge, Delta Hotel Bessborough

Join us for some light bites, drinks, and a special announcement during a short fireside chat with Realize Capital Partners!

Ryan Collins-Swartz

John Maung, Manager of Community Investing and Partnerships at Realize Capital Partners

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Moderator: Wayne Miranda, Coordinator of Catalyst: Community Finance Initiative

Day 2

May 30

8 – 9 AM

Breakfast

Room: Adam Ballroom, Delta Hotel Bessborough

Join us for breakfast and a fireside chat about Community Development Finance Institutions, tax incentive programs for community finance, guarantee programs, and more!

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Frank Altman, Founder of Community Reinvestment Fund

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Adam Spence, CEO of SVX

9 – 9:15 AM

Welcome & Orientation to Day 2

Room: Adam Ballroom
Ryan Collins-Swartz

Katy McIntyre, Bloom Local Food Fund

9:15 – 10:15 AM

Priorities for Community Finance in Canada

Room: Adam Ballroom

A workshop to generate and pollinate bold ideas and policy ambitions to advance community finance in Canada.

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Jo Reynolds, Social Innovation Canada

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Matthew Mendelsohn, Social Capital Partners

10:15 – 10:45 AM

Break

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

— LEARN stream

Community Finance From Fogo to Whitehorse

Room: Adam Ballroom

Learn about inspiring models and the nuances of community finance in northern, rural, and remote communities.

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Diane Hodgins, Shorefast

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Jen Pederson, Saskatoon Community Foundation

Jude Ortiz, NORDIK Institute

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Kristin Richard, EntrepreNorth

— CONNECT stream

Retail Investors Propel Community Finance

Room: Salon Batoche
Ryan Collins-Swartz

Blake Bunting, GoParity

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Suzanne Faiza, Tapestry Capital

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Tim Nash, Good Investing

— BUILD stream

Creating Value through Impact Measurement

Room: Kelsey
Ryan Collins-Swartz

Garth Yule, Common Approach to Impact Measurement

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Jaswinder Kaur, Algonquin College

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Julia Grady, 10C Harvest Impact Fund

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Marc-André Pigeon, University of Saskatoon

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Merette Mathieu, New Power Labs

12 – 1 PM

Lunch

1 – 1:50 PM

Concurrent Sessions

— LEARN stream

Innovative Community Finance

Room: Adam Ballroom
Ryan Collins-Swartz

Malaz Sebai, Jumpstart Refugee Talent

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Marina Nuri, World Education Service

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Omar Yaqub, IslamicFamily

— CONNECT stream

Social Equity Lens Investing and Global Solidarity

Room: Salon Batoche

From Turtle Island to Palestine

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Basma Majerbi, University of Victoria

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Paula Sahyoun, SVX

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Ryan Collins-Swartz, Tapestry Capital

— BUILD stream

Flipping-Power-to-Community Finance

Room: Kelsey
Ryan Collins-Swartz

Filsan Farah, SuperBenefit DAO

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Michelle Baldwin, Superbenefit DAO

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Randall Terada, North York Community House

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Rebecca Waterhouse, Raven Indigenous Outcomes Fund

2 – 3 PM

Story Showcase

Community finance organizations share their stories of starting up funds and scaling their impact.

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Moderator: Paula Sayhoun, SVX

3:00 – 3:30 PM

Break

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Priorities for Community Finance in Canada

Room: Adam Ballroom

A workshop to prioritize and plan bold ideas and policy ambitions to advance community finance in Canada.

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Jo Reynolds, Social Innovation Canada

Ryan Collins-Swartz

Matthew Mendelsohn, Social Capital Partners

4:30 – 5:00 PM

Closing

Get your tickets now!

Registration includes:

  • Two full days of Connecting, Learning & Collaborating
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and break food (AM & PM) 
  • Hosted Welcome reception May 28th
  • Hosted Networking reception May 29th

Connect with like-minded professionals, expand your network, and engage in meaningful discussions. This event will provide the perfect platform to foster collaborations and build lasting relationships within the community finance sector.

Details on how to access discounted flight and hotel stays will be provided with the email containing your ticket. We look forward to seeing you there!

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