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Rhiza* Capital is investing in our future.

Rhiza Capital is an impact investment group of companies. We build impact portfolios guided by the values of our investors, partners and community. Our investments are directed toward Canadian local and social ventures that have a demonstrable intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return.

Rhiza was co-founded by Community Futures Sunshine Coast (CFSC), Sunshine Coast Credit Union (SCCU) and Powell River Community Investment Corporation (PRCIC). These partners are joining forces to construct investment products in order to open the door of impact investing to individuals, family offices, foundations and credit unions across Canada.

Here is a video introduction to our local, impact investing strategy:

*Rhiza, Greek in origin, refers to a root structure.  Rhiza Capital is intent on growing local economies and healthy communities by connecting root capital to impact ventures.
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What Impact Investing is:

Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.

Impact investments can be made in both emerging and developed markets, and target a range of returns from below market to market rate, depending upon the circumstances. The growing impact investment market provides capital to address the world’s most pressing challenges in sectors such as sustainable agriculture, clean technology, microfinance, and affordable and accessible basic services including housing, healthcare, and education.

What is the market potential of impact investing?

Impact investing has attracted increasing interest among investors who are allocating more capital to impact investments year-over-year. What does this mean for the social and environmental good that might be funded by impact investing now and in the future?

Growing Impact Market

Portfolios


Our Impact Portfolios are…

This collaboration involves interconnected roles being fulfilled by each of the partners. Each is committed to supporting this initiative and building a strong impact investment ecosystem.

There are three types of fund to support impact investment, here are the funds we have or are actively building:

Rhiza Capital’s Coastal Venture Root One (the “VCC1”), formally incorporated as Sunshine Coast Venture Partners VCC, is a corporation registered for the sole purpose of investing funds in a number of start-up, emerging and expanding eligible small (impact) businesses.

VCC1 invests in companies that can offer its investors a 30% fully refundable tax credit. VCC1 is primarily invested in health tech, education tech and social tech companies. See our Portfolios page for the list of companies included VCC1.

An appropriately investable company is an Eligible Business Corporation (EBC). To whit, an EBC is a business that is resident in BC, primarily employs BC residents (75%+) and falls into one of six sectors: manufacturing, tourism, R&D of tech, digital media, diversification of rural economies, clean tech.

Rhiza Capital’s Coastal Venture Root Two (the “VCC2”), is a corporation registered for the sole purpose of investing funds in a number of start-up, emerging and expanding eligible small (impact) businesses.    VCC2 is comprised of companies that can offer its investors a 30% fully refundable tax credit and is an RRSP eligible investment.

VCC1 is primarily invested in health tech, education tech and social tech companies. See our Portfolios page for the list of companies included VCC2.

An appropriately investable company is an Eligible Business Corporation (EBC). To whit, an EBC is a business that is resident in BC, primarily employs BC residents (75%+) and falls into one of six sectors: manufacturing, tourism, R&D of tech, digital media, diversification of rural economies, clean tech.

Rhiza Capital’s Coastal Venture Root Three (the “VCC3”), is a corporation registered for the sole purpose of investing funds in a number of start-up, emerging and expanding eligible small (impact) businesses.  This will be our third portfolio launching early in 2018.  VCC3 will also be comprised of companies that can offer its investors a 30% fully refundable tax credit and is an RRSP eligible investment.

An appropriately investable company is an Eligible Business Corporation (EBC). To whit, an EBC is a business that is resident in BC, primarily employs BC residents (75%+) and falls into one of six sectors: manufacturing, tourism, R&D of tech, digital media, diversification of rural economies, clean tech.

Rhiza Capital’s Coastal Community Investment Corporation (the “CIC”) is a for-profit corporation, regulated by the provincial securities laws.

The CIC uses the Private Issuers exemption, limiting its potential investors to 50 or fewer friends, family, close business associates and Accredited Investors.

The key advantage to CIC is that ownership can be multiple or singular, and with various types of share classes, raising as much (or as little) investment capital as it sees fit.

A unique opportunity afforded by the flexible share class structure of CIC is to mitigate risk for investor-shareholders by creating a preferred share class(es) where capital preservation and a preferential dividend (i.e. 3% or 5%) can be offered. The other investor-shareholders and/or the sponsor of the fund [Rhiza Capital] take on any excess risk through preferred shares of a more junior class, or vis a vis the common share class.

