Joel Solomon is a passionate advocate for the power of business to do good, and he lives that philosophy with a deeply held view that as money leaves our hands it has our name on it and we’ve got a responsibility to ensure that how we spend it, and indeed where we get it from, is adding to society, rather than taking away.

He’s a Senior Advisor for Renewal Funds, Canada’s largest mission venture capital firm managing some $98 million. He ran an “activist family office” for 14 years deploying more than $70M. He’s a member of Canada’s Advisory Board to the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce. He’s a governor of University of British Columbia. And… he’s written a book, it’s called the Clean Money Revolution, it’s a great read, and it only took me a few chapters before I knew I had to have Joel on the show.

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On this episode…

…we not only explored the ideas and motivations behind his book, but we went back to trace the development of Joel’s career, and to get a better understanding for the genesis of impact investing in North America.

My key takeaway this week…

…money tells a story, so you’d best know where yours comes from, and where it’s going.

Good Future’s Good Books

Real Impact

By Morgan Simon

She has devoted her life to activism on social justice issue, and she is also an investment advisor for creative deployment of capital towards rebalancing and making things more fair.

She advises high net worth individuals. She’s written a book on the different kinds of ownership forms and capital that are coming about. I definitely recommend it so you can get a flavour for that.


By Paul Hawkin

It maps out the climate disaster that’s possible. It maps out 99 solutions to climate. And as we drawdown our carbon allotment on the planet these are some specific practical things you could do in may different fields. And it’s worth noting, if you had up 3 of the top 20 it’s investing in the wellbeing of women globally, is the most significant climate positive impact that can happen, and you’ll have to read the book to get the explanation of that.


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