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Social Value Canada Social Value July News

Canadian Co-Chair of Social Value International

 

Some of you may have met Stephanie Robertson, Social Value Canada (SVC)’s first, now outgoing, Board Chair, (originally SROI Canada 2012), acting SVC Executive Director, and regular Level 1 and 2 Practitioner trainer.

In addition to her work on behalf of SVC, and a day job working with companies, non-profits, and governments seeking to value investment in community and society, Stephanie has represented Canada on the Social Value International Board since 2013.

Stephanie has been asked to co-chair the Social Value International (SVI) Board with colleague Ada Yip, from Hong Kong. She stepped into this role in April 2023.

The vision of the social value movement means a great deal to me. I become involved in 2001, at a pivotal time in my career. At the time, I was seeking tools and language to express the importance of investing to strengthen society. Much has evolved. It is increasingly obvious to many in the 60 countries with SVI members that social impact must be accounted for, and that the experiences of people affected must be heard and valued. This is the vision of the Social Value Movement. I am energized to connect Canadians to leaders across the world, and the world to Canadians who are leading this work in their own fields. More and many are coming forward to get involved. Together, we can make a real and meaningful difference to the survival and resiliency of people and planet.

New Board Chair, Social Value Canada

In light of the changes mentioned above, Keith Taylor is stepping in to lead the Social Value Canada Board as of August 1st, 2023.

Keith brings much leadership and social impact knowledge to the position. Currently, he is the Executive Director of the DUCA Impact Lab, the social finance innovation hub founded by DUCA Credit Union. The purpose of the Lab is to leverage emerging technology and community-based insights to build banking models that benefit all.

So far, Keith has led the development of Canada’s first social purpose mortgage product, the emergence of DUCA as Toronto’s first living wage employer, and the certification of DUCA as the first B-Corp Credit Union in the world.

Currently, Keith is pioneering the recently announced Escalator Loan – a consolidation-type product for people excluded from access to mainstream banking and fair finance opportunities.

Keith has served on the boards of SVC and New Power Labs since 2021, saying,

Thinking about value creation beyond just the value our work creates for ourselves, but the value we help create for others is a powerful idea. It provides a critical lens on the role our organizations play in creating meaningful change and the time has come for it to be more mainstream. I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to support Social Value Canada in furthering this important work.

Do you have a need to express the value of impact achieved through your work?

Our social value training empowers you with the skills to measure and maximize the social impact of any initiative by applying the Principles of Social Value.

Our courses have been offered in Canada since 2011 and are certified by Social Value International, the global standard setter for social value and impact measurement and management.

So whether you want to know more about Social Value thinking, gain the skills to confidently manage social impact, or become a trained practitioner yourself, you’ve come to the right place.

Come Check Us Out

Social Value Canada has recently welcomed two new colleagues. This July newsletter is focused on introducing you to our team. They look forward to being in touch!

 Yazmeen Jamieson

Yazmeen is a graduate of Carleton University where she earned degrees in Communications and Media Studies, with a double minor in African Studies and Anthropology.

Yazmeen is also a professional football player and a member of the Jamaica Women’s National Soccer team. In addition to her considerable prowess on the field, Yazmeen is an accomplished communicator with a tremendous flair for design and social media.

Learn more about Yazmeen

Alyzeh Jiwani

Seconded to SVC on key strategic projects, Alyzeh studied Mathematics, Statistics, and Data Analytics extensively at both McGill and Toronto Metropolitan University. She currently applies her expertise in analysis and data processing to enable effective and compelling impact reporting, as well as supporting digital marketing goals.

click here to read about Alyzeh

  Mary Nathanail

A key secondment to the SVC Secretariat, Mary enables training, website maintenance, bookkeeping, problem-solving, and just about everything that would stump the rest of us under normal circumstances!

click here to read about Mary

 

Arnaud Nsamirizi

Arnaud is a bilingual professional who recently completed a master’s degree in global affairs, focusing on Global Policy in Asia and Global Markets from the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. He joined Social Value Canada (SVC) as a Network and Partnership Development Intern, but has also contributed to global communications campaigns and social return on investment (SROI) initiatives.

click here to read about Arnaud

Adam Pillsbury

Adam leads SVC efforts to raise the profile of SVC, our members, and of the social value movement across Canada.  Previously, Adam provided global communications and marketing leadership for international development programs focusing on social enterprise, women’s economic empowerment, and climate change, and played a pivotal role in delivering major global contracts and programs for the British Council, with stakeholders such as the European Union, World Bank, and United Nations.

click here to read about Adam

Stephanie Robertson

Her role as acting Ex Dir is as a volunteer, seconded.

Despite that, Stephanie happily spends many hours each week on SVC and SVI matters, as a result of her belief that a network of skilled social value practitioners in Canada and around the world will be a key ingredient to the world’s sustainable and regenerative future.

Throw her a social value challenge, she will thank you. Become a social value practitioner, she will connect you to others. Step forward and volunteer for SVC in any capacity (!!!) and Stephanie will gladly devote resources to enable your involvement. Interested? Do get in touch!

click here to read about Stephanie

 

Social Value Canada Membership

Be a social value champion, through involvement in Social Value Canada!

  • Enjoy the best of both worlds: by joining Social Value Canada, you’ll automatically gain membership in Social Value International (SVI)
  • Network and explore opportunities with members across Canada working in a range of sectors and disciplines
  • Access SVI members-only events and professional development webinars, case study presentations, and drop-in sessions – all designed to enhance your knowledge, skills, and professional competence
  • Gain visibility and credibility conferred through SVC membership that support your practice and status as a social value practitioner
  • Demonstrate your social value expertise through our national and international communication and engagement opportunities
  • Enjoy discounts on our courses and accreditation
  • Influence the direction of the social value movement in Canada
  • Participate in our events and conferences that convene social value leaders to drive forward innovation and best practice.

Become a Social Value Canada Member

Explore the SVI Member Portal

As a member of Social Value Canada, you have exclusive access to the Social Value International Members Area. This online platform provides a space for our Canadian and global communities to connect, collaborate and accelerate our movement for change. You will be able to enjoy a dedicated space for Social Value Canada members as well as connect with international peers who are active in the social value movement.

The Members Area contains a wide range of useful features, including:

  • a live feed
  • discussion forums
  • an interactive member directory
  • resources
  • sub-groups.
  • A library of insightful case studies, showcasing the tangible outcomes of Social Value thinking and the SROI Methodology.

With 3,000 members from 60 countries, drawn from a huge range of different sectors and disciplines, the Portal connects all users with fellow practitioners and professionals, find opportunities to exchange and enhance skills and knowledge, and ideally contribute to personal and professional goals.

There has never been a more important time to join Social Value Canada and the Social Value International global community and help change the way society accounts for value. Learn more about involvement.

Become a Social Value Canada Affiliate

SVC Affiliates are organizations that share our Canadian and global vision to address inequality and climate change, through decision-making that seeks to enhance wellbeing for all.

There is no cost to affiliation, merely a mutual commitment to cross-post news, knowledge, and information about training and learning opportunities. SVC affiliates can offer their own members discounted access to SVC ‘happenings’.

As an affiliate you will also receive ongoing recognition as part of our national and international movement on the SVC website, in newsletters, and on social media. Contact us for more details.