See our Portfolios page for the list of companies included in the CIC portfolio.

The Coast Community Investment Co-op was formed to secure capital through the sale of shares in the co-operative, and invest it onward in local social venture.

The Co-op, registered with the provincial government as a for-profit co-operative, identifies, or is approached by, local entrepreneurs with a business opportunity in need of investment.

Members/Shareholders of the Co-op review the business plan and often provide advice about it. They then agree on the best way to assist the business with debt financing (a loan) or equity financing (land, equipment or as co-owners).

Here is a graphic showing our workflow process.

Impact Investing Core Characteristics

The practice of impact investing is defined by the following four core characteristics:

An investor’s intention to have a positive social or environmental impact through investments is essential to impact investing.

Global Impact Investing Network

Impact investments are expected to generate a financial return on capital or, at minimum, a return of capital.

Global Impact Investing Network

Impact investments target financial returns that range from below market (sometimes called concessionary) to risk-adjusted market rate, and can be made across asset classes, including but not limited to cash equivalents, fixed income, venture capital, and private equity.

Global Impact Investing Network

A hallmark of impact investing is the commitment of the investor to measure and report the social and environmental performance and progress of underlying investments, ensuring transparency and accountability while informing the practice of impact investing and building the field.

Global Impact Investing Network

At Salish Soils, we believe in the renewable spirit of nature. We honour the earth by empowering people, while healing lands – collecting, receiving and composting waste resources into high quality organics. We provide natural landscape materials and premium organic soils from a state-of-the-art processing facility and mine reclamation site in Sechelt, BC.

<a href="http://salishenvironmentalgroup.com/" target="_blank">Visit us online: http://salishenvironmentalgroup.com/</a>

Salish Soils

At Salish Soils, we believe in the renewable spirit of nature. We honour the earth by empowering people, while healing lands – collecting, receiving and composting waste resources into high quality organics. We provide natural landscape materials and premium organic soils from a state-of-the-art processing facility and mine reclamation site in Sechelt, BC.

Visit us online: http://salishenvironmentalgroup.com/

Introducing nourished babe, your access point to trusted prenatal health information vetted by experts, whenever—and wherever—you need it.

Our Mission:nourished babe is on a mission to empower expecting moms with nutrition knowledge they can trust. Our app removes the guesswork to make nourishment easy and stress-free.

<a href="http://www.nourishedbabe.com/" target="_blank">Visit us online: http://www.nourishedbabe.com/</a>

Nourished Babe

Introducing nourished babe, your access point to trusted prenatal health information vetted by experts, whenever—and wherever—you need it.

Our Mission:nourished babe is on a mission to empower expecting moms with nutrition knowledge they can trust. Our app removes the guesswork to make nourishment easy and stress-free.

Visit us online: http://www.nourishedbabe.com/

Barter is a community of people sharing knowledge to make things better for the home. Our products tell a story of the West Coast. They speak of the natural beauty of our materials, the breadth of our craftspeople, and the laid-back, nature-inspired lifestyles we live. We believe that a well-designed object is something that you use, cherish and keep for a long, long time. We take inspiration from the natural resources that surround us, and insist on using them respectfully. We believe in community, and create objects designed to bring us together.  #BCMADE

<a href="http://barterdesign.co" target="_blank">Visit us online: barterdesign.co</a>

Barter

Barter is a community of people sharing knowledge to make things better for the home. Our products tell a story of the West Coast. They speak of the natural beauty of our materials, the breadth of our craftspeople, and the laid-back, nature-inspired lifestyles we live. We believe that a well-designed object is something that you use, cherish and keep for a long, long time. We take inspiration from the natural resources that surround us, and insist on using them respectfully. We believe in community, and create objects designed to bring us together. #BCMADE

Visit us online: barterdesign.co

Our tool have powered some of the largest online campaigns in the world, forced governments to change course, and reimagined how people can effect change. We call it Full-Spectrum Engagement, and our new engagement tools make it easy to target decision makers, activate grassroots power, and help you win campaigns.

<a href="https://www.newmode.net/" target="_blank">Visit us online: https://www.newmode.net/</a>

New Mode

Our tool have powered some of the largest online campaigns in the world, forced governments to change course, and reimagined how people can effect change. We call it Full-Spectrum Engagement, and our new engagement tools make it easy to target decision makers, activate grassroots power, and help you win campaigns.

