You’re Invited to the LIVE wrap up of 2022’s “Local Sustainable Economies” event series!

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RSVP NOW  to attend the finale of our regional discussion series for 2022:

Multi-Sector Partnerships and the Role of Philanthropy

Saturday, December 3rd, 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Simcoe Street Theatre



Multi-sector partnerships and the role of philanthropy is the final event in our 6-part series on Local Sustainable Economies. This series brings together business, non-profit, government, philanthropic leaders, and residents from across the region to work together to create integrated, resilient, and equitable transformations toward sustainability. We are excited that this event is in-person!

Five extraordinary people will share their stories about how they are helping to make great things happen through their philanthropy. They are passionate about the arts, our environment, social enterprises, and innovation and will offer insights about why multi-sector partnerships are important to the future of our local sustainable economies.


Dale Biddell: Board of Directors, The Institute of Southern Georgian Bay
Dale recently retired from United Way Simcoe Muskoka as CEO, where she led the team’s development of a new business model, a social enterprise to increase and diversify revenue sources, and a collective impact strategy. She is a board member of the Institute of Southern Georgian Bay and will talk about why she’s investing in the Institute’s work and how endowments and flow-through funds are good vehicles for supporting emerging initiatives.

Tony Cobb: Social Entrepreneur with the Shorefast Foundation
After a career in high-tech, wholesale, retail, and consulting, Tony became a social entrepreneur and created the Shorefast Foundation with his sister Zita Cobb. He will share his passion for Fogo Island, the integrity of place, social enterprises, multi-sector partnerships, and the 100-year vision for the Island’s local sustainable economy.

Julie Di Lorenzo: Founder & President of Mirabella Development Corporation
Julie is the Founder and President of Mirabella Development Corporation, a Diamante Legacy Company and one of the largest female-run real estate development companies in North America. She will share her insights on multi-sector partnerships, why they are important, and her $500,000 gift to the Town of Collingwood to help build a robust tree canopy, encouraging community members to become even more invested in solutions to manage climate change.

Barb and Larry Hall: Community Builders; introducing the new SGB Innovation Fund
Larry and Barb Hall are community builders, who recently launched the Wellness Innovation Fund at Collingwood General & Marine Hospital. Larry will talk about the impact of putting together the right people with the right resources and how it leads to innovative progress for improving quality of life in our region. He will also make a significant announcement about the new SGB Innovation Fund.

Liz Rykert: Master Naturalist, Facilitator, and Arts Catalyst
Liz Rykert is a facilitator with a keen interest in complexity and the power of networks to shift systems. She played a key role contributing time and expertise to help develop the collaborative Regional Arts Strategy and provided seed capital to help launch the SGB Arts Network. She is exploring ways to apply her skills and resources for the greater good.

The Institute will also be thanking the founding contributors to our $35,000 Endowment Fund, which is being managed by the Community Foundation Grey Bruce, and announce our 2022 grants to two organizations who are partnering on new regional, collaborative projects.

We believe Southern Georgian Bay can meet today’s pressing needs of the planet, its people, and economic vitality…while ensuring a sustainable environment for future generations.

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