Joel SolomonChairman, Renewal Funds
Joel Solomon is Chairman of Renewal Funds, Canada’s largest social venture capital firm. Launching in 2013, Renewal3 and the now builds upon the legacy of aligning money with values established by Renewal2 and Renewal Partners. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Joel first moved to British Columbia in the 1980s. In 1994, Joel and Carol Newell co-founded Renewal Partners to invest in sustainable businesses including Salt Spring Coffee, Seventh Generation, and Happy Planet. Together, they pioneered a whole portfolio activation to mission and purpose strategy, using an integrated capital for social change approach, with a regional sustainable economy focus. Joel serves as a Senior Advisor with RSF Social Finance and speaks frequently throughout North America, including a recent TEDxVancouver talk. He is a founding member of Social Venture Network (SVN), Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), the Tides Canada Foundation, and is board chair of Hollyhock. Joel has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Social Venture Network (SVN) and was recently inducted with Carol Newell into the SVN Hall of Fame.