Visit us online: https://www.newmode.net/

Welcome to The Hangar Climbing Lounge! A fresh new gathering place here on the SUNSHINE COAST. We have designed this gym to be your home away from home. This is a BOULDERING ONLY gym which allows us to provide members with 24/7 access, letting you choose the music and help yourself to the self serve honour system snack and beverage bar. We believe in building community, being fit and having as much fun as possible in the process. No matter your skill level from absolute newbie to seasoned climber you will find a community of friendly and helpful people gathered at The Hangar having loads of fun and pushing themselves as far as their personal limits allow.

<a href="http://www.hangarclimbing.com" target="_blank">Visit us online: www.hangarclimbing.com</a>

The Hanger Climbing Lounge

Welcome to The Hangar Climbing Lounge! A fresh new gathering place here on the SUNSHINE COAST. We have designed this gym to be your home away from home. This is a BOULDERING ONLY gym which allows us to provide members with 24/7 access, letting you choose the music and help yourself to the self serve honour system snack and beverage bar. We believe in building community, being fit and having as much fun as possible in the process. No matter your skill level from absolute newbie to seasoned climber you will find a community of friendly and helpful people gathered at The Hangar having loads of fun and pushing themselves as far as their personal limits allow.

Visit us online: www.hangarclimbing.com

Mesh is an online food share marketplace and logistics platform.  We match safe and nutritious unsold food to secondary markets in an automated and intelligent way.SAVE MONEY. REDUCE WASTE. FEED MORE.

<a href="http://foodmesh.ca/" target="_blank">Visit us online: http://foodmesh.ca/</a>

Mesh Exchange

Mesh is an online food share marketplace and logistics platform. We match safe and nutritious unsold food to secondary markets in an automated and intelligent way.SAVE MONEY. REDUCE WASTE. FEED MORE.

Visit us online: http://foodmesh.ca/

ChatterHigh addresses the the knowledge and communication gap between the post-secondary institutions, trade associations and corporations that need to convey the opportunities available once school-age children (Gr. 6-12) graduate, and the school-age children that need to be informed in order to make effective and empowered choices leading up to graduation. What ChatterHigh has done is built a platform that gamifies the process of researching the options for the future. The revenue model is based on a fee-per-click, charged to the post-secondary institution, when a child clicks on a link to research the answer to a quiz question provided by the same institution.

<a href="http://www.chatterhigh.com" target="_blank">Visit us online: www.chatterhigh.com</a>

ChatterHigh

ChatterHigh addresses the the knowledge and communication gap between the post-secondary institutions, trade associations and corporations that need to convey the opportunities available once school-age children (Gr. 6-12) graduate, and the school-age children that need to be informed in order to make effective and empowered choices leading up to graduation. What ChatterHigh has done is built a platform that gamifies the process of researching the options for the future. The revenue model is based on a fee-per-click, charged to the post-secondary institution, when a child clicks on a link to research the answer to a quiz question provided by the same institution.

Visit us online: www.chatterhigh.com

Ethelo Decisions has developed a cloud-based software solution that significantly reduces the cost of stakeholder engagement, while also improving the outcomes, by allowing each participant to variably weigh the value of each variable in the consideration process. Then, Ethelo's proprietary algorithm calculates both the sum total of all possible variants and the most successful possible outcomes given the participant's feedback.  The revenue model layers a consultation fee to cover the fixed costs of set up and a software as a service subscription fee for the length of the engagement.

<a href="http://ethelodecisions.com" target="_blank">Visit us online: ethelodecisions.com</a>

Ethelo Decisions

Ethelo Decisions has developed a cloud-based software solution that significantly reduces the cost of stakeholder engagement, while also improving the outcomes, by allowing each participant to variably weigh the value of each variable in the consideration process. Then, Ethelo’s proprietary algorithm calculates both the sum total of all possible variants and the most successful possible outcomes given the participant’s feedback.  The revenue model layers a consultation fee to cover the fixed costs of set up and a software as a service subscription fee for the length of the engagement.

Visit us online: ethelodecisions.com

SHM Controls has developed a technology that allows owners and managers of small to mid-sized apartment buildings to reduce the natural gas costs associated with their boiler-based heating systems by 25-40%. The system utilizes a small control box that is easily installed on any boiler, small wireless sensors throughout the building and a proprietary algorithm to modulate the boiler to achieve maximum efficiency and tenant comfort.  The revenue model is subscription-based software as a service, with no cost of equipment for the client.

