Story Money Impact
Al Etmanski is an author, community organizer and social innovation pioneer. His innovations have spread across Canada and around the world. He co-founded Social Innovation Generation with a mandate to apply innovative problem solving to Canada’s toughest social challenges.
Al was the first Canadian appointed to Ashoka, a global fellowship of leading social entrepreneurs. He received the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia for his social innovation work plus his advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities and their families. His latest book Impact: Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation is a Canadian bestseller. He blogs regularly at aletmanski.com.
Bonnie Foley-Wong is the founder of Pique Ventures, an impact investment and management company, and founding investor in Pique Fund. She is also the CFO of US-based specialty financial services firm, Crown NorthCorp Inc. Bonnie helps leaders invest in an integrated way. She is an accomplished finance leader and investor with 19 years experience of mobilizing capital for entrepreneurial businesses. Over the course of her career, she has financed over $1 billion dollars of alternative investments in Europe and North America.
Bonnie is a CPA (Ontario), CA, and CFA charterholder. She has a Bachelor of Mathematics and Master of Accounting from the University of Waterloo. Bonnie presently resides in Vancouver, Canada with her husband and young daughter.
Gave Lindo is the Executive Director of Reelworld Film Festival and Foundation. During his tenure, he repositioned the organization to focus on issue-driven storytelling and created the Media for Impact Conference which convenes filmmakers, funders, nonprofits and organizations focused on using media for social good.
Gave is a former Deputy Director and Manager of Business and Rights with CBC and media lawyer with Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. His community involvement includes serving as Vice Chair of Laidlaw Foundation, board member of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, and an advisor to the Centre for Social Innovation’s Solutions Media Accelerator and the MaRS Studio [Y] program. He holds Bachelor of Arts, Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor in Law degrees from the University of Toronto.
Andrea Nemtin is currently CEO and founding president of Inspirit Foundation, where in fewer than five years she has led her team to launch a series of critically needed programs to address inclusion in Canada. Most recently, she played a key role in creating the foundation’s first roadmap towards a 100% impact portfolio.
Andrea brings a rare combination of creativity, business acumen, and passion for social inclusion, fostered by her experience at the helm of PTV Productions where she produced over 60 hours of award winning television and interactive documentary programming. She serves as a board member for Artscape Youngplace, the Circle of Philanthropy and more recently the Charity Board of Directors at the Centre for Social Innovation. Her speaking engagements include Oxford University, the Social Finance Forum, and Philanthropic Foundations Canada.
Andrea Seale is Deputy CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation and is dedicated to engaging Canadians in a deeper understanding of environmental issues and inspiring them to create a sustainable future. Andrea joined the Foundation in 2010, following of decade of consulting with Blueprint Fundraising and Communications where she worked with leading nonprofit organizations to build loyal communities of supporters and communicate campaigns with flair.
Andrea has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communications from McGill University and a Diploma in Public Relations from Mount Royal University. She has taught nonprofit management, communications and donor development to hundreds of organizations. As a volunteer, she has served on the board of Vancity Community Foundation, Modo and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Liz Shorten is the Managing Vice-President, Operations and Member Services for the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA-BC). She has been working to build capacity in the film, television and digital media sectors for the past 20 years. In her current role she advocates for BC companies, creates policies and strategies to assist in industry growth, and organizes industry and export development initiatives. Liz previously held senior positions at the Ontario Film Development Corporation, British Columbia Film, and CBC Television.
Nationally and locally, Liz sits on a number of boards, and is past recipient of a Women in Film and Television Vancouver Award in honour of her work in support of the film and television industry in BC.
Joel Solomon is Chair of Renewal Funds, Canada's largest mission venture capital firm. With $98m assets under management, Renewal Funds invests in organic food and green technology. Joel is a Senior Advisor with RSF Social Finance, founding member of Social Venture Network, Business for Social Responsibility, the Tides Canada Foundation, and Board Chair of Hollyhock.
Joel is the co-author of Clean Money Revolution, a call to action to move trillions of dollars from damaging to regenerative use.
Story Money Impact Foundation was incorporated as a Canadian not-for-profit in 2016.