The Growth of Impact Investing: Lessons from the front lines

How will impact investing – an emerging sector in private equity markets – evolve in the next 5 years to attract new sources of capital?

Join us for a FRED NeXus connection conversation between Mark Malcomson, Principal, City Lit, Board Member of FRED Leadership, and Dr. James Tansey, associate professor, UBC Sauder School of Business.



Impact investing has emerged in the last decade as a force that combines the power of capital markets with the ambition to deliver positive social and environmental outcomes. The sector has been driven by family offices and philanthropic capital and increasingly, generates returns that match mainstream markets. The session will describe the origins of the sector, the problem set it seeks to address and the evolution of impact investing as governments, corporates and public market players begin to engage with these opportunities.

What You Will Learn

What are the forces that drove the emergence of impact investing?

How are non-financial impacts measured in the sector?

How is the sector expanding and evolving?

About James Tansey

James is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business and is the Executive Director of S3i, a Research Centre dedicated to social innovation and impact investing.

James is the founder of Canvas Impact Advisors and works with institutional and high net worth investors to identify and evaluate target impact investments. James was the founder of NatureBank Asset Management (TSX-V:COO) which made the 2010 Winter Games Carbon Neutral for the first time in history. Offsetters also played a central role in creating the Great Bear Rainforest Carbon project, conserving over 6.4m hectares of coastal rainforest in British Columbia.

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Aug 12 2021


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm