Eddy Adra

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As the Chief Executive Officer of Coast Funds, Eddy leads a committed team that works in close partnership with First Nations on the investment of more than $100 million in financing for ecological and cultural stewardship, Guardian programs, sustainable energy projects, and economic development initiatives in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.

Eddy joined the Coast Funds team in 2018 and has served as Director, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. In those roles, he oversaw Coast Funds’ financial operations, advanced fund development platforms, and led values-aligned investing to grow the organization’s capacity and deliver financing, fundraising opportunities to First Nations in coastal communities.

Eddy also serves on the Advisory Council of InBC, a strategic fund supporting a more prosperous, sustainable and inclusive future for British Columbia. Eddy is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.


Alicia Dubois

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Alicia is an accomplished leader with pan-Canadian experience building markets and organizations with a focus on inclusive economic growth with shared outcomes, purpose-driven community engagement, and access to capital for marginalized peoples and sectors.

Driven by her background and lived experience, Alicia’s focus has been on advancing Indigenous Peoples and communities, and engaging and co-creating solutions with diverse sectors of society and the economy as a means to driving understanding, equality and alignment. She served as CEO of the Royal BC Museum, Alberta’s Indigenous Opportunities Corporation, and Vice President, Indigenous Markets at CIBC.

She is also the co-creator and co-founder of the Indigenous Leadership Circle (ILC), a national application-based initiative that now boasts over 60 members and is welcoming its third cohort of young Indigenous professionals, with a focus on mentorship and advancing connection and social capital for young Indigenous leaders across Canada.

As the Chief Investment Officer, Alicia will oversee the investment and market development strategies for Boann Social Impact. She will also lead the development of Boann Impact Capital, a fund being developed for private and institutional investment in social impact.


Lauren Dobell

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Lauren’s wending path to date embraces three broad phases: roughly a decade of fieldwork, journalism and teaching centred on transitions to democracy, reconciliation and reconstruction; another peripatetic period immersed in public policy-shaping in municipal, provincial and federal spheres. (“Canadian Councils” – for international cooperation, unity, learning – are a recurring phenomenon in her journey.)

A focus on the design of multisector and intergovernmental partnerships has also been core to Lauren’s advocacy for sustainable finance principles and practices, encompassing roles with Vancity and in launching Vancity Community Investment Bank, as co-founder of the Table of Impact Investment Practitioners (TIIP) and its predecessors, and in myriad advisory capacities, including an appointment to the Federal steering committee which recommended the Social Finance Fund and accompanying Investment Readiness Program. Along the way she has misplaced much baggage (real and metaphorical) and sometimes her best judgment, usually retrieved her sense of perspective, frequently stumbled across a perfect moment, and generally found that the worst mishaps make for the best stories.


Chris Googoo

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Christopher Googoo is Chief Operating Officer of Ulnooweg and the Executive Director of The Ulnooweg Indigenous Communities Foundation, where he has served in senior leadership roles since 2007. A proud member of the We’koqma’q First Nation, Chris has dedicated his career to supporting the success of Indigenous entrepreneurs, businesses and communities across Atlantic Canada and strengthening the relationship between Canada’s philanthropic sector and Indigenous communities. Chris currently serves as a board member on the Centre for Local Prosperity, the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia and is a founding director on the Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund.


Ka-Hay Law

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Ka-Hay Law has been a Partner at TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good since 2021. Ka-Hay’s passion for international impact investing has been shaped through more than 10 years of experience in senior leadership, advisory services and portfolio management roles, as well as years spent calling Ghana, Zambia and Kenya home. Prior to her current role at TELUS, Ka-Hay most recently served as Vice President, Impact and Investments with the Lundin Foundation, where she was responsible for performance and impact management of a global impact investment portfolio and oversaw the design of corporate impact investment and inclusive economic growth strategies.


Peter Scott

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Peter uses his creative business practices to explore the needs of artists in both social and traditional economic systems. Art and creativity (e.g., dance, music, design) are novel ways of exploring possibilities such as Afrofuturism. His work seeks to define alternative ways of teaching both inside and outside education settings, for example, conducting a business skills and training program in a jazz club.

Peter holds a master’s degree in design, Strategic Foresight Innovation from OCAD University, a BFA degree in contemporary dance from York University, and over 15 years of education training, employment experience, including from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

His research focuses on social finance/microfinance education in the social economy, with design thinking methods. Peter is currently a lecturer at OCAD University.


Erica Barbosa Vargas

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Erica serves as EVP and Global Head of Investments at SecondMuse Capital, an impact investing firm focused on financing economies of the future and specializing in the intersection of impact investing and systems innovation.  Erica joined SecondMuse Capital from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation where, as Director of Solutions Finance, she spearheaded McConnell’s impact investing practice, which includes a multi-asset impact investing portfolio ($130M AUM), blended finance approaches; and ESG integration within the Foundation’s endowment. Prior to joining McConnell, Erica spent 13 years in the private sector and international development, primarily in Latin America, Canada, and the UK. She currently sits on a number of boards and investment committees of impact-oriented institutions across Canada. Erica completed undergraduate studies in behavioral psychology and neuroscience and holds an MPA in Public and Economic Policy from the London School of Economics & Political Science.


Chelsey MacNeil

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Chelsey MacNeil, a recognized expert in social impact and community economic development, leads Common Good Solutions, a prominent consultancy specializing in social enterprise, community development, and sustainability. With a career marked by pivotal contributions—establishing initiatives like rural entrepreneurship programs and catalyzing large-scale policy changes in income support and social finance—her impact is significant. Chelsey also supports future economic leaders as a faculty member at Memorial University’s MBA Program. Nationally lauded for advancing social procurement and supporting underrepresented groups in economic development, her dedication to empowering communities solidifies her as a leading influencer in reshaping social impact and community-driven economic development.


Susan Henry

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Susan is responsible for the strategic direction of Alterna’s Community Impact Department, overseeing a portfolio encompassing affordable housing, nonprofits, and the charitable sector, microfinance, financial education and granting programs. In this capacity she led the launch of Alterna Savings’ award-winning Community Microfinance Program and Community Loan Funds Partnership Programs, which have disbursed over $9.6M in loans, directly improving the economic participation of underserved communities, new and racialized Canadians, women, and others who face barriers to financing. A leader in the field of community economic development, Susan has advised policy makers and practitioners in inclusive lending, microfinance and social finance tools, including participating in the design of the Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund with the Federal Government, financial institutions and Black business service organizations. Susan serves on the advisory councils of the Financial Resilience Institute and the Canadian Women’s Foundation Economic Development Committee.


Tristan Smyth

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Tristan Smyth (they/them) is Chief Strategy Officer with Warshield, where they advise First Nations governments on socioeconomic development strategies and investment opportunities. A recognized nonbinary advocate working at the intersection of DEI and ESG, Tristan is active in helping companies and charities scale for impact. Outside Warshield, they lead a graduate seminar on impact investing at Carleton University and serve in board director or advisory roles with the Table of Impact Investment Practitioners (TIIP), Common Approach to Impact Measurement, Giyak Mishkawzid Shkagmikwe Corporation (GMS), Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC), Textile Museum of Canada, Living Wage Canada, and Mount Royal University Alumni Association. Tristan was named by Future of Good as one of Canada’s top 21 Young Impact Leaders in 2019 and Forty Under 40 by the Ottawa Board of Trade in 2023.