150 Profiles: Vincent Masterson

As we mark the 150th anniversary of confederation, The Philanthropist is profiling Canadians from across the non-profit sector and putting a face to 150 individuals who work or volunteer in Canada’s social sector. Name: Vincent Masterson Current role in the sector: International Education and Training Advisor at Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) Years working and/or volunteering…

Fair Trade: A Successful Social Innovation. But Is It Enough?

Fair trade, as most northern consumers think of it, began after WWII when Christian missionary and nonprofit charities imported craft products made by their southern partners, including Greek and Italian communities, to sell in northern Europe and the USA. It has since evolved into a much more complex “sector,” involving thousands of products and tens or…

Unleashing the Power of Social Enterprise

This article is adapted from a speech delivered on November 8, 2007, by the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto. Over the last 150 years, there has been a never-ending debate between those who espouse the free market on the one hand and socialism on the…

Charitable Leverage: Banking and Finance Centres

“Canada’s financial system is part of an increasingly integrated world-wide network of financial markets and intermediaries”. 1 Turbulent times, new technology, and rapid changes in regulations are increasing the pressure to keep up with the latest techniques and to invent more. Are Canadian financiers identifying and exploiting current changes? Are they adapting to the new…

Institutional Investment in Foreign Markets

Introduction The subject of foreign investments is not new to us in Canada-we have been interested in having foreigners invest in our country for many years now. However, the subject ofthis paper is Canadian investment in overseas markets and I would like to cover three particular areas: • the benefits of international investment; • international…

The Effective Management and Investment of Charitable Funds

Addresses to Conference, “The Effective Management and Investment of Charitable Funds” co-sponsored by Oyez Limited and the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy. May 26, 1980 Mortgage Investments for Charitable Foundations It is probably safe to say that every charitable organization and every charitable foundation is faced with opportunities to spend (and spend productively) a great deal…

The Effective Management and Investment of Charitable Funds

Address to Conference, The Sheraton Centre, Toronto, Ontario May 26, 1980 Establishing the right asset mix, changing the asset mix and good security selection are the key determinants of successful investing. To be frank with you, I have never been particularly successful in making big asset mix changes. If I could do this consistently and successfully,…