<a href="http://www.shmcontrols.com" target="_blank">Visit us online: www.shmcontrols.com</a>

SHM Controls

SHM Controls has developed a technology that allows owners and managers of small to mid-sized apartment buildings to reduce the natural gas costs associated with their boiler-based heating systems by 25-40%. The system utilizes a small control box that is easily installed on any boiler, small wireless sensors throughout the building and a proprietary algorithm to modulate the boiler to achieve maximum efficiency and tenant comfort.  The revenue model is subscription-based software as a service, with no cost of equipment for the client.

Visit us online: www.shmcontrols.com

ViewsIQ has developed advanced digitization technology specific to the work of pathologists and their microscopic analysis of slide-based samples. Largely a software solution, ViewsIQ allows the pathologist to analyze a sample as they would from their own microscope, with the ability to manage magnification, depth of field and focal point, all from their computer at a distance. This allows for potentially lifesaving access to time-sensitive consultations, while also stripping away onerous costs of physical shipping for live samples. The revenue model is split between system sales and the software made available as a subscription service.

<a href="http://www.viewsiq.com" target="_blank">Visit us online: www.viewsiq.com</a>

ViewsIQ

ViewsIQ has developed advanced digitization technology specific to the work of pathologists and their microscopic analysis of slide-based samples. Largely a software solution, ViewsIQ allows the pathologist to analyze a sample as they would from their own microscope, with the ability to manage magnification, depth of field and focal point, all from their computer at a distance. This allows for potentially lifesaving access to time-sensitive consultations, while also stripping away onerous costs of physical shipping for live samples. The revenue model is split between system sales and the software made available as a subscription service.

Visit us online: www.viewsiq.com

Vidigami is described as the "home for your school memories". It provides a single portal where all photos taken by faculty, staff and parents of a given school can be uploaded, and through advanced facial recognition processes, sorted per student. The service is currently targeted towards private and chartered schools, with the revenue model split between a subscription paid by the school and various photo products made available to families.

<a href="https://www.vidigami.com" target="_blank">Visit us online: www.vidigami.com</a>

Vidigami Media

Vidigami is described as the “home for your school memories”. It provides a single portal where all photos taken by faculty, staff and parents of a given school can be uploaded, and through advanced facial recognition processes, sorted per student. The service is currently targeted towards private and chartered schools, with the revenue model split between a subscription paid by the school and various photo products made available to families.

Visit us online: www.vidigami.com

Wearable Therapeutics has developed a therapeutic tool for children with autism. Applying the therapeutic technique known as "deep pressure therapy", it provides for a significant reduction in physiological stress responses like adrenaline and cortisol production. The product has enjoyed the support of major autism advocates in Canada and the US, academic research papers specific to the impact of the product and the recognition of many Provinces and States as a reimbursable expense for families with children with autism. The revenue model is direct sales.

<a href="http://www.snugvest.com" target="_blank">See our first product <em>Snug Vest</em> online: www.snugvest.com</a>

Wearable Therapeutics

Wearable Therapeutics has developed a therapeutic tool for children with autism. Applying the therapeutic technique known as “deep pressure therapy”, it provides for a significant reduction in physiological stress responses like adrenaline and cortisol production. The product has enjoyed the support of major autism advocates in Canada and the US, academic research papers specific to the impact of the product and the recognition of many Provinces and States as a reimbursable expense for families with children with autism. The revenue model is direct sales.

See our first product Snug Vest online: www.snugvest.com

Popul8 is a leading edge asset management technology company disrupting the way you currently manage your infrastructure. Our solutions provide asset management tools using the latest in digital technologies, such as VR (virtual reality), 360 cameras, and the IoT (Internet of Things). Our digital technology provides you with the convergence of virtual tours and dashboard information that will revolutionize your enterprise. Whether you are in heavy industry, government, HR/education, property management or utilities, we can help you do your job faster, safer, more accurately and more proactively.

