Speaker Series for the social impact community
Happening every Tuesday evening at the Groundswell Clubhouse!
Bar open to 8:00
$10 in advance or at the door gets you in and a drink (beer, wine, soda, coffee, tea...)
Groundswell is answering a call to create space to come together for community and meaning in our work by opening up our Social Venture program’s Tuesday evening guest speaker series to the public - join us and find your community here!
October 25th: Kate Dunford, Founding Director & Operations Manager | Knives & Forks Community Investment Co-op
Incorporated in November 2015, Knives & Forks Community Investment Co-op’s mission is to promote and provide strategic and responsible community investment in local food production and distribution. Our goal is to provide capital to support local food-related economic activity and increase access to a sustainable local food supply for British Columbians. Funds invested by K&F members are loaned to businesses with outstanding management, the capacity for innovation, and demonstrated demand for their product or service. Through Knives & Forks investments we hope to create meaningful relationships between loan recipients and member mentors.
At her day job with Vancity as Community Investment Manager, Kate worked on the planning and development of the co-op with Slow Money Canada. She was so inspired by the concept that she felt compelled to join not only as a member, but as a Founding Director. In addition, she has taken on the role of operations manager for the past 8 months.
Kate’s love of food, passion for co-ops, and concern for local food security are all fed through her work with the investment co-op. It provides her with opportunities to share what she has learned through the development of Knives & Forks with other start-up investment co-ops across BC, and to be increasing connected to the local food system and those small investors who want see their money at work in their local economy.