Press Release

Economic Model to be Turned on Its Head

3rd Social Impact Dialogue turns current economic model on its head this year with top TEDtalk icon, Dan Pallotta, as Keynote




March 10, 2015


Fredericton, NB -­‐ The Pond-­‐Deshpande Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is proud to present, the 3rd Annual Social Impact Dialogue, March 16th and 17th, 2015, at the Fredericton Convention Centre.

The Dialogue is for change agents and thought leaders from all sectors, business, technology, science, education, government, NGOs, co-­‐ops, social ventures, and for everyone who is passionate about changing the status quo and making deep, lasting change. It is for those with an innovative and collaborative spirit to discover and develop new ways to address social, economic, environmental challenges through high‐impact ventures that "do well and do good."


The Keynote lineup includes renowned author and provocateur, Dan Pallotta. Dan is the author of Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World from Jossey‐Bass. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. described it as "An Apollo program for American philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. His iconic TED Talk has been viewed more than 3 million times. It is one of the top 50 most‐viewed TED Talks of all time.


We are also pleased to welcome compelling Keynote Speaker Andreas Souvaliotis, founder of the world’s first eco-­‐rewards incentive system. He inspires and influences innovative thinking across the globe about the approach to social responsibility, shared value and true impact.


The Dialogue also includes workshops on Raising Social Capital, Going Digital as a Platform for Social Entrepreneurs, Building Sustainable Communities, Food Businesses as Agent for Social Change, Open Data/Open Government, and Possible Canadas.


“The Social Impact Dialogue is the premiere platform in Atlantic Canada for driving cutting-­‐edge social innovation. It challenges us all to transform our current economic models and find ways to make deep and lasting change through the creation and scaling of organizations that create wealth and produce positive social impact” says Karina LeBlanc, Executive Director of the Pond-­‐ Deshpande Centre.


Program and registration details may be found at


The Pond-­‐Deshpande Centre at the University of New Brunswick acts as a catalyst to grow and support a stronger culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the province of New Brunswick. It was founded through the support of Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, Jaishree Deshpande, Treasurer of Sparta Group LLC, and a founder of the Deshpande Foundation, and Gerry Pond, Chairman of Mariner Partners and CEO of East Valley Ventures. For more information, visit



Contact for all media inquiries:

Karina Leblanc, Executive Director, Pond-Deshpande Centre

506.471.7411 or 506.451.6826

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