<a href="http://www.popul8.ca/" target="_blank">Visit us online: www.popul8.ca/</a>

Popul8 Analytics

Popul8 is a leading edge asset management technology company disrupting the way you currently manage your infrastructure. Our solutions provide asset management tools using the latest in digital technologies, such as VR (virtual reality), 360 cameras, and the IoT (Internet of Things). Our digital technology provides you with the convergence of virtual tours and dashboard information that will revolutionize your enterprise. Whether you are in heavy industry, government, HR/education, property management or utilities, we can help you do your job faster, safer, more accurately and more proactively.

Visit us online: www.popul8.ca/

Stem Shock is a platform technology for RNA-based precision herbicides, each designed to remove one or more weed species without harming crops or the environment. Each Stem Shock 'active' is programmed to kill one or more weeds. Stem Shock offers a solution for controlling weeds resistant to traditional herbicides. A mix of Stem Shock products targeting herbicide resistant weeds will keep these plants under control.

<a href="http://www.stem-shock.com/" target="_blank">Visit us online: www.stem-shock.com/</a>

Stem Shock

Stem Shock is a platform technology for RNA-based precision herbicides, each designed to remove one or more weed species without harming crops or the environment. Each Stem Shock ‘active’ is programmed to kill one or more weeds. Stem Shock offers a solution for controlling weeds resistant to traditional herbicides. A mix of Stem Shock products targeting herbicide resistant weeds will keep these plants under control.

Visit us online: www.stem-shock.com/

Proxxi is an industrial wearable that keeps watch over people working near medium and high voltage. It is designed to prevent injury or death by alerting the wearer before they enter the 'limits of approach' of a high voltage electrical field.

<a href="http://www.proxxiband.com/" target="_blank">Visit us online: www.proxxiband.com/</a>

Proxxi

Proxxi is an industrial wearable that keeps watch over people working near medium and high voltage. It is designed to prevent injury or death by alerting the wearer before they enter the ‘limits of approach’ of a high voltage electrical field.

Visit us online: www.proxxiband.com/

JOURNEY IS AN IMPACT TRAVEL COLLECTIVE
We believe that lasting social change starts within each one of us, and that nothing compares to in-person experiences and human connections to inspire new ways of being. We are rapidly growing a community across North America + Canada through meet-ups, events, international Journeys and a developing leadership program.

<a href="http://wejourney.co/" target="_blank">Visit us online: wejourney.co/</a>

Journey

JOURNEY IS AN IMPACT TRAVEL COLLECTIVE
We believe that lasting social change starts within each one of us, and that nothing compares to in-person experiences and human connections to inspire new ways of being. We are rapidly growing a community across North America + Canada through meet-ups, events, international Journeys and a developing leadership program.

Visit us online: wejourney.co/

Ventures


Where Rhiza is invested


Where do we source our deals from?

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Where in the Hype Cycle and Adoption Curve is Impact Investing?

Click to view Hype Cycle Diagram

How do impact investments perform financially?

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Impact


Our Impact Thesis

Rhiza Capital is an impact investment group of companies. We build impact portfolios guided by the values of our investors, partners and community. Our investments are directed toward Canadian local and social ventures that have a demonstrable intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return.

What Measurement System we use:

Rhiza is, generally, using the B Corp approach and Assessment Tools as our methodology for indicating the impact of our investing activities.

“We manage what we measure.  This is one of the most basic truths in business. It follows that we ought to measure what matters most: the ability of a business to not only generate returns, but also to create value for its customers, employees, community, and the environment.” – B Impact Assessment

 

 

Rhiza is committed to keeping track of our portfolio companies’ performance using the B Corp Assessment Tools.  We’ll employ this impact measurement methodology in two stages.

Community Futures of the Sunshine Coast has been studying, developing and now piloting a Community Impact (CI) Tool.  We developed the measures based on the B Corp assessment framework yet more accurately applied to the context of our region and mandates.   These are the major sections of the CI Tool.

Community Impact Metrics 

  1. Mission Statement
  1. Employee Benefits
  1. Suppliers
  1. Environmental resource measurement, efficiency & conservation
  1. Contribution to local community
  1. Waste disposal

Total CI points [max. possible 24 points]

The CF Community Impact (CI) Tool is included in the intake process for all application packages going to our Investment Committee.  The CI Tool provides an opinion of how aware a business is of its impact and how much effort they have already put forward to manage that impact.  This Tool provides a maximum score of 24 points, however, the assessment and tool itself is as much about beginning a conversation as it is scoring their performance.  For many start-up, small and medium sized ventures this will be the first introduction to responsible business practices let alone the B Corp Certification.  We believe that business leaders need to be supported, mentored, and coached into the impact mentality as opposed to subjected to it.

