News from the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council – Canada’s G8 National Advisory Board

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The Nova Scotia Co-operative Council is pleased to announce that our President & CEO Dianne Kelderman has been invited to participate on Canada’s G8 National Advisory Board, to create Canada’s Report for the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force meeting being held in June 2014.


24 leaders from across the country, in the field of business and social finance, have been invited to sit on the national board. Dianne is the only invitee from Atlantic Canada. This speaks to her credibility and  leadership, and to that of our organization. We have been leaders in business and community finance, not to mention the attention being paid to our Nova Scotia’s (first) Impact Fund initiative currently underway.


All G8 countries (except Russia) have been asked to put together a National Board to input into the G8 discussions.  The goal is to create Canada’s position on Social Impact Investing, specifically looking at  1. the Income Tax Act (restrictions on business activities of community & social enterprises, non-profits), and 2. Government’s role in capitalizing social impact investment funds and risk mitigation.


The Government of Canada under Minister Jason Kenny is on the Board.


Please feel free to provide any input on the social capital/social investment theme, particularly as it relates to supply, demand and barriers, to Dianne at