Fig Tree Foundation

September 29, 2011 17:44 ET

Fig Tree Foundation: Media Advisory

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2011) -

TO: Assignment Editors/News Directors
WHAT: Calgary Microcredit Conference – Beyond Microcredit: The Emerging Wave of Social Business & Social Entrepreneurship
International speakers in the field of microfinance, international development and social business will discuss the future of microfinance and it's connections to social business.
Media are invited to attend all day or portions of the day. Opportunities to interview individual presenters will be provided including:
Alex Counts, President & CEO, Grameen Foundation
Rupert Scofield, President & CEO, FINCA International and Author The Social Entrepreneur's Handbook
Terry Provance, CEO, Oikocredit USA
Wilf Wilkinson, Past President Rotary International
WHERE: Danish Canadian Club 227 11th Ave SW Calgary AB
WHEN: Saturday October 1, 2011 8:30am – 4:30pm
WHY: Calgary's strong entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit continues to grow, with more individuals and businesses interested in addressing both local and global issues as well as being involved in enterprises with a social purpose. There is an increasing number of Calgary-based international aid and development organizations, all with a growing group of staff, volunteers and donors, as well as more businesses engaging employees in internationally based projects. This conference brings together world leaders in microfinance and social business in one place to share insights and address current issues and future directions.
OTHER: Conference schedule attached (next page)

Calgary Microcredit Conference

October 1, 2011
Itinerary
8:30 - 8:35 Introductions & Opening
9:00 – 10:00 Mark Dureix, Michele Fugiel Gartner & Rupert Scofield
Beyond Microcredit: What's Next? & Microcredit 101
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 11:00 Rupert Scofield – President & CEO, FINCA International
FINCA International: A Case Study in Social Entrepreneurship
11:00 - 11:20 Doris Olafsen – Executive VP, Opportunity International
Heidi Block – Legacy Kitchens
Transforming Lives – Here and There!
11:20 - 11:45 Exercise 1 – Table Talk
11:45 – 12:25 Lunch & Host Panel with:
Gordon Crann – RAGM
James Louttit – RAGM
Steve Rickard – RAGM
Wilfred J. Wilkison – Past President Rotary International
Erin Pearce – Fig Tree Foundation
1:15 - 2:00 Terry Provance – CEO, Oikocredit USA
Fair Financing & Just Impact Through Microcredit
2:00 - 2:15 Keith Weaver, MircorEnsure
MicroEnsure: A Leading Provider of Micro Insurance
2:15 - 2:30 Exercise 2 – Open Spaces
2:30 - 2:45 Break
2:45 - 3:00 Dan Lavin – CIP Sierra Leone
Community Managed Microcredit
3:00 – 3:45 Alex Counts – President & CEO, Grameen Foundation
Microfinance: Lesson Learnt & New Frontiers
3:45 – 4:15 Q & A period & recap – panel of presenters
4:15 – 5:30 Closing & Book Signing

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