Once Rhiza staff have that score in hand it is considered in both the due diligence process and included in the report to the Investment Committee.  In some cases this will be merely an introductory step of learning for the investee yet in other cases the investee may already have an advanced understanding of sustainability and responsible business practices.  In the latter case, Rhiza staff may employ a second, higher stage of the B Corp Assessment to both incentivize improvements and further entrench our commitment to having a positive impact.

Should the investee/applicant already exhibit progressive, responsible practices or orientation, Rhiza staff will encourage them to take the full B Corp Assessment, if they haven’t already done so.  The full assessment is a bit longer process (2-3 hours plus some follow-up with the B Lab staff) requiring a greater commitment level of resources, attention and intention.  That said, Rhiza believes the intrinsic alignment between our mandate, company, investees and the B Corp Certification both makes explicit our dedication to using “business as a force for good” and moves our portfolio forward along the path to a positive impact.

Once the full B Corp assessment has been completed Rhiza staff will consider the score achieved.  If the B Corp score is greater than 60 points, Rhiza staff will recommend multiple investments in the investee company.  Recognizing that B Corp certification requires a score of 80, we feel that 60 points indicates a positive impact, and perhaps more importantly, an intent to manage the harmful impacts if not improve their operations for positive impact.  Should a company achieve B Corp Certification Rhiza will go even further in considering our investment, either through follow-on tranches of capital, investment terms or both.

With a minimum score of 60 points on the full B Corp assessment, Rhiza staff may recommend to the Investment Committee at least a second tranche of investment.  For example, if Staff would be recommending a $30,000 investment without the full B Corp assessment, we may now recommend a second tranche of $30,000, doubling our investment in the company and support of the B Corp movement.

Our investments in B Corps, including those aspiring to, will derive positive impacts in our communities while validating Rhiza’s commitment to impact investing.  Rhiza will include the B-associated, Impact metrics in our reports to Directors, Investors and the public.

In the future, Rhiza may shift to using the Global Impact Investing Rating Systems (GIIRS).  GIIRS is powered by the B Corp Assessment, not dissimilar from our application above.  However, in the application of GIIRS to an investment fund B Lab goes further in both their assessment of the fund itself (i.e. Rhiza) and the underlying portfolio companies.  The cost, in both time and money, for the registration and implementation of GIIRS is worthwhile, yet not insubstantial.  Hence, our desire to implement this in the future, once our fund is more established and financially capable.

Impact investments can be made in both emerging and developed markets, and target a range of returns from below market to market rate, depending upon the circumstances. The growing impact investment market provides capital to address the world’s most pressing challenges in sectors such as sustainable agriculture, clean technology, microfinance, and affordable and accessible basic services including housing, healthcare, and education.

Impact investing has attracted increasing interest among investors who are allocating more capital to impact investments year-over-year. What does this mean for the social and environmental good that might be funded by impact investing now and in the future?

Growing Impact Market

Co-op


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The Investment Co-op contracts Rhiza Capital Inc. to provide the management and administration services necessary to ensure that the co-op operations are efficient, effective, well developed and well run. Rhiza Capital collects a small fee (i.e. 1% of funds under management) to provide these services.

The purpose of the Co-op is to finance projects that create social and environmental impacts in our community, while also providing a modest financial return to our members. We do this by raising capital through the sale of membership shares. This capital is then invested in local projects and organizations that improve our community.

We have four strategic investment focus areas:
• Food security
• Meaningful work
• Environmental sustainability
• Affordable housing

Our Board of Directors:
Lindsay Cole
Errol Lipschitz
Chris Mortensen
Donna McMahon

All projects take place on the Sunshine Coast. You do not have to be a resident of the Sunshine Coast to become a member.

The Co-op is owned and governed by its members. Members, who can be individuals, or organizations, join the Co-op by purchasing either 25 Member Shares ($2,500), or 50 Member Shares ($5,000). Members benefits include: attending meetings and special events, running for election to the co-op board, and support our investees. We anticipate 1% to 3% financial return on investment, over a minimum of five years.

The co-op carefully vets all potential investments. Applications for investment are initially reviewed by the by the Community Futures/Rhiza Investment Committee. The Co-op Directors, who have been elected by the membership, make the final investment decision. In addition to providing financing, the Co-op also offers additional project development support to investees.

