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Be it resolved: The impact investing sector is not equipped to invest in underserved groups, and hence it is unable to truly advance impact and equity together.

Adam Barrett July 13, 2022

Impact investing has grown dramatically, reaching $715 billion USD AUM according to the GIIN, and can help mobilize capital towards addressing crucial challenges including inequality, climate change, gender and racial disparities, and more. 

Yet, questions remain about who really benefits and how well the sector lives up to achieving equitable impact. In Canada, research by New Power Labs and SVX has shown women, communities of colour, and other equity-deserving groups still face challenges accessing impact capital, while there is a fundamental lack of data broadly on the demographics of capital recipients. How do we know what impact our investments are having, if any, on communities that could benefit the most?

So, is the impact investing sector up to the task of investing in and benefiting underserved communities? Or does the sector’s data deficit pose a critical challenge to its very mission of mobilizing finance for impact?

Join this compelling moderated debate to hear from both sides, with the winner decided by the SOCAP audience!



Meta Themes

  • Power and Capital

  • Deliver Equity and Inclusion

  • Reimagine Systems


Impact investing; Access to Capital; Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Purpose and Desired Outcome

This session will provide opportunities for attendees to hear from leading figures in Canada’s impact investing field, going head-to-head to unpack and critically evaluate whether the impact investing field is able to deliver on its promises when it comes to equity and social impact. This session goes to the heart of SOCAP’s themes on "Power and Capital" and "Deliver[ing] Equity and Inclusion": through this debate, we hope to kickstart a conversation around equity, diversity, and inclusion in the impact investing field and in who currently receives impact investment. We hope more people in the sector will see the case for collecting more data on its investees, investigating power imbalances and biases that may exist, and collaborating to address these challenges.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Asset Managers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Accelerators & Incubators


  • NameNarinder Dhami
  • TitleExecutive Lead & Co-Founder
  • OrganizationNew Power Labs
  • StatusConfirmed, Invited
  • NameBill Young
  • TitleChairman
  • OrganizationSocial Capital Partners
  • StatusInvited
  • NameKeith Taylor
  • TitleExecutive Director
  • OrganizationDUCA Impact Lab
  • StatusInvited
  • NameTracey Robertson
  • TitleInnovation Lead, Partnership Investments
  • OrganizationOntario Trillium Foundation
  • StatusInvited
  • NameAndrew Chunilall
  • TitleChief Executive Officer
  • OrganizationCommunity Foundations Canada
  • StatusInvited
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