Six finalists named for Canada's 'Social Entrepreneur of the Year' honour

    Winner to join Schwab Foundation network of social entrepreneurs and
    attend global summit for social entrepreneurship in Switzerland

    TORONTO, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - Six of Canada's leading social entrepreneurs have
been named as finalists for Canada's top social entrepreneurship honour. The
winner, who will be announced during the Social Entrepreneurship Summit at the
MaRS Centre in Toronto on the evening of December 4th, 2007, will be named
Schwab Foundation's "Canadian Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award."
    "The six individuals named today have shown outstanding leadership and
innovation as social entrepreneurs in Canada," says David Pecaut, senior
partner at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the consulting firm that has
worked with the Schwab Foundation to administer the award process. "Each of
them is a role model for others in Canada who hope to effect broad-reaching
social change through innovation."

    The finalists are as follows:

    Tzeporah Berman, Forest Ethics (Vancouver):

    Tzeporah Berman is co-founder of Forest Ethics, a BC-based organization
that runs programs in Canada, the US, and Chile to protect endangered forests
and wildlife. They have used innovative programs to create consumer demand for
wood and paper products that are produced according to ecologically
responsible principles. Using the power of the market to drive behavior, they
have encouraged forest companies to change their methods to meet that demand.

    Geoffrey Cape, Evergreen (Toronto):

    Geoff Cape, founding Executive Director of Evergreen, has grown the
organization to a national level with over 70 staff and offices in Toronto,
Calgary and Vancouver. Evergreen is an innovative charity that explores the
relationship between nature, culture and community in urban spaces. With
offices across Canada, the environmental organization brings nature to our
country's cities through naturalization projects and motivates people to
create and sustain healthy, natural outdoor spaces - all the while giving them
the practical tools to it.

    Ian Gill, Ecotrust Canada (Vancouver):

    Ian Gill is President and founder of Ecotrust Canada and a director of
Ecotrust (Portland, Ore.) Ecotrust builds the capacity of communities,
institutions and businesses to participate in the conservation economy. The
organization raises and brokers capital to accelerate the transition to a
conservation economy and connects conservation entrepreneurs to each other and
to the marketplace. The ultimate focus of Ecotrust is to champion the
conservation economy.

    Tim Jones, Artscape (Toronto):

    Tim Jones is President and Chief Executive Officer of Artscape, a
non-profit enterprise that builds creative communities and expands knowledge
about the dynamics of creative places. Artscape works with developers to
create affordable living and working spaces for artists that enable cultural
districts to grow and thrive. Artscape engages in property development and
management, master planning, creation and maintenance of arts districts, and
supporting activities like research and consulting.

    Dr. Gilles Julien, Social pediatrics (Montréal):

    Dr. Gilles Julien is a pediatrician and champion of children's rights.
Devoted to helping children from disadvantaged families grow up in a loving
atmosphere, Dr. Julien is considered the father of social pediatrics, offering
innovative solutions in the care of neglected and abused children. Dr. Julien
believes that by looking at family ties, at interactions between parents,
children and their community, one can better interpret a child's experience
and understand why that child has developed a mental or physical illness.

    Michel Labbé, Options for Homes (Toronto):

    Michel Labbe is president of Options for Homes Non-Profit Corporation
dedicated to providing quality homes in great communities at the best possible
price. Through a range of services, the organization strives to bring home
ownership within the reach of families with gross annual incomes as low as
$40,000. Options has assembled teams of professionals and builders willing to
work for the purchasers themselves, to produce quality homes they can enjoy.
Options acts as a consultant to homeowners, working on their behalf to create
their community.

    Schwab Foundation's Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award:

    The winner will travel to the Annual Summit for Outstanding Social
Entrepreneurs of the Schwab Foundation in January 2008 in Switzerland. Joining
international award winners from 26 different countries, participants will
showcase their success in addressing some of the world's biggest social,
environmental and economic problems.
    "It is a tremendous honour to be one of Canada's top social
entrepreneurs," says Tim Brodhead, President and Chief Executive Officer of
The. J. W. McConnell Family Foundation. "One of these finalists will go on to
represent our country at the most influential gathering of social
entrepreneurs in the world."

    Social Entrepreneurship Summit:

    The Social Entrepreneurship Summit will be held at the MaRS Centre in
Toronto on December 4th, 2007. The meeting will gather over 250 business,
academic and social thought leaders from the social entrepreneurship sector in
Canada who will discuss new approaches to address some of the most pressing
issues of our times.
    An often under-recognized community, Social Entrepreneurship is about an
ability to create and lead an organization that is aimed at catalyzing
systemic social change through new ideas, products, services, methodologies
and changes in attitude.
    Hosted in partnership by MaRS, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the
Centre for Social Innovation and the Toronto City Summit Alliance, the Social
Entrepreneurship Summit will attract the country's top Social venture funders,
academics, government representatives and social entrepreneurs.

For further information:

For further information: or to set up an interview, please contact:
Dorenda McNeil, Counsel Public Relations, Tel: (416) 961-5898 x 216, Cell:
(416) 300-0269

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