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Information Meeting

We are holding our next Information Session on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm at Wheatberries Bakery, 818 Gibsons Way. This session will focus on opportunities for meaningful, values-based development, and we’ll be brainstorming with attendees. All welcome.

Still Have Questions?

Please email us: CoastInvestmentCoop at gmail.com.

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We are delighted by the work of our colleagues who are creating other BC investment cooperatives: Knives and Forks (Vancouver) and Creston & District Community Investment Co-op.

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About Us


Our Leadership Team

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Brian has led a dynamic career establishing sustainability business practise and policy, managing projects and delivering leadership and vision in the private, public and citizen sectors.

Specialties:
Social finance, innovation and enterprise

Community Economic Development

Business Development

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Sean’s focus is identifying and executing sustainable financial solutions for private clients and non-profit organizations. Applying a community impact lens, he develops, finances and mentors social enterprises, community-based businesses and impact-driven start ups.

Specialties:
Investment Management

Financial Analysis

Innovation and Design of Impact Investments

Business Strategy

Greg has had a diversified innovative career in the public, private and non profit sectors and acquired expertise from having sat on numerous local, provincial and national boards. In semi retirement, he continues to provide leadership through his board activities and strategic business advice to local businesses.

Specialties:
Leadership and management

Strategic business plans

Business development

Janice Iverson loves helping people and teams bring new ideas to life. Her career in both business and social sectors has mostly focused on advancing social and environmental responsibility, collaborative approaches, and innovation.

Specialties:
Character-based Lending

Corporate Citizenship

Governance and Policy Development

As CEO of Sunshine Coast Credit Union, Shelley is an avid supporter of leadership growth, local economic development and the co-operative business model.

Specialties:
Collaboration

Strategic Planning

Governance

As a CPA, Dawn is skilled in strategic planning, financial forecasting and sustainability. In her role as CFO of Sunshine Coast Credit Union, Dawn also has extensive experience with Boards in the financial service industry.

Specialties:
Finance

Accounting

Leadership

Governance

Social Entrepreneurship is…

A social entrepreneur is someone who recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to make social change (a social venture).

Whereas a business entrepreneur typically measures performance in profit and return, a social entrepreneur focuses on creating social capital. Thus, the main aim of social entrepreneurship is to further social and environmental goals. However, whilst social entrepreneurs are most commonly associated with the voluntary and not-for-profit sectors, this need not necessarily be incompatible with making a profit.
Canadian Social Enterprise Foundation

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Reach Us Here:

c/o Community Futures Sunshine Coast
5500 Wharf Ave #301
Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0
Brian Smith
604-928-8931
brian.smith@rhizacapital.com
Sean Melrose
604-483-5544
sean.melrose@rhizacapital.com

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education, and research that help accelerate the development of the
impact investing field. Be sure to check out the following resources:

Mars: http://impactinvesting.marsdd.com/

SocialFinance.ca: http://socialfinance.ca/

CASE Smart Impact Capital: https://casesmartimpact.com/capital/

GIIN: http://www.thegiin.org/

Social Innovation

Social Innovation is both a destination — the resolution of complex social and environmental challenges — and a journey — devising new approaches that engage all stakeholders, leveraging their competencies and creativity to design novel solutions.

Tim Broadhead

3 Types of Social Innovators

Disruptive innovators are inspired by love and motivated by necessity. They challenge the prevailing way of doing things and shake the lethargy off the status quo. They wrestle a big idea to the ground. And yet, even when they prove that the idea works, it does not easily become the new standard. It can be ignored or misunderstood and may even be perceived as a threat to the system. It is not easy to move from the margins to the mainstream. That’s why we need bridging innovators.
— Al Etmanski

Bridging innovators spot the big ideas surfaced by disruptive innovators. They leverage their connections, reputations and resources to make sure the potential is realized. They translate and interpret the value of a disruptive innovation to the system. Bridging innovators are the necessary link between disruptive innovators and receptive innovators.
— Al Etmanski

Receptive innovators are key to implementing big ideas and spreading solutions far and wide. They have an insider’s knowledge of the key levers to advance an issue within a system. They know the formal and informal channels inside bureaucracy and who the key players are. They are navigators, steering the innovation so that
 it may flourish and become the new standard.
— Al Etmanski